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Faculty and Research


Cornell’s nearly 1800 graduate faculty represent the nation’s finest researchers, scholars, and teachers.

Faculty Distinctions

Over the years, forty Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Cornell as faculty members or students, and each year our faculty receives numerous prestigious awards. In 2009-2010 alone, faculty received the following distinctions (Source: Vice Provost for Research):

  • 191 current memberships (2009) in the national academies.
  • 19 career development and young investigator awards won by young faculty.
  • Eight faculty nominated to the national academies in 2010 (by early April).
  • Seven faculty have been recipients of the President’s National Medal of Science.
  • In 2010, one faculty finalist for the National Book Award.
  • In 2010, one MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.

Research and Scholarship

With nearly $700 million in research expenditures, one of the 10 largest academic research libraries, top ranked graduate fields, and some of the best facilities in academia, Cornell University is consistently ranked as one of the most comprehensive universities in the world.

Cornell has more than 100 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes, laboratories, and programs where research is conducted on everything from nano-particles to labor migration in Nepal. The Graduate Linkage program links graduate students at Cornell University’s Ithaca campus with the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGSMS).

Graduate education receives strong financial support with nearly $50 million in tuition, stipend, and organized research expenditures. Cornell is ranked first among the nation’s academic institutions in National Science Foundation research funding. (Source: Vice Provost for Research, Cornell University)

Research Highlights

  1. Cornell scientists are building and testing a prototype of a linear accelerator-driven, ultrabright x-ray source – the Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) – an essential tool for investigating all types of materials, physical phenomena, biological molecules, and chemical processes.
  2. With its legacy of leadership in nanoscience and nanotechnology, Cornell is a global force in nanofabrication capabilities, particularly featuring advanced electron beam and optical lithography and expertise in complex process integration.
  3. With a long tradition of research leadership in genetics and genomics, Cornell is a nationally recognized institution for implementing and utilizing the latest sequencing technologies as shared resources. More than 1,000 researchers use Cornell’s sequencing capabilities annually for genomics research.
  4. A Cornell lead science team created two of the world’s most famous robots – Spirit and Opportunity – which have been exploring Mars since January 2004.
  5. Cornell faculty scholarship in literary theory is among the most highly regarded in the field.
  6. Cornell biophysicists invented multiphoton microscopy, a widely-used technology that is allowing researchers to image fluorescent markers deep inside tissue, “seeing” what takes place inside living cells.
  7. Cornell University annually ranks among the top 10 research universities in innovation and patents issues. (OVPR Statistical Supplement)

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