Graduate Student Showcase

Master’s and Ph.D. student research featured Nov. 12-16

Published Nov. 5, 2018

More than 100 Rochester Institute of Technology master’s and Ph.D. students will highlight their latest research and innovations at the 11th annual Graduate Education Showcase. The event is the culmination of a weeklong celebration of its graduate students from Nov. 12-16 that includes speakers, workshops, a theater performance and social events.

The Graduate Showcase will feature oral and poster presentations on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to sustainable food waste management. A new addition to the showcase this year will be a panel of distinguished graduate alumni discussing the journey from graduate study to careers. The panel will feature Patricia S. Phillips ’90 (business administration), John Aäsp ’06 MFA (imaging/photographic arts), Robert Loce ’85 (photographic science), ’93 (imaging science) and Kimberly Braithwaite ’98 MS (human resource development).

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“The Graduate Showcase is an important opportunity for the RIT and Rochester community to hear the latest creative and scholarly breakthroughs by RIT’s top graduate students,” said Twyla Cummings, dean of Graduate Education. “These students are poised to become tomorrow’s leaders and attendees can expect to enjoy a multidisciplinary display of innovative thought leadership.”

The Graduate Showcase takes place from 8 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in Louise Slaughter Hall and is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Other highlights from Graduate Education Week include:

  • Graduate Education Resource Fair and Networking Mingle, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 in the University Gallery. Refreshments will be provided.
  • GrantForward for Graduate Students, 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Carlson Hall room 1125. This hands-on workshop will provide graduate students with a demonstration of GrantForward, a searchable database of funding opportunities, and its features.
  • Diversity Theater Film Preproduction and Production, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the McKenzie Commons on the first floor of Liberal Arts Hall. This event features an interactive discussion on the research and development of “diversity films,” films that present diversity and inclusion themes, cultural awareness or inclusive community building. The preproduction and production of BRICK BY BRICK, the first film developed by RIT Diversity Theater, will be the basis for the discussion. Emphasis will be placed on the application of research in script development, set design, cinematography and artistic expression as well as the film’s application for diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • The End Game, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Bib Lab on the third floor of Wallace Library. This workshop is geared toward those graduate students planning to defend a thesis or dissertation in May or August. Library staff members will lead the workshop informing you of the requirements for submitting your final work. They will discuss how and where to submit as well as where your electronic work will be available for the world to view and download.

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