Summer Program for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

For deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates, the Kresge Hearing Research Institute offers a summer experience, supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, in biomedical sciences and computing. The program provides hands-on experience, first-rate mentoring and a computing challenge in an academic environment. This is all enhanced by the energy and environment offered by the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor.


The Summer Program for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing provides participants with hands-on laboratory experience in a variety of fields and the application of computer skills to research problems. For 10 weeks, students work alongside established researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, gaining valuable insight into the research process and career development. Trainees participate in ongoing projects with all the challenges and excitement that is part of original research. They are not only involved in laboratory work but also seminars and discussions. Faculty provide students with the necessary techniques and theoretical background required to be successful. The experience culminates with the opportunity to share results in a presentation and/or a paper. 


The program is open to all deaf and hard-of-hearing students and has established close ties with Gallaudet UniversityRIT/NTID, and Entry Point!, the program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Each year, the program accepts up to five students. Students are paid and offered free room and board.

Duration and Financing

The 10-week program begins after Memorial Day and ends in mid-August. The program is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Every effort is made to pay for students' round trip air fare and provide accommodations and meal plans in one of the University's dormitories. Participants receive a monthly salary of approximately $900.  

Support Services

The KHRI has state-of-the-art equipment in all laboratories and applies the most advanced research and computing technologies. Participants have access to computers for data analysis and communication both within and outside of the KHRI.

The University of Michigan also offers support through the office for Students with Disabilities. This office provides interpreter services, general information and help, as well as contacts for the deaf student organization at the University of Michigan.

How to Apply

To apply to this program, please submit your application, with your resume, transcript and letters of recommendation, to the employment offices at Gallaudet UniversityRIT/NTID or Entry Point! Contact your office no later than December. Students will be asked for interviews in January before final offers are made.