Thursday, April 23, 2015

Meatless Monday -- April 27th in Hewitt

At dinner on Monday April 27th, Hewitt Dining Hall will be hosting a Meatless Monday to promote a greener campus. Though there will be a few meat options for those who cannot participate (turkey burgers and grilled chicken at the Grill Station and gluten-free chicken at the Action Station), you are encouraged challenge yourself to go meatless if possible.

Here are some facts about how going meatless every once in a while can make a difference for the environment:

Over one year:
  • If you eat one fewer burger a week, it's like taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time
  • If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it's like taking your car off the road for nearly three months
  • If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it's like not driving 91 billion miles or taking 7.6 million cars off the road”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Opportunity: Schwarzman Scholarship for study in China

Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce the application is now open for exceptional students, recent alumni and young professionals to apply for its inaugural class.  This scholarship is open to juniors and seniors, so this is information to help you plan ahead.

Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role.

The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University – one of China’s most prestigious universities. For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:

· Access World-Class Curriculum and Faculty
· Learn Beyond the Classroom and Experience the Real China
· Engage in Multi-Dimensional Leadership Training

The Application is now available at the deadline is October 1, 2015.  Additional information on the application process, including key dates, and requirements and eligibility criteria can be found on our website.

Schwarzman Scholars is seeking high-caliber individuals who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders in business, politics, and civil society. We invite you to circulate this announcement to students, young professionals, and recent alumni from your institution.

We will host a prospective student webinar on April 23rd from5:00-6:30PM (EDT). Use the following link if you are interested in learning more about the application process.

Applicant webinar:

For additional information and updates Schwarzman Scholars encourage you to:

· Stay informed by filling out the inquiry form
· Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
· Contact us with any questions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Filing Your Fall 2015 Advance Program of Courses if You Missed the Deadline

The deadline to file an adviser-approved fall 2015 program of courses was Monday, April 20th.

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 want to add; cross out any classes you want 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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Event: mark your calendars for the First-Year Class Dinner

An announcement from your First-Year Class Council:

Our first-year at Barnard is finally coming to a close & to commemorate such a memorable first year of college, we ask that you join your FYC at our final event: Class Dinner! We’ll have performances by student groups and raffling off tickets for fantastic prizes. The First-Year Class Dean and the Sophomore Class Dean will also be giving remarks. It’ll be a remarkable night so please join your peers and us! This is a FREE event!! You must RSVP for this event to attend at Tickets are almost sold out. Please only RSVP if you WILL attend. The logistics of the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 23rd

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00PM

Location: James Room, Barnard Hall (4th Floor)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Opportunity: become an Empirical Reasoning Fellow

The Empirical Reasoning Lab ( in the Barnard Library seeks a new cohort of Empirical Reasoning Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.

$14/hour; 10 hours/week for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

During the academic year Empirical Reasoning Fellows will help students during walk-in lab hours, assist in the development of the lab's resources, and potentially be assigned to specific courses for class support. Duties include support for the design of empirical projects and surveys, for statistics and analysis techniques, and for software including, but not limited to Excel, STATA, SPSS, and/or Arc-GIS. Other duties include maintaining assessment records, developing and maintaining online resources, and other aspects of programmatic support as assigned. Some experience with Excel and either STATA, SPSS, or Arc-GIS is required, although additional training will be provided.

Fellows will be asked to move in early in fall 2015, during NSOP. During that time they will participate in an intensive week of training, as well as a few training sessions after the school year begins. Fellows will then work for 10 hours/week during the academic year.The ideal candidate should have strong quantitative and communication skills and ease in thinking critically about data and data analysis as well as an attention to detail and willingness to work hard and collaboratively. We ask for a 1-year minimum commitment. Rising juniors are encouraged to apply. Participation in the summer training program (or evidence of mastery of this material) is required for employment during the academic year.

Please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and the name of one faculty reference who can attest to analytical-empirical skills to Prof. David Weiman at

Please feel free to contact Prof. Weiman with any questions regarding this position.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DEADLINE: program planning for Fall 2015 semester - MONDAY

The deadline to have a full-time (minimum of 12 points of credit) advance program for Fall 2015 on myBarnard and to have your adviser's approval entered online is this MONDAY, APRIL 20.

