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Media source: Cornell University Graduate School

Ben Fried


Student spotlight: Ben Fried

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


Student spotlight: Lissette Lorenz

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


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.
Ngoc Truong sitting on a rock in front of a lake and a mountain with glacier


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


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


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


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.
Ekaterina Landgren, long blonde hair and glasses with a blue shirt, smiling


Student Spotlight: Ekaterina Landgren

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


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


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


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.
Stella Ocker


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.
Charlotte Logan


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.
Tianyao Qu


Student Spotlight: Tianyao Qu

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


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.

 Valeria Dani - a woman in a black sweater before a gray, concrete background.


Alumna spotlight: Valeria Dani, Ph.D.

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


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


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.