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Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars

We are pleased to accept applications our new transformative mentored postdoctoral research training in biomedical and behavioral sciences for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) Scholars at the University of Rochester (UR) combined with an opportunity to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its College of Health Sciences and Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).

What sets this research postdoctoral experience apart from traditional postdoctoral research is the emphasis on teaching our Scholars “how to teach” and design new courses at RIT/NTID in full-inclusion classroom settings for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing undergraduate students.

We have received 5-years of funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) through the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) K12 Program. The goal of the K12 program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. This new NIGMS-funded K12 Program, called the 'Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars,' complements the NIGMS-funded 'Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program' in terms of increasing the number of biomedical and behavioral scientists who are deaf and hard-of-hearing."  

NIGMS supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems.

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