Friday, October 24, 2014

Funded Summer Research in Global Health

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT) is led by ICAP at Columbia University in partnership with the IFAP Global Health Program at the College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) at the CU School of Social Work. Funded by NIH, the program provides fully funded mentored research training in global health for minority and under-represented students from Barnard College, Columbia College, the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, the College of Dental Medicine and the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH).

ICAP’s MHIRT program provides a fully-funded opportunity for up to eight undergraduate and two graduate students each year to participate in an 11-week summer program designed to provide: 

(1) exposure to landmark findings and current challenges in global health and health disparities research
(2) training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
(3) hands-on experience conducting mentored research in the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya, or Swaziland 
(4) career and graduate admissions counseling. 

The program will start with two weeks of training at ICAP in New York, followed by an eight-week international placement at one of four international training sites and culminating in a final week in New York.

Trainees must be members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and/or from rural and low socioeconomic groups. Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed at least two years of coursework; most majors are eligible.

For complete eligibility criteria and additional information, including FAQs please see the attached,  and/or contact Katie Tang at<>.

We had one Barnard student participate last year, we would love to see more this year!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Selected Fellowship Opportunties for Sophomores

Purpose: To enable students “to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of [2015].”
Award: $10,000 per project.
Deadline: Nominated proposals must be submitted to the Davis Foundation by February, 2015 (exact date TBA).
Contact: Interested students should consult the website and speak with Dean Runsdorf early in the fall semester.

Purpose: To provide “allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.”
Award: Summer FLAS fellowship tuition grant is up to $5000 and $2500 stipend for undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: TBA, probably early March 2015.
Contact: For more information and application, please see

Purpose: To support exceptionally promising students who demonstrate interest in careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.  Barnard may nominate up to four students each year, to be selected from the sophomore and junior classes.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Award: Up to $7,500 annually.  Current sophomores are eligible for two years of aid (i.e., for the junior and senior years); current juniors, one year.
Deadline: Late January 2015, exact date TBA. 
Contact: Interested students should see Dean Runsdorf in the fall semester of the sophomore or junior year.

Purpose: "To encourage outstanding [sophomores and juniors] to pursue careers related to environmental public policy and to encourage outstanding Native American and Alaska Native [sophomores and juniors] to pursue careers related to health care and tribal public policy."  Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or U.S. nationals (if residents of American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands).  Barnard can nominate no more than six students per year.       
Award: Up to $5,000.
Deadline: TBA.  Probably early March 2015.
Contact: Interested students should speak with Dean Runsdorf in the fall of their sophomore or junior year.  For preliminary information, visit

Purpose: To support undergraduate students pursuing summer projects in East Asia that develops academic and/or professional expertise.
Award: Up to $2500
Deadline: Early March, 2015.  Exact date TBA. 
Contact: Submit materials to Dean Runsdorf.

Academic Department Program Planning Meetings

Scheduled as of October 21, 2014

AFRICANA STUDIES: will have an Open House for its majors and interested others: Monday, October 20; North Tower, 2:30pm

AMERICAN STUDIES: Tuesday, November 18; Judith Shapiro Dining Room; 7:00-8:30pm
ANTHROPOLOGY: Monday, November 17; 307 Milbank; 4:00-5:00pm
ARCHITECTURE: Wednesday, November 19; 501 Diana; 12:00-1:00pm   
ART HISTORY & ART HISTORY with concentration in VISUAL ARTS: Monday, October 27; 6th Floor, Diana Atrium; 11:30am   

ASIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURES:  The Department does not hold a Program Planning Meeting, due to the variations across tracks in the major.  If you are interested in the major, please meet with the following persons, by world area:
For Japan and Pre-Modern Korea consult Professor Max Moerman,
For China (Social Sciences) and Modern Korea consult Professor Annabella Pitkin,
For China & Tibet (Humanities) consult Professor Guo Jue,
For South Asia consult Professor Rachel McDermott,
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: Friday, October 24; 530 Altschul; 12:00-1:00pm   
CHEMISTRY: Friday, October 31; Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall; 12:00-2:00pm
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: Wednesday, October 15; 222 Milbank; 4:00-5:00pm    
COMPUTER SCIENCE: Monday, October 20; Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall; 1:30pm
DANCE: Wednesday, November 5; 306 Barnard Hall; 5:45-6:45pm & Wednesday, November 12; 306 Barnard Hall; 12:00-1:00pm

