College & Careers Workshops

Register for up to 5 interactive workshops.



All workshops are one hour. Space is limited in many workshops, so we recommend early registration. Some workshops have content to view or supplies needed ahead of time in order to participate in the demonstration in real time (you will see this mentioned in the workshop description, and we'll email information if this applies to your workshop in advance). If you've registered for a workshop you can no longer attend, please contact us ASAP to make your spot available to other students.


Art and Design

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

See how advanced 3D software is being used to design the latest games, movies, visualizations and interactive experiences. Faculty will demonstrate how a project is designed from the sketch to the final game environment, and show you how you can launch your career in a variety of emerging industries. Get access to 3D models that you can use to start your portfolio.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Working practices: building an illustration from start to finish. Within illustration there is a wide acceptance of styles and techniques. Building up from a strong foundation helps the illustrator best communicate within their visual world.

Sessions 5 & 7

Drawing faculty will show the techniques to portrait drawing using charcoal. Participants will gain some tips to complete a self-portrait on their own as they develop their portfolios for the college application process. They will also get a virtual tour of one of RIT’s drawing studios.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

This online experience will provide a visual presentation as to how RIT students have engaged glass at the intersection of craft and contemporary art, career options RIT students have followed after studying glass, and conclude with a virtual tour of the RIT Glass studios.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Graphic designers integrate design thinking, concepts, images, and words to convey distinct and meaningful ideas and messages to an audience. We design to inform, direct, entertain, educate and for social change. Graphic Design is used in everything from branding, web and user interface, experiential, magazines, advertising, packaging, and just about everything else you could think of in between. This session will give you an overview off all the possibilities graphic design at RIT offers you!

Sessions 5, 6, 7, & 8

Expose yourself to the dynamic area of product design. Learn how three-dimensional design concepts, which incorporate color, shape, form, and human factors, are used to create products such as toys, kiosks, exhibits, shoes, tools, furniture, and other items for consumer use.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Interior designers shape our experiences of inhabitable spaces by planning for the physical and psychological needs of people and technically and creatively addressing interior architecture. It is a multifaceted profession with career possibilities in retail, hospitality, healthcare, office design, residential and education to name just a few. Learn about an interior designer's artistic and technical expertise and approach to creating beautiful, functional spaces.

Sessions 3, 4, 5 & 6

Medical illustrators help teach physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other allied health professionals through their illustrations, animations, and even three-dimensional models. Their work ranges from illustrations of the heart to animations explaining DNA replication. Their subjects include landscapes at the cellular and molecular levels that host every imaginable organism and substance. Participants will receive an assignment in advance.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

New Media Design is at the intersection of visual communication, design strategy, technology sciences, and user experience. With new digital devices and emerging technologies stretching the form of communication and interactivity, new media designers are poised to become the innovative thinkers, designers, and creators of the next generation of user experiences. Students are well equipped with the aesthetic creativity, technical skills and knowledge to meet the needs for a creative career in visual, interactive consumer electronics, and motion for the digital advertising, marketing, mobile, web, application, internet and corporate design industries. This session will show you how to combine your passion for design theory, computer graphics, 3D and programming to become a skilled designer.

Sessions 6 & 8

Faculty will present from RIT’s printmaking studio, introducing students to hand printing methods. It will show printmaking processes, including monoprinting, linoleum printing, and photopolymer printing, through a series of drawings and ending with the final process of printing on the press.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

This online workshop will allow students to learn the basic principles of sculpture, working specifically with the substitution process. Instead of working with bronze, students will learn how to use common household materials such as homemade playdoh to create a mold of an object, then cast other household materials into the mold creating a new sculpture. We will talk about how finished castings can then be altered… either subtracted from, added onto or combined with other materials to create a finished work of art.

Sessions 7 & 8

This session will provide a glimpse into the process of creating images for the illustration industry and the importance of both concept and execution of the finished work. Your questions about what to expect as a professional illustrator will be answered.

