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Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Department of Otolaryngology

Aerial view of KHRI

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Summer Program

for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

General Information

The summer program at the University of Michigan, provides an opportunity for laboratory experiences in various fields and the application of computer skills to research problems. The program is open to all deaf and hard of hearing students and has established close ties with Gallaudet University, RIT/NTID, and Entry Point!, the program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For ten weeks, students will work alongside established researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, gain insight into the research process and how to shape a career!

If you join us for the summer, we expect a real commitment from you because you will participate in ongoing projects with all the challenges and excitement that is part of original research. You will not only be involved in laboratory work but also in seminars and discussions, and will have the opportunity to describe your results in a presentation or a paper. In return, we will help you in every way to master the necessary techniques and the theoretical background so you can fully participate on the team.

Available Opportunities

The Kresge Hearing Research Institute presents a wide variety of research experiences. Students with majors or interest in biology-related areas, molecular biology, genetics, psychology, or physiology will find outstanding opportunities in our laboratories. Just visit the available laboratories and check out what they have to offer!  In addition, majors in computing-related fields will find projects of different degrees of complexity. For example, a student could participate in a research team by programming specialized application programs for the execution of complex experimental designs, or for data collection or analysis, or could interface between "bench work" and computing. All projects will provide an opportunity for the students to learn new skills, expand their work experience and evaluate their interests for a future career.

Duration and Financing

The ten-week program begins after Memorial Day and ends in mid-August. The program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). We will make every effort to pay for your round trip air fare, accommodations and meal plan in one of the University's dormitories, and a monthly salary of approximately $900.

Support Services

The Kresge Hearing Research Institute has state-of-the-art equipment in all laboratories and applies the most advanced research and computing technologies. You will have access to computers for data analysis and communication within the Institute and the outside (via e-mail).

The University of Michigan also offers support through the office for Students with Disabilities: (734) 763-1083, voice/TTY. This office will provide interpreter services, general information and help, as well as contacts to the deaf student organization at the University of Michigan

How to Apply

Applications should include resume, transcript and letters of recommendation and should be submitted to the employment offices at Gallaudet, RIT/NTID, or to Entry Point! Please, contact your office no later than December or early January. In late January, students will be asked for interviews before final offers are made.