The Spring Research Course of each FRI stream is designed to introduce students to research skills and techniques they will need to do novel research as quickly as possible. No prior knowledge of the research area is required to enter most research streams. See the individual Research Streams for more details about their research.

Most classes meet together for at least one scheduled hour per week and additional time that is needed for research, usually 6-8 hours per week, is scheduled around a student's other courses and commitments. 


FRI students receive course credit for doing research with a stream. In some cases there are multiple course credit options. Students are allowed to choose which course "Credit Option” they register for. Regardless of the credit you choose, you will need to attend the group meeting time for the stream. You will also work on your research for several additional hours each week, which you will schedule with your Research Educator.

For example, if you join the Biobricks stream, you can choose biology credit (both BIO206L and NSC109), OR you can choose chemistry credit (both CH204 and NSC109).

If you are interested in the course credit offered by the second semester of the streams, see the Fall Research Courses. You must register for the courses below for spring semester during registration.


Stream Nickname and Principal Investigator

Credit Option 1

Credit Option 2

Credit Option 3

Course Meeting Times

Antibiotics - Whiteley

BIO206L & NSC109  

CH204 & NSC109

  M 2:00-3:00

Aptamer - Ellington

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109

  F 1:00-2:00

Autonomous Robots - Stone


    TTh 3:30-5:00
Big Data (in Biology) - Hofmann, Iyer BIO321G     TTh 11:00 - 12:30

Bioactive Molecules - Martin

CH204 & NSC109


  W 1:00-2:00

Biobricks - Browning

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109   M 1:00-2:00

Biofuels - Juenger

BIO206L & NSC109


  W 10:00-11:00

Bioprospecting - Hawkes

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109   W 4:00-5:00

Bugs in Bugs - Moran

BIO206L & NSC109

    M 4:00-5:00

Computational Design - Miikkulainen

CS 309


  TTh 3:30-5:00
Discovering Signals - Roux BIO206L & NSC109     Th 2:30-3:30

DIY Diagnostic - Ellington, Ravikumar, Stone

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109   W 2:00-3:00

Fuctional Genomics - Iyer

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109   T 3:30-4:30
Gene Networks - Stevens

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109

  M 3:00-4:00

Genome Engineering - Marcotte

BIO206L & NSC109

    F 3:00-4:00
Luminators - Jones, Que
CH204 & NSC109     Th 3:30-4:30
Magnetic Matter - Markert PHY108 & PHY101L PHY108 & PHY116L   M 4:00-5:00

Microbe Hacking - Barrick

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109   M 4:00-5:00

Nano Chemistry - Vanden Bout, Crooks

CH204 & NSC109

    M 3:00-4:00
Plant Pathways - Lloyd  BIO206L & NSC109     W 4:00-5:00

Practical Sensors - Ansyln, Ellington, Crooks

CH369K* BIO377* CH220C*, CH455* M 4:00-5:00

Supra Sensors - Anslyn

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109

  M 2:00-3:00

Symmetry - Starbird


    MWF 9-10am

Virtual Chemistry - Henkelman


    TTh 2:00-3:30

Virtual Cures - Fast 

BIO206L & NSC109

CH204 & NSC109

  T 3:30-4:30

Virtual Cures - ARI - Fast*



  W 2:00 - 3:00
White Dwarf Stars - Winget PHY101L & AST210K     F 2:00-3:00

*The pre-requisite for these courses is the completion of a lower division lab course.