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Join us for a brief survey of contemporary furniture design, explore a day in the life of a furniture design major, take a virtual tour of the woodshop at RIT, and discuss career paths for our graduates and view their work.

See also Communications and Digital MediaPhotography, Film and Animation.

Business and Management

Sessions 5 & 7

Play Beat the Market, an online game simulating "real world" market conditions. Compete with others in your session and dominate the market to become a business tycoon. This session will also reveal how there is more to fields of Accounting and Finance than you know. Students will receive login information via email prior to the workshop.

Session 6

What do BMW, Cleveland Cavaliers, Tesla, Southwest Airlines, Liberty Mutual Insurance, EY, Intuit, and many other employers have in common? They have all hired Saunders College of Business Management Information Systems (MIS) students to do business analytics work in the last 3 years! In this session you will practice working with visual data analytics tools on real business data to gather insights and to make business decisions. Examples of the application of these technologies in the MIS, Marketing and Supply Chain careers will be explored.

Session 7

Designing and executing events is a major part of hospitality management. Students interested in a career in restaurants, full-service hotels, cruise lines, resorts or starting their own event/catering company need to understand the basics of event management. In this session, students will be introduced to event planning and management, and challenged to plan an event.

Session 8

During this case study competition, student teams will work together to present solutions to organizational problems. With an emphasis on collaborative problem solving, student teams will examine organizational structure, behavior and leadership. Business disciplines such as, Management, International Business and Supply Chain Management will be explored further. Students will be emailed a copy of the case study prior to the workshop.

Communications and Digital Media

Session 6

What does it take to be an American Sign Language-English Interpreter? What kinds of jobs are available and where are they? It may surprise you to know that ASL-English Interpreters are in short supply in many different settings. From classrooms to courtrooms, qualified interpreters are in great demand. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the things you need to know about becoming an interpreter.

Session 5

Knowledge of interpersonal communication skills is essential for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, personally and professionally. Becoming critically aware of the ways in which you communicate, the underlying theories at play during interactions, and the influence of perceptions can lead one down the path to becoming an effective and competent communicator. This session explores the importance of interpersonal skills and the impact knowledge of these skills can have in your life and career success.

Session 5

The production of graphic media, including print, web, mobile, and social, is what the Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Technology in the Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology (GMST) is all about. Graphic media is a global $980 Billion industry offering tremendous career opportunities. This session will expose attendees to the incredible range of job prospects available to graduates choosing this exciting field. Attendees will be exposed to a particular aspect of media production through a real-world demonstration of how to best optimize images for output and distribution in a graphic and digital electronic workflow. The presentation will impart an understanding of graphic processes, imaging, optimization, and archiving - domains central to the GMST curriculum.

See also Art and Design + Photography, Film and Animation.

Computing and Information Sciences

Sessions 1 & 2

Netflix, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Google. We use these and other platforms daily to communicate with friends and family, buy movie tickets, learn new things, and watch our favorite shows. Often, we do not think about the technology that enables these applications to be available and work as well as they do. Consider the number of movies available for on-demand streaming. Where is that data stored? How are those movies accessible 24/7? In this workshop, using a cloud computing environment, you will explore some of the protocols, technologies, and methods used to make the Internet happen.

Session 1

Has your computer or phone ever been infected by a computer virus also known as malware? Have you seen malware in action on a computer or phone? Ever wonder how a hacker gets access to your devices? In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about malware. How it works, how it gets on to your computer or phone and how you can defend against it. You will learn how to detect, remove, control, and analyze malware. You will learn different types and forms of malware, and best practices on how to keep your phones and computers virus free.

Session 3

Design an app from the ground up! In this low-tech look at a high-tech field, you'll learn about the five steps human Computer Interaction (HCI) professionals at massive technology companies follow to deliver top of the line applications by creating paper prototypes of a mobile application. No previous experience is necessary. You'll need some colored markers or crayons and a few index cards.

