We are here to help PhDs and postdocs in any discipline make informed choices about their careers and develop skills through flexible, experiential and empowering opportunities for their future success.
Please schedule an appointment, email, call, or just stop in.
Azucena (Zucy) Ortega
Professional Development Program Assistant
Graduate School, 384 Caldwell Hall
See Susi's calendar for availability beforehand to book an appointment. Suggest a location of your choosing.
To get here:
Cornell BEST Program
325 Caldwell Hall
121 Reservoir Ave.
Ithaca, NY 14853
Cornell BEST Principals 2013-2019:
Avery August PI
Associate Vice Provost and Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine
(see "Portraits of Extraordinary Cornellians")
John Parker Co-PI
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Baker Institute for Animal Health
Chris Schaffer Co-PI
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
BEST Advisory Board:
Made up exclusively of graduate students and postdocs, who each serve a one- to three-year term. A talented and interdisciplinary team of doers, their most important role is in shaping the BEST Program, but they also organize and moderate multiple events each year.
Current Board members: Najva Akbari, Applied and Engineering Physics; Celine Cammarata, Human Development; Fiona Harnischfeger, Food Science; Jin Liang, Weill Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology; Gael Nicholas, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Ruisheng (Rick) Wang, Biomedical Engineering.
Former members: Levon Atoyan, Electrical and Computer Engineering (served 2y); Sarah Adeyemo, Soil and Crop Sciences section of the Integrative School of Plant Sciences (served 1y); Elvis Cao, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (served 1y); Mohammad Haft-Javaherian, Biomedical Engineering (served 1y); Sabrina Solouki, Immunology and Infectious Disease (served 2y).
(pictured l to r): Kristine Kolkman Champion, Neurobiology (served 3y); Tiffany St. Bernard, Biomedical Engineering (served 3y); R. Alex Coots, Division of Nutritional Sciences (served 3y); Lena Bartell, Applied Engineering & Physics (served 2y); Kenneth Yancey, Biological and Environmental Engineering (served 3y); Wisler Charles, Biological and Biomedical Sciences (served 3y); NOT PICTURED: Aaron Joiner, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology (served 2y).
Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Veterinary Medicine (VET), Engineering (ENG), Arts and Sciences (A&S), Human Ecology (HE)
Office of Postdoctoral Studies
Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE)
CU-CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) & Center for Teaching Excellence
Cornell Center for Materials Research
Engaged Learning Initiatives
Directors of Graduate Studies and Graduate Field Assistants
- we enjoy the support of many external partner organizations around the community, New York State and beyond, many of which are listed as mentors on our website
Participants involved in the BEST Program:
Postdoctoral Scholars & Grad Students... ...from across all Colleges... ...and departments at Cornell
Reports and Surveys
Doctoral Student Experience at Cornell: Baseline Assessment Report 2014
Cornell Graduate Field Metrics (selectivity, enrollment, completion rates, outcomes and job placements by field and department)