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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.
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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.
David Esparza

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Student Spotlight: David Esparza

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Esparza chose Cornell for his Ph.D. because of its commitment to evidence-based teaching methods, its continued support of undergraduate field science education, and the friendly culture at Cornell EEB.
Ben Fried

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Student spotlight: Ben Fried

Ben Fried is a doctoral candidate in English language and literature from Ottawa, Canada.
Lisette Lorenz

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Student spotlight: Lissette Lorenz

Lissette Lorenz is a doctoral candidate in science and technology studies from Miami, Florida.
Frank Castelli

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Alumnus/postdoc spotlight: Frank Castelli, Ph.D. ’17

Frank Castelli ’05, M.S. ’14, Ph.D. ’17, is a postdoc in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior from Howard Beach, New York.
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Student Spotlight: Ngoc Truong

Ngoc Truong chose to study at Cornell because of its tradition of faculty/staff/student involvement with spacecraft missions and its many notable planetary scientists and astrophysicists such as Carl Sagan and Edwin Salpeter.
Samantha Wesner

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Student spotlight: Samantha Wesner

Samantha Wesner is a doctoral candidate in history from Dallas, Texas. After attending Harvard University as an undergraduate, she chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the field of history’s reputation as well as the library’s resources.
Lyrianne González

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Student spotlight: Lyrianne González

Lyrianne González is a doctoral student in history from Los Angeles, California. After attending California State University, Northridge as an undergraduate, she chose to pursue further study at Cornell for the opportunity to work alongside her mentors and the flexibility of the field of history.
Hannah Cole

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Student spotlight: Hannah Cole

Hannah Cole chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the freedom to explore interdisciplinary interests through the comparative literature program as well as its faculty.
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Student Spotlight: Ekaterina Landgren

Ekaterina Landgren is a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics from Moscow, Russia.
Lingzi Zhuang

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Student Spotlight: Lingzi Zhuang

Lingzi Zhuang is a doctoral candidate in linguistics with a minor in cognitive science from Maanshan, a small city in Anhui, China, and Shanghai. He chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the linguistics program, program offerings, and feeling of community.
Reika Tei

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Student Spotlight: Reika Tei

Reika Tei is a doctoral candidate in chemistry and chemical biology from Kyushu island in Japan. She chose to pursue further study at Cornell for the supportive environment, enthusiastic professors, and beauty of campus.
Charlotte Logan

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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.
Charlotte Logan

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Student Spotlight: Charlotte Logan

Charlotte Logan is a doctoral student in linguistics from Syracuse, New York. She chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to its location in the Haudenosaunee homelands and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program.
Stella Ocker

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Student Spotlight: Stella Ocker

Stella Ocker, a doctoral candidate in astronomy and space sciences, chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the intellectually rigorous research and supportive environment.
Tianyao Qu

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Student Spotlight: Tianyao Qu

Tianyao Qu is a doctoral student in sociology from China.
David Dunham

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Student Spotlight: David Dunham

After earning an undergraduate degree from New York University, David Dunham, doctoral student in Germanic studies from Springfield, Virginia, chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the strength of the Germanic studies field and the university’s location in Ithaca.
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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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Alumna spotlight: Valeria Dani, Ph.D.

Dani is the new community engagement director at the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison.
Yagna Nag Chowdhuri

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Alumna Spotlight: Yagna Nag Chowdhuri, Ph.D.

Yagna Nag Chowdhuri, Ph.D. ’20, is a recent alumna of the Asian literature, religion, and culture program at Cornell from which she holds a Ph.D. Now, she will be starting a new position as Manager of Strategic Research at Asian Cultural Council in New York as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow.

What is your area of research and why is it important?

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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.

Wanheng Hu

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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.

Emily Donald

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Student Spotlight: Emily Donald

Emily Donald is a doctoral student in history from Brisbane, Australia studying modern southeast Asian history; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; and queer history. After attending the University of Queensland as an undergraduate, she chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to its scholars, library collections, and commitment to graduate student learning.

What is your area of research and why is it important?

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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.

Youngmin Yi

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Alumna Spotlight: Youngmin Yi, Ph.D.

Youngmin Yi, Ph.D. ’20 is a recent alumna of the sociology program at Cornell from which she holds a Ph.D. Having earned her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and her doctorate at Cornell, she will be joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an assistant professor of sociology.

Manisha Munasinghe

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Student Spotlight: Manisha Munasinghe

Manisha Munasinghe is a doctoral candidate in computational biology from Troy, Michigan. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, she chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the variety of engaging research and its community of scholars.
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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.

Amnon Ortoll-Bloch

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Student Spotlight: Amnon Ortoll-Bloch

Amnon Ortoll-Bloch is a doctoral candidate in chemistry and chemical biology from Colima City, Colima, Mexico. After earning his bachelor’s degree at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico, he chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to its faculty, research opportunities, and collaborative and supportive nature.

What is your area of research and why is it important?

Aditi Sahasrabuddhe

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Student Spotlight: Aditi Sahasrabuddhe

Aditi Sahasrabuddhe is a doctoral student in government with a focus on international relations from Goa, India. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Edinburgh University and master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she chose to attend Cornell due to the ability to work with faculty across fields, friendliness of those in the field of government, and available resources.

Victoria Pihl Sorensen

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Spotlight: Victoria Pihl Sorenson

Victoria Pihl Sorensen is a doctoral student in performing and media arts with a concentration on media and feminist studies. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and her master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate Center, she chose to pursue a doctoral degree at Cornell due to its faculty and welcoming community.