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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program--Summer Funding


The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital.

This is a FULLY funded fellowship.  Fellows receive an all-inclusive six-week program that provides housing, transportation, meals, and a $500 weekly stipend.

Application Deadline: January 11, 2017
Program Dates:  June 4, 2017 – July 14, 2017
Location: Washington, DC and Mount Vernon, VA

For more information please visit the website at or email

Friday, December 16, 2016

Important Information About End of the Semester Procedures

As the end of semester draws near, the Office of the Dean of Studies would like to go over several important pieces of information that will help you make it through the next few weeks. With the flurry of exams and papers looming, we want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress towards finishing the semester, you won't be taken by surprise. One of the most important things to remember: if you are experiencing any kind of difficulty, whether it be academic or health-related, don't hesitate to contact our office at 212-854-2024, and we will direct you to the help you need.

FINAL EXAMINATION INFORMATION: All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule, unless a student finds herself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours (or, of course, if she is somehow scheduled for two exams at the same time). In the event that your situation appears to meet one of these criteria, your first step should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where you will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

DEFERRALIf it appears that you will be unable to take a final exam because of illness or emergency, contact a) your instructor FIRST, AND b) the Dean of Studies Office (212-854-2024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. (There will be staff in the Dean of Studies Office as early as 8am during exam period). If the instructor approves your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the fall term will be administered in January, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

ILLNESS during an exam: If you become ill during an examination, inform the proctor, hand in the exam, and go directly to Health Services. If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.

INCOMPLETES: Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site (, and proceed from there. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For information about deferring exams, see above.)

GRADES: Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of additional or revised work.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is never, ever the way to respond to a difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice. Also, as members of a community of scholars, we must appreciate that truthfulness and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge are essential to the successful functioning of that community. While violating the Honor Code can have serious repercussions for individual students, it can also do real damage to the ties that hold us together as an academic community.

ACADEMIC PROBATION or SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS WARNING: Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. For more information, see the Dean of Studies webpage:

If anyone has any questions about any of these issues, please let us know, and we can help direct you to available resources and get you the help you need. I hope that while you're studying hard, you'll also be sure to get rest, take care of your health, and keep in mind that the break is just around the corner. Good luck with your exams and papers, and best wishes.

Additional Study Spaces

Looking for a place to study?

The Dean of Studies Office has you covered!

Study Rooms Available this week and next week:

December 13-15 8am-11pm - Barnard 117 and Barnard 118 (in Lefrak Library)

December 16-22 8am-11pm - Barnard 404 and Barnard 405.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Summer Research Institute

An information session for students interested in doing scientific research with Barnard faculty members next summer will be held on Friday, December 9, from 12-1pm in the James Room.  This will be an opportunity for students to learn about faculty research and the upcoming 2017 Summer Research Institute, how to locate a mentor and secure a summer position.  Representatives from each department will speak briefly about their selection procedures.  

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Monday, November 28, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m,  306 Milbank 

For sophomores interested in studying at one of the colleges at Oxford University for the academic year 2017-2018: Barnard College will nominate students to attend one of the different colleges at Oxford University. 

Applications will be due in the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs in early December.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Athena Digital Design--Applications for Spring Now Open

The Athena Digital Design Agency started here at Barnard a couple years ago with the mission of encouraging more women to learn to code. It is a student-run organization and offer free HTML/CSS and Javascript classes to current Barnard students. Students meet weekly for a 2-hour class. No coding experience is necessary to join the classes! 

After the completion of the HTML/CSS course, students are welcome to join the agency where they can take on web design jobs from clients. This is a great way to make some money on the side, improve students' coding experience, and add something to your resume. 

Deadline for applications is December 23rd

International Week (November 14-18) Events

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Friday, November 18, at 11:00 a.m. in the Baer Room on the 4th floor of Lewisohn Hall

Yulia Shalomov, Coordinator of Admissions for the Humanity in Action Fellowship, will be coming to talk to interested students about HIA’s fully-funded seminar in human rights, which takes place this summer in the golden capitals of Europe.  Please come and learn about this outstanding program.   

