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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   

Space still available! Email: to RSVP

Study Abroad--Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship, a program of the U.S. Department of State, has launched the 2017 program application. The application is now available on this website, with a deadline of November 16th, 8 p.m. EST. The official announcement can be found here.

Please watch this CLS Informational video, with slides and photographs from the 2016 program.   Also see the one-page flyer.

There is also a schedule of webinars:  

Friday, September 23rd, 3pm EST- General CLS Informational Webinar w/alumna Noelle Little

This will be a general ‘launch’ webinar explaining the goals of the program, highlighting resources available to students and study abroad offices and providing some tips for applicants.

Link to join Webinar:

Wednesday, October 5th, 3pm EST- CLS Webinar for Minority-Serving Institutions and Groups Underrepresented in Study Abroad w/ Qimmah Najeeullah of Morgan State University

This webinar will focus on the CLS Program as an opportunity for students at Minority Servicing Institutions and groups generally underrepresented in study abroad. This webinar also talks about the importance of diversity among program participants, the experiences and challenges of these participants on program, and ways that CLS provides support to these students. The presenters will also go over some tips for applicants.

Link to join Webinar:

Friday, September 16, 2016


Come meet Nick Everdell, Director of Recruitment with Yale Law School, and learn more about the program.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 2pm-3pm
Where: Lerner Hall 403 H&I

Register for the event here

Economics Help Room--NOW OPEN

The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

The EHR is located in Sulzberger Annex 102 (adjacent to Barnard Hall and Sulzberger Hall, and in the Admissions Office's Welcome Center). The hours (all in the evening) are:

Sundays 7 to 9 pm
Mondays 7 to 9 pm
Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm
Wednesdays 7 to 9 pm.

Tutoring will be available for Intro to Economic Reasoning, Math Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Statistics, and Econometrics. The tutors are your peers, and the EHR is a judgment-free zone. There is no such thing as a stupid question in the EHR!

If you use the EHR, please keep the following in mind:

First and foremost, at the start of the semester, there will be an adjustment period, so not everything will go smoothly at first. We appreciate your patience as we “learn on the job.”  You should feel free, at any time, to send any comments via email to Professor Harrison ( , or to stop by her office (244 LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall) to chat about your experiences.  All comments will be kept confidential.

Second, when asking for help with homework, please also bring your textbook and notes with you. The tutors might not have had the same professor as you do, and therefore might not have used the same textbook. Therefore, it will be helpful for them to see how you were taught the material.

Third, there will be sign-in sheets. Please sign in! It is important that we keep this record of use.

You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester at: or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Friday, September 16, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m,  227 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.  

Athena Scholars Program

Become an Athena Scholar!

The Athena Scholars’ Program, has been training select Barnard women for the highest levels of accomplishment during and after their time at Barnard, It has graduated over 150 top leaders since its founding in 2010. In addition to the co-curricular requirements, scholars have access to unique opportunities and those that complete the program receive a designation on their transcript.

To learn more about the Athena Scholars Program please attend one of the following info sessions: 

Monday, Sept. 19th6:30-7:30pm, 302 Barnard 
Thursday, Oct. 6th5-6pm, 302 Barnard
Friday, Oct. 21st11:30am-12:30pm, 302 Barnard

Attendance at one of the info sessions is required in order to participate in the program

Athena Leadership Labs

The Athena Center offers all Barnard Students a series of FREE workshops that help you prepare for leadership success in your personal, academic, and professional endeavors--all based on our Athena CORE10©, ten skills and attributes for effective leaders.

For questions on any of these programs, contact Sarit Abramowicz at

Space still available! Email: to RSVP

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Harvard Law School Information Session

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14th
WHERE: The Event Oval, Diana Center LL1
TIME: 7pm

If you are interested, please register here:

​*The event will end at 8pm

Open: Applications to Honor Board

The Honor Board’s role is to engage and educate Barnard College students in order to shape a community of academic integrity and mutual trust. In addition, the Honor Board is responsible for administering the Honor System at Barnard College by developing and upholding the rules of procedure.  (

The Honor Board seeks members from the Classes of 2019, 2018, and 2017 to join.  Those interested in maintaining academic integrity on campus are highly encouraged to apply. 

