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The Spring Research Course for each FRI stream is designed to introduce students to skills and techniques they will need to conduct novel research. No prior knowledge of the research area is required to enter most research streams. For more details, check out the individual Research Streams.

Most streams meet for at least one scheduled hour per week. Additional time needed for research, usually 6-8 hours per week, is scheduled around the student's other courses and commitments. 


FRI students receive course credit for doing research with a stream. You will attend a group meeting and you will also work on your research for several additional hours each week, which you will schedule with your Research Educator.

Select streams offer 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.

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

Credit Option 1

Credit Option 2

Credit Option 3

Course Meeting Times


CH204 & NSC109


  F 1:00-2:00pm

Autonomous Robots 


    TTh 3:30-5:00pm
Big Data (in Biology)  BIO321G   CS309   TTh 11:00am-12:30pm

Bioactive Molecules 

CH204 & NSC109


  W 2:00-3:00pm


CH204 & NSC109

    M 1:00-2:00pm


BIO206L & NSC109     F 2:00-3:00pm


CH204 & NSC109

    W 2:00-3:00pm

Bugs in Bugs 

BIO206L & NSC109

    M 4:00-5:00pm
Computational Materials CH367C     TTh 2:00-3:30pm
Discovering Signals BIO206L & NSC109     Th 2:30-3:30pm
Discrete Mathematics M325K     TTh 9:30-11:00am

DIY Diagnostic 

CH204 & NSC109

    W 2:00-3:00pm
Fish Behavior BIO206L & NSC109     M 3:00-4:00pm

Fuctional Genomics 

CH204 & NSC109

    T 3:30-4:30pm
Gene Networks 

CH204 & NSC109


  M 3:00-4:00pm
CH204 & NSC109     Th 3:30-4:30pm
Magnetic Matter  PHY108 & PHY101L PHY108 & PHY116L   M 5:00-6:00pm

Microbe Hackers 

CH204 & NSC109

    M 3:00-5:00pm

Nano Chemistry 

CH204 & NSC109

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

Practical Sensors

CH369K* BIO377* CH220C*, CH455* M 4:00-5:00pm
Quantum Computing  PHY108 & PHY101L PHY108 & PHY116L CS 309 TTh 3:30-5:00pm
Robot Learning CS309     TTh 12:00-1:30pm

Supra Sensors 

CH204 & NSC109


  M 2:00-3:00pm

Virtual Cures - FRI

CH204 & NSC109


  T 1:00-2:00pm

Virtual Cures - ARI 


BIO206L & BIO177*


W 1:00-2:00pm
White Dwarf Stars  PHY101L & AST210K     F 2:00-3:00pm

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