RIT/NTID student presents research at ERN conference

Congratulations to third-year RIT/NTID student Wade Kellard, an Applied Mechanical Engineering Technology student, who was selected to present at the 2013 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM on March 1, 2013. Kellard, from Cincinnati, Ohio, presented research on “Establishing Guidelines for Accessibility of Online STEM.” Kellard identified key characteristics of accessibility and created an evaluation tool for accessible websites as part of his work for the Deaf STEM Community Alliance. He was one of 250 students to win a travel award that covered his conference registration, housing, airfare and ground transportation.

Lisa Elliot, RIT/NTID senior research scientist, and Principal Investigator for the Deaf STEM Community Alliance, (funded by the National Science Foundation) also participated in ERN. Dr. Elliot is on the ERN Advisory Board and served as a judge for student presentations at the conference.

The conference is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation, and is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF.