Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Open House for students interested in Computer Science major - Wed, Feb. 28

Curious about the Computer Science major?
Learn more at this upcoming Open House, NEXT WEDNESDAY in the CS Lounge:

Monday, February 19, 2018

FY Dean Walk-In Hours Tues 2/20, 11:30-12:30 & 4-4:30

Need a last-minute conversation or signature on on a drop form? 

Adviser unavailable?  

Get assistance for quick, time-sensitive stuff with some extra FY Dean Walk-In Hours 
Tuesday 2/20/18

Opportunity: Career Compass: First Steps for First-Years

An invitation from Beyond Barnard:

Dear Barnard First Years, 

As you head into the final third of your First Year (time flies, we know!), it's a moment to start reflecting on your time at Barnard so far. Here at Beyond Barnard, we think this is an opportunity to start thinking concretely about your skills and interests, and to build on your understanding of yourself.

So we're writing to invite you to Career Compass: First Steps for First Years! 

It's a two-part series that will take place Friday, February 23 and Friday, March 2. The sessions are from 1PM-4PM (snacks will be served!), here at Beyond Barnard's headquarters on the Second Floor of Elliott Hall. (REGISTER HERE, SPACE IS LIMITED).
Whether you have a career path or two already in mind, or have no idea what fields might be a good fit for you, or are somewhere in between, these two workshops are for you! Using career assessments and facilitated discussion, you’ll explore four aspects of "career fit": personality, interests, skills and values. You'll also have the chance to meet more of your peers, and connect with our team.

Led by Beyond Barnard’s career advisers, these two hands-on sessions will get you thinking about who you are and how your college experiences -- academics, activities, work, internships, and more -- can help shape your career possibilities. You'll also have opportunities to ask questions about Beyond Barnard's resources, and about how to make the most of them throughout your college career and as alumnae.

Don't hesitate to ask any questions at We are excited to hear from you and look forward to seeing you soon.

Opportunity: Grammar Workshops continue THIS WEEK

The Writing Fellows are pleased to announce the start of their annual Grammar Workshop SeriesThis series will serve as a creative laboratory where students will review grammar basics, experiment with grammar rules, seek personalized grammar counsel and gain self-awareness of their own stylistic habits---all toward the goal of becoming more effective writers. Each workshop will include playful, imaginative writing exercises that will help students re-engage the serious work of academic writing with greater clarity and control.

The workshop dates, times & topics are listed below. Please RSVP to if you plan on attending!

**THIS WEEK** #2 Powerful Punctuation | Friday, 2/23 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
The history of punctuation is the history of a culture’s development from oral to written. We don’t need punctuation to understand someone’s speech, but we do need it if we want to make sense of that speech once it’s been written down. In the texts we read and write today, periods, commas, dashes, semicolons, colons, parentheses (and more) help us parse the meaning of what might otherwise be a confusing string of words. (Believe it or not, legal decisions have actually hinged on the presence or absence of a comma!) This workshop will sharpen the tools in your punctuation toolbox, equipping you to firmly suture clauses together, briskly chop others up, and lead all of your sentences to meaningful conclusions.

#3 Trailblazing Transitions | Friday, 3/2 | 10:30-11:30 AM  | Milbank 324
Do your thoughts arch gracefully or swerve precipitously from one sentence to the next? Are your juxtapositions, comparisons, contrasts, and conclusions able to carry the load? Or are you leaving your reader with only a gaping chasm between the thoughts in one sentence and those in the next? Transitional words, phrases, and sentences are the bridges that carry our thinking from one sentence to the next, transferring the freight of our argument from one statement to another and allowing our readers to follow our train of thought without faltering. In this workshop, we’ll examine the architecture of a wide variety of transitions, from serviceable foot bridges to grand suspension bridges — not to mention the all but invisible connections created through juxtaposition. With these models in mind, we’ll practice laying down ready-made transitions as well as building our own.

#4 Special Topics for ESL Students | Friday, 3/30 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
When to use the? When to use a? When to use neither the nor a? Does one say in Barnard or at Barnard? Does one research on a topic or just research a topic? Articles and prepositions are those tiny but telling details of the English language that can trip up just about anyone who’s not a native speaker. (And even native speakers stumble over them from time to time.) This workshop will introduce you to resources and ways to think about articles (the and a) and prepositions (on, in, off, at, by, to, over, through, etc.) that you can lean on as you write and revise.

#5 Incredible Quoting | Friday, 4/6  | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
Think of the quotations in your paper like precious cargo: having been carefully chosen, they must now be handled with care. Situated in just the right place in a paragraph, and cushioned by a strategic arrangement of your own words, a quotation adds credibility to a writer’s assertions and reveals the texture of the text you’re analyzing. But dropped willy nilly into your writing, without regard for the sentences surrounding it, a quotation’s value decreases rapidly. In this workshop, we’ll examine how skillful writers pluck lines from other texts and integrate them into the syntax of their own sentences. We’ll then practice different ways of introducing and integrating quotations into our own writing, from deciding on the best quoting verb to finding the right rhythm.

#6 Breaking the rules | Friday, 4/13 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
Avoid using the passive voice. Never end a sentence with a preposition. Never begin a sentence with “but” or “and.” “They” refers only to a plural subject. Sentence fragments are bad. Chances are you’ve heard all or some of these usage rules during your time in school. So what’s the story behind them, and when can breaking these rules actually be rhetorically effective? In this workshop, we’ll consider these supposed usage taboos and any others you’re wondering about. Once you understand the story behind them, you’ll be able to decide when you want to follow them to the letter and when you want to deviate meaningfully from them.

REPOST: How to Drop a Class on or before Feb. 20 Drop Deadline

Now that the registration period is closed, you may be wondering if it’s still possible to drop a course. February 20th is the last day to drop a class without receiving a “W” on your transcript for the course (W standing for “withdrawal,” meaning you dropped the course after the deadline). 

If you still want to drop a class, you cannot do it online. To drop a class at this point, you need to pick up a Drop Form from the Registrar’s Office and make an appointment with your adviser to discuss your schedule change. It’s recommended that you make an appointment with your adviser as soon as possible to ensure that you can meet before the drop deadline. Only your adviser’s signature is required for the Drop Form; a dean’s signature is not necessary. Once you meet with your adviser and they sign your form, you'll need to return the form to the Registrar's Office.

You can only drop a course if it will not bring you below 12 credits this semester. If you feel that you have extremely extenuating circumstance, please contact your class dean ASAP to discuss your options.

You cannot add academic courses to your schedule at this point without submitting a special petition --- make an appointment to meet with your class dean ASAP if you need to discuss this.

However, it may still be possible to change levels within a subject. For example, if you’re currently enrolled in Calculus III and need to drop down to Calculus I, it’s possible to switch as long as the professors of both courses and your adviser approve the change. If you wish to change courses within a subject, contact your adviser and professors ASAP, and pick up a Section Change Form from the Registrar's office to gather the signatures.

The next relevant course deadline is March 22:  that' the last day you can withdraw from a class with a W or elect the P/D/F option.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Need peer support for a class? Peer-to-Peer Learning is here to help with FREE tutoring by and for Barnard students

Are you taking math, science, computer science, foreign language, music theory, symbolic logic -- basically, any more-homework-than-paper-writing-based class?

Are you going to office hours, working with a study group, but still wishing you had some more individualized support?

Peer-to-Peer Learning is here to help!

For large-group or drop-in help:
See earlier blog post or our website for the Peer-Led help and workshop rooms on campus -- these are great resources for drop-in assistance, or in some cases structured review.

For more individualized, weekly, regular peer support: 
Schedule a meeting to see if individual/small-group tutoring may be right for you!  Small-group tutoring:
  • Is free for Barnard students!
  • Matches 1-3 Barnard students, who are taking the same class with the same instructor, with a peer tutor who is a fellow Barnard student who has taken this class or the equivalent. 
  • Requires a 2-hour-a-week time commitment: you, your tutor, and fellow group members will agree up on a regular weekly time or times, and you all commit to attend regularly.
  • Has the same expectation of academic honesty as the rest of the college -- if you're ever in doubt about the boundaries of allowable collaboration for a particular class, be sure to check with your instructor or ask the Honor Board.
  • Is subject to availability. We make every effort to match all students who request tutors (and are constantly seeking to hire additional tutors!), but we are not always able to accommodate all requests.

