An intensive educational experience for select RIT students that incorporates metacognition into the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.
What is Metacognition? Metacognition is awareness of your own knowledge. It includes recognizing how you learn, self-assessing how well you have learned, and developing a coherent picture of what is learned. Some refer to it as "thinking about thinking."
The Goals of IMPRESS
IMPRESS is for RIT students interested in thinking deeply about their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. Metacognition includes recognizing how you learn, self-assessing how well you have learned, and developing a coherent picture of what is learned.
Improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education through research and metacognition.
Engage our participants in interesting science experiments that will enhance their metacognitive skills.
Increase opportunities for RIT STEM students to support their peers in academics.
The Three Programs of IMPRESS
You can participate in any of the three parts below, or if you'd like, all three.
IMPRESS students work together to investigate complex, real-world problems such as ecosystems, space travel and computer network design. Particpants get paid to have fun exploring these programs and draw connections with their plans of study.
First Year Courses
All RIT students have to take general education and writing courses; IMPRESS students get to take special courses that encourage them to integrate all of their STEM courses.
Second year IMPRESS students are eligible for paid Learning Assistant positions in which they work with faculty mentors to help other students learn better in foundational STEM courses. Learn more about our Learning Assistant Program by visiting our website here.