Welcome to RIT and the Office of Graduate Studies! It is a pleasure and an honor to welcome you to another exciting academic year. This fall we are enrolling more than 3,000 graduate students in more than 75 professional degrees, masters programs, MFAs, as well as 7 PhD programs offering education and research opportunities in many cutting edge areas of scholarship and research. Graduate education at RIT provides an exciting and multicultural environment for study and career success. We are involved with students through more than sixty different national government agencies, universities and organizations worldwide.
The Office of Graduate Studies is here to help faculty and graduate students succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors. We also look forward to helping all of you develop novel partnerships among yourselves as well as with the community and the private sector. Throughout the year, our office sponsors workshops on career preparation, professional development, teaching and grant writing for both students and faculty. This year we are in the first stages of implementing the graduate education-related goals of RIT’s new strategic plan, under the theme of the Student-Centered University. We are looking forward to our 8th Graduate Research Symposium on April 8th, 2016, to highlight the successes and scholarly results of our students and faculty. We will also continue to hold social events to provide informal venues for further interaction and development of new partnerships and ideas.
OGS is a small office with a big heart. Rauncie Ryan, our Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Success, takes the lead in graduate student advocacy and the professional development workshops. Belinda Dunwoody, our Senior Staff Specialist, is our students’ first point of contact with OGS and works with students in multiple areas. We are always available to meet your needs, learn of your successes, and listen to your concerns and ideas. Have a wonderful academic year!
Hector E. Flores, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies
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