Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MORE Study Space

Favorite study spot taken?
Looking for a new place?
Need a group-study space?

The following study rooms have been reserved for study space starting Thursday, May 5:

Lefrak 118 available for group study Thursday 5/5 through Thursday 5/12 from   8am-2am.  It can be reserved through the Dean of Studies Office  212-854-2024.

Barnard 405 and 407   Thursday, 5/5   from 8am-11pm (these rooms are not available on Friday, 5/6 through Sunday, 5/8)

Barnard 404, 405, 407  Monday, 5/9 through Thursday, 5/12 from 8am-2am

Monday, May 2, 2016

Peer-to-Peer Learning Resources & Study Space During Reading Period

Why study alone, when Peer-to-Peer Learning is here to help!  

Join the Peer-to-Peer Learning Program in 117 Barnard Hall during Reading Period, May 3-5, 2016
This room is reserved 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. every day throughout reading period.  Review Rooms will be staffed by Peer-to-Peer Learning tutors during this time, and the room will be available for individual and small-group study at all other times.

117 Barnard Hall Reading Week Study & Review Room Schedule

Tuesday, 5/3/16

8 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Open study space

7 - 9 p.m. - Organic Chemistry I **Note different location: Altschul 303** 

9 - 10 p.m. - Open study space

Wednesday, 5/4/16

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Open study space

**NEW** 9 - 11 a.m. - Arabic

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - French

1 - 3 p.m. - Chinese

3 - 4 p.m. - Open study space

4 - 6 p.m. - Hebrew

6 - 8 p.m. - Spanish

8-10 p.m. - Open study space

Thursday, 5/5/16

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Open study space

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Calculus I, II, III; Statistics

1 - 3 p.m. - Music Theory

3 - 4 p.m. - Open study space

4 - 6 p.m. - Biology 1000s or 1500s

6 - 10 p.m. - Open study space


Other places to find help or study buddies this week:

The Math Department's Milbank 333 Math Help Room will be available as usual all day Monday through Thursday of this week.

The Statistics Help Room will be open as a study hall but not staffed at its usual times Monday through Sunday.  

There will be no Computer Science, Economics, or Physics help rooms after the last day of classes -- please check with your instructors about review sessions for your specific classes.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Feeling stressed? Helpful resources on campus

Some people say that watching fish can help reduce stress.

For times when that's not enough, check out these resources from the Furman Counseling Center:

Other on-campus resources:

Nightline Peer Listening 

Well Woman

Student Life

Peer-to-Peer Learning Review Rooms during Reading Week

New student group:  Peer-to-Peer (not related to tutoring program):
Peer-to-Peer is a recently-started, informal mental health and wellness support group led by students. After a couple of weeks of planning and logistics, we are happy to be having our first general meeting this Tuesday, May 3rd, at 4pm in SIPA (Interational Affairs building) library, Presentation Room 2.
Since this is the first meeting, it will be more of an info-session than a regular support group. We will be talking about the goals and guidelines of the group, how the group will be generally run, meeting some of the facilitators and planning-team members, and we'll also be taking suggestions from you about how you would like to see the group run, etc. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for/create specific-interest support groups such as single-gender, people of color, low-income, or LGBTQ+ support groups.

If you are interested in any way in mental health discussion, having a space to talk about personal or general struggles, or in being a helpful friend to someone who is going through a hard time, we highly encourage you to come find out more!

Fill out this form with your preferred email if you are interested in being added to the listserv:

If you know of others who might be interested in attending something like this, please let them know, and feel free to even post the attached flyer around your dorm! We really hope to see many of you on Tuesday :)

As always,you can direct any questions to:

P.S: If you aren't able to attend this meeting and are in the city during the summer, we will still be holding meetings each week (days/times to be determined,) so feel free to drop by if you want more information or if there's anything you want to talk about!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Opportunity: Apply to tutor in the Peer-to-Peer Learning Program

The Dean of Studies (DOS) Office and the Academic Success and Enrichment Program (ASEP) are seeking rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors to serve as tutors in our Peer-to-Peer Learning programs. DOS and ASEP Peer Tutors are paid $15/hour, for an average of two to four hours per week, to meet individually or in small groups (no more than three students) with fellow students who have requested a tutor for support in a particular class. Tutors are also paid for approximately one hour per month of training/in-service. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Current first-years, sophomores, and juniors are encouraged to apply for 2016-2017 positions.

