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FYRES: The Student Experience

FYRES students have the opportunity to take a physical science course in which they learn by doing science. From the beginning to the end of the semester (and beyond), students are immersed in research activities that focus on Lake Michigan coastal dunes.  Naturally, these activities include spending considerable time at the dunes!



What does it mean for students to be "immersed in dune research?" How and what do FYRES students learn? How does the FYRES experience engage students?



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Planning for Fall 2017 is underway, and our website is in the process of a full renovation. Check out the results towards the end of July 2017.

In Fall 2015, students worked on six team research projects, and presented their results on Thursday, 10 December 2015. Students also had the opportunity to attend the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference on 4 March, 2016, where the mentors presented research results.

Read what 2014 students had to say about their FYRES Experience!

For more information, contact Deanna van Dijk at

Interested in being a mentor? See The Mentor Experience.