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Joining the Graduate Faculty

In order to have a graduate student in your laboratory, you need to be a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Field that admitted the student.  The Graduate School sets the membership requirements for the University. In order to be nominated for membership in the Graduate Faculty, the Graduate School requires that you

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  • have a professorial appointment
  • have earned the highest degree offered to students in their Field (PhD degree)
  • spend (or expect to spend) at least 25% of your time on teaching, research or other activities contributing to the education of graduate students

 

The process by which you are nominated for membership in a particular Field is set by each Field. A summary of the requirements of each Graduate Field in the College is listed below.

Timeline of the Process:  Once your nomination package is complete, it is sent to the entire Graduate Faculty membership of the Field to which you are applying. 

Once the Field faculty have voted and approved your nomination, your packet and the faculty nomination card are sent to the Graduate School.  If you are already a member of the Graduate Faculty through another Field, your membership is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.  If you are new to the Cornell Graduate Faculty, your nomination must be reviewed by the General Committee of the Graduate School in order to be confirmed.  The General Committee meets once a month during the academic year; the Committee does not meet during the summer.

Once your nomination is approved by the Graduate School, you receive a letter from the Dean welcoming you to the Field.

Graduate Fields expect that member faculty will be active in the graduate programs of students and in the business of the Field.  Requirements for Special Committee membership and Field participation are listed in the Faculty Roles and on the Field pages.

lf you have further questions about the Fields and/or the membership process, please contact the Office of Graduate Education and/or the Director of Graduate Studies of the Field.

Please note that a training grant biosketch is not an acceptable substitution for a CV in this process. Former and current graduate training must be indicated.

Comparative Biomedical Sciences:

  • You must have at least three first-author publications in refereed journals on research additional to that described in your doctorate dissertations.
  • You must submit a letter of interest and a current CV to the Director of Graduate Studies c/o the CVM Office of Graduate Education (Box 38, S3-016 Schurman Hall). 
  • Two recommendation letters from current CBS Graduate Faculty must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education or the DGS of the Field.

 

Immunology & Infectious Disease:

  • You must submit a letter of interest and a current CV to the Director of Graduate Studies c/o the CVM Office of Graduate Education (Box 38, S3-016 Schurman Hall.)
  • Two recommendation letters from current Immunology & Infectious Disease Graduate Faculty must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education or the DGS of the Field.

 

Molecular & Integrative Physiology:

  • You must submit a letter of interest and a current CV to the Director of Graduate Studies c/o the CVM Office of Graduate Education (Box 38, S3-016 Schurman Hall).
  • Two recommendation letters from current Molecular & Integrative Physiology Graduate Faculty must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education or the DGS of the Field.
  • You must present a seminar (given in any venue) to which Physiology faculty are specifically invited.

 

Pharmacology:

  • To join the Field of Pharmacology, you may submit a request to the Director of Graduate Studies. Field members may also nominate faculty for Field membership.
  • You will be asked to submit a letter of interest and a current CV to the Director of Graduate Studies c/o the CVM Office of Graduate Education (Box 38, S3-016 Schurman Hall).
  • Two recommendation letters from current Pharmacology Graduate Faculty must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education or the DGS of the Field.
  • The application will be reviewed by the Executive Committee for approval to schedule a Field seminar. The requirement for the seminar may be waived by the Executive Committee.
  • A vote of the Field faculty will follow the seminar and distribution of the application materials. Acceptance into the Field of Pharmacology requires a yes vote from 2/3 of the faculty. Where the number for 2/3 of the faculty in not an integer, it will be rounded down.

 

Zoology & Wildlife Conservation:

  • You must submit a letter of interest and a current CV to the Director of Graduate Studies c/o the CVM Office of Graduate Education (Box 38, S3-016 Schurman Hall)
  • Two recommendation letters from current Zoology & Wildlife Conservation Graduate Faculty must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education or the DGS of the Field.