See the Honor Board application at  and submit your interest by Monday, September 26th at 11:59pm.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Entrepreneurs Note: Athena Mastermind Group

Balancing school with your own venture? You're not alone!

Through mentorship and collaboration, the Athena Mastermind Group aims to connect an intimate, highly-motivated group of students with the support, networking, and expertise they need to sustain their business, start-up, or nonprofit venture. The group will meet for dinners on a monthly basis throughout the 2015-2016 school (9 month commitment) and serve as a low-stress platform for positive conversation and an opportunity to create a system of personal accountability for each other. The first dinner will take place in September. 

2016 Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar

PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) welcomes all college women interested in career opportunities in law and the legal sector, from issue-based advocacy to government service, to attend the 2016 Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar

DATES: October 20-22, 2016
LOCATION: Washington, DC

PLEN seminars give students the chance to discuss current issues in law and policy, visit institutions and organizations in DC, and launch their careers through intimate coaching sessions on networking, resume writing, and salary negotiation. Network with distinguished women at the top of their fields while building connections with their peers from across the country. 

Scholarships are available. Visit to learn more about funding options. 

For more information and to register, visit Questions? Contact me at this address, at or call 202-872-1585

DEADLINES: Scholarship Applications due September 8th // Seminar Registration due September 22nd

Fall Course Registration

As you are selecting courses for this fall semester, you may want to check out the following:

Stories and Storytelling: An Introduction to Narrative
TTH 4:10-5:25
Professor Emily Sun

Study of the forms and functions of narrative with focus on three modes: detection, confession, and digression.  Investigation of how storytelling takes place in various media and genres, across fiction and non-fiction–in short stories, a novella, novels, a poem, films, scholarly essays, autobiography, and a psychoanalytic case history.  Attention to historical shifts, cultural differences, and philosophical questions such as the writing of the self, the nature of memory, how we experience time, and how we grapple to tell truth from fiction.  Works by Doyle, Borges, Sophocles, Freud, Hitchcock, Augustine, Coleridge, McEwan, the compilers of The Arabian Nights, Diderot, Calvino, and Lispector.

German Migrant Literature
TTH 2:40-3:55
Professor Erk Grimm

The course is well suited for students who have just completed the second year of German (Intermediate level). A survey course the impact of examines different forms of displacement and mobility in literary representations and public debates. The focus is on the rich personal and collective experience of migrants. We study stories about exile, asylum, orientalism, expatriation, diaspora, “Gastarbeit,” and immigration in German texts written in the 19th and 20th centuries. You will find out about “imagined communities” in the age of the colonialism and discuss the real or imaginary encounters with India and Africa in the 19th century. Crucial notions such as asylum and cosmopolitanism will inform our discussions, including the facets of race- and gender-based perspectives. Readings include works by major German writers and intellectuals such as Anna Seghers, Emine Özdamar, Bertolt Brecht and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, transnational poets like Chamisso and influential studies such as Saskia Sassen’s Guests and Aliens.

Europe Imagined: Images of a (New) Europe in 20th Century Literature
TTH 10:10-11:25
Professor Erk Grimm

The course explores the changing and diverse images of Europe in 20th/21st century literatures. Our focus is on the literary/social imagination of writers and intellectuals as well as the production and translation of literary works within the larger context of the politics of transnationalism. The course examines the ideas of a European community and each nation’s cultural history from a comparative perspective. Readings include major writers and Nobel prize winners (Milan Kundera, Heinrich Böll, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie), but also new voices such as Colm Tóibín, Yoko Tawada or Alice Kaplan.