History Course Registration

Students who preregister for a 4-point history lecture course with sections should also preregister for a section associated with the course. Sections are listed right under the lecture listing and have a slightly different course number. The current section listings are only temporary sections and do not list days/times, but students should sign up for them nonetheless.  Sections will be finalized and scheduled at the beginning of the spring 2017 term.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Global Scholars Program: Latin American Cities Information Session

Date: Monday, November 14
Time:1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Place: International Affairs Building 802

Join the Institute for Latin American Studies and the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships for this information session on the new 2017 Global Scholars Program: "Latin American Cities." In this six week summer course conducted in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Panama, and Havana, students will explore, study, and compare local media cultures firsthand. Students will explore the historical origins and contemporary realities of urban life in the region through research and travel in five cities that capture Latin America's cultural diversity.

Taught by Barnard History professor Jose Moya, the program is open for course credit to rising juniors and seniors in all Columbia/Barnard undergraduate schools. Generous financial aid is available. Applications due in early December 2016. 

For more information:

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calendar) or email her at

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Athena Scholars Program

Hello Sophomores!

Greetings from the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. Lately, we’ve been receiving lots of inquiries about how to become an Athena Scholar.

In order to become a scholar, you must attend an information session, of which many will be offered in the coming spring semester, led by two of our current scholars. There will not be any more information sessions for the Fall 2016 semester. We will post the dates for the Spring 2017 sessions early next semester, so please be on the lookout both on social media and around campus. You can find us on Facebook by searching “Athena Center for Leadership Studies.”

If you would like to get involved now and have not attended an information session, no problem! You can still take requirements for the program starting in Spring 2017, which can then be counted when you become a scholar. A list of Athena requirements can be found at:

If you have any further questions, please reach out to the Athena Student Advisory Board Sophomore representatives, Demme Durrett  ( and Alyssa Hsing (

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship--Applications Now Open!

The 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship application is now open!

The Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department’s premier recruitment programs aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Program highlights include:

•       Undergraduate candidates (10 fellowships available): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the senior year of undergraduate studies, and first year of a master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.

•       Graduate candidates (20 fellowships available): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.

•       Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.

•       Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements.

The application for the 2017 Pickering Fellowship is now live and can be accessed on the Pickering Fellowship page. Students are encouraged to survey this page to assess their eligibility and review expectations if selected. All applications for undergraduate and graduate fellowships must be received by January 13, 2017 in order to be considered.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thanksgiving with an Alumna

Planning on spending Thanksgiving in NYC? Why not have Thanksgiving Dinner with a Barnard Alumna?

Participate in the Student-Alumnae Thanksgiving Program, an exciting initiative that provides students with the opportunity to have Thanksgiving dinner at a Barnard alum's home, in the event that they are not able to go home for the holiday.

If interested, please fill out this Google Form ( by Saturday, November 5th at midnight.

Questions? Contact Angela Beam at

Thursday, October 20, 2016


By now you should have learned about the change in the financial aid process.  

On September 13, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order that will allow families to complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using income information from the 2015 federal tax return.  This is the same information that you and your parents(s) reported when filing the 2016-17 FAFSA.  As a result, the 2017-18 FAFSA may be filed as early as October 1, 2016. 

With this new change, we decided to host:

FASFA DAY oFriday, October 21st in the Lefrak Center, Instructional Lab #113. 

Come by anytime between 10am-1pm and complete your FASFA for 2017-2018 with the help from Barnard's very own financial aid counselors!


Refreshments will be served!

Please RSVP, by emailing Dean Tollinchi at

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Information Session

Date: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Core Conference room, 202 Hamilton

  • Learn about the semester, academic year and summer program options at KCJS.
  • Meet members of the KCJS on site staff.
For more information:


Interested but can’t attend? Email or schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul or Jillian Burdziak from the Office of Global Programs. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Economics Department Program Planning Meeting

Are you interested in Economics as a possible major or minor?  Did you know there are four different tracks under the Economics major?  Come to the Economics department program planning meeting and meet some of the faculty members who teach in the department on

Monday November 14 from 12:00-1:00pm

Room 302 Barnard Hall

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

History Department Program Planning Meeting

Thinking of History as a possible major or minor?  Come hear about the many ways you can major in History and meet the faculty members in the department.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
South Tower, Sulzberger Hall

Refreshments served

Friday, September 30, 2016

Biology BC1500 Help Room

Are you looking for some extra support in BIOL BC1500, Introduction to Organismal & Evolutionary Biology?
Just want to review the content in an interactive way with some friendly upper-class students who took this same course?

The Biology 1500 Help Room is here for you!

