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Graduate School recognizes college doctoral student as Dean's Scholar

Close up of a medal that says "Deans Scholars"

The Cornell Graduate School welcomed over 80 new Dean’s Scholars in 2021, each of whom exemplify inclusive excellence through their scholarship, leadership and service. Included among them is Andrea Robinson, doctoral student in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo: Graduate School/Cornell

The Graduate School named Andrea Robinson, doctoral student in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, to its list of Dean's Scholars. Each scholar exemplifies inclusive excellence through their scholarship, leadership and service.

“I am excited to recognize our newest Dean’s Scholars, who now join a community of over 300 current Dean’s Scholars at Cornell,” said Kathryn J. Boor, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education. “These students bring with them past successes and the ambition to build upon them. I look forward to celebrating the great achievements of each student as they continue on their academic journeys.”

Andrea Robinson
Andrea Robinson. Photo provided.

Becoming part of this diverse community gives students the opportunity to establish and maintain connections across graduate fields and provides support to facilitate smooth passage through the phases of their degree programs. Each of the 80 new Dean's Scholars receives a pin with a gold center containing the Cornell seal, representing the scholars’ achievement, surrounded by an outer ring of silver, representing their persistence.

Robinson is most looking forward to meeting fellow graduate students from various fields and backgrounds through the program. As Dean’s Scholars, students are given the opportunity to engage in professional and community development events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement.

The Dean’s Scholars program, led by associate dean for inclusion and student engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández, M.R.P. '07, honors recipients of competitive diversity-focused fellowships, including the Dean’s Excellence Fellowship, Dean’s McNair Fellowship, Dean’s Mellon Mays Fellowship, SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship, McNair SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Mellon Mays SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Provost Diversity Fellowship, Cornell Colman Fellowship, Cornell Sloan Fellowship, Cornell GEM Ph.D. Fellowship, Bowers CIS Dean’s Excellence/Hopper-Dean Fellowship and the Cornell IMSD Program. Dean’s Scholars also include nominated and selected recipients of Cornell, Sage and college fellowships.

Written by Katya Hrichak

A version of this story appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.