Monday, January 31, 2022

Peer Tutoring Help Rooms

 Peer tutoring help rooms now available for the spring 22 semester! Please see for more information including times and places for the help rooms.

Economics Help Room (scheduled to open in mid-February). Students should check the Economics Website.

French Help Room (in process of being created)

Inorganic Chemistry Help Room
Sundays 7:30–8:30pm, 806 Altschul
First meeting (Jan 30) will be held via Zoom (link for that session will be posted to the course Canvas page)

Organic Chemistry I Help Room
Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 806 Altschul

Physics Help Room
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 514 Altschul

Spanish Help Room (these locations are tentative for now)
Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 202 Milbank 
Sundays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 504 Diana, Financial Fluency Classroom

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Interested in Pursuing a Career in Healthcare? Join us! | Career Insights



Dear Students,

Career Insights is a speaker and panel series that introduces Barnard students to professionals from a broad range of fields. Guest speakers, most often Barnard alumnae, will hold informal chats or participate in panel presentations based on their industry.


In this edition of Career Insights, you'll hear from alumnae in Healthcare to understand their career trajectories and decision-making. If you’re interested in exploring the various clinical paths within Healthcare, we invite you to join us!


Confirmed Panelists:

Lisa Schilowitz '02 - Occupational Therapist at NYC DoE

Martina Chwascinska-Szarek '08 - Midwife and Nurse Practitioner at Sutter East Bay Medical Group

Ivy Vega '15 - Occupational Therapist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Elizabeth Scott '12 - Physician Assistant at White Plains Hospital


To find further event details and to register, click here.


Questions? Email We look forward to having you join us!




Yarelis Canales

Anxiety and Stress Management Group

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Mentoring for Graduate School: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program 

Barnard’s MMUF program offers a chance for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the humanities or select social sciences to learn more about what it takes to survive and thrive in an academic career. Through independent research, mentorship opportunities, and cohort-driven experiences, Fellows develop the insight necessary to successfully and authentically navigate this world.

If this interests you, apply here! The application deadline has been extended to February 15, 2022!

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsay Granger-Weaver ( and/or Professor Miller (, the Barnard MMUF Coordinators.

Monday, January 24, 2022

NYU's Pathway to AI Program


The NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is excited to announce the launch of our Pathways to AI Program for Summer 2022!  Pathways to AI is looking for motivated first years and sophomores who plan to major in computer science, or any other field in which AI plays a significant role, and who are interested in exploring research careers.  Our goal is to expand the field of scientists to include those who have been historically underrepresented.

This program will provide students with the basic skills needed to get involved in AI research.  Over the course of six weeks, students will attend mini-courses in topics such as Python, data science, computational math, and Big Ideas in AI.  Students will also participate in several research  lab rotations, which will provide them with an opportunity to learn about ongoing research projects directly from faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.  Students who successfully complete the program will be invited to work on a research project with a faculty member during the Fall 2022 academic term.

Program Dates: June 27 – August 5, 2022
Stipend: $4,000 (plus $500 for travel expenses)
Accommodations: On-campus NYU Housing is included
Location: NYU’s campus in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village

In addition to classes and spending the summer in NYC, participants will meet their peers, learn from world-renowned NYU faculty, and attend panels and workshops with guest speakers and NYU graduate students. 

Pathways to AI is open to all students and especially encourages applications from individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and whose academic and research experience contribute significantly to the diversity and academic excellence at NYU.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate and post the attached flyer and spread the word about this opportunity to your students and networks.  We are eager to reach undergraduate students that would most benefit from a program like ours. 

Please feel free to reach out to if you have any questions about the program.  We thank you for your support in helping us make this program a success!


Friday, January 21, 2022

Prelaw Program for Students Interested in Social Justice

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Finding Justice: How Attorneys Help Victims and Survivors of Sex Trafficking Across The U.S. (Jan. 25, 3:30pm-5pm)

Students may scan the QR code on the flier (attached) or use the Zoom link: to register for the event.

Information about each panelist can be found on the Zoom event page as well as here.

Interested in taking law school classes over the summer? Check out the Prelaw PLUS Program

Each year, as part of the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, LSAC partners with member law schools to provide selected students with a unique immersive learning experience designed to prepare them for law school success. The LSAC PLUS Program is specifically aimed at undergraduate students and prospective law school applicants one year away from applying who are from minoritized groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Host law schools are currently accepting applications for their 2022 programs.
The PLUS Program will help participants explore their interest in law, understand the skills needed to succeed in law school, gain insights to the legal profession and future career options, and learn more about navigating the law school admission process. Participants will also build confidence and community through supportive networking and mentoring relationships with diverse legal professionals, faculty, and peers as they immerse in a program that specifically acknowledges and addresses the challenges faced by minoritized students on the path to law school and the legal profession.
There is no cost to apply or to attend the program if selected. PLUS participants who successfully complete the program will receive a $1,000 stipend and an LSAC fee waiver. LSAC will provide laptops and internet access for admitted students who require such assistance to participate in an online program.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Need an extra credit or two this spring? Here are a few options


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. 

