Nexus Scholars Program applications now open

Applications are now open for the new Nexus Scholars Program, which connects and supports undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences with opportunities to work side by side with Cornell faculty from across the College over the summer on frontline research projects.

Open to first-year students, sophomores and juniors, the program also includes professional development workshops, career exploration events, and the chance to be part of a cohort from throughout the college who are passionate about learning.

Interested students can scroll through possible research projects on the Nexus Scholars Program website and select up to three research projects that look interesting to them. They can also apply for support to work with a faculty member not listed on the site. There are projects across fields, from humanities to social sciences, natural sciences and math. At this time, the site includes more than 30 projects.

 Some of those projects include:

  • Studying how forests cycle and store carbon and nutrients in trees, microbes and soil, and how these processes respond to changes in climate, air pollution and disturbances.
  • Developing an online dictionary tool for Gayogohó꞉nǫʔ (Cayuga), the Indigenous language of the area where Cornell is located.
  • Analyzing data from a large survey to evaluate alternative measures of "fit" between workers and their occupations.

Nexus scholars will be awarded $7,000 for full-time work during the eight-week summer program on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. Students will be chosen based on their interest in research, their ability to work collaboratively and their potential to contribute to their chosen project.

The program is open to all A&S students; first-generation college students, students from underrepresented groups and female students interested in science and math are encouraged to apply.

The program is made possible through a number of alumni gifts, including from Elaine Wong ’97 and Fritz Demopoulos.

Applications will be due Feb. 1, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit the Nexus Scholars Program website.

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