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The John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

The John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University supports writing seminars and writing intensive courses in a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and at all levels of undergraduate education; it also engages in a variety of outreach activities.

The Knight Institute coordinates the First-Year Writing Seminar Program, which serves the vast majority of first-year students at Cornell. It also has developed advanced-writing initiatives: it coordinates Writing in the Majors, an upper-level program, and supports English 2880/2890: Expository Writing. The Knight Institute is also home to the Writing Workshop, which offers tutorial writing classes and tutoring services. In all, more than 35 academic departments and programs offer courses associated with the Knight Institute's programs. 

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center is a unit in the College of Arts & Sciences that supports language teaching and learning. The center is located at Noyes Lodge, overlooking the Beebe Lake falls, and maintains a student facility with technology-based resources and environments for language learning. The center also supports teachers and arranges and sponsors events of intellectual interest to language teachers, with usually six to eight invited speakers each year. 

Cornell’s Centers and Institutes

Cornell boasts more than 100 interdisciplinary research organizations, bringing faculty and students together from across the university to pursue research, teaching, and outreach on broad scholarly and social topics. Their work is aligned with national and global needs, providing direct benefits to individuals, groups, and the public good.

Cornell has two national research centers, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) and Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF), that serve broad national and international scientific communities; they reflect a partnership of academia, government, and industry.

Cornell University libraries

Cornell University Libraries stand at the center of intellectual life on campus. Expert librarians are available in person—and online 24/7—to help navigate the world-class collections and assist with papers, exam prep and long-term projects. The libraries also offer a home away from home, with warm, inviting spaces for solo study and high-tech, flexible spaces for group work.