Colman Leadership Program for Doctoral Students

November 7, 2017 - 8:00am to December 1, 2017 - 8:00am
Competencies: Leadership and Management Personal Development
Contact Name: Amanda Oczkowski
Contact email:


The Colman Leadership Program invites you to apply to be a part of the 25-30 PhD student co-hort who will participate in an intensive 4-day program focused on providing skills and knowledge to support their development as leaders in graduate school and beyond. Consideration will be given to applications from PhD students from all backgrounds (domestic and international).

Priority Applicant Consideration:

  • PhD students with Cornell Colman or Sloan Fellowships
  • Students in Year 3 or later of their PhD studies. 
  • Students in the following Sloan graduate fields:

Aerospace Engineering

Applied & Engineering Physics

Applied Mathematics


Molecular & Cell Biology

Biological Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Genetics, Genomics & Development

Geological Sciences

Immunology & Infectious Disease

Material Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Natural Resources

Operations Research & Information Engineering

Theoretical & Applied Mechanics


The Colman Leadership Program will introduce a range of practical skills, theory pertaining to leadership, and special topics relevant for application in both academic and professional contexts.  With a varied format including readings, interactive group activities, case studies, discussions, student presentations and professionally conducted workshop sessions, program participants will learn about leadership, develop practical skills for negotiation and conflict resolution, and discuss modes of translating collaborative teamwork and the positive, productive employment of the diverse  perspectives and backgrounds students bring to the program.

Specifically, program participants will focus on:

  • Self-awareness as a leadership skill
  • Extend self-awareness to effective interpersonal dynamics
  • Appreciating fundamental group dynamics
  • Understanding of how to create teams from groups
  • Appreciating diversity in all contexts
  • Differentiating between role authority and leadership in an organizational context

Learning skills of integration and synthesis via an electronic portfolio


January 16 - 18
8am-7pm                                            ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall 423

January 19
8am-4:15pm                                       ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall 423

4:30pm-6pm (Closing Ceremony)       ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall Lobby


Apply online by visiting:  Colman Leadership Program Application

  •  Online Application general contents:
    • Demographic information
    • Upload CV
    • Brief questions about your leadership experience, desired outcomes of your participation, and career goals
    • Supplemental questions to be used as a baseline for evaluating program impact


Application Deadline:                  

*Decision Notification:

1 December 2017                        

        by 15 December 2017, via email

*Admitted students that commit to enrolling in the Colman Leadership Program must commit to participating in the full program. The program does not permit late arrivals or early departures on any of the program dates.
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