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.

Collections in this community

  • FYRE in STEM 2021

    Publication of the First Year Research Experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program
  • FYRE in STEM 2022

    Publication of the First Year Research Experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program
  • FYRE in STEM 2023

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

Recent Submissions

  • The impact of policies on the orbital debris population 

    Kreger, Ella; Dutta, Atri (Wichita State University, 2023)
    The amount of debris in low earth and geostationary orbit has become a growing concern for all entities involved in space operations. However, the content of the policies incorporated in the last 40 years to mitigate the ...
  • Towards a conjugate vaccine based on anthrax protective antigen 

    Whalen, Monica; Gonti, Srinivas; Bann, James G. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Anthrax toxin is an AB toxin and made up of two components. The A components are Lethal Factor and Edema factor. B component is protective antigen (PA). PA is the part of the toxin that directly targets and disrupts host ...
  • Phase 2: Oral material microbial hazard risk analysis 

    Vence, Alexia; Ruff, Micah; Nickel, Sarah M.; VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    It is important when diagnosing or treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) to assess the patient's tongue strength and endurance. The anti-slip patch is an adhesive material that reduces slippage of the Iowa ...
  • Separating impurities produced by the cyclization of PEG 

    Steinman, Abigail; Gabriel, Gianluca; Freedman, Abegel; Pugh, Coleen (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is biocompatible, which makes it useful in biomedical materials for applications in tissue engineering, controlled drug delivery, and thermoresponsive materials. Our group has developed the ...
  • Isolating cyclic peptides from linear peptides 

    Ballout, Kendah; Mandpaka, Hyma; Wu, Haifan (Wichita State University, 2023)
    For decades, medicines treating ailments from autoimmune diseases to fungal infections have included peptides. Cyclic peptides are preferable to linear peptides because they are less likely to denature within the body. ...
  • War on cancer: Development of the covalent inhibitor on KRASG12D 

    Wang, Jia Wen; Abijoye, Emmanuel; Wu, Haifan (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Mutations in the KRAS protein, such as G12C and G12D have been linked to many types of cancers including lung, colorectal, and pancreatic. Small molecules specifically targeting KRASG12C have been found to effectively bind ...
  • Survey on the acceptability of a fetal monitoring device 

    Brake, Anna; Keene Woods, Nikki (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Pregnant mothers living in rural areas are faced with reduced access to adequate maternal and fetal healthcare, leading to disparities in delivered care and contributing to increased adverse birth outcomes for mothers and ...
  • Relationship between flexibility and tongue muscle performance in healthy young adults 

    Fernandez, Jennifer; Khan, Zainab; VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Tongue muscle performance (e.g., tongue strength, tongue endurance) is essential for completing everyday tasks (i.e., swallowing, maintaining upper airway patency) and maintaining good health. Skeletal muscle has been shown ...
  • Motivation for exercise: Exploring the preference for group versus solo physical activity in extraverts 

    Liska, Zoie; Pham, Diana; Hutton, Abbie; Nagrecha, Shivani; Baldwin, Carryl L. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    It is well-known that routine physical activity has positive impacts on overall health and well being. However, the majority of Americans do not make exercise a priority in their daily lives. In order to better understand ...
  • Wichita State University carbon footprint analysis 

    McClelland, Stewart; Ahmed, Ikramuddin (Wichita State University, 2023)
    In the modern age, we are growing more aware of the limited time and resources this planet has and that we must take steps to prevent this. As a leader in innovation, we should also progress our efforts to combat the ongoing ...
  • Modelling the actin-myopalladin complex using crosslinking mass spectrometry 

    Meuli, Rose Marie; Ajiboye, Oluwatosin; Beck, Moriah R. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Myopalladin is an actin-binding protein that has recently been discovered in striated muscle tissue. Like its family members myotilin and palladin, myopalladin contains immunoglobin (Ig) domains that participate in actin ...
  • Archaeological flotation analysis at the Etzanoa site (14CO3): Preliminary artifactual and geoarchaeological insights from a single profile column 

    Tran, Tina; Potter, Kate; Dozier, Crystal (Wichita State University, 2023)
    The archaeological site known as Etzanoa also known at site 14CO3, is an ancestral Wichita village site located along the Walnut River in Cowley County, Kansas. Occupied most heavily during the Great Bend Aspect (approximately ...
  • Abstract reasoning and agreeableness: A deeper understanding of cognition 

    Zidarita, Amelie; Skinner, Ryley; Wallace, Taylor; Clark, Charles B. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    In an age set in technology and social media, abstract thinking has become more prominent in the way communication occurs and how ideas are conveyed. Its influence on the modern person has altered the way information is ...
  • Individual differences characteristics associated with group versus individual exercise preference: roadmap to facilitating exercise adherence 

    Pham, Diana; Liska, Zoie; Hutton, Abbie; Nagrecha, Shivani; Baldwin, Carryl L. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Exercise is a vital component of human well-being, as regular physical activity is known to increase overall health, decrease psychological distress and depression, and decrease mortality risk from all causes. Despite its ...
  • Effect of hydrophobic/hydrophilic tendencies on inkjet printing for wearable electronics 

    Otten, Abby; Lee, Yongkuk (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Inkjet printing is a method used to precisely deposit ink drops onto substrates. This method can be used in the creation of wearable electronics for health monitoring and biosensing. Inkjet printed ultrathin, flexible, and ...
  • Electrodynamic Propulsion for sustainable space debris removal 

    Erives, Andres; Dutta, Atri (Wichita State University, 2023)
    The proliferation of space debris in Earth's orbit poses significant risks to space agencies and commercial space operators due to potential collisions with space assets. Such collisions can cause severe damage to satellites ...
  • Improving human-robot interactions and platform for advanced smart manufacturing in aviation 

    Tran, Gary; Boyd, Don; Yan, Fujian; He, Hongsheng (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Human robot collaboration platform is meant to integrate interactions between humans and robots. In most cases in the advanced manufacturing industry, humans will give the robot instructions and the robot will then carry ...
  • Color quantization analysis using mascots of public institutions of higher education in the United States 

    Fernando, Thamod; Dao, Mai (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Colors play an important role in our lives and being able to recognize colors is extremely helpful in performing daily tasks. However, there are scenarios where people cannot easily identify colors, and automatic color ...
  • Impedance tube testing to measure acoustical properties of noise absorbing materials 

    Honors, Logan; Sharma, Bhisham N. (Wichita State University, 2023)
    Noise is a major concern across engineering disciplines. In aerospace engineering, sound absorbing materials are used to reduce noise in airplane cabins. The sound absorption coefficient is a measure of a material's ability ...
  • Oral material microbiology hazard risk analysis 

    Stilwell, Madelyn; Bland, Ashley; Chastain, Hanna; Konen, Hannah; Nickel, Sarah M.; VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A. (Wichita State University, 2022)
    Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are often associated with abnormal functional lingual movements. It is important when diagnosing or treating OMDs to assess patients' tongue strength and endurance. The anti-slip ...

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