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Graduate Life


Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, growing in Ithaca


Biology of Fishes class collecting at Oneida Lake


Hylodes phyllodes, a stream-breeding frog from Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil


Pisaster ochraceus in the intertidal


An Acacia tree backlit by the African sunset

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Graduate Life

Current EEB graduate students have wide-ranging interests and backgrounds, and our program's culture values friendly interaction, collaboration, respectful debate, and scientific excellence. See the Department Graduate Student Association webpage for information about graduate students in the department, recent news, and upcoming events. Faculty and lab group web pages are also a great source of information about our community.

Ithaca is a small city, over half the residents of which are related in some way to Cornell. The city cultivates a remarkably rich cultural diversity, with regular cultural infusions from NYC and other coastal cities without big-city urban problems. Nearby Trumansburg hosts the annual GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance every July. About half of our grad students live in the surrounding country-side of farms, woodlots and gorges, which is nowhere more than fifteen minutes away by bike. Spring, summer and fall are made for the famous Ithaca farmer's market and hikes in the many natural areas near campus, and winter brings rich opportunities for snow sports.