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PhD Student Leo Kang with his project at Maker Faire NYC 2013

Leo Kang is a PhD candidate in the Information Science department at Cornell. Leo researches ways that people have been re-purposing and restoring obsolete technologies

The focus of the Information Science Ph.D. program is on technological systems and their use - the ways that people use technology and how that use affects us.

Digital technologies have become pervasive in culture, economy, law, government, and research, dramatically changing the way people work and live. The proliferation and significance of these complex technological systems of information demand a new focus in academic scholarship - one committed to cross-disciplinary study, astute about both the technical and the social, and devoted to integrating theory, investigation, design, and practice.

At Cornell, graduate work is organized as fields, each with a Director of Graduate Studies. The field of Information Science studies the design and use of information systems in a social context: it studies the creation, representation, organization, application, and analysis of information in digital form. The Field of Information Science spans both the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses, with faculty and students in both locations. 

The focus of the Information Science Ph.D. program is on systems and their use, rather than on the computing and communication technologies that underlie and sustain them. Moreover, Information Science examines the social, cultural, economic, historical, legal, and political contexts in which information systems are employed, both to inform the design of such systems and to understand their impact on individuals, social groups, and institutions. The field's interdisciplinary research combines multiple methodologies, including mathematical analysis, computer modeling, software system design, experimental studies, and critical social evaluations, from such traditional disciplines as computer science, cognitive psychology, social science, cultural studies, and history.

You can also direct questions to Graduate Field Assistant, Barbara Warner, by email or phone, 607-254-5347. 

Online Ph.D. applications are available through the Graduate School. December 1, 2017 is the deadline for Fall 2018 admission. No preadmission application is required.

Cornell's Department of Information Science is looking for exceptional students to join our rapidly expanding program. Areas in which we are looking for students include HCI/interface design, applied machine learning, social media, CSCW, digital humanities, and more.

The Cornell InfoSci PhD Wiki is managed by current PhDs and is a space dedicated to sharing info and resources, finding necessary documents, and whatever else.

Please review the following frequently asked questions for more information about the PhD program in Information Science at Cornell.

Here are the requirements for completing a PhD in Information Science at Cornell. If you have any further questions, please contact our Graduate Field Assistant Barbara Warner.

Here are the old requirements for completing a PhD in Information Science at Cornell for those students admitted prior to 2011. If you have any further questions please contact our Graduate Field Assistant, Barbara Warner, via email or phone at 607-254-5347.

Current Cornell PhD students can earn a minor in Information Science by including an IS Field member on their committee.

Information Science graduate students organize and participate in a number of academic, career, service, and social activities.

Our students publish in top peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. See a recent sample here.

Funds are available to current PhD students making academically focused trips between the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses.