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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You May Still Take a Class at Columbia This Summer

Apply today for Summer Session 2 (from July 3 to August 11)

More than 50 areas of study to explore and endless opportunities to discover. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Harvard Law School--Junior Deferral Program

Starting in the fall of 2017, Harvard Law School will allow any college junior to submit an application for admission through its Junior Deferral Program (JDP). Under the program, college juniors can be admitted to Harvard Law School on the condition that they successfully finish college and then take a minimum of two years to work, study, or pursue research or fellowship opportunities.
In 2014, HLS began a JDP pilot program, which was open only to juniors at Harvard College. Based on the success of the program, the Law School has decided to make the program available to all juniors (or their international equivalents) at any college or university. The program is intended to encourage students to gain work experience prior to law school. It also aims to encourage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields to consider bringing those skills to the legal profession, which increasingly demands practitioners with high-level technical skills.
All students admitted into the JDP during the pilot phase have accepted their offers of admission. The first students admitted into the program will begin their studies at HLS in the fall of 2017.
In recent years, HLS has taken a number of steps to eliminate barriers to admission for candidates from a diverse range of academic disciplines and personal backgrounds. In 2012 the Law School began conducting interviews via Skype, and in 2015 it eliminated the requirement for a “seat deposit” for accepted students. In March, HLS announced that it would allow applicants to submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to be considered for admission to its three-year J.D. program. Students who apply to the JDP will be able to submit either the GRE or the LSAT to be considered for admission.
Information for college juniors interested in applying through the JDP program is available on the HLS Admissions website.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

IMPORTANT: End of the Semester Information

Dear Students,

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.

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, you will know what to do.

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.


All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule ( If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four exams witin a 48-hour period, 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.


Students may defer an exam ONLY in cases of acute illness or personal emergency. If you need to request a deferral, you must:

a) Contact your instructor FIRST
b) THEN Contact  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).
c) You may be asked to provide documentation of your illness; the staff in the Dean of Studies Office can talk with you about how to share documentation.
d) If the instructor approves your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the spring term will be administered in September, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website the previous week for the time and location of your deferred exam. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DEFERRED EXAMS CANNOT BE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE OF EXAM WEEK. If you need to make arrangements to take an exam at another time due to circumstances NOT HAVING TO DO WITH ILLNESS, then you must SPEAK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY.

ILLNESS DURING EXAM: If you become ill during an examination:

a) inform the proctor
b)  hand in the exam, and
c) 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 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.)


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.


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( PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT ANY MISREPRESENTATION OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES IN ORDER TO OBTAIN AN EXAM DEFERRAL OR AN INCOMPLETE IS A VIOLATION OF THE HONOR CODE.


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:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gender Identity Presentation

Please join Psyched: The Barnard Psychology Society and the Barnard Center for Research on Women for a screening of the documentary: GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURICin which "Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity."

Tuesday, May 2
3:00 - 5:00pm
405 Milbank (Krueger Lecture Hall)

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Help in Economics

Monday, May 1, will be the last day of the Economics Help Room this year--7-9pm.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Schwarzman Scholarship: Graduate Study in China

April 26, 2017: "Meet the Schwarzman", Schwarzman Scholars representatives will be on campus to discuss the scholarship opportunity, the application process, life in Beijing, and take questions from interested students. 

All are welcome to attend! Wednesday, April 26, 20175-6pm (EALAC Lounge, 4th floor Kent/Kent 403).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Prestigious External Scholarships and Fellowships--Information Sessions

Seniors are eligible to apply for a number of major external scholarships that support a variety of pursuits, including research, graduate study, internships, and teaching English abroad.  You can learn more about opportunities such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, and Soros at a scholarship information session that Dean Jim Runsdorf will be conducting twice later this month: from 12-1pm on April 25 in LL103 Diana, and from 5:30-6:30pm on April 26 in 203 Diana.

