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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Attention All Students:  Two Important Deadlines Approaching!  

Next Friday, March 8th (at 4pm), is the LAST DAY TO DROP A COURSE without a "W" appearing on your transcript and without a petition.  After March 8th, all requests to drop must be made by filling out a drop form as well as a petition.  March 8th is also the ABSOLUTE LAST DAY (no exceptions) to CHANGE A COURSE GRADE OPTION (from S/U to letter, or letter to S/U).  After March 8th, petitions to change a grade option will not be accepted.

2013-2014 Financial Aid Application Deadline Announcement  

May 10, 2013, is the deadline to apply for financial aid for 2013-2014!

Current students may now apply for, or renew their financial aid for the upcoming year.  You can find a checklist and application materials at  


Personalized checklists are available on your Student Center webpage. First time applicants must contact the Financial Aid office in 203 Day Hall to initiate the process.

Bring it Forward: Speak Out Against Bias & Report It     

Alan Zehnder, Associate Dean for Diversity & Faculty Development and Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Sara Xayarath Hernández, Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering have been named the bias reporting liaisons for the College of Engineering.  The primary goal of Cornell's Bias Reporting Program is to respond to bias activity by advising the university community of the occurrence of bias incidents and crimes, providing support-related resources to individuals who have experienced bias activity, and developing programs that will help to prevent or eliminate bias activity.

Each college and major employment unit at Cornell will receive reports of bias activity through the Department of Inclusion and Workplace Diversity (DIWD).  The bias liaison will report the bias incident and/or act as a case liaison for bias incidents reported through the case management system (Maxient).

Please contact Alan Zehnder ( or Sara Xayarath Hernández ( ) regarding any bias incident in which you are the target or you are a witness. Please note the existing channels of supervisors and human resources are still available. 

If there is an immediate risk to life or property call C.U.P.D. at 911 or 607-255-1111, and Gannett Health Services at 607-255-5155.  

Attention Unaffiliated Sophomores!

Have you heard the one about there being two kinds of unaffiliated sophomores? 

The first kind of unaffiliated sophomore: 

Did not apply to affiliate before leaving in the fall but has met the affiliation requirements for his/her target major.

If this is you:  Please submit your affiliation application NOW!

Submit your application to the office of your intended major! (see locations on the affiliation application)

The second kind of unaffiliated sophomore:

Has not yet met the affiliation requirements for his/her target major.

If this is you:  It is critical that you proceed this spring semester knowing what you must do in order to successfully affiliate by the end of spring semester (or by end of summer 2013 at the very latest!).

  • See pg. 26 in your Undergraduate Engineering Handbook  
  • If you have not done so, please consider consulting with your target major(s) so that you understand the courses you need to complete and grades you need to earn in order to affiliate.
  • You may also want to meet with your faculty advisor or an advisor in Engineering Advising to discuss your situation, consider all options, and develop a plan .
  • Be sure to submit your application sometime this semester!  The "application" is half a page and will take you no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Whether you are the first kind or the second kind of unaffiliated sophomore, please remember that you must be accepted to (affiliated with) an Engineering major by the start of your fifth semester in order to continue in the College of Engineering! 

Contact Engineering Advising with questions!

Important Dates and Deadlines 

FRIDAY 3/8/13 by 4PM 

LAST DAY TO DROP a course without a "W" appearing on transcript and without a petition. 

ABSOLUTE LAST DAY TO CHANGE GRADE OPTIONS (from S/U to Letter, or from Letter to S/U) - by petition or otherwise. 

MONDAY 3/11/13

FIRST DAY A "W" will appear appear on transcripts for courses dropped by petition.   

SATURDAY 3/16/13




MONDAY 4/1/13 - FRIDAY 4/12/13

PRE-ENROLLMENT for FALL 2013 begins/ends for each class: 

All periods begin at 7:00am and end at 4:30pm
Graduate/Professional Students 4/1/13 - 4/3/13 

Senior Students (as of FA13) 4/3/13 - 4/5/13
Junior Students (as of FA13) 4/8/13 - 4/10/13
Sophomore/Freshman Students (as of FA13) 4/10/13 - 4/12/13      

FRIDAY 4/19/13

ABSOLUTE LAST DAY to drop courses by petition. A "W" will appear on the transcript for these courses. 



SUNDAY 5/5/13 - WEDNESDAY 5/8/13



First Day of Scheduled Final Exams (7pm) - Good Luck!  

FRIDAY 5/17/13

Last Day of Scheduled Final Exam

SUNDAY 5/26/13



RECURRING:  Spring 2013 BME 7900 Seminar Series 

"A More Youthful Self-renewal:  Bioengineering Solutions to Rejuvenate Dysfunctional Muscle Stem Cells in Aging"

Ben Cosgrove, Stanford University
Thursday, February 28th

4:15pm, Biotech G10

For a full list of upcoming SP13 presentations:  Schedule

REPOST:  Learning Strategies Center (LSC) Summer Session Scholarship

Are you planning on taking courses at Cornell this summer?

