New Explorations in Information and Science

a student based, membership driven research lab.

Involved Learning

Learn through hands on experience.


Work together to solve complex problems.

New Ideas

Think freely about emerging technologies.


Learn applicable technical skills.

The best team of student experts.

Student innovators initiate projects. They support their peer innovators, and together build upon today’s emerging technologies. NEXIS members freely work on independent projects to create novel innovations which advance the fields of information science, engineering, and technology.

Private Workspace
All NEXIS members have 24/7 access to a workspace with various technology, including a VR ready desktop, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Yogibo bean bags, mini fridge, and a large screen tv.
Time Management
Manage your own time and project goals.
Own 100% of your work.
Work with SU students and meet industry leaders from all over the world.
Present to fellow students and SU faculty members.
The Cloud
Work with cloud software and infrastructure from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM.
Accelerated Learning
Learn advanced topics quickly through peer learning.
Explore Technology
Get hands on experience with brand new technology. If we don't have it, its one purchase form away.

The NEXIS Process

How students go from start to finish


1-2 Weeks

Current members have 1-2 weeks to brainstorm a research topic and get approval from the student leaders. This involves doing preliminary research and creating a hypothesis if applicable.

Layout out the strategy

1 Week

Once the project is approved, students create a strategy on how to accomplish their research goal. This strategy should look ahead and attempt to predict any potential problems that might arise.

Skill Building (optional)

Student Defined Timeframe

Work on building up skills needed for your project.

Coding & Development

0-12 weeks

Use the skills you've developed to begin working on your project.

Present Semester Progress

1 week

Present your work to fellow students and faculty members through a pitchout presentation.

The NEXIS Team

Get Inspired. Own a project.

Headshots for members of the iSchool's NEXIS student lab. Fall 2017.

Josh Konowitz


Josh Konowitz is currently a Junior at Syracuse University dual majoring in Marketing and Information Management. Josh has experience working at BD, one of the largest medical device companies, where he helped restructure their digital strategy for a 1 billion dollar division. Since Marketing is about solving problems and Technology is changing the way we can solve them, Josh has spent his career working to solve different problems using emerging technologies. During his time at NEXIS, Josh led two independent research projects which explored the use of data analytics in the real world and data-driven decision making. One of these projects included utilizing machine learning to analyze data and provide NFL Coaches with insights to improve the decision-making process on fourth down.


Chris Sekerak


Chris Sekerak is currently a Junior at Syracuse University majoring in Supply Chain Management and Information Management. Last summer, Chris worked at Eaton as a Problem Management Analyst Intern where he developed an original Excel model which delivers proactive, standardized and previously unknown financial estimates for the productivity and overtime cost of IT problems on Eaton businesses and global facilities. Chris also has experience at TEDxSyracuseUniversity as the Co-Lead Organizer and Executive Producer. In this role, Chris worked to rebuild the organization at Syracuse University.  Additionally, Chris serves as a University 100 Student Ambassador as well as a consultant for the Cleveland International Model United Nations Conference.


Ariel Rabinowitz

Head of Public Relations

Ariel Rabinowitz is a Senior at Syracuse studying Marketing and Advertising with a passion for learning new skills and facing challenges head-on. She has interned at BBDO as an Account Management Intern. There, she managed various client forms, communications, and executions including creating broadcast traffic instructions for radio and tv stations and communicating action forms to production to ensure quality and timely deliverables. As a senior, she is also a team leader, peer advisor, community volunteer and radio show co-host.


Ashley Steinberg

Head of Communications

Ashley Steinberg is a Junior at Syracuse University majoring in Public Relations with minors in Marketing and Information Technology. Last year, Ashley was the Communications, Editorial, and Marketing Director at TEDxSyracuseUniversity where she led a team of six students responsible for implementing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and multimedia strategies for the organization. Ashley also interned at Padilla, supporting the agency in vetting and selecting an influencer search tool as well as researching social media influencers for the Virginia Wines and Ribera y Rueda campaigns.

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