Undergraduate Research

At RIT, undergraduate research means you will conduct research assignments that your peers at other universities often don’t see until graduate school. By providing undergraduates the opportunity to do genuine research work, students learn hands-on skills that become the foundation of scientific research.

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.

Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students

Throughout the 10-week program, undergraduate students from around the country work with RIT faculty to complete a research project in their respective areas. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, supported through the National Science Foundation, aims to help a diverse group of students develop a passion for performing research. RIT offers seven programs:

Latest News

  • June 17, 2021

    researcher making adjustments to a rocket.

    CIBER-2 experiment successfully completes first flight

    Led by principal investigator Michael Zemcov, an assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Detectors, the experiment aims to better understand extragalactic background light, which traces the history of galaxies back to the formation of the first stars in the universe.

  • June 15, 2021

    Research News graphic.

    RIT researcher and students participate in joint project with UR’s Laboratory of Laser Energetics

    Students in RIT’s College of Engineering Technology worked alongside faculty-researcher Brian Rice this semester on designing hardware in support of cryogenic inertial confinement fusion experiments. The work, part of a larger initiative with the University of Rochester, is helping to contribute to novel thermonuclear fusion technology solutions in the area of vibration control. 

  • June 11, 2021

    rocket liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    RIT wins award to develop game design training platform as part of NASA’s Moon-to-Mars Mission

    RIT faculty-researchers will develop a game-design training system that could help astronauts maintain balance, motor skills, and other cognitive functions while in space. NASA, in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation, has selected six university teams, including RIT, to develop innovative design ideas that will help NASA advance and execute its Moon to Mars exploration objectives.