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FRI admitted students will have an opportunity to select their TOP Research Streams in a process called Stream Sort, which will place them in to a stream in the spring semester. 

To give students a better feel for what each stream has to offer and an opportunity to ask questions, most streams offer Open House Hours, where you will be able to interact with current students, peer mentors, and the Research Educator.   

If you can't make any of the listed times, contact the Research Educator to set up an appointment via e-mail.  


  • Tours typically last ~30 min - 1h.  
  • BOLD research streams are located in a wet-laboratory, meaning you are required to wear proper safety attire (closed-toed shoes and long pants/skirts) during your tour.  If you are entering the lab, you will be provided with a lab coat.



Stream Contact Open House Hours Location & Notes
Dr. Gwen Stovall    
Autonomous Robots Dr. Justin Hart    
Behavioral Neuroscience
Dr. Nigel Atkinson    
Big Data in Biology Dr. Divya Arassappan    
Bioactive Molecules Dr. Elizabeth Ilardi    
Dr. Soo-Hyun Yang  
Biodiversity Dr. Susan Cameron Devitt  
Bugs in Bugs Dr. Jo-anne Holley    
Computational Materials Dr. Ray Chai    
Discovering Signals Dr. Greg Clark    
Discrete Mathematics Dr. Mark Daniels    
DIY Diagnostics
Dr. Tim Riedel    
Fish Behavior Dr. Mary Ramsey    
Functional Genomics
Dr. Dia Bagchi    
Gene Networks
Dr.  Al MacKrell    
Glow Worms Dr. Daniel Dickinson    
Luminators Dr. Lauren DePue Ward    
Magnetic Matter Peter Kampschroeder    
Microbe Hackers
Dr. Dennis Mishler    
Nano Chemistry Dr. Tony Dylla  
Plant Pathways Dr. Tony Gonzalez    
Quantum Computing Dr. Brian La Cour and Dr. Noah Davis    
Robot Learning Dr. Rudolf Lioutikov     
Supra Sensors
Dr. Diana Zamora-Olivares    
Virtual Cures - ARI Dr. Josh Beckham  
Virtual Cures - FRI Dr. Josh Beckham  
White Dwarf Stars Dr. Michael Montgomery