Subjects where tutors are most in demand include: Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Economics, and Foreign Language, but other subjects may also be needed depending on student requests, so you are encouraged to apply even if the subject you want to tutor does not appear on this list.

- Successful completion of the Barnard course(s) (or equivalent) for which you are applying to tutor
- Empathy, patience, clarity, and kindness
- Commitment to academic integrity
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status
- Experience as a peer tutor preferred but not required

To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Learning Tutor:
1.  Apply at NACElink ID#21762
2.  Fill out this form.
3.  Make an appointment for an interview.  You may meet with either Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean & Dean for Academic Assistance or Elida Martinez-Gaynor, Associate Director of Collegiate Programs.

Questions? Email 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Filing your Fall 2016 program of courses if you missed the deadline

The deadline to file an adviser-approved Fall 2016 advance program of courses was Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m..

If you missed the deadline...

Don't panic!

That said, you will need to get your fall courses approved ASAP and will be charged progressively increasing late fees, so:
  1. Print out your advance program from myBarnard (write in any classes you meant to add; cross out any classes you meant to remove).
  2. Contact your adviser and ask him/her to sign the printout indicating his/her approval.
  3. Bring this signed paper to the Registrar's office in 107 Milbank
  4. Add "First-Year Deadlines" to your gBear calendar and setup email reminders so you won't miss the next deadline.

Additional FY Dean Walk-In Hours Monday 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Since today is the Program Filing Deadline, the First-Year Class Dean will have additional walk-in hours.  If you need general advising or want to talk about something complicated that is not time-sensitive, please make an appointment.

If you have a quick, time-sensitive, or program-filing-related question, these walk-in hours are for you!

Friday, April 22, 2016

DEADLINE: program planning for Fall 2016 semester - MONDAY

The deadline to have an approved, full-time (minimum of 12 points of credit) advance program for Fall 2016 on myBarnard and to have your adviser's approval entered online is this MONDAY, APRIL 25.

Reminder: there are no L-course times on Monday -- add any L-courses you may still need today!

If you haven't already done so, be sure to meet with your adviser by the deadline on Monday.
Most advisers will not approve your program without meeting with you.  If your program is not approved by Monday, April 25th, at 6 p.m., you will be charged late fees that increase with each passing day.

Once your adviser has submitted approval for your advance program, every class on your Fall 2016 List of Courses should have a check next to it under the "Status" column. (When your adviser first submits approval, the checks will be red; when the approval has been processed by the computer system, the checks will turn blue.) During this current Advance Program Filing period, if your adviser has submitted approval and you subsequently add or drop a course, you must contact your adviser again to have approval resubmitted, or that course will not be an approved part of your schedule.

Note: If your advance program contains more than 18 credits, you will see a message that indicates that you will need your class dean's approval. This approval is required only during the final program filing period in September if you wish to maintain more than 18 credits on your Fall 2016 program. If you're considering taking more than 18 credits, see this related blog post.

Note: There will be additional add/drop windows throughout the spring and summer (check the academic calendar and your L-Course times on myBarnard to see when these are). If you make changes during these times (i.e. after Advance Program Filing but before Final Program Filing), you will not need immediate adviser approval -- your adviser will approve these along with any changes you make in the fall during Final Program Filing in September.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Waitlisted for Biology or Chemistry Lab?

                   Don't Panic!

All students who attempt to add lab sections for General Chemistry (CHEM BC2001) and Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL BC1500) will initially be waitlisted. The departments are managing these waiting lists in order to give priority to Barnard students who need or want these courses.

For General Chemistry:
1.  Be sure you are requesting lab & recitation on the same day -- if you're not, you won't be added.
2.  An actual person is manually moving students from the waiting lists to the class lists, so it may take up to a day to process -- your patience is appreciated!
3.  If you don't get in during advance program filing, sections will be reopened in the fall, and the department will make every effort to accommodate all students.

For Bio 1500:
All students who sign up for these courses will be placed on a waiting list, and they 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 program planning (you will receive an email notifying you of your waiting list status at that point).  Therefore, you will have to click the "ADD" buttons for these courses when the system for adding courses opens up again in June. Please do not forget to take this final step.

