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Amit Bhatia


Donor's gift supports students' international research

Recognizing the importance of extended, in-country research, Amit Bhatia ’01 created a fund to help close gaps in funding for travel and other expenses.
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Three doctoral students selected for Department of Energy program

Virginia McGhee, doctoral candidate in chemistry and chemical biology; and Liana Shpani, doctoral candidate in physics, are two of three Cornell doctoral students selected for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (DOE SCGSR) Program’s 2023 Solicitation 2 Cycle.
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Eighteen receive awards recognizing inclusive excellence

A&S graduate students and faculty were among those honored with 2024 Distinguished Awards at the Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Recognition Celebration on May 14.
Meagan Sundstrom


Student spotlight: Meagan Sundstrom

Meagan Sundstrom, doctoral candidate in physics from Walpole, Massachusetts, studies the role of gender in physics education.
Kelly Richmond


Student spotlight: Kelly Richmond

Kelly Richmond, doctoral candidate in performing and media arts studies the role of live performance in responding to the climate crisis.
Katherine Ally Zaslavsky


Student spotlight: Katherine Ally Zaslavsky

Katherine Ally Zaslavsky doctoral candidate in sociology from Endwell, New York, studies the value of representation.
Jason Ludwig


Student spotlight: Jason Ludwig

Jason Ludwig, doctoral candidate in science and technology studies from Brooklyn, New York, studies the role of computing in reshaping politics of racial equality.
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Ten inducted into Bouchet Honor Society

Eight Cornell doctoral candidates, including five connected to A&S, and two postdocs have been inducted into the Cornell chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
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Physics Ph.D. candidate wins 2024 Three Minute Thesis competition

Meagan Sundstrom won Cornell’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT challenges graduate students to present their thesis research compellingly to general audiences in just three minutes.
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Nearly 70 students recognized at pinning ceremony

… Many Dean’s Scholars are recipients of competitive fellowships in support of diversity while others are funded …
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Six postdocs honored with achievement awards

Cornell employs 790 postdoctoral scholars who are appointed across nearly 90 departments where they actively participate in the university’s research, teaching, and extension missions.
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Over 80 students receive NSF graduate fellowships

Eighty-four students have been selected as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) fellows in 2023, comprising the largest group of new fellows Cornell has ever fielded in one year.
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Funding for fluency: Grants support summer language study

Thirteen doctoral students were awarded grants for 2023, with destinations including France, Indonesia, Jordan, and more.
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Ph.D. graduates celebrated for contributions to knowledge

Cornell’s newest doctoral graduates crossed the line "from students to scholars" at the 2023 Ph.D. Recognition Ceremony May 27.
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Thirty-two receive awards recognizing inclusive excellence

On May 16, several Arts and Sciences affiliated graduate students were among those honored for leadership and commitment to diversity, inclusion, outreach, and student engagement.
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Two doctoral students selected as Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellows

The fellowships will provide a stipend as well as funding for research and other activities.
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Ten Inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.
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Over 50 Students Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

The National Science Foundation offers approximately 2,000 fellowships per year to research-based master’s and doctoral students pursuing STEM studies.
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Seven Postdocs Honored with Achievement Awards

Elizabeth Riley, postdoc in psychology, and Eileen Gonzales, postdoc in astronomy, represent the College of Arts and Sciences among the honorees.
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Two Doctoral Students Receive Ford Fellowships

Joseph Miranda, a doctoral candidate in English language and literature, received a dissertation competition fellowship.
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Two Doctoral Students Receive Africa Fund Fellowships

Angela Nankabirwa, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, will collect and analyze harmful algal bloom samples taken from Africa’s Lake Victoria.
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Twenty-five receive awards recognizing inclusive excellence

The awards recognize the excellence represented within the graduate community and celebrates students for their accomplishments.
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Travel Grants Help Graduate Students Conduct Research Across the Globe

The Graduate School awarded over 100 Research Travel Grants totaling $204,196 in 2021-22, the largest group of grants awarded since the pandemic began interrupting travel.
Bruno Shirley


Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture Ph.D. Candidate Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Bruno Shirley presented his dissertation research in just three minutes to a panel of judges and a virtual audience from across campus and around the world.
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Record High Attendance at Writing Boot Camp

This year’s Proposal, Thesis, and Dissertation Writing Boot Camp, hosted by Cornell University Graduate School, went virtual and broke records, drawing 400 writers from 50 institutions.
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Eight Graduate Students Receive Wu Scholarships

Eight graduate students, including four studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, were awarded 2022 Hsien and Daisy Yen Wu Scholarships.
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Diverse Stakeholder Perspectives Improve Ph.D. Career Development Programming

A team of researchers including Conrad Smart, physics doctoral candidate, interviewed 45 stakeholders from academic institutions about their perspectives on career development for doctoral students. Smart used his skills in data visualization techniques to develop the stakeholder tool.
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Helping humanities students explore careers beyond academia

