Fiber Science, Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The common focus of the field is the study of fibrous materials and their use as apparel, as engineering structures (such as composite materials), in biomedical applications, and in home furnishings. The Field of Fiber Science and Apparel Design is applied and multidisciplinary, with faculty members drawn from the Colleges of Human Ecology and Engineering.
Students are expected to develop strength in their base discipline as well as gain appropriate breadth to support the area of specialization. Active research programs exist in high-performance fibers and fiber-reinforced composites; Green composites; detergency and surface chemistry; perfume treated fabrics; textile materials in biomedical and geotechnical applications; polymers for electronics; liquid-crystal polymers; textile-dye chemistry; crystal morphology of fibers; electrospin of fibers; cellulose; apparel and fashion design, design ethnography; sizing and fit of apparel; functional apparel; cultural and historic studies of clothing and textiles; mass customization and technology; and technology management in the apparel industry.
For Ph.D. students, a minimum of four committee members are required: one faculty member representing the major, one for each of the two minor areas, and a fourth member appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies to act for the field. The oral and written Admission to Candidacy examination and the final oral examination are required for the Ph.D. degree. The field does not require a foreign language.
Outstanding facilities for research and study are available in the College of Human Ecology and the College of Engineering.Textile and polymer science laboratories are equipped with modern instrumentation for chemical, physical, and mechanical analysis and with a controlled temperature and humidity room. Apparel design studios are equipped with industrial sewing equipment. Video image-capture and photography equipment is available in a visual analysis lab. The functional apparel lab houses a variety of human-factors testing equipment, including a full-body scanner.
Concentrations by Subject
- fiber science
- polymer science
- textile science
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Jan. 15
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- two recommendations and recommendation forms
- GRE general test
- GRE writing assessment
- pre-application for Ph.D. applicants; request form from field via e-mail
- portfolio for Apparel Design applicants
Admission is based on evidence of potential for advanced study. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores, including written assessment. The written assessment will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL test scores. Those foreign students who recently received undergraduate and/or advanced degrees in creditable U.S. academic institutions are waived the TOEFL requirement, provided they demonstrate proficiency in English communication. Preapplications are required for M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs; forms are available from the address above. Applicants to the Ph.D. program in fiber science should have an M.S. degree in textile chemistry, textile science, polymer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, or a similar discipline. Applicants who do not have an appropriate M.S. degree should apply to the M.S./Ph.D. program. Applicants who want to pursue studies in apparel design may be required to submit a portfolio to the Director of Graduate Studies, if their research interests involve a design component.
Cornell University has developed a set of core aspirational goals—competencies expected of all Cornell graduates that may not have explicit measurement scales. Many of these aspirational goals have been incorporated into the proficiencies established above. In addition, the following aspirational goals are expected of all research degree degree recipients. In Apparel Design these will be assessed by counting instances of occurance.
* Engage in formal or informal teaching with k-12, undergraduate or corporate populations
* Present results to broader professional audiences via peer reviewed papers or papers/posters presented at conferences or exhibitions.
* Explore interconnections
o Focus on plural contexts and cultures
o Respect research in other areas
o Understand and articulate the impact of research on society