RIT receives $3M donations in patents, annual award for students

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HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Graduate students at RIT will have more opportunities thanks to one of the state’s top researchers.

Dr. Russell W. Bessette announce a donation of two patents and the creation of Dr. Russell and Melissa Bessette Award for Doctoral Student Excellence, a $3.05 million bequest from which funding will be awarded annually as part of the recruitment or at any point during a doctoral student’s enrollment at RIT.

RIT has long been a leader in technological research and innovation, and this gift from the Bessette’s will ensure that legacy continues for years to come,” Congressman Joe Morelle said in a statement. “I join our entire community in thanking Dr. and Mrs. Bessette for their generosity and dedication to supporting students’ success. I look forward to the positive impact this award will have on advancing educational opportunities and strengthening healthcare services for all people.”

Dr. Bessette hopes these donations will attract more doctoral students and provide financial assistance to students hoping to get an advanced degree, a group he has a lot of faith in for the future.