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  • Intent to Present deadline
  • June 25, 2018
  • Abstract Submission deadline
  • July 17, 2018
  • Registration deadline
  • July 23, 2018
  • Symposium
  • August 3, 2018


Symposium Date: August 3, 2018
Location: RIT Campus, Louise Slaughter Hall and Sustainability Institute

RIT students will have the opportunity to present their research and innovative ideas at the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The free, public event showcases research and creative projects undertaken during the past year by undergraduate students in all colleges and institutes on campus. All RIT undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate.

Keynote Speaker - Stephen Polly, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Dr. Stephen PollyDr. Stephen Polly holds a B.S. in Microelectronic Engineering (2009), and a Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering (2015), both from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is currently a research scientist in the NanoPower Research Laboratory (NPRL) at RIT and works on the development, growth, characterization, and integration of III-V materials by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). He began his research career as an undergraduate, working as a co-op in NPRL fabricating solar cells in RIT’s Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Lab (SMFL). He presented his research from that experience a decade ago at the 2008 Undergraduate Research Symposium. He continued his work with the NPRL and joined the Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. program where his graduate work focused on the integration and advanced optoelectronic characterization of quantum dot enhanced solar cells for improved power conversion efficiency. As a graduate student, he served as a member of the organizing committee for the RIT Graduate Research Symposium from 2010 to 2013, serving as General Chair of the 4th annual symposium. After completing his Ph.D., he spent two years under an Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Fellowship where he investigated doped carbon nanotube (CNT) thermoelectric devices. Now his focus is on manipulating atoms to grow in complicated crystals with very specific electrical and optical properties to develop the next generation of solar cell technology.


Start Time End Time Event Location(s)
8:00am 8:30am Check-In & Continental Breakfast SLA 2210-2240
8:30am 9:00am Welcome Remarks SLA 2210-2240
9:15am 10:30am Oral Presentation Session 1 SLA & SUS classrooms
10:30am 11:30am Poster Presentation Session 1 & Coffee Break SUS Galleria
11:30am 12:30pm Oral Presentation Session 2 SLA & SUS classrooms
12:30pm 1:45pm Lunch & Keynote Speaker University Gallery &
SLA 2210 – 2240
1:45pm 3:00pm Oral Presentation Session 3 SLA & SUS classrooms
3:00pm 4:00pm Poster Presentation Session 2 & Afternoon Break SUS Galleria
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