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Peter Hauser, Ph.D.

The goal of the proposed project is to develop a pipeline to increase the representation of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in biomedical fields. Specifically, we plan to recruit the top deaf and hard of hearing scientists who recently graduated from doctoral programs that involve biomedical and related disciplines. We plan to provide them post-doctoral fellowships that include mentored research and teaching experiences. Upon completion of this program, these students will be prepared for research careers and assistant professorships in biomedical and behavioral disciplines.

Very few deaf scholars assume leadership responsibilities preparing students for careers in science, biomedicine and medical fields. At RIT, I have a long record of training deaf and hard of hearing undergraduates to do research and preparing them for doctoral studies. Over the past five years, ten of my undergraduates have been accepted to doctoral programs in science and clinical fields. My leadership skills in this area have been recognized at RIT—I received the Provosts Award for Excellence in Teaching during my 3rd year as an assistant professor. Because I have provided mentoring, laboratory experiences, and laboratory rotations for deaf and hard of hearing students and also female and minority students, I was selected to receive the Presidents’ award for promoting diversity. In addition, I was selected to serve as the National Science Mentorship Leader for the NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). This Center has 15 affiliated universities with deaf and hard of hearing students and post-doctoral fellows. Across institutions, I provide these students with mentored experiences, opportunities to present at professional conferences, and to co-author in peer review publications. I maintain this leadership role while directing my own laboratory, connecting my own students with scholars at RIT and other universities, and producing innovative research.

Currently, I am the program director and RIT PI of a NIGMS R25 grant that began September 2013. We are recruiting the top deaf undergraduate students from biomedical or behavioral science undergraduate programs and providing them masters-level training in collaboration with the University of Rochester School of Medicine. The goal of this program is to help these deaf students to become competitive candidates for biomedical or behavioral science doctoral programs. In addition to the R25, my laboratory works on multiple projects related to how deaf individuals learn and we work with collaborators from different universities as evident in my publications listed below. My research interests, record of accomplishments in preparing students, and experience in managing projects prepares me to serve my role on this K12 grant.

Positions Held

  • 1999-2000 Instructor, Department of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • 2000-2002 Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine, NY
  • 2002-2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Rochester Institute of Tech. (RIT), NY
  • 2006-2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Research and Teacher Education, RIT, NY
  • 2006-Present Research leader, NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning
  • 2009-2011 Associate Professor, Department of Research and Teacher Education, RIT, NY 
  • 2011-Present, National Science Mentorship Leader, NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning 
  • 2011-Present Associate Professor, Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education