RIT honors grad students during Graduate Education Week April 14–18

Weeklong celebration features workshops, art show, graduate research symposium

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The sixth annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium wraps up RIT’s Graduate Education Week, April 14–18.

The first Graduate Education Week at Rochester Institute of Technology will be held April 14–18 and features speakers, workshops, information fairs and a keynote address delivered by Callie Babbitt, assistant professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and Vicki Hanson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, at the Graduate Symposium luncheon on Friday, April 18. The week culminates with the Convergence Art Show Reception and the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium.

Highlights include:

  • “Research Beyond Boundaries: Translation as Interdisciplinary Practice,” 11 a.m.–noon Monday, April 14, in 1829 Room, Student Alumni Union. Panelists are Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, assistant professor and linguistics expert; Timothy Engstrom, professor of philosophy; and Babak Elahi, professor of English and associate dean, all from RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. The panel will discuss the many ways in which we are challenged by questions of translation among disciplines and cultures and what the theme of translation could mean for transdisciplinary conversation and research on campus.
  • Graduate Off-Campus Housing Fair, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. April 14, Fireside Lounge
  • Graduate Student Mentoring workshop, 2–4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Golisano Hall, room 2400. This workshop, sponsored by RIT’s Office of Graduate Studies in partnership with The Wallace Center, is geared toward faculty interested in mentoring graduate students. To register, email lrrgla@rit.edu.
  • Workshop; “Graduate Thesis: The Endgame!” noon Wednesday, April 16, Wallace Library, third floor. This workshop is for graduate students planning to defend a thesis or dissertation in May or August. Library staff will explain requirements for submitting print and electronic copies of work and how to apply for an embargo, if necessary.
  • “Informational Interviewing,” 2–3 p.m. April 16, Lowenthal Hall, room 1225. This workshop facilitated by Peggy Tirrell from Saunders College of Business will explore why and how to conduct informational interviews and will provide participants with an opportunity to develop and practice speeches and introductions.
  • Art show; “Convergence III,” runs April 16 to May 3 in University Gallery, James E. Booth Hall. This is the third annual juried exhibition of graduate student creative works.
  • “Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium—Celebrating Excellence, Building Community,” 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, Louise M. Slaughter Hall. The sixth annual symposium—free and open to the public—features the academic research of more than 100 graduate students from RIT and surrounding universities. Presentations will be given throughout the day across five presentation rooms.

“Graduate Education Week is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on the cutting-edge research performed by RIT graduate students and students enrolled at colleges and universities in our region,” said Hector Flores, RIT’s dean of graduate studies. “The Graduate Education Week is, first and foremost, a celebration of our graduate students’ success and accomplishments. It will also provide the university community and prospective students with the chance to learn about graduate education and the doors that open when a graduate degree is earned. Our support of graduate education at RIT is unwavering and we’re proud to help faculty and graduate students succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors.”

For more information about RIT’s Graduate Education Week, go to www.rit.edu/gradstudies.