For additional support (in all classes, and particularly those where tutors may not be available), please also keep in mind:
Want to apply to be a tutor?  It's never too late -- we are always looking for more tutors!
See past blog post for more info and how to apply. 

Looking for drop-in peer support in math, science, computer science, econ, statistics, or Spanish?

Check out one of these Workshop/Help Rooms!

Biology 1500s Workshop
805 Altschul
  • Sundays*, Mondays*, and Wednesdays*
  • 7:30-9 p.m.
***Each evening will cover the most recent lecture material with peer-designed worksheets and peer-led group work to help you practice and internalize new concepts.

Barnard Computer Science Help Room
Milbank 333B

Monday 4-6
Wednesday 11-12
Wednesday 1-3
Thursday 12-2
Economics Help Room
The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Monday, January 29, 2018The EHR is located in 102 Sulzberger Annex.  The hours (all in the evening) are:
  • Sundays  7 to 9 pm
  • Mondays 7 to 9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm
  • 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, 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.

Math Help Room
For College Algebra – Analytic Geometry, Calculus I, II and III courses
Milbank 333
  • Monday through Thursday:  10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (staffed by Barnard undergrads 6-10 p.m.)
  • Friday:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For  Calculus IV and Higher Math courses
406 Mathematics Building (at Columbia)
  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Organic Chemistry I Help Room
409 Barnard Hall
  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.
  • Thursdays 7-9 p.m.

Physics Workshop/Help Room
Altschul 514
  • Mondays 7-9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.
Barnard Spanish Help Room
118 Barnard Hall 
  • Sundays 7-9 pm
  • Mondays 7-9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7-9 pm
  • Wednesdays 7-9 pm
For Barnard students taking any of the following Spanish classes at Barnard or Columbia:
  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II
Columbia 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 2018
  • 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 – 6:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room 
  • Wednesday:    4:00pm – 6:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room 
  • Thursday:    4:00pm – 6:00pm 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).

Want more personalized peer support? Schedule a meeting to see if individual/small-group tutoring may be right for you!  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Invitation: Walk with the Deans - 12 noon, Wed 2/14 @ BC main gate

Scientists have been praising the benefits of walking for years -- it gets you outside, gets your heart pumping, and can be a social event, too! Please join your Class Deans and the Dean of the College (as well as a possible cameo walk-on by President Beilock!) tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14th, for our first WALK WITH THE DEANS! (Students with mobility issues are welcome -- we welcome you to join us and we can meet your needs and level of ability!)

Meet us at 12:00 outside the main gate (right outside Barnard Hall). If the weather is fair, we'll circle the campus, and if it's foul, we'll walk inside Barnard Hall. Come for the exercise, come for the company, come for the chance to catch your Dean outside the office!

Wednesday, February 14th, 12:00, Main Gate, Barnard Hall -- see you then!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Invitation: Beyond Barnard Open House this Tuesday & Friday


Barnard College

We're all excited about the launch of Beyond Barnard, announced last week by President Beilock.

Now, if you are in search of support -- on careers, student employment opportunities, competitive fellowships, internships, or applying to graduate programs (including master's or doctoral programs along with medical school, law school, and more) -- you can find it in one place.

To celebrate the integration of student resources, we're holding an open house here at our offices on the second floor of Elliott Hall. Please join us:
  • Tuesday, February 13, 1-3PM
  • Friday February 16, 1-3PM
We'll have snacks!

Come meet our staff, introduce yourself, and share your perspectives and recommendations. We want to hear from you and learn about how we can support you, no matter where you're interested in heading beyond the Barnard gates.

In the meantime, please feel free to send your questions to See you soon!

The Beyond Barnard Team

**NEW** Weekly Writing Fellows Drop-in Hour - Mondays 7-8 p.m.

The Writing Fellows are pleased to announce a new, weekly drop-in hour that they'll be hosting this semester, beginning TONIGHT! 

Every Monday from 7-8 PM, two Writing Fellows will be in the 1st floor of the Diana Center. Look for the table with the blue Writing Fellows sign, and add your name to their drop-in sign-up list for an impromptu, 15-20 minute conference on a paper, draft, or just an idea you are in the process of developing!

Please note that while no appointment is necessary for drop-in hours, Fellows will meet with students on a first-come, first-serve basis; so, if you really want to meet with a Fellow, show up at the Diana promptly at 7.