Last Pre-Health Overview Session This Year: Friday, April 22nd

Are you considering a career in the health profession? Do you have questions about being a pre-health student at Barnard and want to learn more? Are you interested in learning about the resources and advising support our office provides? Whether you are a first year or a senior, it's never too late to start exploring the health professions.

We invite you to come to a Pre-Health Overview Session to learn about what it means to be a pre-health student at Barnard College. These small group sessions will serve to provide you with an overview of:
  • Academic Preparation 
  • Gaining Meaningful Experience 
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Committee Letter of Evaluation
  • Resources and more!
Last Session of the Semester:
Friday, April 22nd from 12:00pm
Dean of Studies Office, Conference Room, Milbank 105 

To sign up for a session, please click here. These sessions are intended to serve as your "first" pre-health advising appointment. We ask that you attend an overview session prior to scheduling an individual advising appointment with Dean Cohen, Associate Dean for Pre-Health Professions Advising.

We look forward to supporting you on your path to pursuing a career in the health professions!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Your Fall Program: L-course sign-up begins WEDNESDAY for first-year students

L-course sign-up times begin next week, and times are offered each day in order of seniority. Beginning on Wednesday, April 20, first-year students will have appointment times to sign up for L-courses. You can find information on L-course sign-up procedures here, and you can find your personal L-course sign-up appointment times on your Fall 2016 myBarnard page.

  1. Have a few back-up classes in mind in case spaces are not available by the time you are able to try to add L-courses
  2. Friday, April 22 is the last day to add L-courses during this advance program filing period.  You will not be able to add L-courses on Monday, April 25, the Program Filing Deadline.
  3. You will have another chance to try to enroll in them during the summer and during the first weeks of classes in September).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Opportunity: Info Session on Flex Med -- Mount Sinai's early assurance program

April 21, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Flex Med Program at Mount Sinai: Info Session
Lerner Hall 401
Have you heard about the Mount Sinai School of Medicine's new early assurance program, Flex Med? Come to a session with an admissions officer from Mount Sinai to see if you might be a good fit for this program.

Monday, April 11, 2016

*NEW* Opportunity for Rising Sophomores -- Sophomore Seminar in History

In an effort to widen the History seminar experience beyond juniors, seniors, and declared majors, the History Department is introducing the Sophomore Seminar, a small, seminar-style course targeted to second-year as well as first-year students. All students are welcome, not just those intending to declare a History major.
  • Sophomore Seminars feature small enrollments (limited to approximately 15), discussion-based learning, and close exchange with faculty and peers. 
  • Seminars are 4 points each and fulfill the Historical Studies GER.
  • They do not have prerequisites.
  • Rising sophomores (i.e. current first-years!) will be given enrollment priority; then first-years; then juniors and seniors.

In fall 2016, we will offer two Sophomore Seminars:

Gender and Migration: Global Perspectives, with Prof. Moya
BC 3870 (new numbering)
T 2:10-4
Explores migration as a gendered process and what factors account for migratory differences by gender across place and time; including labor markets, education demographic and family structure, gender ideologies, religion, government regulations and legal status, and intrinsic aspects of the migratory flow itself.

A History of Violence: Force and Power in Early America, with Prof. Lipman
BC 3549 (new numbering)
M 2:10-4

Coercion, war, rape, murder, and riots are common in American History from the European invasion to the Civil War. How did violent acts transform early American societies? Readings are a mix of primary historical sources and scholarly works.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Your Fall Program: Things to consider if you're thinking of taking more than 18 credits

If your final program has more than 18 credits once the fall semester begins, you will need permission from your Class Dean.  You do not need special permission during advance program filing, but you should ask yourself some questions if you're thinking of taking more than 18 credits.

During Advance Program Filing, ask yourself:
  • Why does this courseload feel necessary?
  • How many academic classes are included in your schedule?
  • Does your planned schedule include breaks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day?
  • How varied will your workload be?  Are all the classes reading-intensive, or are some based on problem sets or other kinds of work?
  • What extracurricular commitments do you have planned?
  • If it turns out to be too much, what will you drop?

