Catherine Mahrt-Washington

Assistant Dean

Contact Information

OfficeGOS 1112
Phone(585) 475-7046

Catherine joined RIT and the College of Science Dean'€™s office in 1999.  She earned a B.S. Marketing degree from Niagara University and a M.S. Service Leadership and Innovation degree from RIT. In 2005, she enrolled in one of her masters' courses at RIT's sister college, American College of Management and Technology (ACMT), in Croatia.  In addition to being the Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Advising, she is the academic adviser for the Science Exploration program, is an integral member of the Dean's Delegate committee, is the College of Science Honors advocate, the College of Science liaison to the Institute'€™s Study Abroad program, the college contact for the Center for Student Conduct & Conflict Management office, and 2008-2011 member of the Imagine RIT committee.  She is also the Chair of the College of Science Student Honors and Awards committee. 

Catherine has the role of adviser for the College of Science Student Advisory Board (COSSAB) and the College of Science African American, Latin American and Native American Student (COSAALANA) group. She was a participant in the 2011 Partnership in Pluralism program. In 2006, she developed the business plan for the first successful 4-week pre-freshman RIT Summer Research Program beta tested in the College of Science, and, in 2009, expanded the program to include faculty and top-tiered pre-freshman from four additional RIT colleges. In 2008, she was named a facilitator for the NSF-Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) grant that supports deaf and hard of hearing students performing undergraduate research and preparing them for graduate school in biology.  In 2010 and 2011, Catherine was included in the California State University NSF IQuest Grant summer institute.  She demonstrated the impact of the COS Honors research program to the grant participants (science teachers and students) who were being trained to use supporting technology and research for science teaching in California K-12 programs. 

Catherine has served the Institute by representing the college on several committees including the University Studies Advisory Group, Upper-class Initiatives, Steering Committee for the NCSSSMST 2008 National Student Conference, and is a member of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project and the McNair Advising Boards.  Catherine has served on many search committees including searches for: College of Science Dean - 2002 and 2009, the Director of Alumni Relations 2009 and 2011, Institute Honors Director, and the Assistant Vice President for Global Risk Management Services.  She served as a board member for the former First Priority Federal Credit Union, 2001 - 2010. 

Honors and Awards:

- Student Government Extra Mile award - For Outstanding and Attentive Service to Students.

- The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) Community Partner Award.

- Three Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society certificates - for having a positive influence on three graduating seniors: one female chemistry major, one male physics major, one female biological sciences major.

-  2006 and 2010 nominations for the University Staff Award.