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Deaf/HH Scientists Roc Conference

The Open Road: Creating Opportunities for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists

Online registration is now closed. You are welcome to register in-person at the door the day of the event if we have the space to accommodate you. We reserve the right to decline entrance if we are at capacity.

Masks are optional but strongly encouraged throughout the entire conference unless you are eating or drinking. We will have masks available for those who may need one.

Dates and Location

August 11th, 2022 (8 am - 6:00 pm EST)
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Student Development Center
52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

August 12th, 2022 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm EST)
Saunders Research Building
University of Rochester
265 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY 14620

Parking and Directions

Photo of DEAF ROC leadersDeaf/HH Scientists Roc Conference aims to advance the success of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in biomedical and behavioral sciences research careers. It will do so by bringing together aspiring and successful Deaf/HH scientists and allied groups from across the nation to network and build a community – thereby creating opportunities for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists as they navigate their training and career paths.

Photo of the DEAF ROC teamWhile the conference is targeted to support the Deaf/HH community, all groups are invited and encouraged to attend. The conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral students, faculty and staff. We have an exciting program including a distinguished group of speakers, interactive poster sessions, small group breakout sessions and opportunities for networking.

Keynote Speakers

Alicia K. Wooten, PhD
“Getting Creative with Research: How I Became a Community Scientist”
Assistant Professor
Gallaudet University

Harry G. Lang, EdD, LHD
“Developing a World View: History Informs the Future of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in STEM”
Professor Emeritus
National Technical Institute for the Deaf | RIT

Michael McKee, MD, MPH
“Build It and They Will Come- Increasing the Deaf and Hard of Hearing STEM Pipeline”
Associate Professor
University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine

Featured Speakers


“Navigating the Job Market: From Academia, Industry & Government Opportunities”
Moderated by Tiffany Panko, MD
Panel Members: David Meek, Elizabeth Ayers, Mariam Paracha, Kara Farquharson, Michelle Koplitz


“Challenges in Mentoring and Establishing Productive Training Environments”
Mariam Paracha, Pharm.D. and Sarah Sarchet, MS
Shazia Siddiqi, MD, MPH and Timothy Dye, PhD


A poster session will highlight the research carried out by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff attending the DEAF/HH Scientists Roc Conference.  Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts on all aspects of research in biomedical and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, or population sciences (public health, epidemiology, community, and/or health disparities research).  Abstracts from Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) trainees and faculty in the biomedical and behavioral sciences or abstracts from mentors about best practices for working with and mentoring D/HH individuals are encouraged.

Monetary awards (3) will be presented at the end of the symposium for the best poster presentations.

Interested in continuing your biomedical research in a supportive community of other Deaf/HH scientists?


Apply for the Rochester Postdoc Partnership, a three-year joint postdoctoral program between the University of Rochester and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf that aims to rigorously train and support the career advancement of Deaf/HH postdoctoral scholars.

Apply Now!