**Be sure to check course descriptions for special registration procedures or necessary permissions.

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 little to 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 preregister for PE in spring 2022.

2. Take a dance class
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

New Directions in Computing

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

Topics in Biology: Crossroads in Bioethics

Frontiers in Operations Research & Data Analysis

Science & Scientists (Psychology)

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; in the meantime, use your judgment to assess if the class is academic as opposed to professional development), 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:
Practicum or 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 have background in some languages and want to improve your fluency:

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

Or supervised readings in Dutch or Sinhala or Zulu.

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.

Wait; there's a new portal? What's there and how do I find the stuff I need?


If you've been reading your email, or if you recently tried to log into myBarnard and got an error message, then you know that the College has transitioned to a new portal: this is a landing page that links to most of the systems that you need to register for classes, submit forms to the registrar, check your degree progress and more.  It also aggregates some essential updates, news, and resources.

Where do you find the things you need?

Course Registration
As in past semesters, you will register, add, and drop classes at your designated registration times on Student Planning, which you can get to from the link under "Tools & Apps" on the lower left-hand side of the portal, or by going directly to
Registration Times & Holds
To see all your upcoming times and (bonus!) any holds preventing your registration, log into the portal, hover your mouse over Academics, then hover over Planning Your Courses, then click Registration Appointment & Holds. Also, when you log into Student Planning, you'll see just your next registration time when you log into Student Planning (unless you log in during that reg time, in which case you will see no time listed). 
Degree Audit
You can track your progress in completing graduation requirements via the Degree Audit found in WebAdvisor.  Just click on WebAdvisor in the Tools & Apps menu. You'll need to log in again and will then be able to click on Degree Audit.
Pro Tip: don't use Safari! It won't work!

Declare your major, change your degree audit, drop a class after the registration deadline, etc:
The many student forms that used to be on paper or in a variety of different electronic locations and platforms are now almost all aggregated in Slate.   You can get to Slate from the portal by hovering your mouse over Academics in the upper left corner and then clicking on Academic Forms.  You can also get to it directly via the URL you'll see once you do that. Slateis also where you can log in to track the progress of any forms you have submitted (received, approved, processed, etc.).
Don't worry too much about which site you're on
Once you log into the portal, clicking on various links will take you seamlessly (ideally...) from one site to another to do all the things that can be done online with respect to your student record. As long as you're logged in and can find what you need, it doesn't matter if you're in the portal, WebAdvisor, Slate, or Student Planning.

Pro Tip: A lot of what you want will be found by hovering your mouse over Academics on the upper left and then hovering and/or clicking on the sub-menus that appear.

Monday, January 17, 2022



Barnard College

Dear Students,

Please read the important information below about the Spring Semester and Shopping Period.


Registering for Spring Classes


Registration is currently open in Student Planning from now through Friday, January 28 (weekdays only).  


The final spring registration deadline is Friday, January 28. By that date, be sure that you have:


Registered for all classes you intend to take this spring (including any zero-credit discussion section or lab classes). Note that you will not be able to register for two classes that overlap in time.
Requested adviser approval of your final schedule
Received special permission from your adviser if you are planning to take more than 19 credits this spring.


Course Meeting Information


All Barnard and Columbia classes will begin the semester fully remote. Visit the Canvas/CourseWorks course site and click on “Zoom Class Sessions” on the left-hand navigation bar to access your classes remotely.


Starting on Monday, January 31, most classes will move to in-person instruction. Classroom information can be found in the Directory of Classes.  


Shopping Period


As always, you have an opportunity at the beginning of each semester to visit classes for which you are not registered so that you can learn more about the class content and format, to help you decide if you would like to enroll in the class. For Spring 2022, the shopping period will be online via Zoom for most classes. Some courses may not be available for shopping, or shopping may be limited to only students on the waitlist.


Starting Tuesday, January 18, you can access the Zoom links for any course you would like to visit by following these steps:


Find the class in the Directory of Classes
Click on the “View in Vergil” link - this will take you to the class’ page in Vergil
Scroll down and click on the “View in CourseWorks” button - this will take you to the class’ CourseWorks site
Click on “Zoom Class Sessions” on the left-hand navigation bar


During the “shopping period,” CourseWorks sites will be set to show most posted course material, including the syllabus, assignments, and the course zoom link.


At the end of the registration period (Friday, January 28), the CourseWorks site of a class will be automatically closed to all students not officially registered.


Enrollment Confirmation Process


As in the fall, final enrollment confirmation for new and continuing students will entail both a student’s successful registration for classes and payment of the term bill (students on payment plans must be up-to-date on scheduled payments). Both steps must be completed by the semester registration/add deadline (end of the second week of classes, January 28).


