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Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Research is about solving problems, and RIT recognizes that many of the best careers require strong research skills. RIT provides a wide-variety of undergraduate research opportunities—from working on a business-, industry-, government agency-, or RIT-sponsored original research project in collaboration with a faculty member; to facilitating applied scientific, engineering, or market research in a corporate or industrial setting, as part of the RIT co-op or internship programs; plus a host of other options.

A number of RIT programs offer exciting opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate research.

Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Promoting entrepreneurial endeavors, the center offers students applied experiences, such as for-credit opportunities to consult on pre-seed and start-up ventures; a business plan competition; conferences; a minor in entrepreneurship; and courses in innovation, and strategic growth and business creativity.

Biological Sciences Research Scholars Program

A substantial hands-on experience where students execute their own high-quality research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. Students gain valuable research experience, write papers discussing their work, present their findings, and participate in discussion and lecture series.

Chemistry Research Scholars Program

Intended for students to engage in serious undergraduate research in chemistry, the program features a significant research experience for students to design and execute their own research under the direction of a faculty mentor. Participants take part in discussions and lectures, earn opportunities to travel to conferences, and present their findings.

Economics Undergraduate Research

The Economics Department encourages its undergraduate students to undertake both independent and collaborative research projects.  The range of research opportunities available to Economics undergraduates is described at Some projects are published in peer-reviewed economics research journals. Please visit for a complete list of publications co-authored by RIT Economics undergraduate students and faculty.

Undergraduate Research and Mentoring for Deaf Students in Biology

Designed to increase the number of deaf and hard of hearing students performing undergraduate research in biology, the research and mentoring program features a two-year research project, seminars, and prep work that strengthens students’ candidacy for graduate programs in biology.

Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

The School of Mathematical Sciences hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates site funded by the National Science Foundation. Participants conduct cutting edge work in statistical analysis, modeling and computational math with faculty mentors.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium honors RIT student research achievement—hosting more than 90 presentations from across the campus each year by undergraduate students who have conducted research with faculty members.