RIT/NTID Lands Coveted Presidential Award




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Rochester Institute of Technology today was awarded the coveted Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a White House ceremony.

Only 10 institutions nationwide are selected each year for this prestigious award, which recognizes efforts that enable a substantial number of students from underrepresented groups to successfully pursue and complete relevant degree programs in science, mathematics and engineering.

RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf has provided tutoring, notetaking, advising, and interpreting services to hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in RIT's colleges of Science, Engineering, and Applied Science and Technology. RIT/NTID faculty also mentor under-prepared deaf and hard-of-hearing students within these three colleges through the Pre-Baccalaureate Studies Program.

Last year, RIT/ NTID provided 70,145 interpreting hours, 43,896 notetaking hours and 14,332 tutoring/advising hours to deaf students enrolled in classes and involved in sports activities throughout RIT.

Developed in 1994 as part of the Clinton Administration's effort to produce the finest scientists and engineers for the 21st century and attain scientific literacy for all, the award is administered by the National Science Foundation, and includes a $10,000 grant to continue the recognized activity.

Members of the Presidential Award-winning Department of Science and Engineering Support include: Thomas Callaghan, interim chair; Karen Beach; Gail Binder; Dom Bozzelli; Carla Deibel; Katharine Gillies: Warren Goldmann; Sandy Grooms; Markey Hoblit; Jane Jackson; Sharon Rasmussen; Rosemary Saur; Glenda Senior; Melody Shust; and Delelegne Woldmedhin.

NTID was established at RIT to enhance career opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Over the past 33 years, thousands of highly qualified deaf graduates have entered professions that previously had not been open to them. More than 1,100 deaf students from around the world study, live and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, NY campus. Web address: http://www.rit.edu/NTID.