Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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All students who are admitted to the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BBS) are admitted with funding.  Funding includes full tuition, health insurance and a stipend.  During your rotation period, your funding is provided by the BBS Program and administered through the Office of Graduate Education.  One of the purposes of your rotations is to identify a faculty mentor who is willing to accept you as a graduate student and has resources to support you.  Your funding beyond the first year is secured by your faculty mentor. 

You are encouraged to apply for outside funding of your own.  Grant writing is not only an exercise that will make you more competitive in the job market upon graduation, but will also enhance your program by developing scientific thinking and writing skills.

The Cornell University Graduate School has an interactive fellowship database for graduate students. Your faculty mentor and the Office of Research and Graduate Education are also resources in determining the most appropriate funding institute. Please review the Upcoming Funding Opportunities compiled by the Office of Research and Graduate Education.

Conference Travel Funds

The College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Graduate Education (OGE) sponsors travel grants which provide funds to graduate students whose mentor is a member of the College faculty.  For assistance with travel funds, please click here.

OGE Conference Travel Grant

In order to encourage you to present your science at professional conferences, the College of Veterinary Medicine provides funds to assist with the costs of conference attendance. You must be presenting a paper or poster at the conference for which funds are requested.  You can only receive one grant per calendar year. The grant awards up to $500 per conference.  However, if you are able to secure funds from the conference sponsor to support your participation, the College will provide up to $600 for that conference.

The CVM Conference Travel Grant application and all supporting documentation is due on the first day of the month which proceeds the conference.

Caroline Coffey Fund Travel Award

The Caroline Coffey Fund Travel Award was established in memory and honor of Dr. Caroline Marianne Coffey.  Caroline valued the ability to attend scientific conferences to exchange knowledge and create a network of peers who shared her  love of research.  The purpose of the Caroline Coffey Fund Travel Award is to provide an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral associates to experience those things that Caroline valued and to further the scientific research that she loved. 

This award is available to Cornell graduate students or Cornell postdoctoral associates or fellows in the College of Veterinary Medicine or the College of Engineering.  (Those who are involved in biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, virology or veterinary medicine will be given priority.)  It provides funds of up to $1,000 to assist in travel to scientific conferences in the academic year following application.  Two awards will be available each year. 

The call for applications is sent out by the Office of Graduate Education in May. 

Application deadline is July 1
Awards are announced on August 1