Impact of RIT’s K-12 Program Shines Through Conference

High school participants win first and third places at state conference

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Two Rochester Institute of Technology K-12 teams won first and third place at the state level in the Science and Technology Entry Program’s Annual Research Project Competition last month in Albany.

The first-place team presented in the biological/life sciences division. Their project, “What Type is Your Serotype,” included teammates Lily Southivongnorath and Jerastaysia Briggs from Greece Olympia High School and Brittany Thomas from Rochester STEM High School.

The third-place team presented in the physical sciences division. Their project, “Artificial Photosynthesis: The Electrochemical Conversion of Water into Oxygen and Hydrogen,” included teammates Jason Mitchell and Sofia Steffen-Cruz from Rush-Henrietta High School and Joseph Foster from Rochester STEM High School.

Each team had an RIT professor as an advisor. Robert Osgood, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, assisted the biological/life sciences team and Michael Coleman, assistant professor of chemistry, helped the physical sciences team.

The poster presentations and trophies are on display at the respective students’ schools.

The RIT Science and Technology Entry Program is a state-funded grant program that provides academic enrichment and college and career exploration to students in grades 9-12. For more information on the program and other K-12 initiatives at RIT, go to