A. Sue Weisler
RIT is seeking to establish a $1 million undergraduate research fund in the College of Science with help from a challenge grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. The fund would be used to encourage students to pursue careers in science and mathematics and could be used support a variety of research, such as the ongoing research in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences led by Assistant Professor Susan Smith Pagano, left. Charmaine Merchant, second to left, is currently a fourth-year student and continues to conduct research in Pagano’s lab. She is shown here with Cassie Gould and April Meier, now 2014 alumnae, at right, examining wild fruit specimens to determine the nutritional health of migratory birds.