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FYRES: Apply to Be a Research Mentor

Research students with equipment on a mission!

All of the mentor positions have been filled for 2014-2015. If you are considering becoming a mentor for he 2015-2016 academic year, watch for position postings in Jan/Feb 2015. You can also look at the most recent application form to see what information was required.



To be eligible to become a FYRES Mentor, a student must

  • be a geography or geology or environmental studies (geography track) major.
  • have completed Geog/Geol 252 Geomorphology*.
  • have prior research experience (completion of the Geomorphology research project with a grade of B or better counts has research experience).
  • demonstrate academic ability (GPA of 2.8 or better).
  • demonstrate potential for research and mentoring less-experienced students.
  • be available for the scheduled FYRES activities in the fall semester.
    In Fall 2014, FYRES Mentors must be available for the Geog 181 lab period (Th 1:30-6:30pm) and some of the Geog 181 class periods (MWF 10:30-11:20am).

*Students who have completed Geog 181 Research in Earth Sciences: Dunes and will be enrolled in Geog/Geol 252 in Fall 2014 are also eligible.

If you are interested in applying but do not meet one of the eligibility requirements, either talk to Deanna van Dijk or provide an explanation in your application about why you should be considered for a position without meeting that requirement.  

Interviews and Notification

In the spring application process, after applications are received and reviewed, candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to a short interview with Deanna van Dijk.  The interviews are opportunities to further highlight/explore candidate qualifications and fit with the FYRES Research Mentor program. During the summer application period, email or phone conversations may be substituted for in-person interviews.


More information

Are you interested in applying for the FYRES Coordinator position in an upcoming year? Check out the job description and application process.

All of the mentor positions have been filled for 2014-2015.

Other questions? Contact Deanna van Dijk at