Our Programs

The aim of any FLi Sci program is rooted in support of our mission and vision — to support low-income or first-generation students eager to become scientists and drastically increase the number of diverse researchers.

The first pilot program born out of FLi Sci was the FLi Sci Scholars Program, a paid research fellowship program that run during the Fall 2019 academic semester. 7 ambitious high school students interested in science, techology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) were selected for the inagural fellowship that met weekly to discuss topics related to science and prepared and presented a culminating research proposal. For more details on the inaugural cohort of FLi Sci Scholars, you can go here.

We plan to recruit for our second cohort of about 20-30 students in a few months to run another program during the Spring 2022 academic semester. Please check back shortly for the application!

Asynchronous Science Training Programs

There are a variety of skills utilized in scientific settings — such as programming (e.g., Python or R), statistics, experimental design, and even scientific communication. However, not all students are adequately or properly exposed to these tangible skillsets either because they are unable to learn formally in classrooms or trained during research assistantships. To combat these challenges, an in-progress project we hope to launch in mid to late 2022 is producing syllabi to help students learn on their own vital research skills based on free, online resources.

Researchers often publish a variety of resources to help people learn these skills, and there are also many ways students can utilize these to build their scientific repertoire even without working directly in a lab. Some of the curriculum we hope to produce for FLi students are as follows:

  • Learning how to analyze data using Python or R

  • Using open access applications to create behavioral experiments (e.g., PsychoPy or jsPsych)

  • How to access and reviewing empirical literature to stay up-to-date with latest scientific advancements

Please stay tuned for more info on these syllabi within the upcoming year!