Academics


Student Highlights: Robin Kornet

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Robin Kornet on the Thurston Avenue Bridge.

Major: Communication
College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Hometown: Jericho, N.Y.

Main Cornell extracurricular activity – why is this important to you?
Becoming the scholarship chair for Lambda Pi Eta, the Nu Iota Chapter of the National Communication Honor Society. I organized a variety of events both within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and within the Ithaca community. One of my most memorable experiences as the scholarship chair was organizing our participation in Bookfest, a Family Reading Partnership program in the Ithaca community. I believe that becoming a well-rounded student means taking advantage of opportunities to grow outside the classroom.

Your most profound turning point while at Cornell?
The unique opportunity to take coursework from a variety of colleges, which provided me with a strong background in strategic communication and public policy. This background was instrumental in my success as an intern for two summers at Sen. Hillary Clinton's office. As a communication student, I interacted with New York constituents presenting with health care, social security, housing and educational needs. This became the impetus for me to become involved, committed and to reach out to the public sector.

Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most?
Professor Jeff Hancock has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to work on a research project that studied language variations in psychopathic offenders. His passion for research was contagious. I am grateful for the wisdom and inspiration he has imparted throughout my studies at Cornell.

Did any of your beliefs or interests change during your time at Cornell?
After completing a research project assessing how deception can be achieved over Facebook, I became fascinated with how we communicate with others using new media technologies. In addition, I presented another research project exploring self-presentation using Facebook with a fellow communication student in BOOM, an annual research conference on digital technology at Cornell.

While at Cornell, what other accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?
For two and a half years, I have been working on the initial stage in a program of research designed to develop a linguistic analysis system that can identify psychopaths through verbal communication. My findings suggest that a deficit in emotional ability is evident in the linguistic processing of psychopathic offenders. It has been so rewarding to see my own study through to completion and to know that these findings will be useful for future studies analyzing psychopathic linguistic production. Based on my studies, I have completed my honors thesis and hope to have my research published within the coming year.

What are your plans for next year and beyond?
I will be working on the creative team at Regan Campbell Ward-McCann, a health-care advertising firm in New York City. Beyond that, I hope to draw upon the background that I have from Cornell in research and changing media technologies, to enhance public life.