Biomedical Freshman Research Initiative (BFRI)

BMED students
Ever wonder what research is? 
Enjoy finding answer to questions? 
Ever wonder what it is like to be a scientist? 
Enjoy discovering new things? 
Interested in the opportunity to contribute to scientific knowledge? 
If you answered “Yes”, BFRI might be right for you!

Biomedical Freshman Research Initiative (BFRI) is an undergraduate research initiative program that is opened to students in the Biomedical Science (BMED) Bachelor’s program. By taking the BFRI track, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to and engage in research beginning as a first-year BMED student.
The importance of research for biomedical students and information on BFRI.
Please visit the About BFRI page to learn more about the program.

To learn more about BFRI, please watch this video:


Incoming BMED Freshman who want to be part of BFRI in Fall 2019,
please register for one of the following courses below:

Independent Research I - 22743 - BMED 3121 - 1BR 
Independent Research I - 22746 - BMED 3121 - 2BR


UTRGV Press Release – June 9, 2016:

UTRGV Health & Biomedical Sciences Freshmen Research Initiative to launch third cohort this fall – The Biomedical Freshman Research Initiative (BFRI) in the UTRGV Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences helps students interested in authentic research experiences that have an impact on the scientific community. This fall, BFRI Director Dr. Sue Anne Chew, assistant professor in Health and Biomedical Sciences, will accept the program’s third cohort of students, as 50 new freshmen enter the two-year BFRI program. Read the full press release 


contact BFRI
  Dr. Sue Anne Chew
   BFRI Program Contact
  Office: BBRHB 2.112
  Phone: 956-882-6518 
  sueanne.chew@utrgv.edu