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