Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as part of an education grant program aimed at improving the persistence of students working toward a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon and expand a successful peer-based mentoring program that has improved outcomes for first-year STEM students.
To the 1,613 graduates awarded degrees during the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Commencement ceremony Saturday, President Shirley Ann Jackson urged courage of their convictions and confidence in their capabilities.
“Respect your own grand, but incomplete, ideas—the ones you find exciting—the ones others find vague because they cannot yet see the future you see,” President Jackson said.
As members of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Class of 2014 cross the stage, how will they change the world following Commencement?
Many graduates will continue their studies after graduation. Among the schools that graduates will be attending are:
A team of researchers has developed a new type of biochip that emulates the metabolism of a human liver. The device could one day eliminate the need to harvest and use liver cells from human cadavers to test the toxicity of potential new drugs and drug candidates.
Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new type of rechargeable lithium battery with components made entirely of carbon. Unlike the lithium-ion batteries currently sold around the world to power smart phones, laptops, and countless other devices, this new battery is made without the toxic metal cobalt.
Student creativity and entrepreneurial thinking to increase the fuel efficiency of tractor trailers, automate a resume building and headhunting web service, and reduce household water consumption have received funding from the Rensselaer Class of 1951 Student Entrepreneurship Award. The fund was established over a decade ago to help transform undergraduate and graduate student ideas into successful ventures. This year the competition was sponsored by the Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M.