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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

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 …
Veterinary medicine researchers have found that stem cells inside capsules secrete substances that help heal simulated …
Chemical engineers have developed a new method for making large quantities of integral membrane proteins simply and …
The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Cornell $18.5 million for a project that will give modular, open-source …
Partial knee replacements are superior economically to total knee replacements in older adults, new research from Weill …
A Facebook fellowship will support graduate student Chenhao Tan's research in human-computer interaction and human …
A Cornell study offers a comprehensive reimagining of the power grid that involves the coordinated integration of …
Professor of astronomy James Cordes is a co-principal investigator on a NSF-funded project to create of a new center that …
Lindsay Springer, an accidental wine expert and a graduate student in the field of food science, won the Graduate Research …
A new initiative offers hope for African small farms by helping ensure that new seed varieties with higher yields make it …
A scientific finding that demonstrates specific genes influencing the effect of dietary nutrition on immunity provides …
Cornell researchers have discovered that fruit flies stabilize themselves during flight using a control reflex that’s …
A group of international scientists has created a colorful catalog containing reflection signatures of Earth life forms …
Dice-like knucklebones and poker-chip colored stones aren't evidence of a 3,500-year-old casino, Cornell archaeologists …
Three new varieties of alfalfa developed over many years at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences combat …
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have discovered that a known biomarker of bone mineral density also can be …
Cornell applied physicists have demonstrated an unprecedented method of control over electron spins using extremely …
Cornell mathematicians offer a new way of seeing the Abelian sandpile fractal, by quantifying how its formation depends on …

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Elizabeth N. Ellis
Director of Communications, Graduate School
Cornell University
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Ithaca, NY 14853
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607-254-6314

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