Student Research Resources

Overview

Funds are available to support RIT/NTID student researchers, with the goal of increasing the number of NTID-supported students who do research with faculty members. Funding can include microgrants, conference participation, and other research support.

Student Research Microgrants

Students (with approval of a faculty mentor) can apply for a microgrant (up to $1,000) to support a specific research project. Funds could be given to students in need of purchasing a software program, piece of equipment, chemical, etc. in order to conduct research. Faculty members who want to start new/pilot research projects are specifically encouraged to have their students apply. These microgrants are predominantly for supplies and are not eligible to be paid as stipends or for travel.

Applications due: Rolling

  1. I am an NTID-supported undergraduate student with a GPA above 3.0.
  2. I am in good academic, financial and judicial standing at RIT/NTID.
  3. My proposed research work must be completed in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
  4. I understand that if I am conducting research under externally-funded projects, I will use those funds before applying for the NTID-funded grant opportunities.
  5. The application form has been completed by the student researcher and approved by the faculty mentor.
  6. With the approval of my faculty mentor, I am required to present at NTID's Annual Student Research Fair (typically, late April/early May).
  7. The maximum amount requested is $1000. (It is anticipated that most requests will be for less than $1000.)
  8. Funds are to be used to purchase equipment/supplies and are not used for pay, stipends or travel.
  9. Any supplies/equipment purchased with these funds are property of RIT/NTID and should remain with RIT/NTID after the completion of the research project.
  10. If funds are requested for survey/study participant incentives or fees, the funds must be managed by the faculty mentor and must strictly follow RIT’s policies.
  11. We, the student and faculty mentor, agree that all funds will be used and invoices turned in within one (1) month of making purchases. Exception - All invoices in September and June are due by the 15th to adhere to budget cycle closing.

For more information, or to apply, contact Dr. Todd Pagano (tepnts@rit.edu).

Students should complete the Student Research Microgrant Application Form(which includes a one-page project description). Priority will be given to students who have not previously received a microgrant from RIT/NTID.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURFs)

A limited number of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) will be available to qualified NTID-supported students to conduct research with a faculty mentor during the Summer. The student stipend amount is $4,000. Please be aware that this would be a stipend to cover a full-time effort by the student for a period of ten weeks during the Summer. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received a SURF from RIT/NTID.

Applications due: Applications are due on April 1st.

  1. I am an NTID-supported undergraduate student with a GPA above 3.0.
  2. My proposed research work must be completed in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
  3. I am not conducting research under a currently externally funded project.
  4. Students who are conducting research under externally-funded projects are asked to use those funds before applying for the NTID-funded opportunities.
  5. I will present my research (with approval of my mentor) at the RIT’s Annual Summer Undergraduate Symposium (held in early August).
  6. I am encouraged to present (with approval of my mentor) at NTID’s Annual Research Fair (typically late April/early May).
  7. I am in good academic, financial and judicial standing at RIT/NTID.
  8. SURF funds may only be used for student pay/stipends, they cannot be used for supplies, travel, etc.
  9. I will be at least 18 years old by the start date of the SURF Program. If not, should my application be preliminarily approved, I will get written consent to participate in the SURF Program from my parent/guardian.
  10. I am eligible to work at RIT and, if awarded a SURF Grant, will register with the Student Employment Office.
  11. I understand that the stipend received through this program may be taxable and will be reported to the IRS annually.
  12. I understand that the SURF stipend may affect other financial aid that is currently part of my financial award. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship should be contacted if you have related questions.
  13. I understand that I am required to work under the SURF Program full-time for ten (10) weeks during the summer term.
  14. If I need to withdraw from the SURF Program, I will notify my mentor and Dr. Todd Pagano (tepnts@rit.edu). Further, I am aware that any stipends received under this program will stop under these circumstances.

Background and Significance

Statement of the problem.  How important would the solution to this problem be? What is known and not known in this area of inquiry? Why this research is important? To whom is this work of most interest? What makes this project novel? If applicable, provide citations from the relevant literature.

Project Goals and Design

As specifically as possible, describe how you will conduct your research and/or attack the problem that you stated above. What will your project methodology be? While it is true that research often goes in unforeseen directions, success in a 10‑week summer project requires a very high level of focus. The clearer your goals, the more likely you are to have a successful experience.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Pagano (tepnts@rit.edu).

  1. Complete the SURF Application Form.
  2. Write a brief (1- 2 page) Research Proposal that describes the work that you will complete during the summer SURF assignment.
  3. Write a 1-page Personal Narrative that describes how your involvement in this research experience will benefit your future education and career goals.
  4. Request that your faculty mentor write a letter in support of your SURF involvement and Research Proposal.

*All application material is due April 1st.

All of the above should be sent directly to Dr. Todd Pagano (tepnts@rit.edu).

Support for Student Conference Travel

Limited funds are available to support travel for NTID-supported student researchers to attend a professional conference in the U.S. at which they will present their research, as the presenting author, in a poster or oral presentation. These funds are reserved for students who have made significant progress in their research projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor and are ready to present their results at a professional conference.

