The First Year Research Experience in STEM at Wichita State University aims to build a community of STEM students, faculty and professionals to support STEM majors or potential majors as they form identities as members of the scientific community. FYRE is supported by funding from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.

Each year first year students are selected to participate in FYRE and are matched with research mentors. They work on novel research projects during the Spring semester and present their research in a poster session at the end of the semester. Each student's work is presented under the mentorship of a WSU faculty member.

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  • FYRE in STEM 2021

    Publication of the First Year Research Experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program

Recent Submissions

  • An initial study on the line orientation patterns of a 3D printed specimen and its resistance to stress placed onto a specimen 

    Lopez-Correa, Ricardo; Smith, Nicholas (Wichita State University, 2021)
    The purpose of this project is to determine the best line orientation pattern and material for a printed three-dimensional specimen to reduce the stress being applied. Investigations have been carried out by graduate ...
  • Find a better way to neutralize acid mine drainage 

    Tazawa, Kazune; Swindle, Andrew L. (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Recently, the effects of acid mine drainage (AMD) on our life and the stream aquatic environments have become severe. AMD is recognized in the various areas in the world, such as Africa, North America, Europe and Oceania. ...
  • Reducing noise to improve robotic material recognition 

    Peterson, Mary; Li, Hui; He, Hongsheng (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Denoising Autoencoders (DAEs) are a machine learning tool used to reconstruct noisy data in a way that reduces noise, allowing artificial intelligence systems to better recognize patterns in data or images. An autoencoder ...
  • The implementation of an optimize 3D printing path 

    Lammers, Michael; Smith, Nicholas (Wichita State University, 2021)
    3D printing is an Additive Manufacturing (AM) process that generates several different two-dimensional paths. These paths are than laid on top of each other one at a time to create a three-dimensional object. This process ...
  • Concussion testing app: Sway construct validity 

    Carter, Victoria; Britton, Robert J.; VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A. (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Fast and reliable concussion testing is critical for those that are injured. The digital app Sway could give medical professionals and sports officials more accessible means of quick concussion testing. Sway is an app that ...
  • Synthesis of BaSiS3 Crystal 

    Touffaha, Ibrahim; Cicirello, Gary; Wang, Jian (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Inorganic chemistry attempts to understand the bridge between inorganic crystal structure and function. To fully understand function, the structure of a system must be first investigated and understood. Previous studies ...
  • Comparative analysis of commercial and military jet engines in the last 50 years 

    Cupertino, Pedro; Raza, A.V.M. (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Books and documents explain the operation and characteristics of jet engines without showing how they have evolved over the past 50 years. For each decade, there are also differences between the jet engines produced ...

    Nguyen, Andre; Chastain, Hanna; Zavala, P.; Patterson, Jeremy A.; VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A. (Wichita State University, 2021)
    The tongue is commonly evaluated in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with speech, swallowing, and breathing. Over 38% of the general population and 81% of children are impacted with some form of such ...
  • Evaluating the reliability of inexpensive hardware to test autonomous benchmarking problems 

    Evans, Cade; Tran, Dang M.; He, Hongsheng (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Autonomous mobile robots are on the forefront of cutting-edge technology, taking advantage of recent developments in artificial intelligence, battery efficiency and sensor technology that all adds up to an expensive machine. ...
  • Single satellite orbit design for hurricane monitoring 

    Sterzing, Alex; Dutta, Atri (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Every year, numerous tropical storms form within the Gulf of Mexico. While the majority of these storms are harmless, there is a small contingent which become hurricanes and pose a serious threat to the Gulf Coast region ...
  • Improving the efficiency of solar cells 

    Peterson, Grace; Rashidi, Soheil; Mathur, Saket Chand; Wei, Wei (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Solar energy is important to the search for viable renewable energy sources. Improving the efficiency, affordability, and stability of solar cells is critical to implementing them practically on a large scale. Currently, ...
  • The effects of different concentrations of Calgon on starch 

    Awad, Feras; Dozier, Crystal A. (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Sodium (Hexa) metaphosphate, better known as Calgon, is used as a deflocculant to disperse clay-based particles in archaeological samples. Researchers have looked at starch particles in ancient pottery to determine what ...
  • Open-source microscope for carbon fiber analysis in composite printing 

    Thomas, Annika; Smith, Nicholas (Wichita State University, 2021)
    The purpose of open-source microscopy is to enable laboratories to have the power of microscopy at a reduced cost and with lower maintenance. Open-source microscopy also allows for a broader range of customization so the ...
  • Revealing palladin's role in metastasis by directly observing its influence on actin polymerization 

    Baldwin, Derek; Albraiki, Sharifah E.; Beck, Moriah R. (Wichita State University, 2021)
    Metastatic cancer cells sometimes break off from their point of origin and use motile structures composed of polymerized actin to travel elsewhere in the body. An actin-binding protein named palladin is often overexpressed ...
  • Progress towards a robust, calibration free and ultra-sensitive quantum technology-based magnetometer for fire-and-forget applications 

    Unruh, Thane; Halder, Sajib; Ambal, Kapildeb (Wichita State University, 2021)
    A magnetometer, or magnetic field sensor, are used on all types of aircrafts and spacecrafts to measure magnetic field intensity. We will be using EDMR or, electrically detected magnetic resonance, to measure these magnetic ...