Program will prioritize women, deaf and hard-of-hearing, and AALANA graduate students
RIT was awarded a nearly $2 million grant by the NSF to create a new research traineeship program for Ph.D. and MS students, AWAREness for Sensing Humans Responsibly with AI (AWARE-AI).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) reports that in 2019, only 22.9 percent of computer and information sciences Ph.D. graduates were female. Only 9.5 percent were African American, Latino/a American, and Native American (AALANA), and a mere 1.02 percent were part of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population. Other artificial intelligence (AI)-related disciplines suffer from similar trends.