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Amit Bhatia

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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

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Student spotlight: Meagan Sundstrom

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

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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

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Student spotlight: Katherine Ally Zaslavsky

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

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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.
Nora Brown

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Alumni spotlight: Nora Brown, Ph.D. ’23

Nora Brown, Ph.D. ’23, is an alumna of the genetics, genomics, and development doctoral program at Cornell, during which she was co-advised by Mariana Wolfner and Andrew Clark. She is now a postdoc at MIT.
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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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Eight students advance to 3MT finals

Three A&S-affiliated graduate students are among the competitors advancing to the final round of the 2024 Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT), having competed in a pool of 22 students in the preliminary round.
Amber Bal

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Student spotlight: Amber Bal

Amber Bal, a doctoral candidate in romance studies, studies the urban-rural divide in 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature.
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Nearly 70 students recognized at pinning ceremony

Dean’s Scholars are selected for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and advancing aspects of diversity, access, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the academy and other communities.
Derek Berman

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Student Spotlight: Derek Berman

Derek Berman, doctoral student in geological sciences, studies the geophysical environment of Mars’ Jezero crater.
Megan Driscoll

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Student Spotlight: Megan Driscoll

A doctoral student in chemistry and chemical biology with a focus in polymer chemistry from Chelmsford, Massachusetts Driscoll researches new ways to make and upcycle polymers.
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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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Student Spotlight: Ningdong Wang

'My work is part of a larger effort to build the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.'
Sarena Tien

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Student Spotlight: Sarena Tien

A doctoral candidate in romance studies Sarena Tien studies representations of female friendship in literature and film from French-speaking Africa and Asia.
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Discovering the secrets of ultracold atoms in Italy

The Graduate School spoke with Darren Pereira, a doctoral candidate in physics, about his summer research at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy.
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Unearthing the lives of enslaved peoples at a historical St. Croix sugar plantation

MyKayla Williamson's archaeological excavation takes place on Estate Little Princess, a plantation where people of African descent lived and worked starting in circa 1740.
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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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Student spotlight: Elias Beltrán

Beltrán is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature from the Bronx, N.Y.
Nic Vigilante

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Student Spotlight: Nic Vigilante

A doctoral student in music with a concentration in music and sound studies, Vigilante studies how music, sound, and performance are used to create “unreality."
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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.
Amanda Domingues

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Student Spotlight: Amanda Domingues

A doctoral candidate in science and technology studies with a focus on the anthropology of science, Domingues studies how investigators use scientific methods and humanities theories to reconstruct the lives of past humans.
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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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Partnership Expands Horizons of Humanities Doctoral Career Possibilities

This flexible, on-campus summer internship gives students the chance to experience firsthand what is involved in becoming an acquisitions professional at a university press,
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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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Eight Students Advancing to 3MT Finals

Fangming Cui, psychology, and Susannah Sharpless, English language and literature, are among eight doctoral students advancing to the final round of the 2023 Three Minute Thesis competition.
Angie Torres-Beltran

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Student Spotlight: Angie Torres-Beltran

A doctoral candidate in government from central Florida, Torres-Beltran studies how women’s political participation is influenced by gender-based violence and interactions with state institutions.
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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.
Sophia Veltfort

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Student Spotlight: Sophia Veltfort

Sophia Veltfort, MFA ’20, a doctoral candidate in English language and literature, studies the representations of speech and thought in 20th-century fiction.
Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei

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Student Spotlight: Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei

The doctoral candidate in music from Denton, Texas studies music composition with a focus on time malleability.
Yongjian Tang

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Student Spotlight: Yongjian Tang

A doctoral candidate in physics from Guangdong, China, Yongjian Tang is a recipient of a 2022 Wu Scholarship.
Michael Lee

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Student Spotlight: Michael Lee

"As a poet with the heart of a historian, I’m interested in attending to the interrelated histories of European colonialism and industrial warfare through the lyric."
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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.
Germán Reyes

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Student Spotlight: Germán Reyes

A doctoral candidate in economics from Argentina, Reyes studies how test-score gaps eventually lead to income inequality.
Esther Kondo Heller

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Student Spotlight: Esther Kondo Heller

With a research travel grant, Heller will go to Nairobi this summer to research an archive of interviews with the Taarab musician Sitara Bute.
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Student Spotlight: Tessy Schlosser

Tessy Schlosser is a doctoral candidate in government from Mexico City, Mexico.
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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.
Vaibhav Sharma

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Student Spotlight: Vaibhav Sharma

Vaibhav Sharma, doctoral candidate in physics from Delhi, India, studies the quantum mechanical behavior of ultracold atoms.
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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

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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.
2022 wu scholars

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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.