Sessions 2 & 3

Do you have a passion for technology, problem-solving and expressing yourself creatively? If so, check out New Media Interactive Development (NMID). New media is how we interact with the world via technologies like the web, social networks, mobile devices, wearables, and VR headsets. An interactive developer is someone who envisions, designs, and builds rich and immersive experiences for new-media users. As an NMID student, you'll build skills in programming, User Experience Design, web/mobile/device technologies, and teamwork. You will design and program apps of all kinds: websites, games, simulations, educational tools, AR/VR interfaces, and more. Come and see how to combine your passions for tech, problem-solving, and pure creativity to build a career in the exciting and lucrative field of new media development!

Session 3

Software engineers need to design today's apps and websites for everyone. We all have differing abilities that can hinder access. In this workshop, we will explore some of the common design challenges. Then, we will investigate some of the solutions to improve access to our systems. We will conclude with a discussion on these challenges. This mini workshop example is just one of the many ways that software engineers make a substantial contribution to improving the world—for everyone!

Session 4

The web has been ingrained in our everyday lives even more so given the COVID-19 pandemic in which distance learning and Zoom video conferences have become the norm. Learn about diverse careers available in the web and mobile computing industry and how these individuals can bridge the gap between traditional information technology roles and marketing departments, all while being able to bring their own creativity to the table to design aesthetically pleasing, accessible, and brand-compliant websites. The second part of this presentation will be hands-on in which we use Bootstrap— a popular open source framework to quickly build our own portfolio website in html and explore ways to upload it online for the world to see.

Session 4

A video game designer’s task is to engage, to inform, and to entertain players as they move through a level. This is often done in a way that is seamless and unseen by the player. We will delve into Platformers, puzzle games, first-person shooters, and RPG Dungeons and learn the techniques used to develop content that fascinates, baffles, thrills, panics, satisfies, and most importantly, drives the player of today’s video games.

Engineering and Engineering Technology

Sessions 1 & 3

Biomedical engineers are intimately involved in the development of systems, devices, and techniques to address health issues. They are important contributors to multidisciplinary teams that develop new products and services in support of healthcare to restore, sustain, and enhance the health and well-being of individuals. You will see the impact of technology on the medical practice and learn about the kinds of jobs biomedical engineers do in their chosen profession.

Session 2

Chemical engineers have become extremely versatile in their impact on different markets in today’s society. Using their knowledge of scientific principles (physical and organic chemistry integrated with physics, mathematics, and biology) and design constraints (such as economics and environmental requirements), chemical engineers develop processes to manufacture products with desired purity, on a scale that meets the demands of virtually every industry in our modern society. Chemical engineers also use their knowledge of chemical transformation to create such materials in an environmentally friendly way. You will learn how the fields of chemical engineering and chemistry differ, and how chemical engineers often focus their training on problems beyond the discipline’s traditional chemical-making focus.

Session 1

Civil Engineering Technology graduates work on engineering projects that are BIG – both in scale and importance. They analyze, design and manage the construction of buildings, bridges, roads, railways, water treatment facilities, wind farms, and much more. They develop our built environment, improving lives everywhere, by designing and implementing sustainable solutions to important engineering problems. Much of what Civil Engineers do is visible, but some of it is not. For example, how does clean water get to your home? What keeps a skyscraper from tipping over? How does a bridge support heavy trucks? Learn about the civil engineering profession by exploring the myriad ways in which civil engineering impacts lives. You will have the opportunity to design your own bridge using West Point Bridge Design software.

Session 3

Computer engineers design and develop integrated software and hardware systems, ranging from smart phones to autonomous robots. Students in RIT Computer Engineering tackle real-world challenges through hands-on labs as well as industry-sponsored design competitions. The broad skill set and knowledge from circuits to programming enables our graduates to work in a variety of industries to design intelligent, resilient, secure, high performance and low power computing systems. Come experience the interface between hardware and software through a set of activities ranging from testing your reaction time to creating your own song on a microcontroller board.

