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146 Olin Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607.255.6403 |

Program Background

In spring 2012, John and Jane Colman established the Colman Family Endowed Fund for Leadership within the College of Engineering, which is managed by the Diversity Program in Engineering (DPE). The purpose of this fund is to expand DPE's capacity to deliver programs that will develop leadership skills of the recipients of the Cornell Colman and Sloan Fellowships as well as other PhD students in selected fields affiliated with the Cornell Sloan Scholars Program. 

In summer 2013, Diversity Programs in Engineering received a new award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the Cornell Sloan Scholars Program. DPE has paired funding for the new Sloan award with the Colman gift to launch the Colman Leadership Program. The graduate fields severed by the Colman Leadership Program are as follows:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied & Engineering Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Genetics, Genomics & Development
  • Geological Sciences
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Material Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical  Engineering
  • Natural Resources
  • Operations Research & Information Engineering
  • Theoretical & Applied Mechanics   

Specifically, program participants will focus on:

  • Self-awareness as a leadership skill
  • Extend self-awareness to effective interpersonal dynamics
  • Appreciating fundamental group dynamics
  • Understanding of how to create teams from groups
  • Appreciating diversity in all contexts
  • Differentiating between role authority and leadership in an organizational context
  • Learning skills of integration and synthesis via an electronic portfolio 
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