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Rochester senior, recent alumnus named Schwarzman Scholars

Wed, 04 Dec 2019

One Rochester graduate and one senior are among the 145 Schwarzman Scholars selected this year from a global applicant pool of more than 4,700 applicants to complete a multidisciplinary one-year master’s program at China’s Tsinghua University.


Ghana field school immerses students in ancient forts—and the legacies of slavery

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

For the last three summers, Rochester undergraduates have worked to analyze and preserve the ancient forts along the coast of Ghana, while exploring the historical and cultural context of the structures they study.


How do you bring a castle home with you?

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

How do you convey a 91,000-square-foot castle with more than 160 rooms on the Ghana coast, back to Rochester, so at any time you could take a virtual tour as if you were really there? Or study the castle’s structure brick by brick?


Students thrive at the intersections of engineering, computer science, and humanities

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Seniors Melissa Wen, Nathan Nickerson, and Jarrod Young are this year's winners of the Wells Award, given each year to high-achieving students in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who also excel in the humanities.


A ‘new chapter’ in quest for novel quantum materials

Tue, 27 Aug 2019

Aluminum stops being a metal. Metals turns transparent. Remarkable things happen to materials placed under remarkable conditions, and Rochester scientists are at the forefront of the quest to understand why.


Two faculty recognized by DOE as exceptional researchers

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Two University of Rochester faculty members–Hussein Aluie and Ellen Matson–have been named recipients of Early Career Research awards from the Department of Energy.


These mentors make a difference for first-generation, minority students

Thu, 08 Aug 2019

Five University of Rochester faculty mentors are the inaugural recipients of a new mentorship award from the University’s David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity.


Finding order in the chaos of turbulence

Wed, 26 Jun 2019

A new set of conservation laws developed by Rochester researchers are unique to the turbulent flows within magnetic fields, and could help explain the evolution of stars and galaxies.


‘Exotic’ form of ice both solid and liquid

Wed, 15 May 2019

Using lasers at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, researchers have created a superionic water ice, identifying and recording the ice’s atomic structure for the first time and changing our understanding of ice giant planets like Uranus and Neptune.


Engineering an international career path

Mon, 06 May 2019

Suman Kumar '19 has attended a half dozen international development conferences, met Nobel laureates, rebuilt two schools destroyed by earthquakes in Nepal, and still managed to complete a rigorous curriculum in mechanical engineering.