Ask a Dean Category: Academics

What are our prospects for resuming in-person research group meetings after members have completed their vaccination cycles?

Dear Deans, I have a question for the Ask a Dean column. Within about five to six weeks from now, all four members of my advisor’s research group will be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna shots (both highly effective). Frankly, we are quite sick of meeting over Zoom and academic progress has also…

Are in-person A exams currently allowed?

Dear Deans, Is the Graduate School currently allowing in-person A exams? -Hopelessly Devoted Response Dear Hopelessly Devoted: Beginning in spring 2020, the Graduate School shifted all A, B, and M exams to online format in response to the COVID pandemic. In the fall semester, as some in-person instruction resumed we opted not change the policy…

How can I find out about the petition process and the different reduced testing frequencies that will be available?

Dear Deans:  Cornell’s Surveillance Testing program says a petition process for graduate research degree students to qualify for reduced testing frequency will be available in early September. How can I find out about the petition process and the different reduced testing frequencies that will be available? -Curious About Surveillance Response Dear Curious About Surveillance: Thank…

Will conference grants still be supported by the Graduate School?

Dear deans,  I would like to attend a virtual conference, will conference travel grants be available in Fall 20?  Interested in a conference Response While University travel is restricted, the Graduate School is modifying our Conference Travel Grant program to help cover the cost of student participation in online conferences.  To be eligible, student must…

How will Cornell set clear research reactivation priorities?

Dear Deans, I am a Cornell Ph.D. student and I think that many other Ph.D. students probably share my thinking. Upon being cleared by NYS to reopen Cornell for research in certain fields, the entire university has been busy working out plans. I would like to thank all those putting their effort in designing protocols…