In 1989 the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) was erected, dedicated and began housing a new program in imaging science. This department now conducts research in subjects that include astronomy, biomedical imaging, nanoimaging, optics, vision and more. However, the program first began gaining nationwide recognition in December 1989 when the New York State Board of Regents officially approved RIT’s first Ph.D. program in Imaging Sciences. At the time RIT was the first university to offer a degree of that kind and it remains the only place in the world where you can get those a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a Ph.D. in the field. It is an incredibly popular field of study at RIT and is one of the most common minors and immersions that advisors recommend to engineering and technology students.
To help raise awareness about the opportunities within the imaging science field, CIS hosts multiple outreach programs that serve children and young adults and focus on educating and empowering the community. From summer K-12 programs and high school Intern programs, to guest lectures and talks sponsored by this department, CIS offers ways for people of all ages to learn about imaging science. If you have a young sibling, cousin or neighbor interested in learning and exploring the future of technology and imaging applications, be sure to point them toward CIS!