Summer Success Symposium

The Summer Success Symposium is a professional and community development event for new and continuing doctoral students from across all graduate fields. The symposium has a particular focus on bringing together recipients of graduate fellowships in support of diversity as well as all other doctoral students from backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy. This includes, but is not limited to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latina/o/x, and/or Southeast Asian, and/or those that identify as first-generation college (FGC) students, LGBTQQ+ identified students, veterans, students with disabilities, women in STEM, students with DACA status, Panel of students speakingand others. Master’s degree students interested in pursuing doctoral studies are also welcome to this event.

Through this symposium, participants have the opportunity to form connections and establish community. This symposium also provides participants with the opportunity to engage with successful alumni, faculty, and professionals with shared experiences and identities. Summer Success Symposium keynote and workshop content focus on providing participants with access to knowledge and insights that will help them navigate their successful transition into and progression through their graduate studies.

2022 Summer Success Symposium

August 17, 2022 | 10:00am-3:30pm ET | G10 Biotechnology Building

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10:00 – 10:15 am ET


10:15 am – 10:30 am ET

Welcoming Remarks

Speaker: Sara Xayarath Hernández, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Student Engagement, Graduate School

10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET

Opening Plenary Session: Writing for Healing and Joy – Resisting the Traumatic Experience of the Academic Writing Process

Speaker: Cynthia Villarreal, Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University

12:00 – 12:30 pm ET


12:30 – 2:00 pm ET

Alumni Keynote Session: Defining and Progressing Toward Your North Star

Speaker: Elizabeth Wayne, M.S. ’13, Ph.D. ’16 Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

2:15 – 3:30 pm ET

Mastering Your Transition Into & Progression Through Graduate School 

During this panel discussion with current doctoral students from across the disciplines, panelists candidly discussed their experiences and strategies for making a successful transition into graduate school. They also shared insights on their experiences navigating their ongoing progression through their graduate studies, and their exploration and preparation for various postgraduate career pathways.

Event Sponsors

Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement, Diversity Programs in Engineering, Future Faculty and Academic Careers, and the Cornell Chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

This event is also supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1647094 (AGEP CIRTL) and a subcontract under Grant No. 1231286 (Cornell AGEP). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

This program was modeled in part after PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP Summer Success Institute.

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