2023 Graduate Education Week & Showcase

April 3 - 7, 2023
National Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Join us in recognizing and celebrating the many contributions of graduate students to the RIT community and beyondregister for events and activities listed below. 

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Movie Night - Missing Link—featuring the work of alumnus Adam Fisher, MFA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Max Lowenthal Hall, LOW-3215

movie thumbnailWe're hosting Movie Night! Join us for a full-length animated film, Missing Link—featuring the work of RIT Alumnus Adam Fisher.

In 2019, Missing Link won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, along with being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Adam received his MFA in Animation from the College of Art and Design. He is currently an Associate Professor and Program Chair in the Department of Animation and Game Art at the Maine College of Art & Design. 

Student clubs will have refreshments available for purchase beginning at 5:00 PM, with the film starting at 5:30 PM. There will be time for socializing in the main hall after the showing. Funds raised will benefit student clubs.

© Laika Entertainment
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Matt Lucas, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Travis Knight, Chris Butler, David Walliams, and more. The film includes closed captioning.


How Thinking? Interactive Applied Critical Thinking Event
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
SAU-1510, Room 1829

Come and Share as part of the "How Thinking Session" with Jennifer Schneider, Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking. We are seeking grad students to share one PPT slide, OR one object, OR one something as part of this event! 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” 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?

Snacks provided! 


CANCELED-PhD Alumni & Student Networking Reception
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Joseph M. Lobozzo Alumni House

RIT’s Doctoral Student Association invites you to a special reception for local PhD alumni and employers on Tuesday, April 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Join us on campus at the Lobozzo Alumni House where you will have a chance to meet and network with RIT’s current PhD students, share your expertise, and hear about the exciting research and innovation happening at RIT.  Our students are looking forward to learning about your career path and the various career opportunities that exist for PhD’s.

Hors d’oeuvres, light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.


Graduate Student Showcase | Presentations
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Locations vary: Student Alumni Union/Campus Center

GEW wayfinding signThis full-day symposium celebrates and shines a spotlight on our talented graduate students as they showcase their work. Experience their research during oral presentations, poster sessions, live demonstrations, and 3-minute lightning talks. Join us for a day packed with intellectual stimulation and thought-provoking discussions while you engage with presenters and learn about their fascinating research projects. Stop by to celebrate and support our graduate students, network, and learn something new!

Refuel with refreshments provided throughout the day including hors d'oeuvres served immediately following the 3:30 PM awards presentation. If you require an ASL interpreter for oral presentations make your request here.



Awards Presentation & Keynote
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 
Ingle Auditorium


Join us in honoring the recipients of the following Graduate School awards during the awards presentation in Ingle Auditorium. The top-ranked presentation winners of the day will also be announced.

               Outstanding Graduate Woman Achievement Award                                    
                      Outstanding Dissertation Award           
        Outstanding MS Thesis Award         
        Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award         


Photo of Dr. Conn

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Nicholas Conn, '16

Dr. Conn is the Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of Casana. Nick completed his Ph.D. in Engineering in 2016 at RIT, where he developed Casana’s technology – a toilet seat-based cardiovascular monitoring system. He founded Casana in 2018. His expertise spans business development, algorithm development, cardiovascular monitoring, medical devices, ultra-low power systems, physiology, and signal processing. Nick also holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from RIT. 

A reception to celebrate our graduate students will follow with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.



Combined Accelerated Programs Panel Discussion
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM 
Ingle Auditorium

Get a glimpse at your future as an Accelerated Scholar. Hear directly from graduate students who started out, just like you, in a Combined Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's degree program. They’ll share their tips and advice and will answer your questions! Hear about their co-op and research experiences, their involvement in campus activities, how they developed relationships with faculty, and how they fined tuned their academic and career focus. Immediately following this panel discussion, Accelerated Scholars are invited to the Graduate Showcase poster session.

Food will be provided! 


AWARE-AI NRT: Spring Mentor Café
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
James E. Gleason Hall,
009 GLE-2955 Gordon Upper Atrium

Hosted by the AWARE-AI NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program, this Mentor Café event welcomes NRT Trainees and other RIT graduate students. Participating students will have the opportunity to interact with postdocs and early career researchers in a fun and interactive format.

Questions about the event? Please email awareainrt@rit.edu.

Website: https://www.rit.edu/nrtai/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AWAREAINRT


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ASL Interpreters have been requested for the Showcase in Fireside Lounge taking place from 12:30-2:30 and the Awards Ceremony. If you require an ASL interpreter for oral presentations make your request here.