M.S. and Ph.D. Initiatives

Bolster the recruitment of outstanding students

We will reimagine recruitment events and the college website to showcase a broader range of engineering graduate fields and offer more opportunities for all prospective students to connect with peers, programs, and role models. We will also reduce barriers to entry by considering steps, such as eliminating GRE score requirements, that could lower application costs, as well as other actions to reduce disparities.

Enhance community and development opportunities

We will introduce onboarding courses that build peer connections and develop professional skills; establish a student advisory group that can identify changing and emerging needs of the graduate student community; and provide focused support for career education, employer relations, and networking.

Expand existing professional skills programs

By increasing collaboration among the Engineering Learning Initiatives’ Graduate Teaching Assistant Development Program, the Engineering Communications Program, the Engineering Leadership Program, the Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Program in the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering, and the James McCormick Family Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute, we will expand opportunities and resources for graduate students.

Invest in graduate student wellbeing

Our communications will be clear and consistent in order to encourage community-building, set standards for community interactions, and articulate clear expectations. We will provide learning opportunities, tools, and guidance that improves communication, mentorship, collaborations, and other key areas. Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion We will partner with national organizations and undergraduate institutions to connect diverse prospective students with Cornell early in their academic careers. By creating a peer mentoring program, expanding the distinguished lecturer series, and strengthening ties to industry, we will empower students and improve outcomes.

M.S. and Ph.D. Initiatives Whitepaper
Duffield Hall in the snow with

Photo by Jason Koski, Cornell University.