It is a pleasure and an honor to welcome you to another exciting academic year. This fall we are enrolling more than 1200 new Graduate students in more than 70 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. This brings our Graduate student total to 3,000 students. We are involved with students through more than sixty different government agencies, universities and organizations abroad.
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 ourselves as well as with the community and the private sector. Throughout the year, our office sponsors workshops on career preparation, teaching and grant writing for both students and faculty. This year we have worked with the Task Force for Graduate Education to craft a Strategic Plan that articulates several foundational principles needed to meet RIT’s complex challenges. You can read this document in full here on our website. We are also very proud of our annual Graduate Research Symposium, to highlight the successes and scholarly results of our students and faculty. This year we will hold our Symposium in the spring during Graduate Education week which will include other opportunities for networking and education. We will also continue to hold social events to provide informal venues for further interaction and development of new partnerships and ideas.
In addition I am happy to share that we have added a new person to our office. I hope you will stop by and welcome, Ms. Belinda Dunwoody, Senior Staff Specialist, who is here to help make your time at RIT as successful as possible. Belinda, Rauncie Ryan, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success and I make up our team of three here in the Office of Graduate Studies and we are here to help you. 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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