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    4. Debbie Cahn Scholarship
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What is Information Sciences & Technologies?

Lecturing at RIT

For starters, IST grads thrive in what has been dubbed the Information Age – an age where technology impacts every part of our lives and rapidly expanding amounts of information are transferred at ever-increasing speeds. However, IST grads do more than simply thrive in this new age; they drive it.

We’re constantly thinking about the next social media platforms, electronic medical systems, ePublishing platforms, impactful apps and so much more.

The one bond that all of these technologies share is access to information. How do we store it, manipulate it, move it, transform it, or display it? How do we make it work for us?

And it’s not just how we deliver information today—it’s how we will deliver information tomorrow. The IST degrees all include foundational skills that prepare you for long-term success, by giving you experience with state-of-the-art technologies that will have employers seeking you out, and the support to make a difference.

Information is all around us and IST graduates are involved in every aspect of it. Name a tech buzzword and you’ll find our graduates involved in it: cloud computing, virtualization, big data, NoSQL, geospatial technologies.

But - and this is important - while IST graduates enjoy working with technology, they see it as a means to an end. Our graduates are about leveraging technology to deliver more information to more people in more ways. It’s not just the technology—it’s the combination of technology, information, and people.

Check us out and find out why we not only invented the academic field (we had the very first IT program in the country), we’re transforming it.