Physics Student Goes ‘Bald for Bucks’ and Raises $2,525 for Cancer Research
Summer Saraf expects to use a lot of sunscreen this year—at least until her hair grows back.
Saraf, a third-year physics major and honor student, shaved her head last month to raise money for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She raised $2,525 through Roswell’s Goin’ Bald for Bucks program.
“I know a lot of really generous people,” Saraf said.
Saraf—who knows a thing about generosity herself— donated her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.
“They make wigs for children who are in financial need for the wigs,” Saraf says. “You can donate your hair to them and they give wigs free to little kids. They make very good wigs that suction to little kids’ head so they can swim in them or wear them upside down, and they don’t fall off.”
Most women cringe at the thought of seeing their own shiny scalp. But Saraf had already donated her hair once before, and she knew what to expect.
“Even if I shaved my head and it looked really bad, I’d be okay in three or four months,” she says. “But people told me I had a great-shaped head, so I didn’t feel scared about going bald again.”
Saraf will be spending the summer in professor Scott Franklin’s lab studying granular material and not worrying a bit about her hair.
March 15, 2019
Award-winning journalist, RIT Minett Professor to lead women’s leadership conference at RIT, March 22
Saunders College of Business hosts the 10th annual Power Your Potential Women’s Conference, which celebrates National Women’s Month and invites area businesswomen to gain insights from their peers and engage in educational activities geared toward helping women succeed.
March 15, 2019
Data science community to gather at RIT for regional DataFest hackathon March 29-31
Teams of three to five students will have 48 hours to mine a complex data set pertaining to a real-world problem. Teams will test their statistical analytic and data science skills to find the best solution.
March 13, 2019
RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley nationally recognized for mentorship
RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley has been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation as the 2019 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. O’Handley, a faculty member in RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was chosen from 10 finalists for her considerable achievements as a dynamic scholar, teacher and mentor.
March 8, 2019
RIT Venture Creations technology business incubator launches four new companies
From eye tracking to thermal cooling to all things mushrooms, RIT’s Venture Creations technology business incubator celebrated the launch of four new startups.