Highlights from Announcements 6/14/21

Responsible Conduct of Research Deadline has Passed — PLEASE READ

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. Each student must complete online training through Cornell’s Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) before the end of the second registered semester. If you are funded by NIH and/or NSF and/or USDA-NIFA, additional training requirements pertain to you.

Please take care of this important requirement NOW to avoid a registration hold.

Submit In Absentia Request Now if You’ll be Away for Fall 2021

If you plan to be engaged in full-time study at least 100 miles from campus during the fall semester, you may apply for in absentia status using the online In Absentia Petition form. The CDC and State Department have advised that travel to certain areas is not recommended. If your proposed travel is international your travel must be submitted to the Travel Registry and approved through the ITART process.

Removing Barriers Through Remote Opportunities

Carol-Rose LittlePublic health guidelines are shifting and the country is beginning to reopen. Prior obstacles to travel, research, and in-person activities are being cleared, allowing many the opportunity to resume their pre-pandemic lives. But while remote operation hindered progress and limited options for some, the ability to join a Zoom call from anywhere in the world enabled greater access for others. Read more about remote opportunities.

Mann Award Winner Unveils Evolution, Rules of Gene Expression

Julius Judd conducting research in a labGraduate student Julius Judd seeks to answer fundamental questions about how cells in an organism can all have the same genes, and yet have specialized functions. The answers lie in genetic elements that turn some genes on and others off to give cells their unique characteristics. Read more about the Mann Award.

Student Spotlight: Kara Fikrig

Kara Fikrig and dog on mountainKara Fikrig is a doctoral candidate in entomology from Guilford, Connecticut. After earning an undergraduate degree from Yale University, she chose to pursue further study at Cornell for the opportunity to work with her advisor, continue the work completed during her master’s of public health program, and explore the nature surrounding Ithaca. Fikrig won People’s Choice Award in the 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition. Read more about Kara Fikrig.

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


Graduate Student Team Awarded a Serve in Place Fund Grant

A team of graduate students has been awarded a Serve in Place Fund grant to support learning of low-income students in the ICSD through a partnership between the Cornell graduate student organization Community Based Project Evaluation Group and the Ithaca-based nonprofit Golden Opportunity. The team includes applied economics and management graduate students Mengwei Lin, Bingyan Dai, Dana Smith, and Anna Malinovskaya, and Nima Homami, M.S. ’20.