Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Help Rooms Are Here

Tuesdays: 12pm - 2pm, 3pm - 7pm
Wednesdays: 2pm - 4pm, 5pm - 7pm
Thursdays: 3pm - 5pm
Tutoring sessions are held in Milstein 502.

Organic Chemistry II
Sundays: 7pm - 9pm 
Tutoring sessions are held in Altschul 806.

Physics Help Room
Mondays and Wednesdays
7pm - 9pm, 514 Altschul

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Computer Science Help Room is open for the Fall semester


Fall 2021 Schedule

Tuesdays: 12 pm - 2 pm, 3 pm - 7pm

Wednesdays: 2pm - 4pm, 5 pm - 7pm

Thursdays: 3 pm - 5 pm

Students in introductory and intermediate courses in computer science can receive one-on-one tutoring through Barnard’s Computer Science Help Room.

Tutoring sessions are held in Milstein 502. The room can get very busy, so please look for the bright yellow sign designating a Barnard CS Help Room tutor. If you have any questions, please email

Education Program Open House


Monday, September 27, 2021

Art or Art History Scholarship Application


Fall has arrived and now is the time to apply for a $2,000 art or art history scholarship from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation.

"Orchid" 1975 © Eileen Monaghan Whitaker 22x30 inches Watercolor
"Recumbent Nude" 1944 © Frederic Whitaker 16x27 3/8 inches Watercolor
Art History/Museum Studies students include with their application an essay comparing and contrasting the two watercolors shown above.

Art students include two images of watercolor paintings they have created since June 1, 2020.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Data Science Scholars Program--Application Deadline: Sept. 25


DSI Scholars Program
Call for Student Applications | Fall 2021 Cohort
The Data Science Institute is pleased to announce that the Data Science Institute (DSI) and Data For Good Scholars Programs for Fall 2021 are open for applications.
The goal of the DSI Scholars Program is to engage Columbia's undergraduate and master students in data science research with Columbia faculty through a research internship. The program connects students with research projects across Columbia and provides student researchers with additional learning experience and networking opportunities. Through unique enrichment activities, this program aims to foster a learning and collaborative community in data science at Columbia.
The Data For Good Scholars program connects student volunteers to organizations and individuals working for the social good whose projects have developed a need for data science expertise. As "real world" problems with real world data, these projects are excellent opportunities for students to learn how data science is practiced outside of the university setting and to learn how to work effectively with people for whom data science sits outside of their subject area.
This term we have had a very large number of projects submitted; please give yourself enough time to read the project descriptions. For your application, choose the TOP five projects of which you are most interested, eligible and qualified.
Please email questions to, see our FAQ, or attend the information session at 5pm Eastern time on September 14th, 2021.
The Data Science Institute encourages women and underrepresented minorities to apply to these programs.
Applications are due by SEPTEMBER 25, 2021.

Monday, September 13, 2021

New Theatre Class in Collaboration with the New York Public Library: Ecologies of Transmedia Performance

Supported by Mellon Foundation, Ecologies of Transmedia Performance is developed in collaboration with the NYPL for the Performing Arts for Barnard Teaches, Real Place + Digital Access.

The intersection of theatre and new media technology has produced new forms of transmedia — intermedial, multisite, networked, and immersive performances. These performances may rely on traditional and emerging platforms, haptic and virtual reality technology, video and music mapping, and/or bodily and sensory augmentations. Exploring transmedia performance as both a medial interaction in the physical space of theatre and a multiplatform environment expanding and extending beyond it, this course engages the NYPL for the Performing Arts archive to create an environmentally and socially self-aware (digital) transmedia performance/experience.


To strengthen both academic and digital competencies, the course has two interrelated components. In the theoretical part, we will study the 1935 production of Jumbo and the notions of transmediality it brings forth, and the ways these transmedialities enlist our interaction, (interspecies) attachments, and thoughts. In the practical part, we will learn how to use specific digital tools, such as Google Sites/Scripts, Inform 7, VRChat, and Blender, required by the transmedia performance that, as the final product of this course, we co-create.


The course is open to all Barnard and Columbia students across academic disciplines. For Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors, it fulfills one of the two required courses in dramatic literature/theatre studies/performance studies. 


Course enrollment is limited to 12; permission of instructor given after first class meeting.


Link to course listing on CourseWorks

Friday, September 10, 2021

Deadline Reminder: Registration, Adviser Approval, Enrollment Confirmation deadline TUESDAY Sept 21


1.  Your Fall 2021 Course Plan in Student Planning must show, in green (i.e. fully registered)all courses that you are taking this semester, including any PE, Dance technique, Varsity sport, or rehearsal/performance course for which you will earn credit this semester. 

2.  Your adviser must approve your course schedule by clicking "Review Complete" in Student Planning.  Ideally, they will do this during an advising meeting with you.  If there are extenuating circumstances making it impossible for you and your adviser to meet until next week, your adviser may click Review Complete upon confirming an appointment day/time with you for next week.  Need advice/approval and can't reach your adviser?  Visit us in the Dean of Studies office!

Don't forget to drop any classes or waitlists that you no longer need.

