Monday, October 26, 2015

Office of Graduate Studies Reimbursement Program

Have you paid for supplies for a project or presented your work at a conference?
We have some money for Graduate Students.

As a Graduate Student I know you could use some money to help you with your work.  

Some examples of what we can reimburse for:
Special paper
Art supplies
Printing of a poster
Materials for work presented at the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium
Materials for an art exhibit or scientific procedure
Framing for art for an exhibit
Funds you used to start a creative and innovative business venture
Travel cost or registration fees to give a presentation at a refereed conference or juried exhibition in your field where you are a primary author.

Receipts can be from Spring, Summer or Fall of 2015

These are just some of the things that our reimbursement program can help you with. Gather up your receipts and fill out the form on our website. Our funds are limited so the sooner you apply the better your chances are. If you have any questions about the form or how to fill it out please let me know. At this time the amount we can reimburse each student is $500.

You must be a current RIT student to apply for the reimbursement program.…/graduate-student-research-and-creativi…

Your Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success,
Rauncie Ryan

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Graduate Student Sucess Newsletter

September 2015
Newsletter from the Office of Graduate Studies
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success, Rauncie Ryan

Greetings Graduate Students!

Remember to come by our office to say hello and grab a cup of coffee.  We are located on the 3rd floor of the University Services Center building in Global Village in suite 3100.  We have a great study space available to you that is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..  

If you have not checked to see if you won a tiny tiger please visit our website and check our workshop page.

Do you have questions about taxes?  There are some excellent resources for RIT students at this website:

It is easy to get stuck just going from class to your housing and miss out on all the interesting things going on in Rochester.  RIT will be running shuttles to the Fringe Festival in downtown Rochester.  I will be there and I hope to see you there too.  For more information visit this website:


Upcoming Workshops for September
September 18th  - Literature Review Workshop taught by Rachel Chaffee and Stephanie Webster - Open to all Graduate Students – 2 - 3 p.m. SAU Meeting Room A Second Floor.  REGISTER HERE

The date for the NSF grant workshop has been changed to September 28th.  Make sure you read the requirements at this link before you sign up. 
September 28th - National Science Foundation Grant Workshops - Open to all eligible graduate students - 1-3 p.m. Bldg.   87 Room 3200.  Requirements for the grant can be seen at this link.   REGISTER HERE

October 2nd - Tiger Tales Toastmasters - Public Speaking Workshop- Open to all graduate students - 3-4 p.m. Reading Room Campus Center REGISTER HERE

October 7th - Applying for a Ph.D. - Panel presentation - Open to all graduate students- 10-11:30 a.m. - Reading Room - Campus Center REGISTER HERE

October 20th - Introduction to Grant Writing taught by Rebecca Sumner- Open to all graduate students- You must register for this workshop in advance - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  CIMS 2220  REGISTER HERE

Save the date!
Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium
April 8th 2016
There are two workshops coming up that are specifically geared towards helping you prepare for the symposium. 
October 2nd - Tiger Tales Toastmasters - Public Speaking Workshop- Open to all graduate students - 3-4 p.m. Reading Room Campus Center REGISTER HERE
November 18th   - Presenting at the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium - Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success Rauncie Ryan and Tiger Tails Toastmasters members.  We will be covering both poster presentation and oral presentation.  - Open to all Graduate Students - 2-4 p.m. Reading Room, Campus Center REGISTER HERE

Stay tuned for our Tiny Tigers Contest coming up in October.

Other on campus events you may be interested in:

Eileen Pollack, American novelist, essayist, and short story writer will present a talk and book signing on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25th  at 1 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology.
The book talk at 1 p.m. (Ingle Auditorium) and book signing at 2 p.m. (SAU 1829 Room) are open to the entire RIT campus (no registration required). 

Eileen Pollack will present a seminar on her newest book, The Only Woman in the Room (Beacon Press). Pollack spent six years interviewing dozens of teachers and students and reviewing studies on gender bias. In her book, Pollack details the cultural, social, psychological, and institutional barriers confronting women in the STEM disciplines. The Only Woman in the Room brings to light the struggles that women in the sciences are often hesitant to admit and provides hope that changing attitudes and behaviors can bring more women into fields in which they remain, to this day, seriously underrepresented.

