Carolyn's work as a PTF has advanced the development of the Freshman Introduction to Research in Engineering (FIRE). FIRE provides opportunities for first-semester freshmen to participate in authentic research projects led by a faculty advisor, to encourage students to participate in research throughout their undergraduate careers, starting with their very first semester on campus. The FIRE course was offered for the third time in Fall 2016.
Thirty-eight students were enrolled and worked on 11 faculty-led projects. Current students are surveyed and the progress of former FIRE students is tracked to document the impact of the course on the students. A conference paper is being prepared to document and disseminate the results of this initiative.