Session 2

How many computer-controlled objects do you see every day? Anti-lock brakes, gaming systems, digital cameras, and wireless routers are all examples of products that contain embedded computers. The design, development, and production of embedded computers are the heart of the Computer Engineering Technology program. This session explores the many exciting and challenging career opportunities available for computer engineering technology graduates.

Session 3

Explore the world of primary and protective packaging design, development and evaluation. Experience the design and rapid prototyping of packaging as well as the physical testing required to certify packaging for e-commerce applications. See compression, vibration, drop and edge crush testing and discover what goes into the creation of sustainable packaging solutions.

Session 4

Experience what it’s like to design and engineer a surround sound using the professional analog and digital audio equipment in our state-of-the-art laboratories. During the seminar how to record, render, and reproduce live music in surround as if you are in a movie theater are covered.

Session 4

Electrical engineering is a program of many engineering disciplines and the one from which many major innovations of this century have emerged. It involves areas such as integrated circuits, computers, lasers, robotics, semiconductors, bioinstrumentation, communications, and signal/image processing. Get a glimpse of electrical engineering in laboratories where you will view and manipulate images, use fuzzy-logic controllers, learn how to control robots with bio signals, measure electrical signals of the human body, and examine how electronics is applied to solve everyday problems.

Sessions 1 & 2

RIT’s Environmental Sustainability Health & Safety major was selected as one of the four best environmental programs in the nation! This major will prepare you to be a champion of environmental sustainability and health & safety. You'll learn how we eliminate release of pollutants into the environment and develop solutions for real life safety problems. Imagine how a Level-A Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Suit looks and feels, and learn how they protect workers from hazardous chemicals in the workplace, and citizens from chemical pollutants in the environment.

Sessions 3 & 4

Robots are not just some far-off idea reserved for Sci-Fi movies depicting the future. They are very real and are being used in manufacturing environments right now. Robotic manufacturing makes it possible to build devices that are too small, too complicated, or too dangerous for human workers, or simply to relieve humans of repetitive manual labor. Robotics Engineering careers have an interesting blend of mechanical engineering and hardware design, electrical engineering, and computer programming. This session will explain what robotics and automation engineers do in industries like automotive, aerospace, and mechanical manufacturing, and how RIT’s programs can prepare you for high-paying and interesting careers in these fields. We will visit RIT campus laboratories to demonstrate robotic systems for electronics.

Session 3

Industrial engineers solve complex problems in fields that range from aerospace to national defense to health care to entertainment. We contribute parts and procedures to the international space station, optimize systems for military contractors, develop ideas to make hospitals run more efficiently, and even analyze data to help reduce wait times for rides at theme parks. We develop materials, design equipment, collect data, and model information with an eye toward efficiency, quality, safety, sustainability, and cost. In this session, you will experience distinct areas within Industrial Engineering revolving around developing management control systems, improving system processes, performing ergonomic analyses to promote workplace and athletic efficiency, and creating and fabricating new products using 3D printing.

Session 2

Mechanical engineers are found in just about every industry influencing the development, design, testing, and manufacture of all manner of mechanical, thermal and electrical products, tools and machines. Beyond the more obvious areas of math and science, what are the skills and disciplines that mechanical engineers need to learn and apply to succeed in this profession? Faculty will describe what mechanical engineers learn and do by providing lab demonstrations, highlights of our program including internships and student clubs, and examples of how we have applied these things throughout our careers.

Sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4

Vehicle design considers a variety of opportunities and constraints to integrate good looks and performance. Experience interactive sessions that explore factors of designing commercial & race cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Design aspects related to RIT’s award-winning student run clubs for the off-road Mini Baja race car and the all-women’s (Hot Wheelz) SAE Formula Hybrid Electric race car will be also be shown. Other topics such as car doors that open upward, suspension systems for improved ride or handling, making cars safer and custom fitting bicycles to the user will be covered. Some experiments using computer simulations that help engineers to do this design work will be demonstrated.

