Diversity Preview Weekend

From March 8-11, grad students in our department led the collaborative outreach event that is Diversity Preview Weekend! For the second year, we organized faculty and postdoc interviews, workshops, and tours to introduce talented underrepresented minority students and researchers to Cornell and the graduate school application process. Three departments hosted attendees: EEB, the School of Integrated Plant Sciences (SIPS), and Entomology. In the coming weeks, attendees will be matched to graduate student mentors in each department to guide them through the nitty gritty of writing emails to potential advisors, tailoring their personal statements to positions, and applying for fellowships. Our gratitude comes in threes: Thanks to all the attendees for coming – it was so exciting to meet you! Thanks to the tireless organizers who coordinated a packed weekend of events across three (!) different departments. And thanks to all faculty, postdocs, and grads who hosted attendees, interviewed them, and helped them expand their academic networks. Thank you!


Stepfanie Aguillon (EEB)
Amelia Weiss (EEB)
Kass Urban-Mead (Entomology)
John McMullen (Entomology)
Michelle Laterrade (SIPS)
Julia Miller (SIPS)
Chris Peritore (SIPS)
Nick Segerson (SIPS)




Recruitment Weekend

Last weekend, we welcomed 17 prospective grad students to our department! As always, our weekend was jam-packed with faculty interviews, dinners with faculty and grad students, tours, and awesome research and student life talks. Good luck to all the applicants, we hope to see you back in the Fall!


EEB Symposium 2017

We hosted our 2017 GSA symposium this past week! Graduate students and faculty in the department presented on their most recent work to their peers in Corson Hall. A day and a half of 15-20 minute conference-style talks were followed by a workshop on Bayesian statistics (thank you, CSCU!), a poster session by undergraduates and visitors, and drinks and awards. Here’s just a taste of the research topics we covered: speciation, developmental genomics, parasitism, herbivory, ecosystem function, disease ecology, phylogeography, and coexistence theory. Thanks to everyone who attended, and congratulations to the award-winning talks! The Book Award went to first-years Kara Andres and Maria Akopyan, and the Whittaker Award went to Erin Larson and Henry Kunerth for their amazing presentations.

December Holiday Party

Graduate students, faculty, post-docs and family filled Corson Hall this past weekend for our annual holiday celebration. The Holiday Party committee (Kelsey Jensen, Kara Andres, Christoper Tarango, and Maria Akopyan) decked out Corson with lights and decorations, arranged our main courses, and organized a highly competitive science and pop culture trivia session. The committee also brought in our first-ever photo booth, which made for some excellent impromptu lab photos.

Graduate students cooked a range of delicious veggie and meat dishes, and baked incredible sweets for our annual dessert competition. After stuffing ourselves, we sat back and watched the cohort-bonding video made by the first years. This year, students raised the bar by creating TWO videos. The first was titled “The Grinch Who Stole SNEEB,” documenting the efforts of a grumpy new student to thwart our beloved weekly social hour. The second was an impressive animation that described research in “Eco Evo” in a somewhat-well-timed recording of the first years singing to the tune of Despacito.

Thanks to everyone who made this another great Holiday Party!

Diversity Recruitment Weekend 2017: Video recap!

Last April’s Diversity Recruitment Weekend in EEB and NBB was a wonderful success, with students arriving from across the country to learn about graduate school and the application process. Organization of the 2018 Diversity Recruitment Weekend – now including the departments of Plant Science and Entomology – is already under way. Spread the word!

The 2018 application website: http://www.inclusivecornell.org/

Meet the dynamic duo who led the effort:


Meet the attendees and explore the weekend:

Welcome back!

The Fall 2017 semester has begun! We celebrated the return of most of Ithaca’s population with our annual Department Picnic. Faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and staff brought delectable dishes, fired up the grill, and admired the sunset over Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Park. Welcome back!


7th Annual Harry Green Grilled Cheese Competition

This year’s Grilled Cheese competition was particularly remarkable: first, Harry Green himself was present to judge the best sandwich.

Second, our Cornell mascot Big Red emerged from hibernation to artfully place sandwiches between his teeth.

Third, most shockingly but most welcome, our brand new Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack came to judge our very silly but beloved event.

Teams ranged dramatically in style and names, from The Glutentag to The Really Really Really Ridiculously Good Tasting Grilled Cheese. Congratulations to all for a fantastic, delicious event!




Diversity Recruitment Weekend

Cornell EEB just hosted our first annual Diversity Recruitment Weekend! Together with grad students in the NBB (Neurobiology and Behavior) department, we welcomed 22 interested students (and post-grads) to Corson-Mudd. The weekend was full of workshops on how to identify potential mentors and apply for graduate school, as well as meetings with faculty and post-docs. The enterprise was led by Sue Pierre and Cait MacDonald, and supported by the hard work of more than 20 graduate students who gave tours, developed workshops, hosted recruits, and organized all catering and event planning. Thanks to the Graduate School for your support, and we are excited to see a more diverse pool of applicants to our program next year!



For more photos and tweets, search #CUPhDDRW17 on Twitter, or check out @CUEEBDiversity

Expanding Your Horizons

This Saturday, EEB grad students volunteered at Expanding Your Horizons! EYH is a campus-wide annual outreach event that introduces middle-school girls to STEM topics and research. Graduate students work hard to design workshops for multiple groups of young students throughout the day. Check out photos below from the Bug Zoo set up by our neighbors in Entomology and hosted by students from both our departments. At the Lab of Ornithology, grads taught attendees about the evolution and behavior of birds and showed off the Lab of O’s incredible collections.