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First-Year Research in Earth Sciences (FYRES): Dunes


FYRES: Dunes has opportunities for first-year and upper-level students to learn by participating in dune research within the dynamic setting of Lake Michigan's coastal dunes.

The FYRES course has up to 24 spots for first-year students interested in hands-on science. Students will use cutting-edge methods and equipment to investigate current questions about the dunes. Student discoveries will inform the activities of dune managers, scientists, and public outreach efforts.

The course is supported by six FYRES student research mentors working with professor (and dune researcher) Deanna van Dijk. The upper-level geography and geology majors will mentor the first-year students through their research training and team research projects. Student mentors will gain research, teaching, and leadership experience, as well as the excitement of sharing scientific discovery with the students taking the FYRES course!

Learn more about:

the FYRES student experience

the application process for students

the FYRES Mentor experience

FYRES people: students, mentors, faculty

FYRES research projects and results

This website is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #0942344 and a grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Student applications for the Fall 2014 FYRES course are now open! Click here to learn more about being a FYRES student.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor in the 2014-15 academic year, applications are now being accepted.

Four FYRES mentors presented their reseach at the Michigan Academy Conference, which took place on February 28, 2014.

Learn more about FYRES student research projects that were completed this past fall.

Check out the article written about the FYRES course.

For more information, contact Deanna van Dijk at