Students who have not completed both of these steps by the deadline will be deregistered for courses and, therefore, considered not enrolled for the semester. Students will then automatically be placed on a personal leave of absence.


Holds Will Prevent Add/Drop


If you have a hold (e.g. a hold placed by the bursar, dean’s office, health services), you will need to clear the hold before you can add/drop courses during the registration period at the start of the semester (January 18 - 28).


Don’t Forget to Sign the Community Pledge


If you have not already done so, please sign the required Community Pledge, and complete both the Barnard student COVID-19 training and Columbia student COVID-19 training. These are important as a member of the Barnard community and help ensure continued access to campus buildings on both campuses.


Applying to Graduate


If this is your final semester at Barnard and you are planning to graduate in May, the deadline to apply for graduation is Friday, January 21. If you have not already done so, please be sure to submit your application by that date. You can find the application at, in the Graduation tab.


Deferred Exams


If you had an extenuating circumstance requiring you to defer any of your final exams in December, the instructor will be in touch regarding the date and format of the exam. Deferred exams may be given remotely or in-person, at the discretion of the instructor. If the exam will be given remotely, the instructor will communicate with you about the day/time.  If the exam will be given in-person, it will happen on either Monday, January 31 or Friday, February 4. Please check the Registrar’s Office website for further details during the week of January 24. All deferred exams must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, February 4. If you are eligible to take exams with CARDS, please be in touch with regarding plans for your deferred exam.


Looking Forward


Please be sure to reference the academic calendar to remain aware of the different academic deadlines, such as dropping, withdrawing and electing P/D/F for your classes.  

Best wishes for a good start to the semester, and a happy and healthy new year.


Jennifer Simmons



Holly Tedder

Dean for Academic Planning & Class Advising

Thursday, January 6, 2022

REMINDER: Apply to be a Computing Fellow for the Spring 2022 term!

Computing Fellow applications for the Spring 2022 term are now open!  More information about applying can be found at If you're interested in learning more about the Computing Fellows program, visit and/or look for the posting under Barnard Works, Job ID 14300.

About the program

Computing Fellows are undergraduate peer academic leaders who assist in the development and execution of CSC workshops and other projects, including helping faculty to develop and lead computational projects.

Fellows are attached to courses or programs and are expected to hold workshop(s) or one-on-one conferences and attend weekly meetings.  Applicants should have some experience coding and a strong willingness to learn about computational methods and pedagogy.  More information can be found here.

Job Description

The Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) is hiring Computing Fellows for the Spring 2022 semester. Computing Fellows assist in the development of computing-related workshops and other resources and work with specific courses or programs, with a particular focus on helping to develop computational projects and in-class activities. Applicants should have an interest in peer teaching, some experience coding, and most importantly, a strong willingness to learn. Successful candidates will be "attached" to a Barnard course with a computational component, assist faculty and students, and/or develop a workshop related to the topic of the course with assistance from the CSC.


Candidates must meet the following required qualifications:
  • Interest in peer teaching.
  • Capability in coding, demonstrated through completion of Advanced Programming or an alternate upper-level coding course. We are open to applicants who demonstrate capability in other ways, such as through significant independent projects.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.
  • Must be a currently enrolled student in good standing.
Additional preferred qualifications include:
  • Experience with Python or R are particularly welcome.
  • Teaching experience in coding or willingness to learn.
  • Peer teaching experience at a collegiate level.

We particularly encourage applications from juniors and experienced sophomores, so that they may continue as Computing Fellows in future years. To apply, please submit a single combined filed containing a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your resume. The job posting is listed under Barnard Works, Job ID 14300.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Spring Course Registration Postponed to January 10


Barnard College

Dear Students,


We hope that your break has been restorative and that you were able to spend time with your family and close friends.  


With the start of the Spring semester fast approaching, we are writing with an important update regarding your registration appointments over the next two weeks, prior to the start of classes.


The University has decided to shift the January registration period for all undergraduates, including Barnard College students. Registration was set to open tomorrow, on January 4, but will now open on Monday, Jan. 10. This shift allows additional time to solidify the full slate of Undergraduate course offerings.


The Registrar’s Office is in the process of making the necessary adjustments to registration times in Student Planning.  Please note that it may take a couple of days for the systems to reflect your revised registration appointments for January 10.  


Once the registration system reopens on Monday, Jan. 10, it will remain open on weekdays through the end of the Change of Program period on Friday, Jan. 28. This should allow you sufficient time to register for classes or make any necessary adjustments to your previous spring registration.


If you have questions about registration times, please reach out to


If you have questions about selecting courses for Spring 2022, please contact your adviser or class dean. Incoming Spring Transfer students may email and VISP students may email with their questions.


The Registrar’s and Deans’ Offices wish you an enjoyable and successful semester ahead.




Jennifer Simmons



Holly Tedder

Dean for Academic Planning & Class Advising