You may qualify for the LSC Summer Scholarship to cover full tuition expenses!

The LSC Scholarship Program is intended to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who:

  • are behind in credits for on-time graduation,
  • are behind on affiliation requirements, or
  • have been advised to moderate their course load.

Students must be nominated for the scholarship and in good standing in their college.  Successful applicants must also receive grant aid and be in compliance with all other financial aid eligibility requirements. Only a limited number of scholarships are available; therefore, first preference will be given to seniors who need the assistance to graduate and to sophomores who need the assistance to affiliate.  

If you believe you qualify, here are the steps to completing the LSC Scholarship Application Process:

1. You must qualify for grant aid and be in compliance with all other financial aid requirements.  For information on aid and compliance, seeLSC Scholarship Guidelines.
2. Complete the LSC Scholarship online application and schedule a meeting with Jami P. Joyner (stop by 146 Olin Hall to schedule an appointment) before March 8 at 12 Noon.

  1. You will need to request an official copy of your transcripts.
  2. Complete LSC Scholarship online application and either upload a copy of your transcript to the application or bring it to the meeting.

*If you need a hardcopy of the online application, please come to 146 Olin Hall to pick up a copy.

NOTE:  Due to the varying cost of summer courses, students selected to receive the LSC scholarship may receive financial support to cover most, but not all, of the tuition expenses associated with their approved summer coursework.

REPOST:  For First-Year and Sophomore Engineering Students Intending to Join The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Curriculum-focused Mechanical Engineering Presentation

Monday, March 11, 4:30-5:30, Upson Lounge

If you are thinking about Co-op, Cornell Abroad, Minors, or Early M.Eng., or you're not exactly sure how/when you will be meeting your graduation requirement, you are encouraged to attend this presentation.  You'll have the opportunity to meet juniors and seniors and get your questions and concerns addressed. 

M.E. Flowchart 

Graduation checklist 

REPOST:  Rhodes, Marshall, and Churchill Scholarships Information Sessions

Attention Juniors and Seniors! 

  • Are you interested in graduate study in the United Kingdom?
  • Do you have a strong record of outstanding academic achievement (GAP 3.85), leadership, and service?

An introductory Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships Information Session will be offered on Wednesday, March 6, at noon in G08 Uris.  

*Pre-registration is required at

A late afternoon Rhodes/Marshall Information Session is being offered on Tuesday, March 12, 4:35pm, G08 Uris Hall. 

A Churchill Scholarship Information Session will be offered on:

Wednesday, March 27, noon, G08 Uris Hall  

If you can't attend any of the above, review the websites listed below and then call 607-255-6931 to schedule an appointment with the Fellowship Coordinator.

Rhodes Fellowship 

Marshall Fellowship

Churchill Fellowship 

REPOST:  Dyson Minor for Engineers

Declaration of Intent to Minor due March 15th!

Enhance your engineering education and expand your career opportunities! To qualify, students may complete a Declaration of Intent to Minor in the Dyson Business Minor for Engineers (DBME) starting in their freshmen year but must declare their intent to minor by the end of their sixth semester. The declaration is intended to signal the interest and INTENT of an Engineering student to pursue the DBME offered in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. The declaration can be filed BEFORE the pre-requisites as long as the applicant plans to take the pre-requisites within the next two semesters. Once the declaration of INTENT is registered in the DBME database, students receive notification and are officially considered part of the program. Students declaring the INTENT to Minor benefit in a variety of ways:

  • Have preference in the AEM courses that are offered in the minor as long as they follow the rules of pre-enrollment (look for information in early April).
  • Receive invitations to special extracurricular events related to business and engineering.
  • Have access to advice and guidance on the minor.
  • Learn about new offerings and/or new optional courses.

Check out the website for complete information about the Dyson Minor for Engineers! 

REPOST:  Paid Summer Internships at Rutgers University 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, invites applications to our summer research program, RISE   (Research in Science and Engineering).      

Generous stipend + housing + travel. Projects, under the  guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors, span engineering, biological & physical sciences, and math, and include exciting cross-disciplinary opportunities. i.e. In addition, RiSE applicants are automatically considered for REUs including Cellular Bioengineering, Green Energy Technology (biofuels, synfuels, materials/nanotechnology for clean, sustainable energy), and Pharmaceutical Engineering.

An outstanding professional development component includes rigorous training in scientific writing & speaking, GRE prep, career & graduate school guidance, industrial field trips, travel awards to national conferences

Applicants should be motivated to pursue graduate study. We particularly encourage underrepresented minorities and students from economically disadvantaged or first-generation college families. Rolling admission starts early February and is highly competitive; apply now!

Questions?, 848.932.6584, or check out our Facebook page.  

REPOST:  Got Major?  Choosing A Major/Affiliating Information Session 

Attention First-Year Students!

Still unsure about what Engineering major to pursue?