Sundays 12-1:30 p.m. 118 Barnard Hall 
Wednesdays 8-9:30 p.m. 303 Altschul

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Barnard/SIPA 5-Year Dual Degree Information Session

Wednesday, October 261:00-2:00PM
Diana Center, Lower Level (LL) Room 104
Interested in public administration, foreign service, or international relations?  Barnard students are invited to come and learn more about the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)’s 5-Year Dual Degree Program with Barnard.  This program gives exceptional undergraduates the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in just five years.  Hear from SIPA’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Cory Way, as well as current 5-Year Dual Degree students to learn more about the program and how to apply.   Lunch will be provided.

              Please RSVP to Dean Jim Runsdorf at

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall 2016 Short Courses

Computer Science W3101

Call Number: 74697 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: F 2:10pm-4:00pm Location: 717 Hamilton Hall
Enrollment: 58 students (60 max) as of September 27, 2016
Notes: COURSE START DATE 9/09/16; COURSE END DATE 10/21/16 
           Last day to add 9/30
Instructor: Lawrence Stead
Section 002 PROGRAMMING LANG (C++)
Call Number: 87504 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: T 6:10pm-8:00pm Location: 337 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Enrollment: 21 students (30 max) as of September 27, 2016
Notes: COURSE START DATE 9/6/16-10/18/16
      Last day to add 9/28
Instructor: Ramana Isukapalli                             

Education BC2045

COLL: STEM & EDUCATION Section 001 Call Number: 06439 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: T 6:00pm-9:00pm Location: 306 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Enrollment: 9 students as of September 27, 2016
Notes: MEETS 5 TIMES; FIRST CLASS 9/13 IN 306 MILBANK (Instructor Permission required)
Instructor: Lisa Edstrom

Certain School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) courses:  (Permission of Instructor and Dean Jim Runsdorf required)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Study Abroad--Upcoming Events


The deadline is October 1st to submit the Intent to Study Abroad Form

There is no penalty if you end up not studying abroad or decide to study abroad at a later date.

Log onto your myBarnard account, click on the Academics tab, go to the drop-down menu on the right side for Study Abroad and choose the Intent to Study Abroad Form. Then, complete and submit.


Friday September 30, 227 Milbank, 12 - 1 pm
Thursday, October 13, 307 Milbank, 1:15 - 2 pm
Friday, October 21, 227 Milbank, 12 -1 pm
Wednesday, October 26, 214 Milbank, 1:15 - 2 pm
Friday, November 11, 227 Milbank, 12 -1 pm
Thursday, November 17, 306 Milbank, 1:15 - 2 pm
Monday, December 5, 227 Milbank, 12:15 - 1 pm

These sessions give a complete overview of the study abroad process at Barnard and are an opportunity for you to ask questions.


Wednesday, October 512 – 3 pm
Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University

Meet with returnee study abroad students AND 40+ program representatives to learn about academic year, semester and summer abroad!  Programs provide students with a variety of overseas experiences including practicing Japanese in Japan, studying economics in the UK, researching psychology in Brazil or even completing an archaeological dig in Italy

Please go to for a full schedule of Barnard study abroad events.

Adding or Dropping a Course on Student Planning after the Course Registration Deadline

The course registration deadline was Friday, September 16.  At this stage, if you still need to drop or, in rare cases, add or change a class, you'll need to use actual paper forms that require handwritten signatures.  

Here's what to do in some common situations:
  • To add a discussion section or a PE class:  Pick up an Add form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  (There is no late fee.)
  • To add a full academic course, you must petition to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing.  Meet with your class dean ASAP to learn more about the petition process.  (If your request is granted, there is a late fee.)
  • To drop a course: Pick up a Drop form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed (usually by your adviser), and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  The course will be completely removed from your record, but there are no tuition refunds at this point in the semester. The drop deadline is Tuesday, October 11, 4:30 pm.  
  • To change sections of a course: Pick up a section-change form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
  • To withdraw from a course after October 11 and on or before the Withdrawal Deadline of November 17 Pick up a Withdrawal form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed (usually by your adviser), and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  The course will remain on your transcript, with a "W" where a grade would otherwise be -- you won't earn credit for it, and it won't enter into your GPA.  The withdrawal deadline is Thursday, November 17, 4:30 p.m.
  • To elect the Pass/D/Fail Option:  You will ultimately be able to do this online through Student Planning, but this is not yet available.  Stay tuned for further information.  The Pass/D/Fail deadline is also Thursday, November 17.
Please note:

