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Fall Academic Research (FAR) Program

The purpose of the Fall Academic Research (FAR) Program is to increase the retention and graduation rate of first-generation and minority students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program is designed to give junior-level STEM majors a high-impact, high-engaging research experience!

FAR Scholars participate in a week-long research seminar that will enable them to:

  • join a community of scholars;
  • receive an introduction to research theory;
  • learn how to develop, design, and outline a research proposal;
  • participate in seminars taught by Michigan Tech faculty; and
  • attend workshops designed to increase their success.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Scholars must be at least a sophomore- or junior-level student.
  • Scholars must be Pell-grant eligible.
  • Scholars must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Scholars must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better.

FAR Scholars Benefits

  • Receive a stipend in the amount of $1,000 (for one semester only, not renewable).
  • Get technical expertise needed to develop a successful research proposal.
  • Develop the skills to become an excellent research assistant in academia.
  • Access to help from the Excelling the Student Experience of Learning (ExSEL) Program.
  • Tuition scholarships for fall semester are available to Michigan and non-Michigan residents. Based on your cumulative GPA from all prior colleges, your award could range from $1,500 to $7,000.

Program Dates

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Friday, December 11, 2015.


Participation in the week-long research seminar is required in order to be a Fall Academic Research (FAR) Program Scholar.