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Deaf Scientist Training

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Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing scientists are vastly underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences, facing unique obstacles to starting or maintaining a career in medicine or academia. The UR CTSI is dedicated to helping students and trainees clear those hurdles and successfully launch a career in academic research or teaching. In partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology, we offer programs that train and support Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students and trainees advance from master’s degree through postdoctoral training.


Bridges to the Doctorate


Preparing Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Rochester Institute of Technology master’s students for success in a behavioral or biomedical science doctoral program at the University of Rochester or beyond.


Graduate Trainee Support

We provide stipend support, professional development, and expert ASL interpreter access for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in biomedical PhD programs at the University of Rochester.


Rochester Postdoc Partnership

Providing highly trained Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing biomedical and behavioral scientists with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue research and teaching careers in academia.