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Grants and Awards

The Cook Awards honor Cornell students, faculty, and staff members for their commitment to women’s issues and for improving the climate for women at Cornell. The awards are named in honor of the late Constance E. Cook, Cornell’s first woman vice president, and the late Professor Emerita Alice H. Cook, founding member of Cornell’s Committee on the Status of Women.

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service through Diversity recognizes leadership in diversity by tenured and tenure-track faculty. The award honors faculty who have made an outstanding impact in research or creative work, teaching and mentoring, and/or service in outreach in diversity.

Grant Review Awards are designed to support grant applications to external funders for women faculty and faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

Professional Development Grants are aimed to heighten the professional visibility of female faculty and of faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible for these grants.

The Schwartz Research Fund for Women and Other Underrepresented Faculty in the Life Sciences is awarded to Ithaca and Geneva-based, as well as Cornell Tech, female faculty and faculty underrepresented in the life sciences at Cornell who display outstanding promise for conducting creative research. The primary goal is to provide seed money for investment in pilot experiments that generate novel preliminary data or open a significant new line of inquiry.

The Small Group Mentoring Program is designed to bring together 3-9 women and/or faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who share an interest in a broad topic, a discipline or broader disciplinary group, or a career stage.


Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672