Transitions… Navigating Graduate School for First-Year Students

As part of a continued orientation experience for incoming graduate and professional students, the Graduate School sponsors a special seminar series (complete with networking time) for first-year graduate and professional students. The purpose of Transitions is for students to gain valuable information and skills to make a successful transition into the role of a Cornell graduate or professional student. Pizza dinner provided. Please RSVP at the links below.

Fall 2019 Semester

Develop Your Strategic Plan for Graduate School Success

Thursday, August 29 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

Graduate school may not be exactly what you expected…so what is a first-year to do? Make a strategic plan! Spend time with our Associate Dean discussing the value of strategic planning and how to take control of your academic future from the first day. This session includes practical strategies, illustrative stories, and cautionary advice on avoiding and overcoming obstacles. Presenter: Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs


Understanding and Overcoming the Imposter Experience (aka- You Belong in Grad School)

Tuesday, September 3 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

Did you know that imposter feelings are normal and that most high-achieving graduate students experience these feelings at some point? Join us to better understand the Imposter Syndrome; learn where it comes from and how it can manifest. More importantly, understand how it can be a barrier to graduate student success and what you can do to overcome this. Dr. Wong will use theory, data, clinical practice, and his own experiences as a graduate student to paint a picture of the Imposter Syndrome with accuracy, helpfulness, and humor. Presenter: Wai Wong, Assistant Director for Community Based Services, Cornell Health


Serious Scholarship and Responsible Conduct of Research

Thursday, September 5 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

Navigating responsibilities for conducting research as a graduate student can be challenging. It is essential that graduate students understand Cornell’s regulations and expectations for science and scholarship. Discuss with our Associate Dean important issues related to ethics and integrity, obstacles and situations to avoid, what to do when faced with a challenging situation, and campus resources available to graduate students about research, collaborations, co-authorship, publishing, and mentoring. Presenter: Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs


Get the Mentoring You Need and Want

Monday, September 9 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

Mentoring is the most critical relationship for a graduate student. Mentoring begins with understanding what mentoring is and what you hope to get out of the relationship. Through interactive discussion and case studies, we will discuss how to establish a positive relationship and communicate effectively with your mentors. Presenters: Colleen McLinn, Director, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning and Sara Xayarath Hernández, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Student Engagement


Understanding Doctoral Funding at Cornell: An Introduction to Fellowships and Assistantships

Wednesday, September 11 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

At Cornell, almost all PhD students receive funding that pays tuition and provides a living stipend through a combination of fellowships, assistantships, and external scholarships. This presentation will explain how stipends are paid, what your responsibilities are, and provides insight on how to be an active participant in your own funding plan. Presenter: Jason Kahabka, Associate Dean for Administration


Navigating Relationships and the Environment as a Graduate/ Professional Student

Wednesday, September 18 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

What is Title IX? What is prohibited student conduct? Learn about Title IX as it relates to sexual assault, dating/ domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual and gender-based harassment. This presentation will include data from the Cornell Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Related Misconduct, along with providing an introduction to being an effective bystander. Common resources and how to get help from Cornell will be shared with participants. Presenter: Chantelle Cleary, University Title IX Coordinator


Maximizing Your Every Minute

Thursday, September 19 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm | Location to Be Determined | Dinner served at 4 pm

Three weeks into your program, are you asking yourself, “How can I accomplish all of these goals with limited hours in the day?” Fortunately, time management is a skill that can be learned! Join us for an interactive discussion on the top six tips to successfully manage your time. You will learn methods and insight to what top performers already know about time management. In addition, you will share with others what you have found works best for you. Presenter: Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life