Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program



BBS Events

The goals of the BBS program are to train scientists in the biological and biomedical sciences, create new knowledge with high impact research, and prepare our students for positions in academia, industry, and government.  With this goal in mind the BBS oversight committee has developed a BBS wide work in progress (BBS WIP) to highlight and disseminate BBS student research.  The BBS program is very excited to offer this professional development opportunity which will foster networking and propel collaborative efforts.

It is expected that students will present on an annual basis throughout their time in the program through their 5th year.  Students are required to attend 75% of the BBS WIP, attendance will be taken. The BBS WIP will be held in the Boyce Thompson Institute auditorium on Wednesdays from 12:20 – 1:10pm. Students will need to register for VTBMS 7200 BBS Seminar.  All BBS faculty are encouraged to attend. First-year students will give a presentation on their rotation projects.  Students beyond the first year should coordinate their annual Special Committee meeting with their BBS WIP research presentation and request their committee members attend the seminar.  Student who matriculated in Fall 2010 or earlier are not required to give a WIP seminar, but are highly encouraged to attend.

BBS WIP Spring 2016 schedule

Graduate Student Recruitment
The Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate program seeks to recruit the best and brightest to Cornell.
Once the fields make initial admissions decisions, the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program decides which applicants will be invited to campus to interview during our Recruitment Event. This event is held once a year in early February. Only students within the United States are asked to make a personal visit; international students who are being considered for admission will be interviewed using video-conferencing.

BBS Symposium -
Among the missions of the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BBS) and the Office of Graduate Education are the fostering of a community among the graduate students and faculty in the BBS Program and to inform the College and University communities about the wealth of research being done by our graduate students and faculty. The Annual BBS Symposium is a means to achieve both of these goals. Graduate student research is highlighted in oral presentations and a poster session.

Graduate Student Orientation
The Biological & Biomedical Sciences Program Orientation takes place in conjunction with Graduate School Orientation in August. Our goal for orientation is to provide you with information to help your transition into graduate school at Cornell and also provide you with opportunities to network with faculty, staff, and graduate students. Representatives from the Office of Graduate Education will be in communication with you about orientation details, but here are some general tips for you to consider. 

As soon as you have accepted the offer of admission, it is time to start planning your transition to graduate school and life in Cornell and Ithaca. Getting as much accomplished as soon as you can will help decrease your stress level once classes begin. Cornell has a special web site for new students that not only lets you know what you need to do, but helps you prioritize.

Housing is a good place to start. Since Ithaca is a "college town," housing is sometimes at a premium. You have a few different options for housing:  on-campus, off-campus rental or, if your finances allow, home ownership.

Rotation Preparation:  During the summer, you should review the web sites of our faculty to decide which faculty you would be interested in rotating with.  If you have a question about a faculty member's research, please feel free to contact him or her directly, introduce yourself and ask your questions. Faculty emails are listed on their departmental web pages. We advise you not to choose all three rotations prior to arriving in Ithaca. Concentrate on your first rotation.  At orientation, you will have the opportunity to review your faculty selections with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). Your DGS will be able to provide valuable insight and suggestions to better help you establish your first rotation. During Orientation, you will likely meet with one or two faculty mentors with whom you would like to rotate. You will confirm your first rotation then.