All students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.  You will not be permitted to drop or withdraw from a course that causes you to fall below this minimum.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Help Rooms Now Open

Introducing Help Rooms to support your academic success 
(and stay tuned for a few more that are coming soon:  Biology, Organic Chemistry, Computer Science):

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Beinecke Scholarship

There will be an information session about the Beinecke Scholarship, which generously supports graduate study in the liberal arts, excepting the sciences.  Only Juniors on financial aid are eligible, but First Years and Sophomores who are looking ahead might be interested in attending.  Thursday, Sept. 223:10-4:00 in 420 Pupin.

Princeton in Latin America
Please join OGP in welcoming Angelica Hicks, Program Officer for Princeton in Latin America, to campus. Angelica will present on the opportunity, application process, eligibility requirements, as well as take questions from the audience. All students and alumni are welcome to join!  Thursday, September 22, 4-:10-5:10 in MUD 227
Princeton in Africa 
Program Manager Liz Braden will be on campus to discuss the program, eligibility, opportunities, and application process. Please join OGP in welcoming her and come learn more about this opportunity!  Thursday, September 295:10-6pm, NWC 602  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Study Abroad Information Sessions

Pembroke College, Oxford University

For students interested in the Junior Year Abroad at Oxford University 2017-18 please join Nancy Braithwaite, Academic Director - JYA programme at Pembroke College for an information session regarding the departmental and study opportunities at Pembroke. 

Pembroke College is one of the five colleges that Barnard students can apply to at Oxford University for a full academic year of study. 

Date: Friday September 23
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Sulzberger North Tower, 17th floor
Time: 12:15 pm
Light refreshments will be served. 

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Information Session

Date: Thursday, September 22
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Core Conference room, 202 Hamilton

Program Highlights:
  • Take advanced coursework in Japanese language at the 3rd, 4th & 5th year levels plus courses in Japanese studies.
  • Participate in a Community Involvement Project – do volunteer work, join a student club, or study a Japanese art with a mentor.
  • Live with a homestay family.
  • KCJS Need-based Scholarships available. Awards vary between $500-$5,000. 
Must have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese for the fall semester, and five semesters for the spring semester, or the equivalent.

Upcoming deadlines:                                           
Spring 2017: October 5
Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18: March 15

For more information: 

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya Information Session

In partnership with Princeton, Columbia runs a field semester abroad program in the Spring focusing on ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, environmental engineering, and sustainable development. Based at Princeton's Mpala Research Centre, student also travel to places such as the forested slopes of Mt. Kenya, the wildlife-rich savannas of Laikipia, and the coffee and tea plantations of western Kenya. Courses can be counted toward the E3B and Sustainable Development major/concentration. Come learn more at the information session!

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 12pm
Place: 1106 Schermerhorn Extension

For more information: 

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) Info Session

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 2pm
Location: 606 Kent Hall (Office of Global Programs & Fellowships)

Studying abroad at the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) offers an incredible opportunity to master German language skills by engaging in intensive academic coursework while integrating into German culture. Students enroll at the Freie Universität Berlin, which hosts a variety of departments including Biology, Economics, Political Science and much more. Students may also consider taking select courses at other universities in Berlin such as the Humboldt.  Berlin’s vibrant nightlife, art scene and fascinating history create an exciting environment to experience life in the new Europe.  The equivalent of at least two years of college- level German is required to apply to the program. Studying in Berlin for the full academic year opens the possibility of arranging full-time internships during the semester break in February and March.  Motivated students, with the help of the program, have arranged many interesting internships over the years in political foundations, government offices, hospitals, opera houses, public relations firms, and schools.

For more information:

Application deadline for Spring 2017: October 15

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calender) or email her at   

Columbia in Beijing at Tsinghua University Information Session

Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 3-4pm
Place: 403 Kent Hall

Columbia University in Beijing provides a rare opportunity for advanced students to directly enroll in a broad range of courses at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions. 

Students must have completed at least three years of college-level Chinese, preferably more, or the equivalent, and have a firm grasp of reading and writing in Chinese. Students who have completed at least two years of Chinese in heritage tracks (W track at Columbia) may also apply. 

For more information: 
Upcoming deadlines:   Spring 2017: October 14
                                    Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18: March 15

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at