Supported by an AdvanceRIT Connect Grant, Women in Science and Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Questions should be directed to:
LEA VACCA MICHEL, Chair of Women in Science
SONIA LOPEZ ALARCON, PI of AdvanceRIT Connect Grant slaeec@rit.eduTo request interpreting services, go to:

RIT’s Counseling Center is pleased to announce a support group for graduate students.
The group will start date is Monday, September 28th   and is free to interested students.
Sessions will be held on a weekly basis throughout the semester (10:00 am to 11:30 am Mondays) with the group co-facilitated by two of the Counseling Center clinicians, Kate Buckley and Toni Gauthier. 
Graduate Student Support Group Description
Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while
in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning
to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact
of family and financial concerns on one’s experience.  Participants will examine
how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general .

When:     Mondays  10:00 am -11:30 am  (starting Sept. 28th
Where:    RIT Counseling & Psychological Services, August Bldg. 2nd floor
                Above Student Health Center
Registration is Required:
Call the Counseling Center (585) 475-2261 to request a pre-group ½ meeting with Kate Buckley or Toni Gauthier

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to Fall 2015 Graduate Tigers!

Greetings Graduate Tigers!
It is great to be back and to see returning students and new students. 
I wanted to share some upcoming workshops that you are not going to want to miss. 
Tomorrow Tuesday September 1st at 2 p.m. on the third floor of the library in the biblab is a workshop that is very important to any student who is working on a thesis or a project with a writing component.  Linette Koren will be sharing with you all the help you can get from the library.  This is one workshop you will not want to miss.  Please register now at this link:

In addition if you are thinking of applying for our reimbursement program you will need to attend one of four workshops we will be offering next week.  This is now a requirement and will help you with the application process.   There are four different days and times to choose from.
You can register here:
Please stop by our website to see if you are one of the Tiny Tiger Winners.
Also, remember that you are welcome to stop by our office anytime for coffee and any help you may need.  We are located on the third floor of the USC bldg. 87 in Suite 3100.  I hope to see you soon. 
Rauncie Ryan
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer At RIT

Greetings Graduate Tigers!

I hope you are enjoying your summer here at RIT.
Things here in the Office of Graduate Studies are very busy.  We are working on our lineup for next year to make sure that you receive the services you need to make you successful in 2015-16.
What can you expect in the upcoming year?
Here is a little preview:

August 18th, 2 - 4:30 p.m. is our opening event for incoming graduate students.  I will meet you in Ingle Hall where I will introduce you to some very important people and give you some information that will be very valuable for the next year.  In addition there will be an all college information fair going on all day in the Gordan Field House.  Our office and our graduate student advisory team will be at both events to welcome you to RIT.

T.A. Training - For those who are planning to be T.A.'s there will be a T.A. training on August 22nd.  Please watch our website for updates and how to sign up.

We also have a whole list of workshops for fall.

Library Resourses
How to Write a Literature Review
Public Speaking
Applying for a Ph.D
The Endgame or How to Turn in Your Thesis
How to present at the Graduate Symposium
Critical Thinking
Ethics as a Graduate Student
Intro to Grant Writing

We will also be working with GSAC to bring you some social events and graduate mingles so you can get to know students from all across campus.  

In addition we will be announcing very soon the date of our 2015-16 Graduate Symposium.  Begin to prepare now for this opportunity to share your work with your peers from RIT and surrounding universities. 

I am very excited for this upcoming year and I hope you are too.

See you soon!!
Rauncie Ryan
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Research and Creativity Symposium Registration

7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium

Friday February 27th

8-5 p.m. 7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium

Includes free lunch and keynote speaker

Ray Ptucha

You do not have to attend the whole day to present or attend. 

You must register if you intend to present or attend the luncheon. 


Schedule for the day:

Sign in and breakfast ~ 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.  CIMS 2210

Welcome ~ 8:45- 9:00 a.m. CIMS 2210

Oral Presentation Session I ~ 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  CIMS

Oral Presentation Session II ~ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  CIMS

Lunch with Graduate Education Programming and special speaker Ray Ptucha 11:30 1:00 p.m. - CIMS 2240/2210

Poster Presentations ~ 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lobby of the Sustainability Building

Break ~ 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CIMS 2210

Oral Presentation Session III ~ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  CIMS

Closing ~ 4:30 p.m. CIMS 2210

DEADLINE for registration for the 2015 Symposium is February 15th

If you are registering as a presenter you will recieve an email with instructions on how to submit your abstract once you have registered.

