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Mission Statement

The mission of the Rochester Postdoc Partnership to Advance Research and Academic Careers in Deaf Scholars is to  provide highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) with the knowledge and skills to pursue research and teaching careers in academia.

To achieve this mission the program will develop, implement, and evaluate a model program that integrates individual and institutional activities to improve Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) postdoctoral Scholars’ preparation and skills as they advance academically toward careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences at institutions committed to educating underrepresented and underserved persons. 

Program Highlights

  • A mentored research experience at the University of Rochester.
  • A mentored practicum teaching experience at NTID/RIT.
  • A Research Career Development Program that takes advantage of a well-developed Mentor-Scholar Development Program in the Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program.
  • Linkages with our NIGMS supported R25 Bridges to the Doctorate for D/HH Master’s Students (also a collaboration between UR and NTID/RIT).
  • Training of UR mentors and lab personnel in Cross-Cultural Competency with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons in four Competency Attributes: (1) Cultural Knowledge, (2) Awareness, (3) Sensitivity, (4) Communication Competence (awareness and respect of communication needs, not competency in ASL).

For more detailed information on our unique program, see our highlights page