Session 1

Semiconductor based circuits are the key to many of modern life’s devices such as cell phones (communications), computers, solar cells and LED lighting (sustainable energy), health sensors, and autonomous vehicles (transportation). In this session, students will gain an overview of how these devices are fabricated at nano-scale dimensions by using an interdisciplinary knowledge base extruded from chemistry, physics, electric and materials engineering, and optics. Students will also understand why a cleanroom is necessary for the fabrication environment. A synopsis of the program coursework, along with information on co-op, employment opportunities, and graduate schools will be included.

Session 7

Have you ever wondered how we hear sounds? How microphones, mixing consoles and software all work together to create music? You will come away with an appreciation for the magic that is the physics of how we hear and the technology used to create the music we listen to everyday!

Health Professions and Medical Sciences

Session 1

There are many career opportunities within the biomedical sciences, and there has never been a better time to start learning about where you might fit on this exciting landscape. Are you interested in the medical field, but not sure which career is for you? Come and learn about traditional professions in medicine by analyzing normal and diseased organs of the body. Learn how drug abuse can set up a series of events that can lead to death over time. Explore the connection between drug abuse, dentistry, and cardiovascular disease through a presentation that begins with “meth mouth,” periodontal disease, and infective endocarditis, as an example of oral to systemic mechanisms of disease. Investigate other careers that are possible after successful completion of graduate studies. Come and learn how a degree in biomedical sciences can position you for a wonderful career in medicine.

Sessions 2 & 4

There was a time when doctors-in-training had to learn human anatomy without the benefit of dissection, and when a predominant theory in medicine was that diseases were caused by bad smells. Now we live in a time when researchers are working round the clock to develop treatments straight out of science fiction; within years, we will be able to grow completely new organs in the laboratory and will be sending tiny nanobots to clear arteries, repair tissue damage, and combat invaders such as microbes, prions and cancer cells. It is an exciting time to be interested in medicine and you are needed! Learn about current challenges and opportunities in health care and explore how you can become a doctor, nurse, physician assistant or researcher.

Session 4

Fitness has several components, one of which is flexibility. The ability to take a joint through range of motion is influenced by the condition of the surrounding tissues. We will explore the assessment of flexibility, the athletic benefits of being flexible, and reveal the physiological mechanism by which you can increase the flexibility of your muscles and joints. Be prepared to do some stretching.

Sessions 2 & 3

You will be involved in an actual clinical scenario, utilizing patient history and physical examination findings, while gaining an introduction to various diagnostic evaluations. By proceeding through this case, you will be guided to uncover the appropriate diagnosis. In this clinical vignette, you will be encouraged to illustrate appropriate risk factors and associated findings contributing to this diagnosis. The patient's prognosis and future preventive strategies for health promotion will be discussed.

Session 1

The impact of nutrition, diet, and the food environment has never been more powerful. Nutrition professionals work in a variety of settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice. This active session explores career opportunities at the convergence between nutrition and well-being. Participants will be invited to participate in a smoothie demo to explore the nutrient profiles of various plant-based beverages. Home participation in the demo is optional, but if you choose to participate please have a blender, fresh or frozen fruit and a beverage like plant-based milk, dairy milk or juice available.

Session 3

You might have heard of, and probably know, someone who has had an ultrasound examination. You may have even had an ultrasound examination yourself. Did you ever think that a career in ultrasound might be right for you? Do you like to work and interact with patients? Do you want to work in the medical field? Do you want to become a physician? Do you want to have a great job with a great salary? We hope to answer all of these questions for you. Come and join our professionals and students for exciting, interactive and live ultrasound demonstrations in our hospital-simulated and state-of-the-art ultrasound scanning suite.

