The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams ... [ read more ]

New FIRE industry partner: Agilent is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. The company provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. Agilent’s expertise and trusted collaboration give them the highest confidence in our solutions ... [ read more ]

New FIRE industry partner: greeNEWit is an energy solutions company founded to help society build sustainable communities and better economies through conserving the use of natural resources. We provide a variety of energy and water saving solutions that help residents and businesses save money on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint ... [ read more ]

Patrick Killion is UMD's Director of First-Year Research Programs and the Founding Director of FIRE. He asserts "A consistent theme has pervaded hundreds of conversations I have had with young college students regarding expectations for their first-year experience" ... [ read more ]

Dr. Cristina Risco is the Research Educator of the Addiction Science research stream. She states that she "values teaching and mentoring within a learning community that promotes student-driven goals, supports taking risks, values diversity, invites a sharing of ideas, and aims for exceptional scholarship" ... [ read more ]

Justin Mckillop is a 2014-15 student in the Risk Communication & Resilience research stream. He told us "I never imagined in a million years that I would be doing the type of research and projects that I am doing right now" ... [ read more ]

Alyssa Goldsmith is a 2014-15 student in the Addiction Science research stream and shares of her FIRE experience "I feel that this has been the best decision that I have made at college thus far" ... [ read more ]