Have questions about how and when to apply to affiliate with a major?

Wondering how to prepare for a certain career interest?

Join us as we share resources available to help you choose a major and offer suggestions for the summer and fall that may help you clarify your major and career interests.  We will also provide information about the affiliation timeline and process.

Several upper-class students and representatives from Engineering Advising will facilitate this program and offer suggestions, share ideas, and answer questions.

Date: Monday, March 11th

Time: 4:45-5:45

Location: Olin 155

Questions? Stop by Engineering Advising in 167 Olin Hall.

Events and Opportunities

NEW:  2013 Pavement Management Summer Intern Position(s) (6-8 positions)

ATTENTION Engineering Sophomores and Juniors!

Summer intern positions located throughout New York State. Internship activities include working with a local municipality to develop a Pavement Management program for use in developing and maintaining a proactive approach to evaluate and schedule maintenance and repairs on a road network.

The intern will be recruited by Cornell Local Roads Program, but will be an employee of the municipality. Training for interns will be on the Cornell campus May 20 - 23, 2013.

For more information go to:  

To apply, go to: Cornell Career Services 

REPOST:  Buick Achievers Scholarship 

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will accept applications for 2013 scholarships beginning Monday, Jan. 7 through 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 28.

This is the third year the 1,100 Buick Achiever Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in both the classroom and in the community and are pursuing degrees in engineering, design, information technology and business-related majors in the auto industry.

The annual Buick Achievers Scholarship Program was created in 2011, and has awarded nearly $12 million in scholarships. Through the program, 100 high school or current undergraduate students receive scholarships up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for qualified five-year engineering programs. 

A one-time $2,000 scholarship is awarded to 1,000 students. 

Students from the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible. To apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarship, to learn more information or to register for e-mail notifications about the program, visit the scholarship website

The Buick Achievers Scholarship is funded by the General Motors Foundation,

REPOST:  Nominations Sought for Academic Achievement Award

The Cornell Engineering Alumni Association has established a $1500 Academic Achievement Award to recognize individuals who enhance undergraduate education, outside of the classroom, who are not tenure track faculty members. Lecturers, instructors, research associates, professional staff, librarians, and lab technicians in the College of Engineering are eligible for this award. 

Criteria: Nominations are encouraged for individuals who have provided outstanding support for undergraduates outside of the classroom. Activities could include mentoring, advising, team support, research support, curriculum enhancement and laboratory support. 

If you know of someone in the College of Engineering who you would like to see recognized for service to undergraduates, please send a message of nomination, including the person's name and a paragraph giving the reason for the nomination, to:

The deadline for nominations is March 6th, 2013.  A committee will choose the winner.  The award will be made at the annual awards banquet of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association in April. 

REPOST:  MAE Commencement Ushers Wanted!   

Are you available on Sunday, May 26, from 11:45-2:00 to usher the MAE Commencement Ceremony in Bailey Hall? 

$10 per/hour plus free catered lunch and M.E. t-shirt!

Contact if interested. 

REPOST:  Seniors!  Enter IT's Analog Design Contest   

Cornell seniors are invited to enter TI's Analog Design Contest.  To compete, students must use 3 or more TI analog IC's in their design project or 2 analog IC's and a TI processor.  Students participating will receive free analog ICs and access to a $200 coupon code to TI's eStore. All participants will receive contest t-shirts, laptop sleeves, and a Magic 8 ball to team lead!  Prizes are $10K, $7.5K and $5K for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.   

For more information: 

Register now and submit your project by midnight CST May 10th, 2013.

Engineering Student Groups and Projects

NEW:  CUAUV Press Release:  CUAUV Visits the Ithaca Sciencenter

CUAUV visited the Ithaca Sciencenter to present a Showtime Presentation about the team's submarine on February 9th. The presentation started with a discussion about what robots are, what submarines do, and the team itself. The talk was followed by several demos, including a computer vision activity, and the favorite--a torpedo-shooting demo. It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic all the kids were and how much they wanted to learn. The team looks forward to the many other outreach events this semester!

CUAUV is composed of approximately 40 students from ten different majors and three of Cornell's colleges. The team would like to thank its four faculty advisors, Professors Alan Zehnder, Bruce Land, Graeme Bailey, and Peter Jackson, for their support.  We also thank Cornell University for providing state-of-the-art facilities to work in, the support staff for their continued assistance, the sponsors for their generous support, and alumni for their advice and encouragement.

REPOST:  China Entrepreneur Network (CEN) Seeking Project Team Members  

Want to gain international experience by working with students in different colleges? China Entrepreneur Network (CEN), a social entrepreneurial organization to help promote the development in China's rural areas, is recruiting students for a project team to apply a Cornell-developed solar energy system there. We are looking for enthusiastic students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and other related fields. This will give you an opportunity to collaborate with people with other backgrounds and learn how to work together for an international project. You are also expected to participate in the China Business Challenge hosted by CEN next semester.

If you are interested in this project and would like more information, please email

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