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Graduate Education Week 2022 

April 4 – 8, 2022

Redefining Possibilities – Graduate Students on the Move

Graduate scholarship at RIT represents an incredibly rich and diverse body of work—research, technological discovery, design, and creativity. Each year the RIT community comes together to celebrate this diversity of thought + practice during Graduate Education Week & Showcase. The Showcase allows students to share their intellectual achievements with the world, and presenters expound on globally impactful discoveries they have made.

The 2022 Graduate Education Week coincides with National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. View a complete schedule of the Week’s events below, and join us for one - or all! -of the different networking, celebratory, and professional development events planned for our graduate student community.

Interpreters and/or captioning services will be provided on Zoom for the Graduate Showcase Oral Presentations on Thursday, April 7th, during the keynote session on Friday, April 8th, and at the celebratory luncheon. If services are needed for a different event you may make that request here.

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View the Agenda for the 2022 event below.

Monday, April 4th

Graduate Education Week Kick-Off Reception and Resource Fair
University Gallery, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Mingle with our graduate student community, faculty and staff and kick-off a week of Graduate Education Week activities! Enjoy a cocktail and refreshments, collect information from RIT resources, and meet your peers.

Tuesday, April 5th

Librarians on Ice: Meet your college liaison librarian
Ritter Arena Library, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Just like getting your bearing on ice skates takes some guidance, getting the most out of the many resources and services that the RIT Libraries offer will also take some guidance. Your guides in this endeavor are the college liaison librarians of the Research and Instruction Services department. Come meet the members of the team during this informal social event. You can enter to win a “swag bag” of prizes as well!

“How Thinking Session” with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, Eugene H. Fram Chair of Applied Critical Thinking
Reading Room, CPC 2050, 12 – 2 p.m.
Grad school changes our thinking about ourselves, our world and our role in it- it is an opportunity to transform or reaffirm! Join us for a unique and insightful experience where graduate students from diverse programs and backgrounds share “How (their) Thinking” thinking has changed over the course of their graduate experience. Together, we will explore such areas as: What has graduate school meant to you ? Do you see your future role and plans differently than when you dreamed of graduate school? What contributions, new areas or opportunities do you wish to be a part of? What other domains should you learn from and engage as part of grad school?

Light refreshments will be served.

*We are seeking student volunteers to prepare one slide to share during the event. If you are interested please email Katie Beczak at

Study Break Virtual Yoga
Zoom – Join from anywhere!, 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Study Break Yoga: Whether you regularly practice some form of yoga and exercise, or are curious about a yoga practice, we welcome you to this event. You can expect to do yoga poses (standing/seated in chair and floor) adaptable for all bodies and energy levels. We’ll do invigorating stretches to address the aches caused from the habits of living in a modern, fast-paced world. Be open to clearing your mind from stress and body from tension as your instructor guides you through a simple breathing practice leaving you more at peace and relaxed than when we began.

Wednesday, April 6th

AWARE-AI NRT Mentor Café
Golisano Atrium, 10 – 11 a.m.
Are you currently an NRT Trainee or graduate student who’s exploring your career options? We’re hosting a Mentor Café event for you! You’ll meet postdocs or early career researchers who are happy to share their experiences with you, including what prompted them to pursue their career path, what the process looks like, what to expect, how to succeed in this field, etc. Please stop by and make new connections! And don’t forget to bring your burning questions! Event details can be found here.  

Accelerated Scholars Networking Luncheon
University Gallery, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
This event was created specially for our first-year Combined Accelerated Pathways students.

Join us in the University Gallery for a conversation with current BS/MS graduate students, enjoy lunch, and ask any and all questions about your program, research opportunities, and the student experience! This is also a wonderful chance to meet fellow first-year students in the pathway program.

Expressive Communication and University Writing Centers Open House
ECC and Writing Center, Wallace, 1 – 3:00 p.m.
The Expressive Communication Center and University Writing Center offer graduate students support with interviewing and oral presentation skills, academic writing, and much, much more.

Drop by the ECC and University Writing Center's office to learn more about their workshops and services to students, and grab some swag and a snack!

DSA-Sponsored Alumni Speed Networking Event
Lobozzo Alumni House, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
By invitation only.

The Doctoral Student Association and RIT Alumni Relations are hosting this special event where RIT students have the opportunity to network with each other, RIT alumni, and with potential employers. 

An optional "speed networking" activity will take place and hors d'oeuvres and drink tickets will be provided.

Thursday, April 7th – Graduate Symposium and Showcase

Live and Streamed Oral Presentations (session 1)
SUS – 1130, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Join us for live presentations by our top 10 oral thesis presenters. Presentations will also be streamed on Zoom​, and interpreters will be provided.

Snack Break
Sustainability Gallery, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Live and Streamed Oral Presentations (session 2)
SUS – 1130, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join us for live presentations by our top 10 oral thesis presenters. Presentations will also be streamed on Zoom​, and interpreters will be provided.

Student Lunch
Sustainability Gallery, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
If you plan to attend the Symposium or are a presenter, we'd love for you to partake in lunch. Register is required here for our grab-and-go lunch refreshments.

Poster, Demo, and Visual Exhibition Session
Sustainability Galleria, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Walk through the RIT Sustainability Galleria to see poster presentations, visual exhibitions, and demos from our graduate student community.

Friday, April 8th

Keynote Speaker Event
“Population Health in Monroe County” with Dr. Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP

Zoom, 10 – 11 a.m.
Dr. Michael Mendoza is the 9th Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County.  He is also appointed as Professor at the University of Rochester in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing.

The COVID Pandemic has shined a light on both the resilience and vulnerability of our health and public health system. In this presentation, Dr. Mendoza will explore the interface between clinical medicine and public health, with an emphasis on where renewed collaboration may bring about new opportunities to address chronic challenges.

Graduate Education Celebration and Awards Luncheon
Polisseni Atrium, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
All student presenters and submitters are invited to attend this luncheon to celebrate their work.

A brief program featuring the RIT President, Provost, and Vice President for Research will open the ceremony and awards will be presented to the student poster and oral presentation winners.

Buffet lunch will be served.