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Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

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Welcome to the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at RIT. We offer a rigorous, hands-on education that prepares our students for a broad range of career options. Graduates of our programs step directly into well paying jobs in industry, non-profit organizations and the government, or continue their education at some of the most selective graduate, professional and medical schools in the country. Whether your long term goal is to contribute to our deeper understanding of the natural world, to answer some of humanity's most vexing challenges, to heal the environment or to heal people, a comprehensive education in the life sciences will prepare you exceptionally well.

As a student here, you will work closely with our faculty and staff to create an education that works for you, for your time at RIT and beyond. Both in class and outside of class - conducting research in faculty labs, learning about career options in co-op experiences, contributing to community and environmental initiatives - you will discover what you want to do and who you want to be. Our students tell us that their time with us is challenging but exhilarating and employers tell us that our students are well prepared for today's rapidly changing work environment. We are proud of them and excited for you to join their ranks!

Larry Buckley, Head


  • Jacqualyn Schulman has achieved a rare feat for a first-year student in Graduate School – she has a first-author credit in a scientific journal for her research into a protein that could play a role in cancer. Jacqualyn earned a bachelor's degree in biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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  • Students find link between plants, bird migrations.
    Just after sunrise several mornings each spring and fall, Susan Smith Pagano, an assistant professor in RIT's Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, and her students head to Braddock Bay Bird Observatory on the south shore of Lake Ontario. They catch small songbirds in nets, band them, take blood samples and release them after a quick examination.
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  • RIT program teaches first-year students how to learn. Project seeks to retain deaf, hard-of-hearing and first-generation STEM majors
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  • Rochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best universities for undergraduate education
    The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2014 edition of its annual book The Best 378 Colleges. In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book.
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