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UR, RIT launch graduate program for students who are deaf

Rochester Business Journal
August 27, 2013

The Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester Medical Center plan to kick off a jointly run program tailored for candidates for graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, officials of the schools said Tuesday.

Funded by a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health General Medical Sciences unit, the program will be jointly run by URMC’s Clinical Translation Sciences Institute and RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Center on Access Technology.

The program aims to employ mentors, workshops and skill-building workshops to help candidates move from masters to Ph.D. programs. Sessions with hearing research faculty and their labs to prepare them to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing students also are planned.

Two students are slated to begin the program in September with three additional candidates planned to enter in each of the grant’s succeeding four years. 

URMC and RIT also have joined forces to create a master of science program in medical informatics.

Such collaborations are “a sign of two institutions that are interested in finding ways to solve problems by doing things differently than they’ve traditionally been done,” NTID president Gerry Buckley said.

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