Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Schwarzman Scholars Program--Study in China

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies
Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Applications open in April 2015.

Each year, up to 200 exceptional men and women will be accepted to the program.

45% US
20% China
35% Rest of world

A joint Barnard-Columbia information session will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at 4pm in 403 Kent Hall.  Only current Seniors and Juniors will be eligible to apply in the first round, but it's an opportunity for Sophomores and First Years to look ahead and learn about the opportunity.

Summer Institutes in the UK for US Undergraduates

Applications for 2015 Summer Institutes to the UK are now open!    

Please Note: The application form will be online for 2015 application period.  If you are interested in applying, we recommend you draft your application on the paper form provided and then complete the online form.  
Scottish highlandsThe US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme.
Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.
If you have any questions about the programme, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
“This was genuinely the best summer of my life, and I'm so incredibly grateful to the Fulbright Commission as well as to all of our academic professors, coordinators, and peer mentor for making this such an amazing experience I will never forget. This is my proudest accomplishment.”- 2014 Participant
There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2015:
The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.
When asked about the 2013 UK Summer Institute programmes:
- The majority of participants stated that they would recommend a Summer Institute to their friends.
- A majority of students said their understanding and knowledge of the UK had substantially changed   over the course of the institute.
-All participants stated they had a very good or excellent experience with the host institutions

Applications are due: 26 February  or 5 March  2015.
Please use the application instructions as a guide during the application process. 
Please note the specific deadline of the Institute you choose.  Deadlines are listed on the programme webpage.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Economics Help Room--Extended Hours

The Economics Help Room has extended its hours for the rest of the semester. We are now open Sundays, and also for an extra hour on Mondays!

The new schedule is:

Sunday  7-9 pm
Monday 7-10 pm
Tuesday  7-9 pm
Wednesday 7-9 pm
Thursday 7-9 pm

All in Sulzberger Annex 102. Please email Professor Harrison at sh411@columbia.edu if you have any questions or comments.

Also, the Help Room will be closed this Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25 and 26, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will re-open on Monday, December 1. Happy Thanksgiving!

Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship

Eligibility for this fellowships requires you to be EITHER an NIH defined minority OR low-income OR from a rural area. Students must have completed their sophomore year by May 2015, must have a 3.0 grade point average and be a citizen or permanent resident of the US. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Katie Tang at kkt2115@columbia.edu.

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship is designed to promote diversity in the global health research workforce by providing the opportunity for up to 8 undergraduate students each year to participate in an 11-week summer training 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) eight weeks of hands-on experience conducting mentored research in one of three international research sites (in the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya or Swaziland); and (4) career and graduate admissions counseling.

The program will take place between June and August, starting with two weeks of training and orientation in New York City, followed by 8 weeks abroad, and then a final “capstone” week in NYC.

The fellowship is fully funded. The 8 trainees from Columbia and Barnard will receive funding for travel, housing/living expenses in NYC and abroad, an additional stipend of $1,200 per month.
The fellowship is open to a wide variety of majors including:  Africana studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures (Barnard), East Asian languages and cultures (Columbia), Astronomy, Biological sciences, Chemistry, Comparative ethnic studies, Computer sciences, Earth and environmental sciences, Ecology, evolution and environmental biology, Economics, European studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American cultures  (Barnard), Latin American and Caribbean studies (Columbia), Latin American and Iberian cultures (Columbia), Statistics, Women's, gender and sexuality studies. If your major is not on this list but you think it should be, please contact Katie Tang at kkt2115@columbia.edu to see if you might be eligible.

Applications are due on DECEMBER 19th and will require a bit of preparation, so start working on them ASAP!  

Please come to this information session to learn more!

Date: 12/02/2014
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Place: Core Conference Room, 2nd floor Hamilton

Monday, November 17, 2014

Request Student Input--Academic Curricular Review

All Barnard students are all invited to attend the last Fall 2014 Student Open Session of the Academic Curricular Review this Wednesday, November 19 from 6:30-8:30pm in 324 Milbank Hall.  Learn about the structure and timetable of the curricular review, and meet with Provost Linda Bell and faculty sub-committee chairs, who will seek student input on several key areas regarding the First-Year Foundations and the Senior Experience.

As an opportunity that occurs every 15 years, you are encouraged to engage in the process of re-envisioning the future of Barnard’s academic structure and policies.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Beyond Barnard's Borders

"Beyond Barnard's Borders: Creating a Globalized Community" will bring Dean Hollibaugh (International and Global Strategy), Peter Connor (French Department), Carolyn Middleton (Office of Admissions), and several Barnard students together to discuss the relation between current Barnard campus culture and our globalized society. What is Barnard's place in the world? How does the Barnard community create a globally-conscious campus both inside and outside of the classroom? Does this method need enhancement and, if so, what are such means? Please join us as we explore these and other questions!

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