Welcome to the realm of possibility.

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing? Do you want to become a scientist?  With the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program, getting a doctorate degree is now more possible than ever.

Program Intro

Deaf scientists are already out there, however…

While the number of deaf scientists is increasing, there is a still a shortage, as deaf scientists are underrepresented in the behavioral or biomedical sciences. The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology have partnered together and established the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program to address this gap.  With funding from the National Institutes of Health, our program aims to train and prepare eligible students while they are in one of the approved master’s degree programs at RIT.  Our program aims to increase the readiness of eligible Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who plan to apply to a doctoral level program in a behavioral or biomedical science discipline.

Doctoral Preparation

  • RIT Master’s degree in a science discipline
  • Three or more Doctoral-level courses
  • Multiple graduate research rotations

Degree Programs

Navigational Guidance

  • Personalized career development plan
  • Science and academic mentors
  • Deaf graduate and doctoral peer mentors

Meet the Team

Financial Support

  • Tuition paid- 90% first year, 72% second year
  • Conference travel funds
  • Two-years of paid research assistantships


Apply Today to Make Your Science Doctorate a Reality

Each year we will select three students who are beginning their Master’s degree, or are in a BS/MS program, at RIT.  As a Bridges Scholar, you will receive focused training to better prepare for entrance into your chosen
doctoral program, gain laboratory experience, and have the opportunity to present at
professional, discipline-based conferences.


Who Are We?

The Bridges team is comprised of world-renowned researchers – each with their own labs – many who have experience working with Deaf people.  As a Bridges Scholar, you will have the opportunity to garner scientific experience within these labs. The team will collaborate with you on your quest to emerge as a Deaf scientist.

Meet the Team

What’s Happening?

Bridges Scholars at ACTS 2017

Bridges Scholars Sara Blick and Steven Murdy attended the Association for Clinical & Translational Science 2017 Conference in Washington, D.C., April 19-21.  Each presented a poster about their current research projects and did an excellent job!  Sara presented on “The Role of Platelet Factor 4 (PF-4) in B Cell Differentiation”, under the mentorship of Dr. Craig Morrell.  Steven presented on “Opportunities and Challenges for Precision Medicine and Biomarkers: Regulatory Science Case Study”, under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Steele. Image Description:  Sara and Steven standing next to their respective posters:  Sara to the left and Steven to the...

Dr. Rain Bosworth to present MAY 10!

Dr. Rain Bosworth will be the guest presenter for the Bridges World of Wonder (WoW) in Science Seminar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  The presentation will be held in the NTID SDC, Room 1300, from 1-2:30pm and will be our last for this academic year.  Please join us for an inspiring presentation from Dr. Bosworth! Bosworth May17 Image description: Bridges logo, followed by event announcement. A picture of Dr. Bosworth is to the left of the above event description, followed by the title “Butter Up in a Doggie-Dog World: Navigating through Academic Seas” and the date and location...