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First Year Research in Engineering Experience

The First Year Research in Engineering Experience (FYREE) program provides first-year undergraduate students and prospective engineering majors with early hands-on experience and mentoring within engineering.


Due to COVID-19, this program is currently suspended and will resume when campus practice/policy allows.


First Year Research


  • Up to 12 two-term research projects will be available.
    • Winter and Spring
  • Participation is in the form of a part-time internship
    • $10 per hour; 8–10 hours per week
  • FYRE interns must present a poster at the Wetterhan Symposium.
    • Presented in May with other Dartmouth undergraduates involved in scientific research
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  • Get hands-on research experience
  • Learn important life and work skills
  • Explore possible career paths
  • Network with scientists and engineers
  • Experience the Dartmouth engineering community


Late September

  • Projects listed online

October 15

  • Application deadline

Late October

  • Mentor/student interviews

Early November

  • Notification of selection to students

Late January

  • WISP Smart Science Study Skills Session
    • FYREE program students invited to attend.

Late May

  • Karen E. Wetterhan Symposium
    • FYREE program students required to participate.

How to Apply

  1. Applicants must be in their first term at Dartmouth.
  2. Students may apply to either the First Year Research in Engineering Experience (FYREE) program or the Women in Science Project (WISP), but not both.
  3. Review list of available projects and make a selection.
  4. Students must fill out the application form for each project they are interested in.
  5. Return completed application(s) to by 10/15.
  6. Students not accepted to the FYREE program may apply to the second round of WISP.

Intern Selection

Faculty mentors will interview applicants and select a student for each project.