As a student in the College of Liberal Arts, you will have the opportunity to be involved in undergraduate research. An ever-expanding research agenda will give you a variety of topics to focus on, such as work in computational linguistics that produces voice-enabled technologies, studying perception and cognition in animals that aids in conservation efforts of endangered species, or examining energy consumption of video game consoles and how to make them more efficient. With initiatives in areas that integrate traditional research in the social sciences and humanities with new interdisciplinary fields in health, computing, science, and engineering, you can easily find something that suits your interests. Interdisciplinary research and an emphasis on community engagement and global perspectives represent defining characteristics of the college’s research portfolio.

How to get involved

While building a network of connections with professors at RIT, you are encouraged to find people who are performing research in an area of your interest. You may have the opportunity to be hired as a research assistant, gaining experience, earning a paycheck, and potentially fulfilling your program’s co-op/experiential learning requirement. Each year, students in the College of Liberal Arts co-author research that is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. Most degree programs also include a senior thesis or capstone project where you’ll dive into a topic of personal interest.

Recent Projects

(Trust, Information, Programs, Services) Initiative focused on improving relations between law enforcement and members of the communities in which they serve.

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Studying how shooting databases can be utilized to guide violence intervention programs.

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Collecting information and points-of-view to further the national discussion on guns, gun violence, and gun policy.

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Exploring the differences between what workers are taught in school/training programs and what skills/competencies are required in the 21st century workforce. 

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Studying skills gaps present in the Rochester-area photonics industry workforce.   


Analyzing why software and web developers offer recognition and/or compensation to individuals who detect errors or security breaches in their products

Examining archaeological evidence to determine how humans hunted and farmed, as well as how constraints in their environment impacted how they lived.  

Telling stories of complex fictional worlds across multiple media formats, such as books, movies, comics, television, etc., to create a cohesive entertainment experience. (Think fictional universes, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Marvel.)

Working to make smarter AI that is representative and inclusive of the people who will be using and interacting with it.

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Latest News

  • May 15, 2019

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    RIT research helps artificial intelligence be more accurate, fair and inclusive

    RIT has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help make artificial intelligence smarter and more inclusive. The grant creates the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI and will allow a total of 30 undergraduate students from across the country to spend 10 weeks at RIT.

  • May 3, 2019

    Person crouches near side of road and corn field to collect clover samples.

    RIT researchers contribute to massive Global Urban Evolution Project

    RIT environmental science students turned some heads when they stopped to pick white clover plants near a gas station along New York State Route 33A in October. But little did onlookers know that they were helping to conduct the largest evolution study outside of human genomics.