Humanities doctoral students begin their programs with an area of interest. This focus narrows as dissertation research progresses until, by the end of a doctoral program, it narrows to the point that students see only a path to a faculty or research career. To broaden their view, the Graduate School’s Careers Beyond Academia has expanded its programs to illuminate many more possible careers.
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Graduate School recognizes over 40 new NSF GRFP recipients

Arts and Sciences doctoral students David Esparza and Anna Whittemore are among 44 Cornell graduate students selected as new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) fellows.
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Two doctoral students receive Ford Fellowships

Doctoral students Monique Pipkin and Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu have been selected to receive 2021 Ford Foundation Fellowships. Honorable mentions were awarded to nine additional Cornell graduate students.
Carol-Rose Little, Ph.D. ’20


Removing barriers through remote opportunities

Many Graduate School students, alumni and staff, including linguistics alumna Carol-Rose Little, Ph.D. ’20 have learned to use remote and hybrid environments to their benefit.
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Six graduate students receive 2021 Wu Scholarships

Six graduate students were awarded 2021 Hsien and Daisy Yen Wu Scholarships. These scholarships recognize graduate students for their academic ability, performance and character as well as financial need.
Charlotte Logan


Linguistics doctoral student named Cobell fellow

Charlotte Logan, a doctoral student in linguistics, was recently selected as a Cobell Graduate Summer Research Fellow. Administered on behalf of the Cobell Board of Trustees by Indigenous Education, Inc., Logan is one of six fellows for 2021.
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Monique Pipkin


Nearly 1,000 gather for conversation on safer fieldwork

Witnessing incidents of violence against people of color in the media, two ecology and evolutionary biology doctoral candidates have created a set of best practices on how researchers can stay safe while conducting fieldwork. What started as a list for their graduate field transformed into much more when Monique Pipkin and Amelia-Juliette Demery’s ideas began resonating at Cornell and beyond.
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Students’ vaccine videos go viral

In viral social media videos, two doctoral students in the field of biomedical and biological sciences explain how messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines work, also creating Spanish versions.
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ELSO Expands Services to All Multilingual Graduate Students

Cornell’s English Language Support Office (ELSO) has expanded to support all multilingual graduate students – both from the U.S. and abroad. Previously available only to international students for whom English was not their first language, now multilingual graduate and professional students from anywhere in the world can participate in ELSO programs, including tutoring, workshops, and classes.

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Seven postdocs honored with achievement awards

Seven postdoctoral scholars have been honored with Postdoc Achievement Awards, as part of Cornell’s celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, celebrated Sept. 21-25.

The recipients are:

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In-person or online, Cornell’s summer research internships prove successful

The COVID-19 pandemic halted plans to host annual on-campus summer research experiences for undergraduates from institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Cornell faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate student mentors, however, quickly pulled together to shift course and move these programs online, allowing about 90 undergraduates to experience virtual research at Cornell.

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Seven Graduate Students Receive Wu Scholarships

Seven graduate students were recently awarded Hsien and Daisy Yen Wu Scholarships. These awards provide recipients with funds to help with any aspect of doctoral study, from research expenses to personal living expenses.

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‘Making it Work’: Flexibility During COVID-19

Emily Donald, a doctoral student in history, planned to go to Thailand this summer. Instead, she remained in Ithaca. Like many scholars at Cornell and around the globe, Donald’s research was interrupted by the pandemic.

“I’m lucky to be in a position where I can be flexible and shift things around to make it work,” she said.

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Twenty-two Receive Awards Recognizing Inclusive Excellence

The Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE) and the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council presented the 2020 Distinguished Awards on June 12 at the Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Recognition Celebration, held over Zoom.

 Lara Fresko Madra


Art history Ph.D. candidate wins Newcombe Fellowship

Lara Fresko Madra, a doctoral candidate in the field of history of art, archaeology and visual studies, has been selected as a recipient of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

Administered through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the fellowship has been awarded to 23 recipients for the 2020-21 academic year.

 Natalie Nesvaderani


Anthropology Ph.D. candidate named Newcombe fellow

Natalie Nesvaderani, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, was recently selected as a recipient of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Administered through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Nesvaderani is one of 23 recipients for the 2019-20 academic year.

Nesvaderani is studying the intersection of documentary film, migration and children’s labor in Iran.

 Bouchet scholars


Five inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.
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Grants help graduate students to do research around the world

Twenty-six Cornell graduate students have won more than $42,000 in fall 2018 Research Travel Grants, which provide students up to $2,000 to conduct thesis or dissertation research away from campus. In a typical year, 70 to 80 students receive these competitive grants from the Graduate School. More grant winners will be announced in the spring.



Grad students recognized at dean’s scholars pinning ceremony

The Graduate School Dean’s Scholars pinning ceremony Sept. 26 celebrated its inaugural year in 2017, but the 2018 ceremony was not without its firsts.