Feel free to email with any questions about this new resource.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

REPOST: Flu season: protect yourself and others by following this advice from Primary Care Health Service

Flu season is here, and while there are lots of important daily steps you can take to stay healthy--

frequent hand washing, 

drinking lots of water 

eating nutritious foods, 

getting plenty of rest

--the best way to protect yourself and our community is by getting vaccinated. 

If you missed yesterday's flu shot clinic, it's not too late to get vaccinated! Flu shots are available in Barnard's Primary Care Health Service (Lower Level Brooks). 

Flu shots are free with Aetna Student Health Insurance and $20 with other health insurance, payable by check or credit/debit card. Please bring your insurance card with you to receive your flu shot, and remember that you are required to wait for 15 minutes following any vaccination.

Have the flu or other contagious or exhausting illness but want/need to meet with a dean, professor, or adviser?  

Ask if you can change your in-person meeting to a phone meeting!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thinking of majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior? Learn more MONDAY 2/12

Prospective Neuroscience and Behavior majors are invited to a meeting this coming Monday, February 12, at 4pm in 324 Milbank.  Program director Peter Balsam and others will be there to share details about the curriculum and answer any questions.

Opportunity: "Being the First" reception for first-gen students Tuesday 2/13

Monday, February 5, 2018

Columbia in London info session Friday 2/7, 4-5 p.m.

Interested in studying abroad in London? Please join us for the Columbia in London information session!

Date: Friday, February 7th
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: 624 Kent Hall

For More Information: Check out our website or Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser
Attend this information session to learn more about Columbia in London, a program offered by Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature, in partnership with the prestigious Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). On this program you will learn from Columbia University Professor Jennifer Wenzel, whose global seminar London in Postcolonial Fiction will help you experience London as your classroom through regular outings and field trips. You will also pursue your academic interests at the QMUL, where courses are offered in various different subjects. Please note that the application deadline for Columbia in London is March 15th. Attend this info session to learn more!

See upcoming Study Abroad Info Sessions on the Barnard Study Abroad Website!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Got a question? Consider an in-person meeting -- schedule via NEW LINK

Wondering if you're taking the right number of classes?
Don't know who can answer your question?
Having academic difficulties?
Having personal difficulties that may affect your academics?
Need to discuss getting an exception to a policy?
Adviser out of town?
Unsure how to talk with a professor?
Need a tutor?
Have a quick question?
Have a complicated question?

Your class dean and other Barnard deans are here to help!  

You can, of course, reach us by email, but before you fire off that middle-of-the-night missive, consider coming to see your dean in-person.

That way, we can make sure we understand each other, make sure answers are not generic but tailored to your specific situation, give you the chance to be heard, see if there's anything else you might need that you haven't yet thought of, and so much more!

We're updating the Dean of Studies website, so if you want to make an appointment or see when your dean has walk in hours, go to this updated link: Remember that the best way to make an appointment is:
  1. Through the online scheduling system, or 
  2. If all appointments are booked and you need to talk about something time-sensitive, please call the Dean of Studies office during business hours Monday through Friday, 9-5, at 212-854-2024.
If you forget the specific link, you can navigate to it through our main Dean of Studies website, or use your old friend the Google.

If you're sick, feel free to make it a phone appointment!

Monday, January 29, 2018

What to do if you missed Friday's Registration/Adviser Approval Deadline

What to do in some common scenarios:

1.  If you have fully registered (green) for all spring 2018 classes but have not secured your adviser's approval of your final course selections, contact your adviser ASAP to schedule a meeting to discuss your schedule.  Your adviser will be able to click "Review Complete" to approve your schedule during the meeting.  Late fees may apply

2.  If you have not registered for a class or classes that you are taking this semester, you may need to petition for a "late add," and late fees may apply.  Visit your class dean ASAP to discuss.

3.  If you need to drop a class, don't worry!  It's not too late at all!  The deadline to drop a class and have it fully removed from your record is February 20.

Just don't forget that, in order to drop a class by this deadline, you will need to get an actual paper form from the Registrar, obtain your adviser's signature, and return the form to the Registrar, all before 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. Plan ahead to make sure you can do all of this in time!

It's also never too late to add First-Year Deadlines to your gBear Calendar and set up reminders so you never miss another deadline!