See also Science and Math.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Session 8

When you meet a new client from a foreign country, should you shake hands or bow? When should you give business cards? Or how do you say hi to a friend from a foreign country? We know people communicate differently in different parts of the world, but tend to follow the manner of our own country in real situations. In this session, we will highlight cultural differences between US and some of the countries in Asia, Latin America, and/or Europe in occasions such as greetings, showing appreciation, and shopping. You will then learn some short, useful phrases that are commonly used in those situations.

Session 7

Criminal Justice could be the most relevant and exciting choice before you. If you join us we guarantee you will be studying justice within a "free" country with the highest incarceration rate, ever-present controversy involving the regulation of guns and the consequences of gun violence, drug enforcement policy and the legalization of marijuana, the motivation behind cheating, fraud, and aggression and other engaging topic areas. Embrace your inner deviant, if you dare, and check us out. Results may vary.

Session 5

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) is an exciting, interdisciplinary field of study that asks: How are technologies changing what it means to be human today? How can we create and make use of digital technologies to help us better understand culture? In this workshop, we'll explore selfies as media technologies of self-expression. Like the essay or self-portrait, selfies are both deeply personal and shaped by the culture around us. This workshop asks: why do we take selfies? How do they circulate? Are they new, a trend? What is their history? Have they gone terribly wrong? We will look at exciting digital humanities projects such as SelfieCity and the Selfie Researchers Network while exploring the history of selfies and their roots in Rochester and Kodak. DHSS is a hands-on, project-based major, and workshop participants will take selfies for analysis and curation in an online exhibit that considers what selfies have become today.

Session 8

How do people, governments and businesses make decisions? What motivates them? With COVID-19, the highest rate of unemployment since the Great Depression, protests surrounding police brutality, and violence fed by income and opportunity inequity, the study of economics is more important and relevant than ever. Answers to these questions have important implications for everyone, domestically and globally. Take a mathematical approach to social studies to analyze the roots of these problems and use critical thinking and computational skills to help propose solutions.

Session 8

International and Global Studies (INGS) at RIT takes a globalized worldview and provides you with tools and skills to understand a world that is rapidly changing around us. In this session, we'll run a model UN Security Council and debate one of the most pressing issues of our time. You'll each be provided a country, the professor will provide you with a crash course in the issue at hand, and then we will debate and vote on an emergency resolution. This seminar will show the importance of knowledge of global issues for navigating problems and finding resolutions. And, it will highlight the skills you learn in the INGS program. As an INGS student, you'll become proficient in a foreign language, choose from fascinating areas of study from many disciplines, study abroad, and develop analytical skills and cultural competencies that will make you eminently employable.

Session 6

Did you know there are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds – combined? So when we say museums are for everyone, we mean it! Come learn how our museum studies and public history degree can bring together your interests in art, history, science, technology, design, law, and ethics. In this session, you’ll also learn about study abroad and experiential learning opportunities, including a “show and tell” of current and recently completed projects involving our students and faculty.

Session 7

Perhaps you are a philosopher. So, perhaps, is everyone else, at least sometimes and to some extent. What is philosophy? One traditional answer, going back to the origin of the word in ancient Greece, was that philosophy is the love of wisdom. Another is that philosophy is the attempt to answer apparently important questions that don’t yet have clear-cut answers. What kind of life should you lead? What makes the difference between things that are ethically OK and things that are wrong? To what extent are the choices we make products of our heredity and our environmental background? If everything we can know about the world relies biologically on our sensory equipment, how can we know about things we can’t sense, like electrons or quarks? And if there are other ways of coming to know things, what are they? Philosophy prepares you to read, write, and think critically. Find out what philosophers do, how they do it, and why they do it.

