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Dartmouth stands out for its commitment to integrating first-year students into its vibrant research community from day one. Offering unique opportunities for early involvement in various fields, Dartmouth ensures that newcomers are not just spectators but active participants in the frontiers of discovery and innovation. This blog highlights two cornerstone programs for first-year research enthusiasts: the First-Year Research in Engineering Experience (FYREE) and the Women in Science Project (WISP), both designed to make research accessible right from the start of their college journey.

First-Year Research in Engineering Experience (FYREE) and Women in Science Project (WISP) are two research programs designed for students interested in pursuing research in college. Both programs require minimal relevant academic backgrounds. Students also get the chance to work alongside faculty and graduate students and even publish research papers, which can be an incredibly enriching hands-on research experience for them to explore possible career paths.

First-year Research in Engineering Experience (FYREE)

FYREE offers a dynamic entry point for first-year engineering students into research. By October, students can apply to join FYREE and start working on impactful projects through part-time internships during the winter and spring terms. A friend of mine involved in FYREE is currently enhancing healthcare operations using data science, showcasing the program's blend of learning and real-world application.

WISP Research Lab
Rodent-handling skills developed through WISP program

Women in Science Project (WISP)

WISP aims to increase gender diversity in STEM by providing first-year female students with mentorship, research internships, and a supportive community. This program makes it possible for students to engage in scientific research early on. For example, one of my friends participating in the WISP program is engaging in neuroscience research about addiction and motivation (see rat photo). Her WISP experience helps her to build skills like rodent handling techniques, which is crucial for her future bio-related career.

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