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Materials Innovators FAQs

What is the possibility of program change due to COVID-19?
We look forward to an in-person event and in order to provide the best networking and mentorship experiences, will not be moving this program to virtual presentations. We are planning a combination of indoor and outdoor locations, with safety precautions within Cornell guidelines, to provide the greatest likelihood for the program to take place. If COVID-19 presents an unsafe situation, we will cancel or reschedule to the soonest possible time.

What are current safety precautions due to COVID-19?
Current Cornell campus rules require presentation of either proof of vaccination (CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card or equivalent) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival, and masks must be worn indoors.

Who is eligible to apply?
All applications are welcome. This program should be most timely for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students within about a year of completing their PhD, however all applications are welcome and will be considered.

If I have already received a job offer, am I eligible to apply?
Preference will be given to applicants who have not begun a tenure-track or industry position by the time of the workshop, Applicants who have begun a new position but feel that the workshop would be invaluable to them are encouraged to inquire.

Are applications restricted to US citizens?
All applications are welcome, however due to limited funds for travel, the number of international attendees will be limited.

What financial support will be available to selected Materials Innovators?
Participants will receive financial support for travel and lodging. Meals will be provided during the event to maximize opportunities for discussion and networking.

When will I find out about acceptance to this event?
We will look at applications soon after March 28, 2022, and hope to inform applicants by early April.

I’ve never been to Ithaca, NY, what can you suggest for travel?
Once accepted we will personally assist you with travel arrangements.


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