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  • Intent to Present deadline
  • June 30, 2016
  • Abstract Submission deadline
  • July 17, 2016
  • Registration deadline
  • July 25, 2016
  • Symposium
  • August 5, 2016


Symposium Date: August 5th, 2016
Location: RIT Campus, Louise Slaughter Hall and Sustainability Institute

RIT students will have the opportunity to present their research and innovative ideas at the 25th 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

Dr. Susan SpencerDr. Susan Spencer pursued her first degree in biotechnology, in part because she wanted to work in a discipline that addressed the questions of the universe from a human perspective. At RIT, as she started her PhD studies in the quantum description of small molecule organic solar cells, she realized that her work would be meaningless if people couldn’t have access to it, afford it, be able to use it. So she broadened her focus to understand policy, manufacturing, and business development.

Upon receiving her degree, Dr. Spencer decided to stay in her native Rochester, NY. As the President and CEO of ROCSPOT, she is bringing all of her broad skillset to the table to fight for a solar empowered Rochester. In addition, she is the US Ambassador for SolarAid, an international charity focused on eradicating the kerosene lantern from rural Africa by 2020, and serves as a Climate Reality Leader for Al Gore’s foundation, the Climate Reality Project.


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 10:15am 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 1:30pm 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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