Highlights from Announcements 3/7/22

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Read about 2022-23 stipend rates and financial supports below.


Stipend Rates for 2022-23 Announced

Cornell’s annual stipend rate has typically increased by 2-2.5% annually in recent years. Effective August 21, 2022, the stipend rate will increase by 5% to a minimum of $30,088 for the nine-month academic year or $40,117 for students on a 12-month assistantship. The summer Sage fellowship amount for summer 2023 will be $6,339.

Graduate School Outlines Additional Financial Supports

The stress of managing household budgets in uncertain times creates understandable anxiety. Working in coordination with partners across the university, the Graduate School is announcing a package of financial supports that we hope will alleviate some of the pressures that students may be experiencing.

  • Dependent Care Grant Supplement – The Provost has authorized a special $400 supplement for all 2021-22 Student-Parent Dependent Care Grant recipients who are registered in the summer of 2022. Additional details will be communicated by the Dean of Students later in the spring term.
  • Increased Budget for Emergency Fund – The Graduate School has increased our budget for the student emergency fund by 50% for both this academic year and next. Emergency grants are available to students who are facing an immediate and unexpected financial hardship. Recent awards have included students who suffered losses due to apartment fires, theft, travel after the death or illness of a family member, and specialized medical costs. Awards are typically in the $500-$1,000 range.
  • Increased Research Travel Grant Funding – The Graduate School will open a special third round of research travel grant funding for summer travel, with a deadline of April 1 for applications. This recognizes that students may have new opportunities for research travel this summer that were not viable by the prior February 1 deadline. In addition, the maximum award amount has been permanently increased by 25% to $2,500 per application.

Students who are facing acute financial hardships should speak with their GFA, DGS, or contact the Graduate School directly.


First-Year Research Students and Responsible Conduct of Research

Every graduate student pursuing a research degree (master’s or doctoral) is required to complete training on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), addressing issues of authorship, peer review, plagiarism, and research misconduct.

Students must complete the online RCR-Full (Full Course on Responsible Conduct of Research) training through Cornell’s Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) before the end of the second registered semester. Be proactive and complete the training now.


Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics

AutoPhotoMaster’s student Hadi AlZayer was hiking in a park, periodically asking fellow hikers to snap smartphone photos of him, when a pattern emerged.

“Whenever I asked strangers to take photos for me, I’d end up with photos that were poorly composed,” he said. “It got me thinking.”

Read more about AutoPhoto.

Student Spotlight

Ryan GreffRyan Greff is a master’s student in applied economics and management from Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He attended Ramapo College of New Jersey as an undergraduate and now studies the spending behavior of the YOLO and FOMO consumer bases within the insurance industry.

Read more about Ryan Greff.

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Biophysics Doctoral Candidate to Present Research at APS 2022 Meeting

Yasu Xu, a doctoral candidate in biophysics, will be presenting research, “Factors That Affect the Bistability of Programmable CRISPR-based Toggle Switches in Escherichia Coli,” at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting 2022Read more.