If you're unable to attend, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Dean Runsdorf here

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Registrar & BCIT hard at work addressing waitlist issues

We are aware that some students are experiencing problems with their placement on waiting lists for individual courses.

The Barnard Registrar's Office and BCIT are working to address this as swiftly as possible.  Because of the number of individuals, departments, and computer programs involved in Columbia/Barnard registration, this system is quite complex.

Thank you for your patience while everyone works on this.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Study Abroad for Graduate School--CANCELLED

Thinking about life after Barnard? Considering graduate studies abroad?

Come hear about Graduate Degrees at UCL - University College London.

A session with Dean Runsdorf and UCL's representative Alexander Craik.
Tuesday, 04/253-4 pm, Altschul 903

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Psychology Research Festival

Dear Students:

Please join fellow classmates and the faculty of the Department of Psychology for the third annual Spring Research Festival on Wednesday, April 19, at 4pm in the James Room in Barnard Hall.

Hope to see you there!

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Learn to Code in a Low Stakes Environment with Athena Digital Design Agency

Our mission is to champion and inspire Barnard women on their journey into coding literacy through web development. Participants will begin by learning the fundamentals of web design so they can be competitive in the new economy. 

Athena Digital Design Agency will be offering the following courses in Fall 2017:

1. HTML/CSS Course: 

This class is perfect for students who would like to learn the basics of web development! Students will successfully complete several websites by the completion of this course. NO CODING EXPERIENCE or computer science background will be required for participation and applications will be open to only Barnard students. 

2. Introduction to Design for Web Developers Course:

This class is for students to learn the fundamental methods and software of web design and integrate best principles for design into code to build a website. Over the course of the semester you will learn how to use an illustration program such as Adobe InDesign, basic compositional principles, intro to user experience skills, and typography. This class is for students who have already taken the ADDA HTML/CSS course, or have equivalent coding experience. JavaScript, Python, or other functional programming languages are not required, and will not be taught.
Key Deadlines:

Early-bird deadline: 4/24/2017 (first 10 applicants will receive guaranteed admission) 

Regular deadline: 5/21/2017 

For more information about the class, come to the Information Session on April 21st at Diana LL103. There will be other events going on too. 
  • 4:00PM: INFO SESSION - Learn about FREE Fall 2017 web development courses offered by Athena Digital Design Agency
  • 4:30PM: GRADUATION - Check out website students from Athena Digital Design Agency created
  • 5:00PM SPEAKER Minerva Tantoco - Listen to Minerva Tantoco table about her career as an inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur. She is a Senior Advisor for Future/ perfect Ventures, focused on applied innovation. She served as the first Chief Technology Officer of NYC. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Barnard College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship: 2017 Annual Distinguished Lecture

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Please join us for the
Barnard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Annual Distinguished Lecture

            Thursday, 20 April 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall, 2nd floor

Featuring Professor Rosamond S. King

Rosamond S. King is a critical and creative writer and artist whose scholarly work focuses on sexuality, performance, and literature in the Caribbean and Africa. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association best book award.

King’s poetry collection Rock | Salt | Stone was recently published by Nightboat Books. Her performance art builds on over 20 years of training in Afro-Caribbean dance, circus arts, butoh, and ballet, and has been curated around the world, in the African Performance Art Biennale (Zimbabwe), the Encuentro Festival (Canada), and Rich Mix (London), as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Poets House, Dixon Place, and Movement Research here in New York City.

King is the creative editor of sx salon, on the Board of Directors of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and is an Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College. She earned her BA in Literature and Linguistics from Cornell University, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University. 

Her Mellon talk is entitled “Struggle and/in Joy: My Life (in Academia and Art)” and will include a lecture and performance. A reception with light refreshments will follow. 

Careers in Psychology

Research?  Academia?  Clinical?

Come and hear about the numerous careers in Psychology

 E'mett McCaskill, Ph.D
Hannah Hoch, Ph.D
 Sumati Gupta, Ph.D

Discuss their pathways within Psychology

 Thursday, April 20, 2017

203 Diana

5:30 pm

Dinner will be served

Event: First Gen Week April 25-28


Writing Lab: Getting ready for final papers?  Barnard's own writing fellows will teach you some helpful tools for writing.
Monday, April 24th 12-2pm
Location: TBD

Public Speaking Lab: Barnard's very own Speaking Fellows will teach you some tips and strategies on public speaking and prepare for class presentations.
Tuesday, April 25th 3-5pm
302 Diana

First Generation Social: Take a break from work and meet other 1GLI (First Gen/Low Income) students over some dinner.
Wednesday, April 26th 6-8pm
Sulzberger Hall - South Tower

Going Home: Discuss tips and strategies on returning back home for the summer.
Thursday April 27 12-1pm
203 Diana

Excel Lab: Learn how to create an Excel spreadsheet and learn how to use its functions properly!
Thursday April 27th 6-8pm
113 Lefrak Center

Public Speaking Lab: Barnard's very own Speaking Fellows will teach you some tips and strategies on public speaking and prepare for class presentations.
Friday, April 28th 3-5pm
501 Diana 

First Generation: Ice Cream Social for Graduation Seniors
We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our 1GLI Graduating Seniors!! If you are graduating and identify as a First Generation/Financially Insecure student, PLEASE JOIN US.
Wednesday, May 3 5-6pm
Dean of Studies Office

Click here to RSVP for one, some or all of these events:

Looking for Global Ambassadors!

Global Ambassadors act as peer mentors for the new international students. The position is for the academic year 2017-18 and it is on a volunteer basis. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

IMPORTANT: Special Registration Procedure for Barnard French Language Classes

If you are planning on taking a Barnard French class*, in addition to registering online, you must also fill out the very brief form at

This form is now open and will remain open until May 19th.
*Not sure if your French class is a Barnard class?  It is if the course number begins with FREN-BC....

Thursday, April 6, 2017

IMPORTANT: Special Admission Procedures for BIOL BC1500, Intro to Organismal & Evolutionary Biology

If you're planning on taking BIOL BC1500, Intro to Organismal & Evolutionary Biology or its lab, remember that this course has three parts, and you must register for all three:

BIOL BC1500 - Intro to Organismal & Evolutionary Biology Lecture (3 credits)
BIOL BC1501 - Lab (2 credits)
Biology BC1511 - Recitation (0 credits; sometimes called "lab lecture")

All students who attempt to add these courses will be initially waitlisted for lecture and lab. The department is manually managing these waiting lists in order to give priority to Barnard students who need or want these courses.

When you find you are waitlisted for Bio 1500 and lab, DON'T PANIC:

All students who sign up for these courses will be moved from the waiting list to the class according to a set of predetermined criteria. 

Priority will be determined as follows:
  1. Students who started the series in the spring and who want to complete the series next fall 
  2. Barnard students who have taken a year of Chemistry as first-years and want to get started on Bio as sophomores 
  3. Entering Barnard first years who want to take 1500 during their first year 
  4. Anyone else
Note: Students will be moved from the Bio 1500 lab waiting list to the class after the last day of preregistration. To check your status, log into Student Planning via myBarnard on Monday, April 24 (the Monday after preregistration week) to check your status. If your Bio lecture, recitation, and lab are all green, you're all set! 

If you have any questions then (or before), you may be in touch with James Casey, Associate Lab Director.

IMPORTANT: Special Registration Instructions for Barnard General Chemistry

From the Barnard Chemistry Department:

Barnard General Chemistry BC2001x is one of the largest and most popular intro science courses at Barnard, and we are regularly filled to capacity. It is our goal to be able to accommodate every student who wishes to take the course, and we will do everything we can to facilitate your needs. However, the size of the course (over 150 students) and the physical limitations of the laboratory which is a required component requires a very strict policy on enrollment and limits our flexibility. BC2001x is a unified lecture and laboratory course - you must be enrolled in a lab and recitation section. 

If you want to register in BC2001/2011/2012, please carefully review the following procedures. If these are not followed exactly your request will not be approved.

Procedures for adding General Chemistry BC2001x to your program:
The first rule of getting into Genchem lab is DON'T PANIC. The online system will tell you that every section is full. Ignore this warning and put yourself on a wait list ASAP as follows:

1 Add the main lecture BC2001x (5 points) to your program. This course is open enrollment (up to the enrollment cap) and does not require approval.

2 Add the pre-lab recitation section of BC2011 (0 points) on the day you wish to have lab. When you do this and click "register" during your assigned registration appointment, you will be automatically added to the wait list. All students are placed on the wait list for lab and recitation sections initially. We will come along and add you to the course if there is space permitting and if you have properly signed up for the other two courses.

3 Add the laboratory section of BC2012 (0 points) on the same day you requested a recitation section. When you do this and click "register" during your assigned registration appointment, you will be automatically added to the wait list. All students are placed on the wait list for lab and recitation sections initially. We will come along and add you to the course if there is space permitting and if you have properly signed up for the other two courses.

4 There is a limit to how many limited-enrollment"L" courses you can be simultaneously on the wait list for - this is set by the system and cannot be altered. Do not sign up for multiple sections of lecture/lab as you only will be considered for placement for courses properly paired up. If you somehow make it to more than one wait list for lab or recitation, you will only be placed in the one which is matched.

5 Our attendance policy requires you to attend every week of lab, and we start the opening week of classes. Carefully review your Fall personal schedule before signing up for a lab section, as we only allow excused absences under very limited circumstances.

Please note: The first thing the system will check when promoting names off of the wait list is proper enrollment in both BC2011/BC2012. If you do not appear on both waiting lists (BC2011 and BC2012) on the same day, you will never be admitted to the course!

If you have any questions:
Please don't hesitate to ASK the laboratory director, Dr. J ( Please do NOT contact Prof. Rachel Austin (the primary instructor in the course) with questions about laboratory placement, as she will be unable to assist you.


Q:  What if I want to change lab/recitation sections after successfully registering?

A:  Please be aware that all sections of lab are full to capacity. We sympathize with the fact that many of you will adjust your programs after pre-enrollment, but the size of this course and the fact that we start the first day of class severely limits our ability to accommodate section changes. Students attempting to add BC2001x will receive priority in lab sections over students attempting to change sections.

Q:  Okay but what if I really, really want or need to change sections?

A: If you preregistered correctly for the course, you should already be enrolled in BC2001/BC2011/BC2012. To attempt to change sections of lab, you should enroll in the section of BC2011 recitation on the day you would like to switch to, and attempt to add the desired section of BC2012 lab. If there is space in the lab, you will be automatically added. If not, you will go onto the wait list. Do not drop your current sections of recitation and laboratory unless/until you receive confirmation from the system that your new section of BC2012 is approved.

Once you receive confirmation, either immediate or otherwise, that you have successfully added the new section of BC2012 you should immediately drop the old sections of BC2011 and BC2012. Other waitlisted students will thank you.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Space Still Available: 2017-2018 Toddler Center Seminar

Want to get a hands-on look at toddler development?

The Toddler Center Seminar is an eight-credit, two-semester course (PSY BC 3465x, 3466y) for students interested in gaining firsthand experience in toddler development, working with toddlers and participating in a weekly psychology research seminar.

*Note: Prerequisite course is Developmental Psychology

  • Work with toddlers one morning per week.
  • Participate in seminar which integrates theory, research, and practice.

  • Focus on fieldwork and research in applied developmental psychology.
  • Exposure to emotional, social, and cognitive development.
  • Combine academic and hands-on learning.

For more information and/or to schedule an interview:
call 212-854-8275 or email the Toddler Center: