Highlights from Announcements 6/1/21

Campus Updates

Complete Your Summer Checklist ASAP!

If you are enrolling in summer courses, participating in research, living on campus, or have any engagement with campus, you must complete the Summer Checklist. This will help us all stay safe and healthy this summer. Completing the Summer Checklist is your key to having access to campus for the summer.

If you are fully vaccinated (and have uploaded your documentation in the Daily Check) you will no longer be required to participate in surveillance testing. You must do the Daily Check on the days you come to campus. Be sure to upload your vaccination information into the Daily Check homepage if you have not already done so.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to be tested once a week. Tests will be scheduled on Tuesday or Wednesday ONLY. You must do the Daily Check on the days you come to campus.

New Policies on Masks, Gatherings, Surveillance Testing

As of June 1st, vaccinated students are exempt from surveillance testing and are no longer required to wear masks in many campus facilities. Check out the published surveillance testing guidelines and the student public health requirement – updated June 1 for more information. Further updates have been made to the research reactivation policies that allow graduate student research more flexibly!

Travel Policies Eased, Graduate School Travel Grants Reinstated

Most COVID-related restrictions on graduate student research and personal travel have been lifted or eased.

Unvaccinated students still need to submit their travel requests in Daily check to pause surveillance testing while they are away from the Ithaca area. International Cornell-related travel must be submitted to the Travel Registry and approved through the ITART process to assess any safety risks. Conference and research travel grants will be offered in 2021-22.


Congratulations, graduates!

Doctoral candidates at the Ph.D. Ceremony

Read about Cornell’s 153rd Commencement weekend or watch recordings of the ceremonies.

Info Sci Student’s Startup Seeks to Elevate Black Businesses

Anthonia CarterFounding and building a startup company into a sustainable, profit-generating business takes guts, determination, and resilience. A big check from capital investors certainly helps, too. But for entrepreneurs of color, seed funding can be hard to come by… Read more about the startup.

Applied Math/Astronomy Student Receives Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Ekaterina LandgrenPh.D. student Ekaterina Landgren has received a 2021 Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The program, open to students worldwide, recognizes up to 35 women annually pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It seeks to expand the number of women in the… Read more about the fellowship.

2021 Summer Pathways to Success (P2S) Symposium — Register Now!

Wednesday and Thursday, June 2 and 3 — Register for Zoom links

Pathways to Success logo, a circle with arrows reading prepare, navigate, build, createThe Summer P2S Symposium is a professional development opportunity for doctoral, professional, and research master’s students and postdoctoral scholars that will provide participants with information and tools useful for their time at Cornell and beyond. Participants may register for an individual session or all sessions offered within this series.

Sessions will include:

Learn more about the sessions and speakers.

Student Spotlight: Jonathan Sogin

Jonathan SoginJonathan Sogin is a doctoral candidate in food science and technology with a concentration in food microbiology from St. Paul, Minnesota. After earning a B.S.c. in food science and technology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to its welcoming and collaborative nature and the opportunities for outdoor activity in Ithaca and the Adirondacks. Read the full student spotlight.

Check out our other student spotlights and learn about students’ research, hobbies, and experiences at Cornell.


Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture Ph.D. Candidates Awarded Fellowships

Asian literature, religion, and culture doctoral candidates MK Long and Bruno Shirley, both supervised by Professor Anne Blackburn, have been awarded Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies. This is one of the most prestigious Ph.D. fellowships in the field with roughly a dozen international awardees annually.

Postdoc Creates “Students of the World” Podcast

Postdoctoral fellow Deeksha Sharma created a new podcast, “Students of the World,” in which she connects with students from other countries to create a cohesive and collective environment for students worldwide. She hopes to create hope and determination for students through the process of sharing each others’ experiences.