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2014 Graduate Education Week at RIT

April 14-18, 2014

This year the Office of Graduate Studies is proud to present the first Graduate Education Week.  This week will be filled with events which will culminate with the Convergence Art Show Reception on April 17th and The Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium on April 18th.  During this week of events we will be holding gatherings, information fairs and speakers from all across campus. 

If you have an idea for Graduate Education week please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success Rauncie Ryan


Monday April 14th - Opening Events for Graduate Education Week

Monday April 14, 2014 ~ 11:00am-12:30pm
SAU Room 1510 (The “1829” Room)
Research Beyond Boundaries: Translation as Interdisciplinary Practice
Abstract: Disciplines draw boundaries; research crosses them. Disciplines need to be in conversation with each other, but in whose language should such a conversation take place? Translation is thus necessary and unavoidable. Increasingly, creative problem-solving requires that science and art be in conversation, that discovery and invention be connected, that natural and computational systems work together, that different modes of representation—natural, aesthetic, and mathematical—interact coherently with each other. In effect, we are all inevitably caught in translation; we must, therefore, confront the question of translation in its own right. This panel will discuss a variety of ways in which we are challenged by questions of translation, across a variety of cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Ultimately, boundaries are artificial; they are made to be useful and to be crossed. With your participation, we will explore what the theme of translation could mean for transdisciplinary conversation and research at RIT.


Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm (Ph.D. in Linguistics) is Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. She teaches computational linguistics and language science. Her research centers on computational inference with text, speech, and multimodal data, with a focus on applications in the health domain.

Timothy Engström is Professor of Philosophy at RIT. His research and teaching focus on comparative Anglo-American and European philosophy, philosophy of vision and imaging, and aesthetic and rhetorical theory.

Babak Elahi is Professor of English and the Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. His teaching and scholarship range across American literature, Iranian film, and transnational cultural studies, particularly Iranian diasporic literature and culture.
Attendance limited to the first 50 registrations (snacks included)
Please RSVP to Rauncie Ryan at 475-4261 or email .


Monday April 14th

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fireside Lounge

Come by and talk to off campus apartment representatives about options for housing.  No reservation needed just show up!


Tuesday April 15th

Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop

This workshop has been Cancelled.  It will be rescheduled at a later date.   Sorry for the inconvenience. 


Wednesday April 16th

Graduate Thesis:  The Endgame!

Noon - Wallace Library - Third Floor Bib Lab

This workshop is geared toward those graduate students planning to defend a thesis or dissertation in May or August.   Library staff members will lead the workshop informing you of the requirements for submitting print and electronic copies of your final work.  They will discuss how and where to submit in print and electronically as well as where your electronic work will be available for the world to view and download! They will also discuss how to apply for an embargo of your work if necessary.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about title pages, signatures, abstracts, costs, editing, and general guidelines.  Attending this workshop will help you understand all the steps in the process and will make a very stressful time in your graduate career proceed smoothly.


Informational Interviewing

2:00 – 3:00  p.m. Facilitated by Peggy Tirrell 

LOW(12)-1225/35 Multipurpose Room

Informational Interviewing - This seminar will cover the why and how to conducting informational interviews and provide the participants with an opportunity to develop and practice their "elevator" speech/introduction.   


Thursday April 17th

Convergence III

3rd annual juried exhibition of graduate student creative work

University Gallery Reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday April 17th

Show runs April 16- May 3


Friday April 18th

6th Annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

See information below




The 6th Annual RIT Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium

April 18, 2014

Registration to Present at the Symposium is now closed.

If you wish to register to attend please register below.

The symposium— Registration begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and pastries.   Welcome at 8:30 a.m. with presentations to begin at 9:00 a.m.  Oral presentations will be given throughout the day across 5 presentation rooms. The presentations are broken up by mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee breaks, poster session, lunch, and a panel discussion.  This event is free and open to the public.

This year we expect nearly 100 graduate students from Rochester Institute of Technology and surrounding universities to present their research activities.

Click here to register

Abstracts for RIT Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium 2014

Click here for a complete Schedule and a short listing of each room, time, name of presenter and title of talk. 


If you would like to read the Abstracts you can click on the room number below and see a more detailed description. 

MAGIC Center

CIMS (Slaughter Hall) Room 2120

CIMS (Slaughter Hall) Room 2130

CIMS (Slaughter Hall) Room 2140

CIMS (Slaughter Hall) Room 2150

Poster Presentations are all at 2 p.m. in the University Gallery.  You can read the abstracts by clicking on the link below. 

Poster  Presentations Abstracts

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