Ask a Dean Category: Academics

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…

Is there a possibility of extending the deadlines for students graduating in August?

Dear deans, I hope this email finds you well. I am a second-year M.S. student and an incoming Ph.D. student this fall. I recognize that the Graduate School extended the M.S. thesis submission deadlines for students graduating in May already, and I’m writing to explore the possibility of extending the deadlines for students graduating in August as well. I understand the original draft submission deadline…

Does Cornell have a license for Pavlovia already?

Dear deans, Together with my office mate, I’m trying to set up a plan for my field (and maybe even one that we could share between fields as soon as we have everything sorted out) so we would be able to continue running participants. For my research, we go online using Pavlovia. That way we…

How flexible will the Graduate School be if students need extra time to complete their academic milestones?

Dear Deans, How flexible will the Graduate School be if students need extra time to complete their academic milestones? All of the graduate students I know are working hard to make progress towards their degree virtually, but many students absolutely need to do physical experiments or collect data in a certain location to finish their…

Can graduate classes be taken S/U during these trying times?

Greetings, I wanted to seek clarification on the option to take graduate classes as S/U during these trying times. I believe there hasn’t been an announcement as to whether this will be an option for students’ required classes or required electives. Thank you for your time. Stay safe,  Grad Wondering About Grading Options Response Dear…