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Win or lose, this computer game teaches biology

As in many computer games, the goal of “Cellvival” is to survive in a hostile environment. Unlike most others, though, this game teaches some basic science. And unlike a lot of educational games, it’s fun to play.

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From the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Cornell’s Strategic Plan sets an ambitious goal: wide recognition as a top-ten research institution. Key to attaining this aspiration is strong support for our graduate students and for Cornell’s unique system of graduate education.

When we think about innovative university-level research, we often envision faculty in a lab. But, in fact, the chief engine of that forward motion is often graduate students who conduct experiments in labs and integrate and synthesize knowledge from different disciplines. They bring a passion and energy that fuels intellectual inquiries and propels scientific advances.

 

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Our Strengths

With nearly $700 million in research expenditures, one of the ten largest academic research libraries, top-ranked graduate fields, and some of the best facilities in academia, Cornell University is ranked consistently as one of the most comprehensive universities in the world.

Many of our graduate programs rank in the top ten on both the National Research Council (NRC) Report and the annual U.S. News and World Reports rankings, and all of our programs hone our student’s intellectual and creative leadership skills.

Cross-disciplinary and integrative by design, Cornell’s system of graduate education is unique among our peers and organized around two key foundational elements: graduate fields and the special-committee system.

 

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Our Goals

Top faculty, working alongside excellent graduate students, drive the research, scholarship, and creativity that enhance Cornell’s reputation. In part, faculty are attracted to Cornell because of the opportunities to work with excellent students in an intellectually stimulating research environment; students are attracted by the quality of our programs.

Our goals are to:

  • Fund every first-year research Ph.D. student with a graduate fellowship
  • Match the duration of merit-based fellowship support offered by peer institutions
  • Provide attractive funding packages to encourage the best and most diverse students to accept an offer of admission to Cornell

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Our Priorities

Only a fraction of Cornell’s graduate students are funded through external sources of support, with the majority of graduate students receiving direct, merit-based aid from the university.

The university seeks to raise $88.8 million in endowed funds and $11.2 million in current-use funds in support of graduate fellowships and professional school scholarships. Cornell welcomes gifts of all sizes to support graduate fellowships.

 

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Graduate Education in News & Video

Researchers in a joint study with Cornell, the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto believe genes …
To sort out the biological intricacies of Earth-like planets, Cornell astronomers have developed computer models that …
It takes “highly diagnostic” information – the kind that is especially revealing of a person’s true nature or character – …
Using a novel combination of mathematical methods, Cornell linguists suggest that comprehension in Asian languages works …
For those wishing to lose weight and keep it off, here’s a simple strategy that works: step on a scale each day and track …
While much attention is focused on the founders of startups, business professors from Cornell University and Georgia Tech …
Younger citizens are taking more liberal social positions, according to polls conducted by students in the course "Taking …
Cornell engineers have created a synthetic immune organ that produces antibodies and can be controlled in the lab, …
African-American adults – particularly women – on average have a significantly larger share of their social circle behind …
As strategists gear up for the 2016 campaign, communication researchers are recruiting political news junkies in a …
A diverse group of researchers received a five-year, $10 million United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty …
A new Cornell study of New York state apple orchards finds that pesticides cause harm to wild bees, and fungicides labeled …
Researchers and farm managers at Cornell orchards decided to let wild bees, rather than honeybees, pollinate Cornell's …
In a breakthrough for computer vision and for bird-watching, researchers and bird enthusiasts have enabled computers to …
New ILR School studies are the first to show that creative work can be an outlet for the burden of keeping secrets, which …
Leaf Doctor analyzes a photograph of a damaged leaf and quantifies the percentage and severity of disease, an important …
When hunting and eating male katydids, different bat species locate their prey by listening for specific signals in male …
A Cornell study of food labels in dining halls shows that when people know the calories and fat content in foods, they …
The wildlife documentary, "The Sagebrush Sea" – the first broadcast film produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology – will …
A Cornell engineering team has received a $100,000 starter grant from NASA to develop a soft, swimming robot suitable for …
A Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Managementstudy shows new regional production of broccoli in the …
Cornell faculty members Hening Lin and Olga Boudker have been named 2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, …
Weill Cornell Medical College and international scientists have discovered the precise molecular steps that enable …
Suren Jayasuriya, a graduate student in the lab of Alyosha Molnar, is developing a 3-D camera with specially designed …
In studying how airplane noise affects the palate, Cornell food scientists have found sweetness suppressed and umami- the …
Grocery shoppers who first received a sample apple slice purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables, according to a …
Children born to Hispanic parents who emigrate to rural communities without support networks face a difficult road out of …
Led by Cornell's Matthew Hall, researchers estimate racial segregation grew between Latinos and whites by nearly 50 …
Loss of early childhood language skills, rather than those skills attained later in life, might be a predictor for …
Cornell researchers have demonstrated a way to create a new kind of semiconductor thin film that retains its electrical …
Texting someone on a mobile phone during a minor surgical procedure under local anesthetic can reduce significantly a …
Artist and design professor Jack Elliott's new installation at the College of Human Ecology features classical plaster …
Research presented at the humanities undergraduate showcase April 23 tackled the linguistics of lying, the architecture of …
The fourth floor of Mann Library on campus houses the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Herbarium, a collection of more than a …
Biomedical engineers report in a new study that tumor cells take advantage of cleared paths in the body to migrate …
Cornell researchers have discovered that the cell’s protein-making machinery, called ribosomes, exists in a hybrid form to …
Human mothers’ experience of pain and the expression of distress occur today because human ancestors who cried for help …
Results from testing indicate that a canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest is caused by …
A study asserts that, in the presence of a gentle fluid flow, the biophysics of the female reproductive tract – in …
A new study by Cornell psychologists suggests that science and engineering faculty preferred women two-to-one over …

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Communications Administration

Elizabeth N. Ellis
Director of Communications, Graduate School
Cornell University
125 Caldwell Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
ene4@cornell.edu
607-254-6314

Barbara A. Knuth
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Cornell University
501G Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
dean_gradschool@cornell.edu
607-255-5864