Mentorship Programs

NTID Center on Cognition and Language


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Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate

There are too few deaf scientists out there, so the University of Rochester (UR) and RIT have developed a partnership to address this gap. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program aims to increase the number of deaf scientists in the biomedical and behavioral science disciplines. The program selects top RIT graduate students who are deaf or hard of hearing and wish to pursue a doctoral degree. The Rochester Bridges Program provides them with unparalleled, mentored research experiences at RIT and UR for two years. These scholars are provided individualized attention from a team of scientists who will mentor them.  The scholars will also take three or more doctoral-level courses at UR, and receive research stipends, tuition waivers, and conference travel funds. For more information on the program, visit: http://deafscientists.com

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Rochester Post-doc Partnership

The University of Rochester (UR) and RIT are committed to developing a pipeline of highly-qualified deaf and hard of hearing scientists. With funding from National Institutes of Health, the Rochester Post-doc Partnership provides post-doctoral fellows three years of mentored biomedical or behavioral science research experiences at the UR and mentored teaching experiences at NTID/RIT. For more information on the program, visit: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/academic-research-careers-deaf-scholars.aspx

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Broadening the Participation of Deaf Students in Sign Language Research program

With funding from the National Science Foundation, this program provides the top deaf and hard of hearing students from higher education institutions across the United States with mentored opportunities in sign language research. Specifically, this program supports students who are conducting sign language research to attend the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference, the largest international conference for sign language researchers. The program provides ASL/English interpreters at the conference and opportunities for the selected scholars to network with well-known sign language researchers.