I. Robust and Signature Programs
We provide excellent mathematics and science foundation courses for all RIT students as well as develop and support academic programs that will increase competitiveness in science and math education. We will instill a culture of interdisciplinary inquiry and intellectual growth, and prepare our graduates for careers in a rapidly changing global marketplace.
- We maintain rigorous academic programs that balance fundamental skills, advanced theoretical work, and experiential learning opportunities, exposing students to open-ended problems with real-life applications and preparing them for graduate studies and successful careers in the global marketplace.
- We explore ways to enrich current curricula by increasing opportunities for undergraduate research, experiential learning, co-op experiences, and / or capstone experiences for all majors within COS.
- We promote global literacy and cultural awareness.
- We assess potential changes to current programs in response to needs in the current workforce environment, current trends in graduate program admissions, current alumni placements, needs in support of the research initiatives of the College, and student needs for current and up to date curricula, including new developments in the field.
- We develop Interdisciplinary Science programs that:
- cut across disciplines and immerse students on the front lines of interdisciplinary, team-based, world-class level research that has practical relevance in the world of careers beyond academia
- provide focus with concentration in at least one scientific field
- provide graduates with a well-rounded appreciation of science and its place in society
- We will develop a novel new Ph.D. program in Modeling and that will merge and creatively synthesize many disciplines, and will be complementary and synergistic to other RIT Ph.D. programs.
II. Growth of Research Programs
We build on our successes to develop and support active, world-class, cross-disciplinary research and centers of excellence that will attract first-rate scientists to RIT. With the support of grants, foundations, and industrial sponsorship our research programs will provide rich learning environments for our students.
- Prioritize hiring to assure the population of research-active faculty is adequate, to take into account research potential, and to support target strategic research areas.
- We will establish a national and international College presence for RIT through investment in strategic areas where we can be successful. We will invest in both established and emerging areas as well as future opportunities:
Established Strong Areas
- Imaging Science
- Remote Sensing
- Color Science
- Astrophysical Sciences
- Computational Modeling (Scientific computing, State-of-the-art, high-performance computational solutions of scientific problems)
- Comprehensive plan for Optics (Classical/Quantum Optics, Color, Instrumentation)
- STEM Education - Continue to develop and expand the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative (SMERC) that will study issues involving postsecondary student achievement within a scientific discipline
- Undergraduate Research - Expand opportunities for undergraduates (e.g. more REU programs and internal programs)
Opportunities and Initiatives
- Invigorate Materials Science
- Environmental Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Invigorate the Biotechnology Program
- Define and develop a coherent "Bio-X" initiative within COS by exploring opportunities to develop interdisciplinary programs such as:
- Computational Biology and modeling of bio phenomena
- Mathematical Biology
III. Faculty and Staff Professional Growth
We promote, support, and enhance a vigorous and rich academic environment that fosters the professional growth of faculty and staff along with job satisfaction for all members of the College.
- We provide an environment of support, mentorship, and collegiality to encourage the professional growth of faculty and staff.
- We ensure that faculty and staff productivity and notable achievements are appropriately recognized and rewarded.
IV. Outreach, Internal, and External Partnerships
We develop collaborations between the College, internal and external partners, global education programs, K-12 community, and alumni in support of the goals of the college and institute.
- We cultivate interactions with business, industry, and government in order to develop and implement collaborative programs in mathematics and the sciences.
- We create and implement a strategy for improved technology transfer and industrial support of COS research in conjunction with the COS Advisory Board.
- We establish and maintain collaborations with the K-12 community in response to student needs for additional knowledge and skills in science and mathematics. We will thus help prepare the next generation of STEM educators through the development and support of internship programs that will attract high school students to work with our faculty and gain hands on experience in our laboratories over the summer months.
- We cultivate new and existing collaborations with international organizations and educational institutions. In this way we seek to develop and implement targeted programs for international student exchanges, faculty exchanges, course sharing, and other international exchange programs.
- We support outreach and attract female and minority student in science and mathematics disciplines and increase overall diversity in all levels of science and mathematics education.
V. State of the Art Facilities and Infrastructure for Excellence in Math and Science
The College of Science will be housed in state of the art Facilities that will provide the infrastructure to enable excellence in math and science education and research.
- We are developing a plan to renovate the Gosnell building and consolidate the College's academic units in fewer buildings through the construction of a new cross-disciplinary Science and Math Center that will support our teaching and research mission and foster collaborations and cross-disciplinary interactions.
- We are creating an effective structure for the College's operations that will support the administration of various academic units, multidisciplinary and disciplinary programs, and research centers and laboratories.
- We are improving infrastructure that supports our teaching and research mission and facilitates career advancement and job satisfaction for all members of the College.