Scientific Research Showcased at RIT Undergraduate Symposium




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From quantum dots and carbon nanotubes to remote sensing, students at Rochester Institute of Technology showcased their scientific research during the university’s 14th annual undergraduate research symposium, held today in the Louise Slaughter Building on campus.

The all-day event recognized the outstanding research of students in numerous colleges at RIT, and presentations were made in a number of fields from polymer chemistry and material science to microelectronics and imaging science. Students worked with faculty members to develop and execute their projects and will use the results for future studies in their fields.

“This symposium was designed to honor the achievements of our incredibly talented and dedicated student body,” says Ian Gatley, dean of the College of Science. “It also recognizes RIT’s continued commitment to developing cutting edge research opportunities for our students with the ultimate goal of producing our next generation of outstanding scientists.”

“I am always amazed at the variety of topics presented and the breadth and depth of subjects covered,” adds Terence Morrill, chair of the department of chemistry and symposium director. “These projects give our students tremendous real world research experience and an opportunity to showcase their achievements before future employers and colleagues.”

The Undergraduate Research Symposium was founded to honor student achievement in scientific research and to further RIT’s goal of combining traditional laboratory work and classroom instruction with experiential learning. The symposium now hosts over 40 presentations a year and includes representatives from industry leaders including Eastman Kodak and Xerox.