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Deaf/HH Scientists Roc Conference- August 29-30, 2024

Bridging the Gap: Empowering Deaf and Hard
of Hearing Students in Hearing Research Environments

Online registration will be open April 15, 2024. 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.
Dates and Location

August 29th, 2024 (8 am - 6:30 pm EST) 
University of Rochester-School of Medical and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14642

August 30th, 2024 (8:30 am - 2:30 pm EST)

Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Student Development Center
52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

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

Dr. Carol Padden, UCSD, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Amie Fornah Sankoh, Dow Coating Materials, Collegeville, PA

Dr. Bradley White, Gallaudet University

Mr. Chris Woodfill, New York State Interagency Coordinating Council on Services to Persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing, Albany, NY

Break Out/Panel Discussions:

Publication Know How

Undergraduate Mentorship

Graduate Mentorship

Experiences, Strengths, and Challenges Pursuing My Career Path

DHH Trainees Panel Session


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.

Abstracts must be submitted by August 12, 2024.

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!