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.



Faculty Search

For almost two months this semester, our department hosted and interviewed several exceptional scientists for two faculty positions in Quantitative Ecology and Evolution. Graduate students attended seminars, chalk talks, pizza lunches and individual meetings with each candidate and provided feedback to help with the difficult hiring decisions our faculty have to make. We’re looking forward to greeting the new scientists and mentors who join our department!