Masters' Scholars Research Program

The Masters' Scholars Research Program (MSRP) is a voluntary, selective program. Qualifying students will collaborate with Lally faculty or faculty across the Rensselaer campus to realize practical outcomes from research. Students completing this program will receive a certificate of accomplishment. Past participants in the program have received research fellowships as a result of their work, and others have helped faculty license technology or participated in the establishment of a high-tech venture.

Program Details


Spring 2018 Final Presentation Topics

The Masters' Scholars Research Program (MSRP) is a voluntary, selective program in which students collaborate with Lally faculty or faculty across the Rensselaer campus to realize practical outcomes from research. This event showcases MSRP final student presentations given in Spring 2018.


This year's projects include:

  1. Live Drop: A single-cell culturing tool that allows for monitoring treatment responses in real time unlike traditional cancer diagnostic techniques.
  2. GridStarr + Measuring Firm Similarity: a) Commercializing GridStarr, a saltwater battery that produces sustainable backup power by converting chemical energy from saltwater to electrical energy, and b) Understanding how firms relate to each other in product, market, and technology space.
  3. Birth Malformations (Cellular Chirality): Technology that allows for the observation of cellular chirality without the use of animal models
  4. Understanding Intellectual Property Policy at RPI
  5. LESA Ocular Dosimeter: Investigating commercialization potential of a head-mounted ocular dosimeter as a circadian rhythm research and medical diagnostics tool.
  6. Machine learning for mortgage default risk.
  7. Ethics in Business: Developing a framework for understanding the ethical impact of technologies such as wearables, chatbots, automated warehouse, augmented reality, and facial recognition, to name a few.
  8. Redefining quality in healthcare: Defining and improving patient driven quality metrics.
  9. Using Twitter data and topic modeling techniques such as LDA to understand the impact of tweet content on social influence.

Sample research opportunities

  • Working with Lally faculty to translate research projects for practitioner use.
  • Investigating a current issue or emerging trend thus creating new research questions for faculty to study.
  • Working with a company on a current problem of interest to them.
  • Working with faculty in the School of Engineering or Science, including the BioMedical Engineering department and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary studies (CBIS), to help them find commercial pathways for lab research discoveries and inventions.

Program Requirements

  • The program is voluntary, but if a student or student team commits to a project they are expected to complete it.
  • Students can work independently or in teams.
  • Students can select their project of interest; projects will not be assigned to students.
  • Bi-weekly meetings allow student(s) to provide progress reports and receive faculty feedback.
  • Projects must be completed during the duration of a student's enrollment at Lally.