Welcome to the realm of possibility.

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing? 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.

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-year paid research assistantships

FAQs

Apply Today to Make Your Science Doctorate a Reality

We will select three students each year to come to RIT for their Master’s degree. 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
science-related conferences.

Apply!

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?

Lorne’s Thesis Defense

This morning, Bridges Scholar Lorne Farovitch successfully defended his thesis for his Master’s degree! The research he used for his thesis was on the impact of pathogens in samples of water found in the Western New York area. A big congratulations to...