RIT Undergraduate Symposium Showcases Scientific Research, Aug. 13

From quantum dots and carbon nanotubes to remote sensing, students at Rochester Institute of Technology will showcase their scientific research during the university's 13th annual undergraduate research symposium on Friday, Aug. 13.

The all-day event-starting at 8 a.m. on the second floor of RIT's Louise Slaughter Building-recognizes the outstanding research of students in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Applied Science and Technology and B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

The symposium will highlight student research in a variety of fields from polymer chemistry and material science to microelectronics and imaging science. Students will present papers and posters on such diverse topics as “smart” irrigation systems, nanotechnology and an airborne mapping-camera system used to detect wildfires, among other subjects. More than 40 students are expected to present their work at the event.

“The symposium is meant to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research results to other members of the community,” says Kalathur Santhanam, event coordinator and director of RIT's Center for Materials Science and Engineering.

Alumni and local industry leaders are expected to attend the event, which will feature a keynote talk by Sophie Vandebroek, chief engineer at Xerox Corp. and vice president of the Xerox Engineering Center.

“I think this is a grand experience for students,” says Terence Morrill, chair of the chemistry department. “It gives them a chance to rub shoulders with employers and alumni.”

Preregistration to the symposium is required. For more information, call 585-475-2497 or visit www.rit.edu/175/calendar.


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