James Madison University hosts a summer program that pairs deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals with hearing individuals in a research setting. It's part of the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which supports active research participation by undergraduate students. Participants in the summer program include students and faculty members from JMU and outside institutions that serve deaf and hard-of-hearing students, as well as colleges and universities without extensive research infrastructure. JMU faculty members provide research opportunities in all major sub-disciplines of chemistry. In addition to conducting research, REU participants engage in a series of professional development activities aimed at enhancing effective science communication with other chemists, scientists in other disciplines, the public and those with communication disorders.
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