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Summer Research Program
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What is the Fast Forward Summer Research Program?
An opportunity for incoming RIT top-tier freshmen to participate in an undergraduate summer research experience that will connect them to faculty and student mentors, will assist in creating a community and will acclimate students to the campus and the Rochester area before the fall quarter begins.

How do I apply for the Summer Research Program?
Participation in the summer program is by invitation, included within the invitation is a response section that will need to be returned in the enclosed self addressed envelope.

If I am unable to participate this summer, will I be able to do summer research later in my RIT education?
Throughout your RIT education you may have opportunities to conduct research with available faculty. The summer research program allows students to begin research at an earlier time.

What are the dates of the 4 week Summer Science Research Scholars Program?
July 9, 2010 - August 13, 2010

What if I have to come later?
It is required that you participate in all 4 weeks of the program, live on campus, participate in the July 9th and Aug. 7th program weekend activities and be enrolled for classes at RIT in the fall.

IHow do I find a research project?
You will be asked to choose five labs after viewing lab research descriptions on the Lab Research Web Site. Every effort will be made to place you in one of your five choices.

Can I work on a research project outside of my program interest? Yes.

If I'm accepted to the program, where will I stay and what should I bring?
During the summer program you will be staying in one of the residence halls, to be determined by Housing Operations. Click here for a listing of residence halls available
Information that will be helpful in deciding what to bring with you is available online Click here.

Are students allowed to bring their car on campus for the 4 week program?
Yes. It must be registered with Campus Safety – you can contact the office directly at: 585-475-2074 – and/or go online at http://facilities.rit.edu/pats/parking/ More information about designated parking areas can be found at the Parking and Transportation website


Are there food places on campus to go to while I am in the program? What forms of payment do they take?
Yes. Locations, along with hours of operation and offerings, can be found online
Tiger bucks, cash and debit/credit card are all accepted forms of payment. Most students take advantage of Tiger Bucks, a form of payment where money is placed on the student ID card.

When will I be able to find out who my roommate is?
After everyone has enrolled in the summer program and housing assignments are made, an information packet will be mailed to you providing this information before your arrival to campus.

What items am I allowed to bring for my dorm room?
A list, provided by housing, with this information can be found at http://finweb.rit.edu/housing/docs/whattobring.pdf.

Will I need to bring a laptop with me for the program?
A laptop is not required for the summer program. The campus does provide computer labs in numerous buildings. Locations and times available can be found at http://www.rit.edu/its/services/computer_labs/.

Are we allowed to live at home, instead of the dorms, if we are from the area?
The program requires that you live on campus during the 4 weeks. Staying on campus in the dorms helps in building a community with the other student researchers. Group activities, movie nights and group games frequently occur during off time in the dorms.

Would I be able to leave my dorm stuff on campus during the 2 week break period after the program ends?
Unfortunately you will not be able to keep your items on campus during the 2 week break period. The housing assignment for the 4 week program will not be the same as when you move in for your freshman year.

Do my parents have to attend the Move-in day events?
It is not required that your parents stay for the duration of the day after you move in to the dorms.

I am under 18 years old. Are there certain forms that I need my parents to sign before the program?
Any parental consent forms will be mailed to you prior to the start of the program.

When will I be able to find out who my mentor is?
After selection of top 5 lab choices by all students participating in the program, the student mentor team will be chosen. This information will be mailed to you, along with information about your mentor, in the beginning of June.

How will I receive payment for research in the labs?
Paychecks are distributed on a biweekly basis at RIT. (Dates to be determined)

Where can I find out more about campus life?
The website that you will find most helpful is Campus Life.

Are there any summer opportunities for high school students?
Opportunities for high school students can be found on the Office of K-12 Programs website.
You may also contact the Admissions office

Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Catherine Mahrt-Washington at cewsse@rit.edu