A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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Our mission that prioritizes ground-breaking research and innovation, using a variety of academic approaches.
Gallaudet University has earned the second highest classification for any research institution in the country. In 2018, it was elevated to an R2 status, a doctoral university with high research activity, designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning’s revised edition.
Gallaudet University is one of only 259 higher education institutions in the United State to hold the Carnegie R2 designation, a classification reserved for the most rigorous research universities in America. To meet those requirements, GU awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees during the year of 2018 and reported at least $5 million in research expenditures through the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey.
Within 6% of higher education institutions with the ‘R1’ or ‘R2’ designation
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services provides services and support to Gallaudet faculty and staff seeking external funding for projects to benefit the Gallaudet community. Including providing editing assistance with grant proposals and administers the Priority Research and Small Grants programs, encouraging Gallaudet faculty, staff, students, and Clerc Center teachers and staff to apply for Gallaudet research grants through these funds.
Scholarships managed in this office include the Fulbright Scholarship Program, International Visiting Researcher Programs, and other sources of internationally-focused funding.
The process of applying for and using outside funding is complex, with multiple legal requirements. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services provides support and ensures compliance with related regulations and laws while maintaining a consistent and uniform administration process. The OSP is committed to making the grant process smoother for Gallaudet faculty and staff and aims to see all projects to success.
With an extensive reach to information and literature around the world and expert library staff who are available for consultation, students in all degree programs, as well as faculty and staff, are able to support all of their research.
Our faculty are driven by three principles of core work, teaching, scholarship, and service. Research and academic studies are a fundamental part of their core work, and often many students of all levels have the opportunity to participate in those studies or conduct their own research projects. These studies help advance knowledge and understanding of our community and the world.
Academic studies are the product of months or years of work; they can include analysis of large sets of data or carefully conducted experiments. The multitude of our studies gathers qualitative and quantitative data that has a worldwide impact.
Furthermore, the findings of such work are typically independently fact-checked prior to publication and can garner acclaim for our student researchers as they benefit from the publication credentials..
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Our Research Centers uphold the highest academic and research standards.
These research centers and labs have the support of faculty, funding, staffing, and student researchers looking to simultaneously further the growth of their own research experience and contribute to the growth of academic research at the University. Our faculty continuously ensures that the research centers and labs are operating to the highest industry standards.
Our Research Centers
Center Director for Deaf Health Equity
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Motion Light Lab
Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab
Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging
Technology Access Program
Through Gallaudet University’s 20 graduate degree programs, professional-level students make progress on groundbreaking scientific inquiries through research. Maintaining a direct focus on high-level, degree-granting research, Ph.D. scholars advance traditional scientific knowledge and broaden the high-level representation of the Deaf community within the highest reaches of academia.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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