A Funding Opportunities Roadmap During this workshop, you will learn to identify and apply for funding whether you are in graduate school or just finishing your first semester as an undergraduate. This information will help you find, apply, and secure funding for your graduate studies! You will also hear from a panel of recent graduates who have secured paid research experiences, fellowship, and professional development opportunities to further their careers in science and engineering. Participate in discussion and Q&A with the session presenters and student (or recent alumni) panelists who will describe navigating the application processes and making the most of opportunities associated with a variety of funders. The goal of this session is to increase awareness of funding opportunities, provide students with tips on navigating the application process, and help students think about leveraging different types of support. Students seeking funding, research experience, and/or professional development should attend.
Sara Xayarath Hernández is the Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement for the Graduate School at Cornell University. Hernández directs the Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE), which leads the Graduate School’s efforts to recruit, retain, and support a diverse student body with a particular focus on students from groups historically underrepresented in graduate education. OISE in partnership with Graduate School and university partners, leads comprehensive student engagement and professional development programming that fosters community and develops skills to enhance academic success, improve retention and completion rates, and prepare students to pursue academic and non-academic careers following attainment of their graduate degrees. Hernández has served as a University Member Representative to the National GEM Consortium since 2009. In 2010, GEM recognized Hernández as the University Member Representative of the Year and in 2013, she became the Standing Chair for the Operations Committee. Hernández is a first generation college student and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University.