RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium opens Thursday with virtual presentations

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RIT will present a variety of research projects undertaken by students and faculty-mentors during the 2020-21 academic year at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The symposium will be virtual and the videos of the project will be available for viewing online from July 29 to August 4. Students will monitor the sessions to interact with symposium attendees. Students from RIT’s international colleges in Dubai and Croatia will participate via the virtual environment.

Ryne raphael, Vice President of Research and Associate Vice President of RIT, will open the symposium on Thursday morning and introduce this year’s keynote speaker, Michael johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Arizona, who will discuss “Lessons in making mistakes and feeling comfortable in chaos. ”

Johnson is an expert in how the body fights and eliminates pathogens, especially how metals serve as nutrients for biological systems. His lab work focuses on finding out how copper is toxic to bacteria and how this essential metal could be used for preventative therapies. As a longtime advocate of educating young people about science, he participates in national events such as DNA Day and hosts a podcast for children called Scientific sound pieces and his Twitter page, @blacksciblog, has more than 12,000 subscribers.

Traditionally, the level research that RIT undergraduates produce has been the mainstay of graduate students. At RIT, it is not uncommon for undergraduates to work alongside these more experienced peers as well as teacher-mentors.

“We have an extremely high density of undergraduate students who are engaged in independent and scholarly research. Practical education through research continues to be a hallmark of RIT undergraduate training, ”said Raffaelle.

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 across the country participate. on-site experience to contribute to research in areas such as STEM education, astrophysics, disaster resilience, imaging and sensing.



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