Making space: creating a female culture in STEM

“What do we picture when we think of an engineer?” asks Karina Popovich ’23. Karina is working with her peers to redefine preexisting notions about who belongs in STEM fields and transform the faces of tech and science to include more women. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of women in … Read more

The power to change the world

Throughout his Cornell career, Dustin Liu ’19 was deeply involved with the community-engaged learning initiative (CEL)—a university-wide effort to involve every Cornell student in learning with and from communities. Dustin says that his engagement with the larger Ithaca community started from the moment he first set foot on the Cornell campus to take part in … Read more

Wholehearted: alumni support the Cornell Promise

As the pandemic continues to surge this winter, the Cornell community has banded together to support students whose families have been impacted. On April 7, 2020, President Martha E. Pollack promised that “we will do everything possible to enable all current and newly admitted students to complete their Cornell educations, despite the obstacles created by … Read more

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove ’99 is on a mission to save lives

As part of her work with the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove ’99 provides regular updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and routinely answers common questions about the virus for members of the press. On January 26, she shared her expert insights with members of the Cornell community. Dr. Van Kerkhove shared her … Read more

Crowdfunding supports a rainbow of projects, including LGBTQ+ scholarship

Every fall, we reach out to the Cornell community to spotlight giving opportunities that directly benefit Cornell students. The 8th annual Cornell Crowdfunding campaign officially kicked off on October 12, and will include a total of 16 student-driven projects and one special scholarship challenge. From now through December 5, these crowdfunding projects have the chance … Read more

A timely investment: supporting student health

Members of the Class of 1955 recently celebrated their 65th Reunion. These octogenarians have also been steadfast supporters of Cornell Health. In 2015, the Class of 1955 and Peter Schluter ’55 gave a $100,000 gift to name a room in the new Cornell Health facility. In July 2020, the class responded to the call again, … Read more

$1M gift launches Cornell Tech’s Public Interest Tech

Cornell Tech has announced a $1 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to jumpstart its Public Interest Tech (PiTech) initiative. PiTech will be geared toward developing the tools, systems, data sets, research, and education needed to address significant public sector concerns. The gift will help Cornell Tech create the foundational infrastructure for the PiTech initiative, … Read more

Benjamin Steeper ’19 is climbing the tree of knowledge

Ben Steeper arrived in Ithaca from Hawai‘i on a freezing day in January 2016, dressed in slippers and a t-shirt. Ben had long dreamed about attending an elite university like Cornell, where he hoped to be surrounded by “influential, creative people.” He is the first person in his family to attend an Ivy League school. … Read more

Alejandra Rebeca Gonzalez ’23 is off to a running start

Alejandra Rebeca Gonzalez ’23 was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and raised in Michigan. Her family moved to the US when she was five years old in search of “a safer life” and better opportunities for education, she explains. Gonzalez is a first-year student in the College of Human Ecology (CHE). She is also … Read more