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Prospective PhD Students

Find out what some of our current PhDs and recent graduates are doing by reading through some of our Student Profiles. 

Our students publish in top peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, including CHI, CSCW, and UbiComp.

These newly minted Doctors have been hired as assistant professors, user-experience researchers and post-doc researchers.

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 much more.

Operating since 2002, the Cornell Ph.D. in Information Science has accumulated an impressive record of achievement to date, with students winning prestigious external fellowships, publishing widely in leading conferences and journals in the field, and going on to leading positions in academia and industry in the U.S. and around the world.

We are looking for exceptional students to join our rapidly expanding program:

  • Recently, we've added more leaders to our already distinguished Ithaca-based faculty – Karen Levy (law and technology), Solon Barocas (ethics/machine learning) and Jeff Rzeszotarski (data visualization/social computing). Have a look here for a comprehensive list of our faculty.
  • Our PhD program on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City prides itself on fusing technology with business and creative thinking. Recently, Tech's esteemed faculty added Tapan Parikh (HCI), Helen Nissenbaum (ethics of information technology), and Nicola Dell (Information and communication technologies for development, HCI). For information on the PhD experience at the Tech Campus, see here.

Areas in which we are looking for students include (but are not limited to) HCI/interface design, applied machine learning, social media, CSCW, digital humanities, algorithmic mechanism design, ubiquitous computing, social and information networks, critical and interpretive analysis of information systems, behavioral science approaches to information systems, organizational and institutional analysis, big data applications and analysis, markets, technology policy, and information science approaches to societal challenges.

Cornell Information Science is characterized by engagement with many of Cornell’s outstanding programs in computing, engineering, humanities, and the social sciences, a vibrant and challenging interdisciplinary culture, and a deep commitment to learning and collaboration across the academic fields and perspectives that make up information science today.

Serious candidates may contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Tanzeem Choudhury, and or relevant faculty members with questions about research interests. For information about deadlines and application requirements, please see our How to Apply page.