In the summer of 2020, NTID/RIT will host a science and math REU for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for the third summer. Approximately 10 students are expected to participate.
The REU will focus on research, but also provide the additional critical components: support in the areas of mathematics/statistics as well as technical writing to foster student development as researchers, and immersion in a community of researchers who are also deaf or hard-of-hearing or who have a background in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The REU is eight weeks long. The first week of the REU is a research bootcamp, focusing on basic mathematical, statistical, scientific and programming skills to get students ready for their research projects. Students will then delve into their chosen projects in pairs. Each pair will be mentored by faculty at NTID/RIT who have experience working with students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and are accustomed to a wide range of communication modes, including ASL.
In addition to the research experience, students will receive training in statistics and mathematics targeted toward the chosen research project, as well as support from a writing coach. At the end of the eight weeks, groups will present at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium.