RIT has received a $1 million grant that will be used to develop a Scientists-In-Training program for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduates.
The federal grant from the National Institutes of Health was announced by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who notes that the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), which is part of RIT, is an important part of the local economy with 2,000 students and faculty.
The grant comes through a program designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who enter Ph.D. programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
“This is an historic development for deaf and hard-of-hearing scholars and for RIT,” said Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “RIT is becoming known as the destination school for deaf and hard-of-hearing scholars who want to prepare for careers in biomedical and behavioral research.