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Dean’s Scholars Summer Engagement Series with Dr. Steve Halaby

July 14, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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The Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and Diversity Programs in Engineering invite you to join us for the launch of the Dean’s Scholars Summer Engagement Series!

This four-part series, serves as an early opportunity for incoming Dean’s Scholars to engage with continuing Dean’s Scholars as one means to helping you establish a sense of community and belonging at Cornell. Featured in each session is an invited Dean’s Scholar alumni speaker.

Our alumni speakers will share insights with you on how they were able to establish community, navigate their progression through their graduate studies, work through moments of uncertainty, remain motivated, and find a sense of purpose.

Our featured speaker for our July 14 session is Steve L. Halaby, ‘18 Ph.D., Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology. 

Future Session Date: July 28. 

About our Speaker

Dr. Steve Halaby is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and immigrated to the United States at a young age. He received a B.S. in natural science with an emphasis in biology and a M.S. in biochemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. During his senior year, Steve discovered his passion for research while studying the plant enzyme PEPc. In 2013 he began his graduate work at Cornell University in the lab of Dr. Fromme where he worked on understanding protein trafficking at the Golgi complex. Currently, he is doing a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Gonen at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steve is passionate about increasing the number of under-represented minorities in STEM. While at Cornell, he was part of the graduate school ambassador program, was involved with Diversity Programs in Engineering, the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, MBG Diversity Council, and the GRASSHOPR program, just to name a few. He was the recipient of several awards including the Provost Diversity Fellowship, Advance Career Exemplary Service Award, Boyer/Parvin postdoctoral award and was inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. At UCLA, he continues his efforts serving as a council member for the Competitive Edge Program.

Prior to beginning his scientific research career, Steve held a variety of jobs including being a carpenter, an instructor for the Red Cross, a phlebotomist at a prison, a chemist at a nutritional lab, and worked in the film exhibition industry.


We strive to make our events accessible to all community members.  Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should provide these details in the registration form and contact al546@cornell.edu.  We ask that requests be made at least one week in advance to help ensure they can be met.


July 14, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement
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Graduate Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement