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The Esprit de Corps Program


What is Esprit de Corps?

Esprit de Corps literally means "spirit of the group". If you've ever been on a sports team that had great morale and team spirit, you've experienced esprit de corps. It is a shared spirit of camaraderie, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group.

The Esprit de Corps Program is for 1st year PhD students from diverse backgrounds (racial and ethnic, 1st generation, LGBTQ+, disadvantaged, and/or disabled) who are seeking a supportive community devoted to each other's success.

How would I benefit from being a part of Esprit de Corps?

All members...

  • Receive specialized mentorship on navigating graduate school from trained coaches (current students and postdocs).
  • Build community among a cohort of diverse students.
  • Find the support and resources necessary to propel your academic and scientific career forward.



To be eligible for Esprit de Corps, you must be:

An incoming 1st year PhD student at Weill Cornell Graduate School, the Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology or Computational Biology Program and have a commitment to:

  • diversity in science and medicine
  • completing the program
  • mentoring future cohorts



Members are matched with PhD student or postdoc mentors known as coaches. Coaches help Esprit de Corps members successfully navigate the first year of their PhD. They touch base at key points in the year and share personal insight that is focused on lessons learned.



Esprit de Corps is centered on a supportive community. Community is developed through activities that foster collaboration and facilitate interaction. These activities include regular social events sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity, peer mentoring, and a retreat that integrates members into the larger tri-institutional community.



  • Transitioning to Graduate School - Part I, Academic Science 101
  • How to Choose a Lab
  • Individual Development Plan – Being the Scientist you want to be
  • Transitioning to Graduate School - Part II, Resources and Wellness
  • Faculty speaker
  • Financial Literacy (with personal advisement)

Seminars are also open to all students.


How to join

All Weill Cornell Graduate School and Tri-Institutional 1st year PhD students are invited to join via email.  Space is limited, but we will do our best to try and accommodate as many participants as possible.

If you cannot find or did not receive this invitation, you can write to to receive a copy.

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