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RIT plans Ph.D. program in computing and information sciences

RIT expects to launch a Ph.D. program in computing and information sciences. Offered through the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the doctoral degree aims to cultivate independent scholars, well-prepared teachers and educators and researchers able to work in interdisciplinary environments.

The Golisano College has established the Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure to serve as the research facility for the Ph.D. students and faculty. Faculty members from several colleges are conducting interdisciplinary research within 14 laboratories of the center. Doctoral students will be required to work at the research center as part of the program.

“The Ph.D. program will be the crown jewel of the college,” says Jorge Diaz-Herrera, dean of the Golisano College.

“This is a very comprehensive college with state-of-the-art facilities, and the Ph.D. program will allow us to put our advanced research into perspective. The program will involve a small percentage of our large faculty so we can maintain our focus on undergraduate education while conducting world-class, use-driven, computing-enabled research, which will also benefit our undergraduate programs.”

RIT has approved the program and it is now awaiting state approval. The program is expected to accept up to 10 students per year.

This will be the university’s third Ph.D. program. RIT also offers doctoral degrees in imaging science and microsystems engineering.

Kelly Downs