Session 6

Come see this multi-media presentation on the politics of The Walking Dead television series. Learn how The Walking Dead reflects our loss of faith in political institutions, our fear of modernity, and our restlessness in a globalized world. Learn how Rick Grimes and his group struggle to form a tight-knit community in the face of ravenous "walkers" and desperate survivors. Can they find an enduring political order in a world that resembles Hobbes' "state of nature," where the undead and humans fight to survive? Is freedom possible in such a world? And, along the way, learn how RIT's cutting edge political science program prepares students for the challenges of life and a career in a world that is increasingly globalized.

Session 6

What is personality? Can you figure it out with a Buzzfeed quiz? Where does personality come from? How does personality impact what we do? What happens when personality and mental illness collide? These are the kinds of questions asked by psychologists. Come learn about how psychologists examine personality and apply this to everyday life and mental illness. You’ll never look at an online quiz the same way again!

Session 8

Want to be an advocate for change? You can make a difference in some of the most important issues facing our time: Covid-19 and Health Care; Police Use of Deadly Force; Internet Regulation; Climate Change; Environmental Waste; Energy and Technology; and other issues. Public policy is about helping society address today's most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems. Policy analysts have the skills to analyze these problems, advise policy makers on potential solutions, and advocate for specific policy options. Join our Public Policy program where, via study and internships, you will develop skills that will guide you in being a catalyst for positive public policy change.

Session 7

In this interactive session, you will play an online game in which you have to try to keep a family alive and thriving in a rural Caribbean village. You have to decide what a “good life” means, and come up with the best strategy to achieve that--working, going to school, eating nutritious meals, or making investments in tools. Watch out for the hurricanes! The game mirrors the work that international development workers do. International development is one of a multitude of careers that sociology and anthropology graduates can pursue. Sociologists and anthropologists explore the deepest questions about humanity and our social relationships. We examine all of humanity, from the ancient past to our dynamic and global present, and human societies across the globe, to understand our diversity and also what unites us.

Photography, Film and Animation

Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Learn about the environmental portrait and the secrets of “The Architecture of How to Build a Photograph” with photographer and RIT professor David Turner (davidturnerphotography.com). Prior to the session, participants will be sent a mini lecture and an assignment that they should complete and will then talk about during the session.

Sessions 1, 2, 5 & 6

Come and learn about how science and engineering combine with imaging technologies used in the motion picture industry to prepare students for research engineering roles or technical post-production positions like digital color correction, sound design and visual effects at technology and entertainment powerhouses like Netflix, Sony, Technicolor and Dolby.

ROTC

Session 6

Air Force ROTC forges leaders of character for the United States Air Force and United States Space Force. Learn how you will grow mentally and physically while building life-long leadership skills. Discover how our cadet wing integrates you into an elite team dedicated to helping members achieve their full potential. Unlock experiential learning opportunities ranging from flight training to exclusive internships. Explore the scholarship and benefit options available to help fund your education. Air Force ROTC is your gateway to a rewarding career in two of the world’s most respected and technologically advanced organizations. Envision your future as a commissioned officer in the Air Force or Space Force.

Session 7

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and a part of the college curriculum. Membership in Army ROTC is a way for young men and women to start strong in life, college, and their careers. We have a long and proud tradition of turning motivated and committed students into outstanding leaders. The skills you acquire will be an essential component to your successful career. Army ROTC can help you achieve your goals by preparing you to succeed in any competitive environment. We offer full-cost scholarships with tuition, room and board, and other benefits like money for books and a monthly stipend. Learn how Army ROTC will provide you the tools, training, and experience to lead others, motivate groups, and perform missions as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.

Science and Math

Session 3

Love animals? Thinking of a career that involves various biological sciences such as zoology, animal behavior, veterinary medicine, animal science, or other related disciplines? We will explore the use of a biology degree as preparation for various careers while examining animals and discussing their adaptations.

Session 1

Do you know how to make a flash of light? A loud bang? Or nearly instantaneous cooling (without an ice pack)? It’s all about the right chemical reaction. Scientists, geologists and engineers use chemical reactions to control or change their environment every day. The flash and bang come from exothermic reactions which are fast or kinetic releases of energy we associate with explosions. Chill comes from endothermic reactions that remove energy to cause materials to change properties. In this session students will explore and compare each of these reaction types and, at the end, students will watch two reactions live that they must categorize as either exothermic (flash, bang) or endothermic (chill).

Sessions 1 & 2

RIT’s Environmental Sustainability Health & Safety major was selected as one of the four best environmental programs in the nation! This major will prepare you to be a champion of environmental sustainability and health & safety. You'll learn how we eliminate release of pollutants into the environment and develop solutions for real life safety problems. Imagine how a Level-A Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Suit looks and feels, and learn how they protect workers from hazardous chemicals in the workplace, and citizens from chemical pollutants in the environment.

Sessions 1 & 2

A grocery store in Rochester attracts very impatient shoppers, and you notice a strange pattern at the checkout aisle. Once every minute, the last shopper in every aisle breaks off and forms a new line. It’s up to you to find out what’s going on throughout the day. This workshop is for those who love looking for patterns in science and nature (or how the psychology of insane shoppers leads to interesting math problems). In this session, the moderator will walk through this pattern, and each participant will then work through their own math pattern. As a group, we’ll attempt to analyze and predict the results for larger numbers of shoppers. You will only need a pencil and paper to contribute, but a stack of coins or a deck of cards would be helpful too.

Sessions 1 & 3

Mathematical modeling plays a crucial role in predicting the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Mathematicians are on the front lines of tracking this pandemic as well as developing public health intervention strategies. One of the mathematical frameworks used in modeling human diseases is network science. During this session, we will explore several prototypical network models of epidemic spread using Google Colab. We will also create simulations of models applicable to COVID-19, including finding ways to stop its spread. You can be on the front lines too! Attendees will need a Google account (such as Gmail) to participate.

Session 2

Is that flickering star the inspiration for your favorite nursery rhyme? Hardly. It’s most likely a pulsar - not a star - and it’s the secret to measuring cosmic distances. Pulsars are about 15 miles in size, half a million times the mass of the Earth, and spin hundreds of times per second! Astronomers use almost 100 of these enigmatic pulsars as tools scattered throughout the Galaxy to detect the Earth swaying in a sea of gravitational waves and you’ll get to learn how! Come see how astronomers, physicists, and engineers work together to design the world’s largest radio telescopes, observe pulsars, and learn about the fundamental nature of gravity and the Universe.

Sessions 1 & 3

A second quantum revolution is underway based on precisely manipulating fundamental particles like photons and atoms, which has led to a new quantum industry --- and you don’t need a PhD to have a career in quantum technologies! In this session we will introduce the mysterious quantum features of our universe and some exciting new technologies that use them --- cameras that see in the dark, ultra-sensitive gravitational wave detectors, unbreakably secure communications, and powerful quantum computers. You will tour a RIT quantum photonics laboratory, play some quantum games, and exchange a key using a quantum cryptographic algorithm. You’ll also take a quantum careers survey and learn about what it is like to be a quantum scientist or engineer.

See also Health Professions and Medical Sciences.

Undeclared and Individualized Study

Sessions 4 & 6

Learn from Abby Cantwell how a flexible Bachelor of Science pathway can future proof your credential and allow you to build a skill set of in-demand technical and soft skills. Learn from the experience of School of Individualized Study alums about how change preparation as an undergraduate has turned them into resilient and high value employees and entrepreneurs.

Sessions 2 & 5

Only about 10% of students can answer this question with confidence! With over 100 major options at RIT, there is a lot to decipher on the differences between each major. This interactive session will go beyond the name of the major and provide tips and tricks on how to research and understand the differences. Take the time to learn what is right for you. If you decide you need more time to explore and figure that out at RIT, learn how we can help you find your path in University Exploration, RIT’s undeclared option.