New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced on Friday, July 14th that the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) has received a $1 million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will be used to develop a Scientists-in-Training program for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduates.
Slaughter released a statement saying, “This major federal award will create a curriculum that will lead to students in our region finding those next great scientific breakthroughs.”
NTID president Gerry Buckley called it historic and stated, “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.”
The funding comes from the Research Initiative for Science Enhancement program (RISE). It is the first RISE program to serve deaf and hard of hearing students. The program will collaborate with students who enter PhD programs in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Congratulations, RIT/NTID!