However, the experiments at RIT may not have been as exacting as those at Kodak.
I wouldn't doubt that for a moment. On the other hand, many folks from or formerly from EK (ie Burt Carroll) and Polaroid are cited as assisting with or guiding some of this work, so how bad can it be? University master's thesis experiments are usually pretty low budget so they might be good for guidance of efforts that could be pulled off by individuals outside of the corporate environment.