Alumni Newsletter Fall 2019
New NSF GRFP Fellows Recognized
This year’s group of 51 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients joined more than 200 NSF GRFP recipients already on campus. In 2019, the NSF awarded about 2,000 fellowships selected from among more than 12,000 applicants, providing recipients with three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period.
Wu Scholarships Announced
Seven graduate students were recently awarded scholarships to help with any aspect of doctoral study, from research expenses or conference travel to personal living expenses.
Recognizing academic ability, performance, character, and financial need for students of Chinese descent, the scholarship was established by Daisy Yen Wu in memory of Hsien Wu, a prominent Chinese biochemist and parent of late Cornell professor Ray Wu.
Facts and Figures
As part of the Graduate School’s initiative to make statistical and survey data available to students, faculty, staff, and external audiences, we publish our data on the web.
Orientation and Gratitude
Orienting 1,308 of 1,675 incoming new students is no small feat. It requires months of planning, dozens of student and staff volunteers, and, most importantly, gratitude.
Popular Career Development Program Expands
In the past, the majority of doctoral candidates defended their dissertations, earned their Ph.D.s, and continued on to hold faculty positions. Over the past few decades, however, private sector employment of Ph.D.s nationwide has risen to nearly equal that of educational institutions.
Over the last 20 years, the number of Cornell graduates entering educational careers has declined.
Boot Camp Encourages Productivity
“Do you feel like you haven’t read enough, like you haven’t done enough experiments, you haven’t run enough analyses? One of the ways that you know whether that’s true is to start writing.”
Empowerment Through English
Pichaya (Mint) Damrongpiwat is a doctoral student in English from Bankok, Thailand who studies the depth and impact of gendered violence on women’s writing in the context of eighteenth-century British, transatlantic, and early American literature.
Better Livestock for Population Growth
Christian Posbergh is a doctoral student in animal science from Branchburg, New Jersey who studies animal genetics and genomics, focusing on genetic differences among sheep associated with year-round lambing, mature body size, and coat color.
Food Safety for an Equitable Society
Hirokazu Togo is a master of public health student from Tokyo, Japan. He is pursuing an M.P.H. at Cornell concentrating on food systems and researching food safety with a focus on preventing food poisoning.
Computer Vision and Rapid Diagnosis
Chinasa Okolo is a doctoral student in computer science from Kansas City, Missouri who uses machine learning to improve rapid diagnosis and treatment of tropical disease in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Living in Ithaca
Business and Real Estate
Susan Choi, M.F.A. ’95, Wins National Book Award
Cornell Chronicle, 11/21/19
Alumni: Susan Choi, M.F.A. ’95
Grow-NY Finalists Put Down Roots in NYS Food and Ag
Cornell Chronicle, 11/5/19
Alumni: Eric Mozdy ’93, M.S. ’97, Ph.D. ’98 and Jinzhou “Joel” Li, Ph.D. ’15
Eight Faculty Members Receive Weiss Teaching Awards
Cornell Chronicle, 10/18/19
Alumni: Tasha Lewis, Ph.D. ’09
Seattle Police-Reform Advocate Receives MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’: ‘It Renewed My Hope That People Support This Shift”
Seattle Times, 9/25/19
Alumni: Lisa Daugaard, M.S. ’87
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