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Welcome to the home page of the NSF-NRT Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science website! This website is designed to connect the broader community in Minnesota with the research and science outreach conducted by the graduate students who are currently a part of the training program, as well as to advertise the program to interested students. Below, you can learn about the key details of our training program and see our social media feed. Elsewhere on the site, you can learn more about our curriculum, our membership, and our outreach events. You can also listen to our podcast!

What is NRT @ UMN?

NRT is short for the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship. NRT is a grant program administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which aims to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students pursuing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary science. NRT @ UMN is short for the NSF-NRT Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science at the University of Minnesota, a training program at the University funded through the NRT grant. 

What does NRT @ UMN do?

NRT @ UMN is a multidisciplinary training program designed to support graduate students at the University of Minnesota who want to study translational sensory science. These students seek to combine basic sensory science (i.e., vision, hearing, motor control, and speech research) with cutting-edge technical expertise (e.g., programming, engineering, statistics) to apply sensory science to solve real-life problems like vision loss, hearing loss, and vestibular dysfunction.

Our trainees come from many departments at the University of Minnesota, including psychology, speech and hearing, engineering, computer science, neuroscience, and kinesiology. The trainees supplement their regular coursework with a unified set of courses related to sensory science and its applications. They also attend regular seminars and workshops, develop research collaborations, and participate in science outreach events to connect with the broader Minnesota community.

Who can be a part of NRT @ UMN?

Everyone, in different ways. Graduate students at the University of Minnesota can attend our public events and take the affiliated classes, and those who are eligible (see the Apply for funding page for criteria) can apply to join our trainee cohort. Members of the community can attend our outreach events and get in touch with us about ways to help the program and collaborate.

How can I get involved with NRT @ UMN?

  • Attend one of our public events (see calendar to the right). Key events on an annual basis include Spring Research Day, the CATSS Symposium, Fall Kickoff, and Winter Workshop. 

  • If you are a graduate student at UMN, check out our Meet the Trainees page.

    • You may also be eligible to apply for up to 2 years of fellowship funding, so take a look at our Apply for funding page.

If you are a community member and want to learn more about our research, talk to one of our trainees, or otherwise get involved with NRT, check out our Outreach page.

Where is NRT @ UMN located?

Members of the NRT trainee cohort are located all over the University of Minnesota campus, but most of our activities take place at the Center for Translational and Sensory Science Research (CATSS). CATSS is a research center located in Elliott Hall on the East Bank of the UMN Twin Cities campus. CATSS focuses on translating basic research in sensory science to real-life problems like hearing and vision loss. The facilities at CATSS include multiple soundproof booths for audiovisual experiments, EEG systems for measuring brain responses, and more.

Map locating Elliott Hall

News & Updates

One way to learn more about NRT @ UMN is to listen to our podcasts! Each NRT Podcast spotlights the life and research of a different NRT trainee. The podcasts were recorded by Coral Dirks and Adam Svec at Five Watt Coffee. 

Social Media

Contact the NRT leadership team to be added to our Slack workspace and interact with NRT trainees!


Upcoming Events


CATSS Symposium:


Past Events

Spring Research Day:

April 13 - 14th, 2023

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