If you are unable to add a course that you know that you're in, or if you are unable to drop a course or leave a waitlist for something you're not taking, please visit or contact the Registrar's

It is possible that a credit for a P.E. course, Dance technique course, or Varsity sport may appear after the registration deadline (if the course is eligible for credit for the P.E. requirement). If this does not happen automatically, you may need to fill out a form.

Tuesday, Sept 21 is the last day you may officially add a course
 to your schedule. If you need to add a course to your schedule after that date, you will need to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing for permission to do so (contact your class dean if you need info about this), and a late fee may be charged.

You may still drop courses until the Drop Deadline (see Academic Calendar for drop deadlines.  To drop a course after Sept 21, you will need to meet with your adviser for approval, so your adviser can submit their approval of your drop request no later that 4:30 p.m. on the drop deadline. Find this and all other deadlines on the Academic Calendar and consider adding the Academic Calendar to your gBear calendar.



Reminder that there is no separate Enrollment Confirmation process this year. You confirm your enrollment by (1) registering for classes and (2) paying your bill by the deadline. See this blog post for how to tell what kind of hold you may have, and contact the Bursar if you need to discuss your bill.

**Note about Courseworks/Canvas**
Until the registration deadline, your CourseworksCanvas page may not look exactly like your Student Planning page because it takes some time for an added class on myBarnard to appear on Courseworks, and it takes some extra time for a dropped class to disappear. Courseworks will catch up eventually. The most important thing is to make sure that your enrollments are accurate on your Student Planning Fall 2021 page. 

Need an extra credit or two? Here are some ways you might find them


Doing that degree-audit arithmetic and need one or two more credits?

If you're having trouble getting up to the number of credits you need and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add for this spring, here are some options and tips. 

1-2 credit course options:

1. Fulfill your PE requirement if you haven't yet.
Register online and be sure to attend the first class meeting. PE courses may initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final registration deadline.

Pro Tip:
Unfortunately, there is no space in PE for students who want this as an elective. Only students who have not yet completed the PE requirement will be able to register for PE in fall 2021.

2. Take a dance class if you are eligible
Dance classes may initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits -- if you don't change this when registering, you can fill out the Form to Request a Point of Dance Credit.

3. Depending on your background and interests, here are some popular ways to enrich your academic experience while also adding a credit or two. 

Pro tips:

  • Some of these may be full, but you may be able to join a waiting list.
  • Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites or special registration procedures!
a. For students who sing, play an instrument, or want to know more about music:

b. For  students with some computer programming experience:
Programming Languages -- COMS-W3101.
Development Technology -- COMS-W3102

Check Computer Science Course Listings for current options. Sometimes these classes are added later than others, so if you don't see them now, you might find them during the fall semester.

c. If you're interested in science, math, statistics, or other quantitative fields:

Contact your department to see if you can earn credit for supervised research in a professor's lab

Frontiers of Astrophysics

Science Journal Club (Biology)

Undergraduate Seminar in Statistics

d. If you're interested in International Affairs, Political Science, and/or Economics:
*check dates to see if the course has started*
One of the "short courses" offered by the School for International & Public Affairs (SIPA). Search The SIPA Catalogue or the SIPA page of the CU Directory of Classes for 1-1.5-credit courses. You can't just register online for these:  first check to see if the class you want is on the list of SIPA courses approved for Barnard students (forthcoming -- link will be added when available), then contact both the instructor and your academic adviser for approval if you think one appropriately fits into both your schedule and a liberal arts curriculum. Upload both approvals when submitting the online add form.

e. If you're interested in Theatre, Dance, or Backstage work:
Rehearsal & Performance (Theatre or Dance) -- for actors, dancers, stage managers, prop or costume makers, and theatre tech people. Check the course description to see who to contact if you are interested.

f. If you're interested in the intersection of scholarship, activism, and public intellectual organizing:

Real Talk / Real Time

g. If you have an Econ background and like contests:

Fed Challenge Workshop

h. If you have background in some languages and want to improve your conversational fluency:

Check the course listings for 2-credit Intermediate or Advanced Conversation classes in FrenchItalian, or German,

4. Search Vergil for courses between 0 and 2 credits.
You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, courses limited to class years other than yours, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing.

Pro Tip:
Check the detailed course descriptions in the Directory of Classes for prerequisites, restrictions, or special application procedures.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Barnard Columbia Chorus, Chamber Singers, studio lessons, and voice classes are BACK -- auditions on Zoom in early September


Students are advised there is a $500 fee for voice lessons unless you sing in the choir, or you are a music major or a music minor.

Barnard Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers

  • Tuesday, September 14th, 2021. 6-9pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. 6-9pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • You may sing a song in any style or language.

Voice Auditions for Solo Studio Lessons and Voice Classes

  • Thursday, September 9th, 2021  6-10pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • Monday, September 13th 6-10pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • You may sing a song in any style or language.

Please reserve a 15min audition time slot here using your name and uni (access the google sheet via your Barnard email). After you have signed up for a time, you will be sent an email requesting a sample video and a form to fill out. Please complete an audition form and email it to Professor Gail Archer and copy all of the voice instructors (emails can be found on the faculty page) a day prior to your audition. All auditions will take place in person in 405 Milbank.