RIT honors graduate student research during Graduate Education Week Feb. 23–27

Weeklong celebration features workshops, social events and graduate research symposium

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The seventh annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium wraps up RIT’s Graduate Education Week, Feb. 23–27.

The second annual Graduate Education Week at Rochester Institute of Technology will be held Feb. 23‑27 and features speakers, workshops and social events.

The keynote address at the Graduate Symposium luncheon on Friday, Feb. 27, will be delivered by Ray Ptucha, assistant professor of computer engineering from Kate Gleason College of Engineering and an RIT alumnus. Ptucha specializes in machine learning, computer vision, robotics and embedded control, and will demonstrate his emotion-detecting skeleton wired with intelligent sensors. The week culminates with the seventh annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium featuring oral presentations and poster presentations of graduate student work from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, Louise M. Slaughter Hall. All events are free but registration is required.

Graduate Education Week highlights include:

  • Critical Thinking Workshop, 9–11 a.m. Feb. 23, University Services Center, room 1100, presented by Chip Sheffield, the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking;
  • Public Speaking Workshop, 10–11 a.m. Feb. 24, 1829 Room, Student Alumni Union, presented by RIT Tiger Tales Toastmasters;
  • Graduate student mixer hosted by Office of Graduate Studies and College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, 5–7 p.m. Feb. 24, Vignelli Center for Design Studies; open to all graduate students, faculty and staff;
  • Workshop; “Cross Cultural Communication in Academic and Everyday Settings,” 2–4:20 p.m. Feb. 25, University Services Center, room 3200, presented by Stanley Van Horn, director of RIT’s English Language Center;
  • “Introduction to Grant Writing,” 9–11 a.m. Feb. 25, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, Louise M. Slaughter Hall, rooms 2230-2240; and
  • Alumni speaker; “Small Business and Barriers to Growth—Things I Wish I Knew Back Then,” 2–3:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Campus Center Bamboo Room, presented by Patrick Talty ’92, ’02 (MBA). Talty is chair of RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society Executive Committee.

“The Graduate Education Week is, first and foremost, a celebration of our graduate students’ success and accomplishments,” said Hector Flores, RIT’s dean of graduate studies. “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 and to register for Graduate Education Week events, go to https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/gradstudies/symposium/about.