Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium returns to live presentations July 28


The Undergraduate Research Symposium, RIT’s annual showcase of innovative projects, takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 28 and more than 200 students are expected. The event will showcase some of the best undergraduate research ideas and solutions.

The full agenda can be viewed online, with opening remarks beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Alfred L. Davis Room, located in the RIT Alumni Union (SAU). Presentations, poster sessions and networking will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

This year’s keynote speaker is Geraldine Cochran, professor of physics at Rutgers University. She will discuss some of her work and national efforts to address inequalities in STEM education. Cochran will present over lunch from 1-1:30 p.m. in the Davis Room at SAU.

A professional practice associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers, Cochran is a physical education researcher, teaches introductory physics courses for engineering majors, and develops teaching materials for high school physics class and introduction. college-level physics courses. Cochran is also a member of the university’s TRIAD Coalition, a campus organization supporting STEM education research, outreach, diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts, at the university and nationally. .

“Dr. Cochran has lasting roots at RIT. She helped lead the NSF-funded learning assistant program at the College of Science, was a member of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, STEM learning and assessment and served as associate director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Achievement,” said Michael Coleman, associate professor in the RIT School of Chemistry and Materials Science and chair of the event. He leads a team of faculty-researchers from across campus and members of the RIT Research Division organizing the annual program showcasing the work of undergraduate students.

One of the newest aspects of the event is the International Day of Online Research presentations gallery. Students from RIT’s international colleges in Dubai, Croatia, Kosovo and China will participate in the symposium by sharing research findings through video presentations. Students at the Rochester campus will also participate in this format.

Photos from the 2019 event are available online. RIT’s undergraduate research initiatives are extensive and include not only this annual symposium, but also the Research Experience for Undergraduates, an intensive summer program where students from RIT and universities nationwide participate to on-site experience to contribute to research in areas such as STEM education, astrophysics, disaster resilience, imaging and sensing.


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