Funds of up to $1,800 per trip can be requested to support student researcher travel to present at a conference within the U.S. These funds can be used for transportation, lodging, registration and food expenses. Preference will be given to students who have not received NTID Student Researcher Travel fund support in the past.

Applications due: Rolling (but completed applications must be received at least one month prior to the proposed travel date and all Travel Expense Reports with all receipts must be submitted within 2 weeks of the completed travel. Further, all forms must be submitted prior to budget closing deadlines (September 15th and June 15th) even if these dates occur within 2 weeks of returning from travel.)

  1. A completed Student Researcher Travel Support Application Form,
  2. The abstract of the work that will be presented at the conference,
  3. A letter of support from their faculty mentor, and
  4. A resume.
  1. I am an NTID-supported undergraduate student with a GPA above 3.0
  2. I am in good academic, financial and judicial standing at RIT/NTID.
  3. I will be a current, matriculated RIT/NTID student at the time of the proposed travel (i.e. enrolled in courses at RIT/NTID and will not have graduated before the date of the proposed travel, etc.)
  4. My research work must be completed in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
  5. I am required to present my research at NTID's Annual Student Research Fair (late April/early May).I am not conducting research under a currently externally-funded project.
  6. The presentation is being given by me, not the faculty mentor or other co-author.
  7. I will submit a short (i.e. one-page maximum) report on the conference experience within one (1) month after the meeting (this report will be shared with NTID’s Marketing Department so the research/trip may be publicized.)
  8. My travel is to be conducted within the U.S.
  9. I understand I cannot change my airfare itinerary after it has been formally purchased.
  10. I will work with Ms. Dawn Sullivan (Dawn.Sullivan@rit.edu) to make my travel arrangements. The arrangements should be made with Ms. Sullivan at least one (1) month prior to the travel start date. I will not be reimbursed any travel arrangements/charges made prior to meeting with Ms. Sullivan.
  11. I understand that travel forms (Travel Expense Reports) with all receipts must be submitted to Ms. Dawn Sullivan (Dawn.Sullivan@rit.edu) within two (2) weeks of the completed travel. All Travel Expense Reports and receipts must be submitted prior to the 15th in September and June to adhere to budget cycle closing.
  12. The application form must be completed by the student researcher and approved by the faculty mentor.

For more information, or to apply, contact Dr. Todd Pagano (tepnts@rit.edu).

NTID Supported Student and Faculty Research Poster Printing

NTID faculty and students doing faculty-guided research can have their research posters printed (at no charge) for presentations at professional and academic conferences/symposia. Additionally, we have poster carrying tubes that faculty and students can use when traveling to conferences/symposia. Please contact Dr. Todd Pagano (tepnts@rit.edu) if you’d like to borrow a poster tube.

To help with cost, print time, and staffing logistics, please adhere to the following guidelines and printing policies.

  • The poster content must be related to NTID-supported student/faculty research for presentation at professional conferences/symposia.
  • Faculty advisors of student researchers must approve the posters for printing. They should submit the final poster for printing on behalf of their student researchers.
  • We will not be able to re-print posters, so please carefully proofread contents before sending the file for printing.
  • Posters sizes can vary, but please limit posters to no larger than 44” x 60” (44” paper will be the largest that we carry).
  • Please avoid using solid color backgrounds or large solid images as backgrounds (this consumes ink very rapidly). However, the use of colored texts, images, graphs, tables, boxes, etc. is encouraged.
  • To avoid transposition errors on different computers and printers, please submit the files in PDF format.
  • Please plan ahead to allow at least five (5) business days for printing.
  • Faculty-approved PDF files of posters should be sent to Jorge Samper (jbsedr@ntid.rit.edu) for printing.

NTID Undergraduate Research Courses

NTID has credit-bearing Undergraduate Research courses available to allow students to receive course credit for being involved in faculty-led research projects. These are variable credit courses (typically 1-3 credits per semester), and like Independent Study courses, involve the development of a contract outlining course expectations/outcomes. Upon completion, students receive a letter grade for the course. A list of previously approved NTID Undergraduate Research courses (by program) can be found below.

NACA-285 Undergraduate Research Applied Computer Programming
NACT-285 Undergraduate Research ACT
NASL-285 Undergraduate Research ASL
NASL-485 Undergraduate Research ASL
NBUS-285 Undergraduate Research Business Studies
NCOM-285 Undergraduate Research Communication Studies
NDLS-285 Undergraduate Research Liberal Studies
NETS-285 Undergraduate Research Engineering Studies
NHSS-285 Undergraduate Research Humanities and Social Sciences
NLST-285 Undergraduate Research LST
NMAD-285 Undergraduate Research Mobile Application Development
NMTH-285 Undergraduate Research Mathematics
NSCI-285 Undergraduate Research Science
PRFN-285 Undergraduate Research Performing Arts
INTP-485 Undergraduate Research ASL English Interpretation

Brief descriptions of these courses can be found in the Undergraduate Courses booklet.