Once the semester has begun:
  • Do you have a planner or calendar program to keep track of deadlines and assignments? 
  • Sit down with all of your course syllabi and enter every exam and assignment due date into your calendar.  Are these dates very close together, or are they staggered throughout the semester?  
  • While that calendar is still out, make sure that the program filing, deadline, drop deadline, W deadline, and P/D/F deadline are all in your calendar.
  • What kind of finals and final assignments are expected?  Do they seem manageable all together, or will it become too much at the end of the semester?
  • If you're unsure, try out your schedule for a week or so to see how everything feels.  While you're doing this, ask yourself:  
    • Are you using downtime to do homework?  
    • Are you getting enough sleep?  
    • Are you feeling that you have enough mental space to think about what you're learning, or are you always rushing off to the next responsibility?  
    • Do you have time to see friends, talk to family, and participate in whatever extracurricular responsibilities or activities are important to you?
  • Above all, be honest with yourself.  If you're feeling pressure to take on more than you think is manageable, meet with your adviser to discuss how to fulfill requirements and explore your academic interests without feeling overwhelmed.

Your Fall Program: why and how you should take an average of 15 credits

We recommend that you enroll in an average of 15 credits each semester

  1. To be on track for on-time graduation having completed 122 credits in 8 semesters (15.25 x 8 = 122).
  2. To keep some flexibility in case something goes badly awry during the semester.  All students must complete a minimum of 12 credits every semester, so if you're in 15 credits, you can drop something if you have to without falling below the minimum.
If you're having trouble getting up to 15 and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add during the next add/drop window or later, here are some options and tips.  Know of something that's not on here?  Email, and we'll add it!

1-2 credit course options:
1.  Consider Physical Education.  You may earn one additional PE credit beyond the requirement if there is room in a PE class and you want to take a second one.  You'll have an opportunity to sign up for PE courses once the fall semester has begun.  PE courses will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.  

2.  Take a dance class
Dance classes will will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.  

3.  Depending on your background and interests, below are some popular 1-2-credit courses to consider.  Some may be full, but you may be able to join a waiting list.  Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites!

4.  Search the Barnard catalogue by number of credits -- try searching 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, or supervised senior research if you're a first-year, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing:

Important Information: detailed spring 2016 final exam schedule now available

The detailed, course-by-course schedule, which includes the rooms in which exams meet,  is now posted for both Barnard and Columbia:



[Note that the master schedule has been on the Columbia web site since August, and it has not changed.  Faculty and students could (and should) have made travel arrangements based on that schedule.]

On the Barnard schedule, note the instructions regarding exam conflicts or exam hardship: 

If you have exam conflict (two exams at the same time) or exam hardship (defined as three exams within a 24-hour period or four exams within a 48-hour period), please go to the Barnard College Registrar's Office (107 Milbank). Please also note that you should not make travel reservations until you are certain of your exam schedule.  Having an earlier flight is not considered a valid reason for missing a final exam.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Special Walk-in Hours for Pre-Health Advising During Advance Program Filing

Are you pre-health and have questions about the course requisites? Not sure how to best sequence your courses or fit all your pre-health courses into your schedule? Dean Cohen, Dean for Health Professions Advising, will be holding walk-in hours during program filing on the following dates and times:

Friday, April 15th1:00-2:00pm
Thursday, April 21st11:30am-12:30pm
Monday, April 25th3:00-4:00pm

Please come stop by! As a friendly reminder, these walk-in hours are intended for course selection-related questions only. If you have questions about gaining experience, strengthening your pre-health portfolio or assessing your readiness to apply, you are encouraged to schedule a 30-min appointment with Dean Cohen. 

If you are a new to pre-health at Barnard, please come attend our upcoming (and last one for the semester!) Pre-Health Overview Session on April 22nd at 12:00noon. Click here to register. 

As always, you are more than welcome to email your pre-health questions

Your Fall Program: advance program planning begins next week

Starting on Monday, April 11, students may begin to add courses to their Fall 2016 advance programs. The deadline to finalize advance programs -- to enroll in a full-time course schedule on your Fall 2016 myBarnard tab and have it approved by your adviser -- is Monday, April 25.

