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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 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 sciences at institutions committed to educating underrepresented and underserved persons.

Program Goals

  • Develop a group of highly trained D/HH biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia.
  • Strengthen and modernize science educational offerings at RIT, and promote research and educational links between the University of Rochester and RIT/NTID, an institution with a demonstrated commitment to educating D/HH students underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation.

In addition to training D/HH postdoctoral Scholars to be cutting-edge academic researchers and educators, the outcomes of this program will be to:

  • Enrich RIT and its colleges’ (e.g., College of Health Sciences and Technology and NTID) science educational offerings with the most contemporary research topics, laboratory experiences, and advanced courses in the biomedical sciences.
  • Promote links between UR and RIT that lead to new collaborations in faculty research and student training.
  • Foster the development of the next generation of D/HH scientists who will address the nation’s research needs.

Program Highlights

  • A mentored research experience at the University of Rochester.
  • A mentored practicum teaching experience at RIT/NTID.
  • 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 RIT/NTID).
  • 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