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Graduate School Deans Scholars

The Graduate School Deans Scholars are recipients of one of the following fellowships in support of diversity.

The core purpose of the prestigious distinction of Deans Scholar is to develop a community of diverse scholars through which connections are established and maintained across all graduate fields. To help facilitate the establishment of community, Deans Scholars are invited to participate in a variety of professional and community development events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE).

Summer Success Symposium – S3

S3 is a one-day event for new and continuing MS/PhD and PhD students from across all graduate fields who have received fellowships in support of diversity, and/or identify as first generation college (FGC) students and/or students of color. Through this symposium, participants have the opportunity to form connections and participate in sessions in support of their transition to and progression through graduate school. This symposium also provides participants with the opportunity to engage with successful Cornell PhD alumni and faculty with shared experiences as diversity fellows, FGC, and/or PhD students of color.

Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Welcome Reception

All Deans Scholars are invited to attend the Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Welcome Reception to network with current students, staff, faculty, and other community members. This event also provides participants with the opportunity to learn about student organizations represented on the OISE Leadership Council. This family friendly event takes place every August the week of the Graduate School’s orientation activities.

Deans Scholars Pinning Ceremony

The inaugural pinning ceremony for the Graduate School Deans Scholars took place in September 2017. This event marked the beginning of an annual fall tradition where the Graduate School publicly recognizes and celebrates the Deans Scholars for their academic achievements, commitment to excellence, and potential for making meaningful contributions to their respective disciplines. The Deans Scholars pin has a round center of gold with the Cornell seal, which is surrounded by an outer ring of silver. The silver represents the persistence of the scholars whereas the gold represents their achievement.

Colman Leadership Program

In spring 2012, John and Jane Colman established the Colman Family Endowed Fund for Leadership within Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) to establish the Colman Leadership Program for PhD students in engineering and other related STEM fields. In summer 2015, the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement established a partnership with DPE to launch a June offering of the Colman Leadership Program open to PhD students from across all graduate fields. Every January and June, the Colman Leadership Program seeks to enroll up to 30 PhD students in an intensive three-day program focused on providing participants with skills and knowledge that will support their development as leaders in graduate school and beyond. Deans Scholars receive priority consideration for selection for the Colman Leadership Program.

Future Professors Institute: Advancing Diversity in the Academy

The Future Professors Institute is a one-day event featuring workshops and guest speakers from multiple institutions discussing the topic of preparing for successful faculty careers. This event is aimed at doctoral students, postdocs, JD or JSD and MFA students interested in academic careers, with the primary audience being Cornell University students and postdocs who identify as students of color, first-generation college students, or who are diversity fellowship recipients. Deans Scholars receive priority consideration for selection for the Future Professors Institute.