Plan ahead to make sure that you know your adviser's availability and know what steps you should take to receive your adviser's approval on your advance program by the deadline.

L-course signup (for courses with limited enrollment) will take place April 18-22. Your schedule of appointment times for L-course sign-up appears at the bottom of your Fall 2016 page, and as rising sophomores, your L-course appointment times will begin on Wednesday, April 20.  Note that there are no L-course times on Monday, April 25.  Be sure to add any L-courses by Friday, April 22.

Be sure you have read carefully all materials sent to you by the Registrar about general procedures for advance program filing. Also, be sure to keep an eye on "Comments and Reminders" area of myBarnard to see if there are additional steps that you need to take to confirm your enrollment in a particular course.

Remember that you can find a complete listing of available fall courses in the online Directory of Classes, but you should also be looking closely at the course descriptions in Barnard's online Course Catalogue and Columbia's online Bulletin to find more detailed information (e.g., pre-requisites, in-class caps, special permissions).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Scholarship Information Session

Are you interested in applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Luce, Schwarzman, Mitchell, and Soros Scholarships?  Come attend an information session with Dean Jim Runsdorf on Monday, April 11, from 5-6pm in 323 Milbank; and on Tuesday, April 12, from 12-1pm in 328 Milbank.  Plan ahead and see what opportunities are open to you as juniors and seniors.

If for any reason you're unable to come to these meetings but would like to discuss applying for these scholarships, please feel free to schedule an appointment (face to face, telephone, or Skype) with Dean Runsdorf at

Resource: A Grammar Workshop Series for Writers: Wed 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 | 12-1PM

A message from the Writing Program:

Dear First-Years,

Please join the Writing Program for this semester's Grammar Workshop Series led by Madhu KazaThis series is a creative laboratory where you will review grammar basics, experiment with grammar rules, seek personalized grammar counsel and gain self-awareness of your own stylistic habits---all toward the goal of becoming more effective writers. Each workshop will include playful, imaginative writing exercises that will help you re-engage the serious work of academic writing with greater clarity and control.

All workshops will be from 12:00 to 1:00PM on Wednesdays from THIS WEDNESDAY April 6th to April 20th in 217 Barnard Hall (not 217 Lefrak). Please see the below schedule.

Wednesday, 4/6 12-1PM 
Wednesday, 4/13 12-1PM 
Wednesday, 4/20 12-1PM 

Please RSVP to to reserve your spot in a workshop -- you may attend, one, two, or all workshops. Space is limited. For more information, please visit

Need help with a grammar question now?  Send an email to, our grammar hotline!

Your Fall Program: information from the Registrar's Office

For reference, here is information from the registrar about advance program filing for Fall 2016:


Dear Student,

Advance program filing for fall 2016 opens at 10:00 am on Monday, April 11.  The deadline to file an advance program, approved by your adviser, is 6:00 pm on Monday, April 25.  (L signup, in order of class standing, is the week of April 18.)

Program Filing is done four times a year: advance program-filing in April and November, and final program-filing in September and January (instructions here).

Please read this entire message, and be sure to scroll down to the important links at the bottom.

Specific information for fall 2016 advance programs

A student who files an advance program after April 25 will be subject to a progressive fine (the amount increases each week, peaking at $250).

A student who does not file a program in April will be assumed to be planning to withdraw from the College.  (Students who will be on study leave in fall 2016 must meet the study-abroad notification deadline.)

Students currently studying abroad should enter fall courses on myBarnard and seek adviser approval but are not subject to the late fee.

If you list courses on myBarnard but your adviser does not enter approval, then you have not filed a program.  See your adviser!  Talk to your adviser!

Courses that cannot be placed on advance programs

Physical Education (Barnard or Columbia)

Undergraduate business courses.  If any are open to Barnard students, information will be available in September.

SIPA courses (permission needed from Dean Runsdorf in September; no April enrollment allowed).


A student majoring in Computer Science or Statistics should have her myBarnard program approved by both her major adviser and her Class Dean.

All students are expected to enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 points each semester.

Any student wishing to take over 18 points must receive her Class Dean’s approval in September.

Check your online Degree Audit carefully.

Make sure you have not exceeded college limits on studio credit (go to Majors and Electives).

Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for important dates.

Office of the Registrar