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This page describes how the Freshman Research Initiative works as a model for effective science education. (If you are a student wondering how applying for FRI works, check out our Students section.)

At most research universities, scientific research and teaching happen independently of one another. In research, primary investigators may work with post-doctoral researchers, graduate research assistants and undergraduate research assistants in their labs. And separately, professors may work with graduate student teaching assistants and undergraduate students in teaching labs.



In FRI, the lab and classroom are seamlessly integrated.