 Register Here 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015



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RIT Office of Graduate Studies
USC (87) Innovation Center building  Room 3100  -  585-475-2127

Greetings and welcome to Spring Semester at RIT!

In order to keep the number of emails down I am going to try to keep your announcements attached to these weekly newsletters.  I may still need to send out some individual emails for events that are cancelled or other important news you will need to know.
Read below about some new events, a meet and greet at the Office of Graduate Studies, Tiger Tales Toastmasters, the chance to apply for research money and our upcoming Graduate Education week which concludes with our 7th annual Research and Creativity Symposium.  
As always I invite you to come by our office for a free cup of coffee and we even have sweets sometimes.  J  Our study area is open to Graduate Students from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   I have an open door policy and you are welcome to come by my office anytime to chat about issues related to graduate study at RIT.  

MEET AND GREET Thursday January 29th Noon – 2 p.m.
This Thursday January 29th we will have a meet and greet in our office space from Noon until 2 p.m..  This is an opportunity to meet your Assistant Dean and to find out more about how to register and present at the Symposium.  Yes, we will have cookies.  We are located on the third floor of the innovation center in suite 3100.  You can contact us by email at or by phone at 475-2127

Research and Creativity Reimbursement Program Spring 2015
Are you doing research and need some funding?  Are you going to a conference to present your work?  Do you need materials? Are you starting a business venture? 
If you need some funds we have a Reimbursement Program you may be interested in.  We award 20 students per semester a $500 reimbursement.  You must provide receipts in your name and there is an application process.  You must also present your work at our 2015 Symposium on February 27th to be eligible. (Your work can be in any stage of the process to present)  If you were reimbursed through this program in spring or fall 2014 you are not eligible for the spring 2015 program.   I will be sending out an email next week with instructions on how to apply so watch your email for that important information.  Have questions in the meantime?  Stop by and chat or send an email to

Tiger Tales Toastmasters Club 
This club is highly recommended by the Office of Graduate Studies and meets every Friday at Noon in James E Booth BOO (7A) in room 1480.  For more information visit their website.
Registration for the 2nd Annual Graduate Education Week and the 7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium is now open on our website. 
Remember in order to be eligible for the Spring Reimbursement program you must present at our symposium.  You can register here:

This spring we have a new program that I hope you will consider taking part in.  Take a look at the announcement below. 

Research, Translation, World-making:
A Graduate Salon on Reading Across the Disciplines
(a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Office of Graduate Studies)

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library”  Jorge Luis Borges

Academic disciplines draw boundaries and make worlds.  Some are computational worlds, some are invented and fictional, some are naturalistic—chemical or biological - worlds, and some are social and political.  To do research is to cross boundaries and to engage in a kind of translation that helps us make sense of how these different worlds relate.   Disciplines need to be in conversation with each other.  In whose language and by reference to whose world(s) should such a conversation take place?  
This salon is to open to any graduate student from any field who is interested in a conversation about how disciplines make worlds, and about the kinds of translation that allow worlds to talk constructively to each other.
The conversation will begin with a short story by the writer Jorge Luis Borges (see below), who excelled in synthesizing elements of literature, philosophy, science and even mathematics into his writing..  We will meet every two weeks during Spring 2015 to discuss readings related to the salon’s general theme. RIT faculty colleagues across the disciplines will join the discussions.
Increasingly, creative problem-solving requires that science and art be in conversation, that discovery and invention be connected, that natural and computational systems work together, that different modes of representation—natural, aesthetic, and mathematical—interact coherently with each other.  In effect, we are all inevitably caught in translation. With your participation, the salon will re what this means for transdisciplinary conversation, research and world-making at RIT.
For more information, contact Hector Flores; or Timothy Engstrom
Registration deadline: January 30, 2015.
Tentative Meeting time: Every other Thursday, 5-7 pm (location TBD, most likely off campus).
Initial Reading: The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges