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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Academic Assistance--Help Rooms

Biology 1500s Help Room
  • Sundays 7-8:30 p.m., 530 Altschul 
  • Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m., 530 Altschul 

Barnard Computer Science Help Room
Attention all Barnard women enrolled in a computer science course - the Barnard CS help room is up and running for the semester! Meet other Barnard women that are also taking computer science, and get help from Junior and Senior CS majors. ALL OFFICE HOURS WILL BE HELD IN Milbank 333B.
Help Room Hours for Spring 2017:
  • Mondays 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 4:30-8:30 p.m..

Economics Help Room
The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester Sunday, February 5th, 2017 .
The new EHR location is 117 Barnard Hall !! (you enter through the Barnard Library). The hours (all in the evening) are:
  • Sundays 7 to 9pm
  • Mondays 7 to 9pm
  • Tuesdays 7 to 9pm
  • 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 (sharriso@barnard.edu) , 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.

Math Help Rooms

Click on the room number for the schedule for that room:
333 Milbank Hall for help with College Algebra, Calculus I, II, and III
406 Mathematics Building for all other courses.

Organic Chemistry I Help Room

  • Sundays, 4-6 p.m., Altschul 530 
  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m., Altschul 806

Physics Study Room

For students in all levels of Physics classes. Bring your homework; bring your questions; bring your ideas; bring your friends.

  • Mondays 7-9 p.m., 514 Altschul 
  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m., 514 Altschul 

Empirical Reasoning Center

The Empirical Reasoning Center provides: 

TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 
The ERC offers training for statistical analysis, textual analysis, and geographical information systems software. We support both Macs and PCs. 
INDIVIDUAL GUIDANCE
The ERC can help individuals through each step of the research process from basic research design and formulating a hypothesis to data analysis and visualization to interpreting and presenting results. 
CLASSROOM SUPPORT 
The ERC supports courses with supplementary training sessions focusing on using analysis softwares, finding appropriate datasets, and interpreting and understanding the narrative of quantative and qualitative data.  

Spanish Conversation Practice

CAFÉ Y CONVERSACIÓN

Para todos los estudiantes que quieran practicar su español
Casa Hispánica (Entrada 612 West 116th Street)
Todos los jueves – ¡Ven a conversar!
Statistics Help Room
The Department of Statistics offers a help-room service for students enrolled in STAT UN1001, UN1101, and UN1201.
The purpose of the help-room is to supplement the regular teaching assistant and faculty office hours with peer-to-peer tutoring, and to facilitate the formation of study groups.

Help Room Hours and Location – Spring 2017

Sunday:           12pm – 4:00pm Room 903 9th Floor School of Social Work Building
Monday:          4:00pm – 7:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room
Tuesday:         4:00pm – 7:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room
Wednesday:    4:00pm – 7:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room
Thursday:        4:00pm – 7:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room
The School of Social Work building is located at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue (between 121st and 122nd street).
Watson Hall is located at 612 West 115th Street (between Broadway and Riverside Drive).

Friday, February 24, 2017

IMPORTANT: Sophomore Spring Program Planning and Major Declaration

Dear Sophomores,

Now that we are a month into the spring semester of your sophomore year, I hope your courses are going well as you are taking those first exams and submitting your first papers for your classes.

It's Major Declaration time!  Second-semester sophomores are required to declare their major--the major declaration deadline is March 1, 2017. You'll need your current adviser, as well as the major department chair/adviser to sign this form:  https://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/majorform2013.pdf.  Since each department has a slightly different process for assigning advisers and obtaining the signature on the form, check this MAJOR DECLARATION PROCESS BY DEPARTMENT list for the process for your major department: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zrn3vQgzTcjglnquF_m0VVaqLqNUUXQQi-14NJqpW20/edit.  (The list is also accessible from to the right of this Blog under the permanent "Resources for Sophomores") Once the Major Declaration form is completed, you'll need to then submit it to the Registrar's Office in 107 Milbank.

In lieu of a physical meeting for the Sophomore Class, here's a PowerPoint presentation with information on important dates to keep in mind for this semester, including dates for advance course registration for the Fall 2017 semester:
https://docs.google.com/a/barnard.edu/presentation/d/1dj5BL-xkhXmcI7LsVcqgt0rKy7e4RXmXkxzYEDIXric/edit?usp=sharing

Academic departments are holding program planning meetings between now and April for majors and prospective majors.  You may find a list of the already-scheduled meetings on this Blog:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lam5cFQ8cho1tms4fXu11HXDEk5thoiOEZ8TNRUhtmo/edit#gid=991156523 (will be updated periodically).

If you would like to discuss or need help narrowing down your major options, please don't hesitate to make an appointment to meet with me.

Congratulations on reaching this academic milestone!

Best,
Dean Kuan Tsu

Event: Maximizing the Internship: Networking for the Introvert

Rhodes Scholarship Information Session

Dear Sophomores:

Do you have an interest in one day pursuing graduate study at Oxford University with the full financial support of a Rhodes Scholarship?  The great majority of you will become eligible to apply for this prestigious award when you become seniors, but we want you to begin thinking and planning ahead.   To learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship—what makes a good candidate, how to apply, the benefits offered to recipients—I strongly encourage you to attend a special information session that will be held from 5-6pm on Tuesday, March 7, in 202 Altschul.   We are very fortunate that three former Rhodes Scholars, including Barnard’s own Professor Jim Basker, will be on hand to discuss their experiences at Oxford and to answer your questions.

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more about the Rhodes Scholarship, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me: https://barnard.edu/dos/about/meet 

For additional information, http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

I look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Dean Runsdorf

Monday, February 20, 2017

Economics--Major Declaration

Dear Sophomores planning to declare a major in Economics,

I will have extra office hours for you to come declare your major. These will include open hours, and 15 minute time slots that you can sign up for. The open hours will be:

Wednesday, February 229-10 am
Thursday, February 232:30-3:30 pm
Monday, February 2712-2 pm
Wednesday, March 1:  9-10 am

and the time slots are on these days as well. They are posted on my office door, 244 LeFrak Center, 2nd floor of Barnard Hall. Please walk by and sign up for one (or two) if this works better for you. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions (sharrison@barnard.edu).

-Prof. Harrison

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrate with International Students with Food and "Traditions"

Every year Barnard hosts a group of students from partner institutions abroad, visiting us for a semester. Come meet our visiting international students (VISP), learn more about their cultures, and sample traditional food from their countries!!! This year's theme is "Traditions".
VISP Culture Nights: 


Wednesday, 02/22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Friday, 02/24, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Location: James Room
We hope to see you there!

Barnard Toddler Center collecting donations!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations--Washington, D.C. Summer Internship

                                  May 30-August 4, 2017

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. 

COST+FELLOWSHIP STIPEND 

A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend. 

See brochure for more information: https://ncusar.org/programs/17-NCUSAR-Summer-Intern-Program-Brochure.pdf

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Columbia Study Abroad Programs

Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall (Semester/AY) Information Session

Date: Monday, February 13 
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Place: East Gallery, Maison Francaise (Buell Hall)

The Columbia in Paris program located at Reid Hall, Columbia’s Global Center in Europe, offers students an incredible opportunity to master French language skills by engaging in immersive academic coursework in a variety of majors while integrating into French culture. Included in the program's dynamic course offerings is the opportunity to take Art or Music Humanities at Reid Hall. The equivalent of at least two years of college-level French is required to participate in the program. Come learn more about how you can spend an academic year or semester in the City of Light while progressing on major requirements here at Columbia.

For more information
http://columbia.studioabroad.com/?go=ParisAY

Application deadline for Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017-2018: March 15

Questions?
Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Lindsey Schram (ls2553@columbia.edu). 



Columbia in China Summer Programs Information Session

Attend this information session to learn more about Columbia's two Summer Chinese Language Programs in Beijing!

Summer Language Program: This nine-week program immerses students in one of the world's most dynamic cities and offers four levels of intensive Chinese language studies from beginner through fourth year. Students complete the equivalent of one year of Chinese at Columbia. Group excursions in and around Beijing, the program base at Peking University and a week-long travel break give students insight into Chinese society and lifestyle.

Summer Business Chinese Program: This nine-week program begins with intensive, personalized instruction in Chinese language classes that emphasize the specialized vocabulary, jargon, linguistic styles, and appropriate behaviors used in a professional setting. During the final weeks of the program, students participate in a field project and are placed with local or multinational companies, giving them an invaluable opportunity to apply their formal learning of business Chinese in context.


Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14th
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Place: 403 Kent Hall

For more information: 

Application deadline: March 1

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at rl2705@columbia.edu.



Columbia University in London Fall 2017 Program Info Session

Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: 606 Kent Hall

Learn about this exciting program with the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature! Columbia Professor Jean Howard will teach the program’s Fall 2017 Global Seminar, London Theatre 1590 to 2017, which will examine changes in London theater culture from the late Elizabethan to the contemporary moment. Other courses will be chosen from the local host university, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). QMUL, one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, offers programs across a broad range of disciplines, including physical and natural sciences, business and management, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

All qualified students are welcome to apply for the program. Students do not need to major in English and Comparative Literature, but they should demonstrate the motivation to study the topic taught in the global seminar.

Application deadline: March 15

Questions? Schedule an appointment to meet with Jillian Burdziak at (Jillian Burdziak Advising Calendar) or email her at jmb2336@columbia.edu.

Friday, February 3, 2017

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, February 5, 2017.

The EHR is located in 117 Barnard Hall.  Please note this is a different room than in past semesters!!  The hours (all in the evening) are:

Sundays 7 to 9pm
Mondays 7 to 9pm
Tuesdays 7 to 9pm
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 (sharriso@barnard.edu) , 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 a google sign-in sheet. 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.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Spring Course Registration

The deadline to register for spring courses was Friday, January 27.  All courses you are currently taking should have been green as of 9:45pm that day.

You must look at your spring 2017 courses on Student Planning.

You are registered for a class only if it is GREEN.  If it is yellow, or grey, or not there at all, you are not registered and must take immediate steps to add it.


If a class is yellow and you are not taking it, there is nothing you need to do.


How to add a class and make it turn green:


If it is a lab, discussion section, recitation section, PE course, dance technique course, Rehearsal & Performance, or a class that has not yet started, or if you are switching sections of a course:

Come to the Registrar's Office, 107 Milbank, for the appropriate form, have it signed, and return it to the office.


If it is a full academic course and it is YELLOW on your schedule, you can add it by filing this form with the appropriate signatures.  The deadline to add such a course without a late fee is 4:30pm on Friday, February 3.  After that, a progressive late fee will be in place.

https://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/l_form_post_registration_student_planning_91916.pdf


If it is a full academic course and it is either grey or non-existent on your schedule, you must petition to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing to add it.  Consult your class dean, who can provide you with the link to the petition site.  There is a progressive fee for adding classes late.

Note that much of this information is posted on the Academics page of myBarnard, which is updated regularly and which students should consult carefully.

(Student Planning is your official registration.  What is on Courseworks/Canvas is not official.)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Barnard Noyce Teacher Scholars Program (BNTSP)

For Sophomores interested in receiving funding through BNTSP - whether you are planning to apply to the program as a teacher scholar or to receive funding for research with the Barnard Summer Research Institute (SRI): 

For students seeking funding for summer research, the deadline to apply is March 1st at 5:00 pm. Information and applications can be found here and should be either emailed to Melissa Flores at mflores@barnard.edu, or dropped off in 335 Milbank to Pati Argueta. 

STEM (and other acceptable) Majors interested in becoming Teacher Scholars should to attend the Education Program's open house--flyer below--to learn more about the application process, including important deadlines. 


Flyer can be viewed here