AWARE-AI NSF Research Traineeship Program: Workshop on Collaborative Research

Workshop on Collaborative Research
Facilitator: Scott Franklin, Ph.D., Director of CASTLE, the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
Co-organizer: Desiree Forsythe, Program Manager of Inclusive Excellence, RIT HMMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative

AWARE-AI Trainees and other graduate students will learn about principles of inclusive collaborative research, including how to identify, communicate, and resolve points of contention and approach others with diverse viewpoints and opinions in consensus-driven, humane ways that promote team-based problem-solving.

Dr. Scott Franklin received his Ph.D. in physics from the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin and then undertook an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in STEM Education at Dickinson College. Since arriving at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000, he has maintained two distinct research labs, advising numerous undergraduate researchers in both. His granular physics lab investigates powders and grains that, because of the particle shape, entangle and cohere. Relevant shapes include long, thin rods, U-shaped staples and needle-like pharmaceutical powders. His physics education research lab has studied how physicists attach conceptual meaning to mathematical formalism and, more recently, how student identities (e.g. deaf/hard-of-hearing, race and gender) lead to different experiences in classroom and research group interactions. He also directs RIT’s HHMI-funded Inclusive Excellence project, which works with faculty to develop more inclusive classroom and research environments. In his free time, he plays Ultimate frisbee and consumes unhealthy amounts of espresso.

Desiree Forsythe is a Ph.D Candidate in Education at the University of Rhode Island and the Program Manager of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative in the College of Science at RIT. Desiree has a Bachelors in Wildlife Biology and a Masters in Genetics, and has since transitioned into Education to research, and deconstruct, barriers of oppression within STEM. Through her various roles in and outside academia, Desiree has specialized in holding difficult conversations that blend accountability and empathy and firmly believes that only through systemic change can we move towards a just and equitable society. In her moments of rest, she enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs and her partner.​

Hosted by the AWARE-AI NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program, this free workshop welcomes NRT Trainees and other RIT graduate students. The workshop requires registration. Please register by sending an email to

Questions about the event? Please email

NRT Director Cecilia O. Alm, Ph.D.
Event Snapshot
When and Where
March 04, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room/Location: 1600 Innovation Hall (Bldg. 087)

This is an RIT Only Event

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