ECONOMICS: Wednesday, November 12; Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd FL Barnard Hall; 12:00-1:00pm
EDUCATION: Tuesday, November 11; 325 Milbank; 7:00-8:30pm
ENGLISH: Wednesday, October 29; Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall; 4:00-5:15pm
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/ENV POLICY/ENV BIOLOGY: Thursday, November 13; 403 Altschul; 12:00-1:00pm & 3:00-4:00pm, 404 Altschul

FILM STUDIES: Thursday, November 6; 403 Barnard Hall; 6:00pm 
FRENCH: Wednesday, October 22; 318 Milbank; 12:00-1:00pm  
GERMAN: Wednesday, October 15; 320C Milbank; 11:00am- 12:00pm   
HISTORY: Wednesday, November 12; ELL Bella & Elsa S Mehler Parlor, Elliot Hall; 4:10-5:15pm
ITALIAN: Thursday, October 23; 320D Milbank; 11:30am-12:30pm  

MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE STUDIES: Thursday, November 13; 401A Barnard Hall; 10:30- 11:30am

NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR: Thursday, October 23; 903 Altschul; 1:00-2:00pm    
PHILOSOPHY: Thursday, November 13; 326 Milbank; 12:00-1:00pm
POLITICAL SCIENCE: Will not have a Fall 2014 meeting. Prospective majors are welcomed to stop by the Political Science office during business hours for more information about the major, procedures and requirements.

PSYCHOLOGY: Thursday, October 30; 202 Milbank; 12:10-1:00pm
RELIGION: Monday, November 10; 80 Claremont Avenue, Room 101; 12:30-1:30pm   
SLAVIC: Thursday, November 13; 226 Milbank; 12:00-1:00pm
SOCIOLOGY: Thursday, November 6; 332 Milbank; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

STATISTICS: Please call or email Department Chair Dan Rabinowitz to make an appointment. 854-2141,

THEATRE: Wednesday, November 12; 324 Milbank; 5:30pm
URBAN STUDIES: Tuesday, October 28; 421 Lehman; 1:00pm     


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Study Abroad for Health or Pre-Med Majors

Writing Center—Additional Hours

Due to popular demand, the Writing Center added more weekly hours beginning this Sunday (10/26). To make an appointment, please visit the Center's online scheduler. 

Detailed sign-up instructions and policies are also found at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Rebecca Kelliher at or call 212.854.8941

Apply to be a Global Symposium Fellow

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Global Symposium Student Fellow program! It’s a special year for Barnard, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary, and it’s a special year for the College’s Global Symposium program, as we return home. On March 13, 2015, we will bring to campus an extraordinary group of women from around the world -- many of whom have been our special guests in previous Global Symposia -- for our 2015 Global Symposium: Women Changing the World.

The Student Fellows program has three major components: (1) Fellows play an important part in the preparations for and execution of the annual Global Symposium. (2) Fellows develop, with guidance from the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, a workshop on leadership for high school girls in our neighborhood and around the world. (3) Fellows participate in a specially programmed trip abroad over spring break, which allows them to continue the conversations of the Global Symposium with Barnard faculty and staff in the context of a different part of the world.

The Student Fellows program is open to current Barnard sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are on campus for the full 2014-2015 academic year. To learn more about the Student Fellows program, including instructions on how to apply, visit And, if you have specific questions after reading through the Frequently Asked Questions, please email

Extended Barnard Reach Out

Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO) is a weekly program, running from November to March, that brings together a group of 10-15 first-year and transfer students to discuss and critically engage with service issues in New York City. Each week, students will participate in service projects, go on site visits, hear from public service professionals, and discuss ways of making a meaningful and sustainable impact in their community.

In the past, participants have volunteered at a Brooklyn community farm, participated in a service project at Free Arts NYC, heard from professionals working to combat educational inequality, and hosted a group of high school students for a Barnard tour.

The 2014 EBRO will present similarly exciting civic engagement opportunities, with an updated model focused on deeper engagement, learning, and analysis of the issues presented in our volunteer opportunities. EBRO will meet on Friday afternoons from 12:00pm - 2:00pm (with some sessions starting at 11:30am), beginning on November 21st, 2014.

The Fall 2014 Extended Barnard Reach Out application is now available here

Applications are due by Friday, November 7th at 11:59pm.