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FIRE Program

Jumpstart your college experience with UCR's FIRE Program:

Faculty-mentored interdisciplinary research experience

students in the FIRE program

Join us for a unique, 1:1 mentorship experience with UCR's renowned faculty. This project-oriented experience is customized for you. Students in UCR's FIRE program will work exclusively with an experienced faculty member; they will design and manage a directed research project, enhance their research skills, and start to build their network of professional contacts.


  • Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Neuroengineering
  • Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology
  • Air & Water Quality Systems Engineering
  • Energy Conservation & Storage
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Embedded and Real-time Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • CyberSecurity
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Nanoscale Design & Microdevice Engineering


  • 1:1 faculty-mentored experience
  • Direct access to world-class research
  • Project oriented
  • End of project presentation & report
  • Certification of completion
  • Recommendation letter (based on performance)



Offered on a rolling basis year-round



UCR FIRE program is coordinated by International Affairs, in collaboration with UCR's colleges and schools.


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