The mission statement of FIRE asserts that the program provides first-year students research experience, broad mentorship and social connectivity that impacts academic success, personal resilience and professional development. In practical terms - what does this really mean? It means that we welcome UMD students to the business of the institutional research mission and each individual pictured below wakes each day to provide support and broad mentorship needed for them to succeed. Research is hard work and requires resilience, commitment and perserverence. We are committed to the development of these capacities in our young professionals and hope that you will contact us if we can help you in any way.