Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

Graduate Studies

Cornell's graduate program offers a wide variety of world-class research opportunities in astronomy, astrophysics and space science, with strong multidisciplinary connections, and a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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Our Graduate Program

In a nutshell.
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A Typical Graduate Path

Our students have very diverse interests, but there are aspects of the PhD program, beyond their interest in Astronomy and Space Science research, that are common to them all.
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How To Apply

Interested in joining our graduate program?
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Grad Student Spotlight

Want to know what it's like to be a graduate student at Cornell? Here are short profiles of some of our current graduate students to give you a feel for what it's like to do graduate study here.
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Recent PhD Spotlight

Want to hear from some recent PhDs from our program? Find out what did they do, why they liked it and where a PhD in Astronomy and Space Science from Cornell can help take you.
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Professional Ethics & Conduct

Graduate students in our program, along with all members of our academic community, share a responsibility to ensure our scholarship is conducted ethically, in an environment of mutual respect and trust.  To ensure this, all students should be knowledgeable about, and adhere to, Cornell's requirements for academic integrity and personal conduct.
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Astronomy Graduate Network - AGN

The Astronomy Grads Network (AGN) serves to represent and promote the interests and visions of graduate students in the Astronomy department and Space Sciences building. AGN also aims to foster a sense of grad student community, and to increase awareness and enthusiasm for Astronomy at Cornell and within the general public.
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Grad Student Guide

So you're coming to Ithaca and joining Cornell Astronomy (or maybe just considering doing that) and you're worried about courses, housing, exams, money, paperwork, research, bank accounts, drinking buddies, computer access ... Whew! Well, first of all: DON'T PANIC ! This is the Grad Student's Guide to Cornell Astronomy, where the collected wisdom of generations of grad students is available for your reading pleasur
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Financial Support

The Field of Astronomy and Space Sciences admits only as many graduate students as it anticipates being able to support through their Ph.D. Every effort is made to offer full financial support to all graduate students until they complete their advanced degree.
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Cornell Graduate School

Welcome to Cornell University's Graduate School! Graduate study has been a part of the Cornell experience since the founding of the University in 1865. In fact, Cornell is one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to offer advanced degrees, and one of the very first to admit women and African American students.