- Graduate Courses in Microbiology
- Graduate Curriculum
- BioMI 798 Graduate Research Seminars in Microbiology
- Field of Microbiology Graduate Students (FOMS)
- FOMS Handbook
- Graduate Field of Microbiology Faculty - Alphabetical
The Graduate Field of Microbiology at Cornell is one of the few graduate programs in the country in which there is a strong emphasis on prokaryote biology, the study of the fundamental properties of Bacteria and Archaea. This includes the study of prokaryotic physiology, genetics, and ecology. Understanding the diversity and unique aspects of prokaryotes and other microorganisms is crucial for future progress in agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, and environmental sciences. In addition, microorganisms make excellent model systems for approaching fundamental questions in biology, such as the nature of regulation of the gene expression. The Gradaute Field of Immunology and Infectious Disease (IID) covers areas of microbiology involving a more dedicated focus on animal and human microbial pathogens. For more information go to http://www.vet.cornell.edu/oge/community/gFields/Immunology.cfm.
The Graduate School encompasses the whole of Cornell University, and is organized to provide integrated programs of advanced study which transcend traditional departments and college boundaries. Areas of study are organized into Graduate Fields, of which there are about ninety. Faculty membership in a particular Field is based on research interest, rather than college or departmental affiliation, allowing a wide representation of disciplines and approaches in a given field of study. For example, the graduate faculty in the Field of Microbiology consists of 41 members, representing 14 departments distributed among three Colleges. The Director of Graduate Studies is Dr. Joseph Peters and the Graduate Field Administrative Assistant is Shirley Cramer.
For earliest consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and supporting materials by December 1.Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credential services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates University policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.
A complete application includes:
- Application form (submitted online)
- Statement of purpose (submitted online)
- Three letters of recommendation (submitted online or sent directly to the field of Microbiology). It is expected that recommendation letters will be from professors who are familiar with your work.
- Unofficial transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate work (submitted online or directly to the field of Microbiology). If the transcript is in a foreign language the student should send a certified English translation. Official transcripts will need to be sent once a decision to matriculate to Cornell is finalized.
Applications received after December 1 will be reviewed at the discretion of the Admissions Committee (Online Application). Supporting material not sent electronically (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) should be sent to the Graduate Field of Microbiology, 107 Wing Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853, USA.
All foreign degree applicants must submit an official TOEFL score. Scores must be submitted directly to the Graduate School by the Educations Testing Service (ETS) to be considered official. The Internet-based Test (iBT) version of the TOEFL tests all four language skills important for effective communication: writing, listening, reading, and speaking. Each section has its own minimum score. This is not a cumulative scoring system. Applicant scores must meet the minimums set by the Graduate School below.
Cornell's institutional code for the TOEFL and GRE is 2098.