Cornell University

Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

193 Ives Faculty Building, 607-255-9358

Connections with Students

CAHRS supports access to students via classroom lectures, and participation in live cases in conjunction with classes. CAHRS staff works to maximize company visibility with students by optimizing timing, topic, and speakers.


CAHRS offers extensive interaction between its partners and students. In the past year, partners have presented over 20 classroom lectures, and offered a similar number of field projects for students in advanced levels. In addition, nearly 50 MILR students have attended the social events associated with on campus partnership meetings, and 40 to 50 recruitment sessions are scheduled each year between CAHRS' partnering firms and ILR students.

CAHRS Executive Roundtables

Before they even open a textbook, the CAHRS Executive Roundtables make it possible for students in Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) to meet top human resource executives from CAHRS' companies. Students get to ask questions about the field, careers, and what companies look for in the preferred human resource candidate.

The past fifteen CAHRS Executive Roundtables have offered our member company representatives and the ILR graduate and select senior students an opportunity to come together to exchange questions and ideas about the field of human resources, the most important issues facing individual companies, the skills needed by future human resource professionals, and what companies look for in recruiting entry-level professionals.

The next CAHRS Executive Roundtable is scheduled for August 2012.

CAHRS Research Assistantships

CAHRS will continue to sponsor graduate research assistantships.  These positions offer a second semester graduate with concentration in human resources the opportunity to work on high-visibility projects with some of 60 human resource executives whose companies partner with CAHRS, under the direction of the CAHRS director and executive director.

The CAHRS research assistants will participate in partnership-related activities on key issues of topical interest. Projects will be chosen to provide significant visibility and distinction for the CAHRS research assistants. The position provides a standard tuition waiver and a stipend for two academic semesters, provided performance in the first semester is exemplary. Like other research assistant arrangements, CAHRS research assistantship projects will involve approximately 15 hours of work per week. Financial support is provided by a grant from a partnering company. Verizon, Comcast, American Express and Gap, Inc. are recent supporters of CAHRS Graduate Research Assistantships.

Special Projects

CAHRS faculty supervise individual student "directed study" projects on key topics. CAHRS partners can participate by providing best-practice examples, responses to surveys, and assistance in shaping the projects. Partners can submit semester-long projects to teams of graduate students, who address the real issues facing corporations. The entire class and professor provide input with both oral and written reports. Class grade is determined by effort, substance, and quality of the report. Partnering executives or their representatives have the opportunity to make class presentations on their corporate human resource programs and issues.

Student Travel Grants

CAHRS is pleased to continue its policy of supporting graduate student travel to major professional conferences at which they are presenting papers. CAHRS will provide up to $700 per student per academic year to defray travel expenses (subject to ILR School expense reimbursement policies). Requests for funding need to be submitted in writing to

The ILR Graduate Degree Programs provide up to $200 to MS/PhD students to travel to professional conferences at which they have been invited to present a paper.

Guest Lecturer

Guest Lecturers

CAHRS serves as a broker, matching speakers to classes, and helping partners to get the most out of their classroom appearances by working closely with faculty to link topics to the educational objectives.