Once your adviser has submitted approval for your advance program, every class on your Fall 2015 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 2015 program.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to meet with your adviser by the deadline on Monday, or you will be charged late fees that increase with each passing day.

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 those 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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

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

L-course sign-up times begin this week, and are offered each day in order of seniority. Beginning on Wednesday, April 15, first-year students will have appointment times to sign up for L-courses. Note: 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 2015 myBarnard page.

Remember to 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 (and remember that 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 8, 2015

Opportunity: information sessions about major external scholarships

Jim Runsdorf, Dean for the Junior Class, Fellowships, and Research, will be conducting two information sessions about major external scholarships with early fall deadlines: the Rhodes, Marshall, FulbrightMitchell, Gates-Cambridge, and Luce. The first session will take place on Monday, April 13, from 5-6 pm in 903 Altschul; the second on Tuesday, April 14, from 12-1 pm, also in 903 Altschul.

While only current juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for these scholarships, interested first-year students are welcome to attend a session in order to learn about the goals and requirements of each program, so that they can plan ahead for academic and co-curricular opportunities that may strengthen their future applications.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Last Student Open Session of Academic Curricular Review -- THURSDAY

Make sure the voice of first-year students is strongly represented in Barnard's Academic Curricular Review.  Attend the:

Academic Curricular Review -- Final Student Open Session
Thursday, April 9
Diana LL104
6:30 - 8:00pm

Monday, April 6, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  Throughout April, you will see communication regarding sexual violence prevention and opportunities to participate in this important dialogue. Please consider attending one of the many opportunities to engage in this important conversation. Program information can be found at:

Friday, April 3, 2015

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.  We are considering current sophomores, juniors, and seniors for current positions, and first-year students are encouraged to apply for 2015-2016 positions.

Subjects where tutors are most in demand include:  Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 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 Dean of Studies Tutor:
1. Apply at NACElink ID#21762
2. Fill out this Google Form.
3. Please make an appointment to meet with Dean Grabiner for an interview, using this link:

To apply to be an ASEP Tutor
Log into NACElink and search for "ASEP"

Questions about DOS Tutoring? Contact Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean & Dean for Academic Assistance,, 212-854-2024

Questions about ASEP Tutoring? Contact Elida Martinez, Associate Director, HEOP Scholars,, 212-854-3870

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Your Fall Program: advance program planning begins next week

Starting on Monday, April 6, students may begin to add courses to their Fall 2015 advance programs. The deadline to finalize advance programs -- to enroll in a full-time course schedule on your Fall 2015 myBarnard tab and have it approved by your adviser -- is Monday, April 20.

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 will take place April 13-17. Your schedule of appointment times for L-course sign-up appears at the bottom of your Fall 2015 page, and as rising sophomores, your L-course appointment times will begin on Wednesday, April 15.

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, March 31, 2015

Back to Basics: A Grammar and Mechanics Workshop for College Writers

Please join the Writing Program for this month's Grammar Workshop Series led by Madeleine George, New York City-based novelist and playwright (

In this series of lunchtime refresher workshops, we'll brush up on the skills that strong academic writers draw on to do their best work. These sessions are a chance to remind yourself of what you already know, and expand your skill set. Come to one, or two, or all four; bring your lunch and eat while you learn; bring your questions on any grammar topic to any session, and we'll try to address them all.

All workshops will be from 12:00 to 1:00pm on the following dates and in the following locations:

Tues, 3/31 in 327 Milbank: Stunning Sentences

Wed, 4/1 in 302 Milbank: Tectonic Transitions

Tues, 4/7 in 302 Milbank: Powerful Punctuation

Wed, 4/8 in 302 Milbank: Beautiful Beginnings, Epic Endings

Please RSVP to to reserve your spot. Workshop descriptions are below.

Stunning Sentences, 3/31, 12:00-1:00 pm (327 Milbank)Sentence building is the most fundamental move we make as writers. But how aware are we of what goes into building a powerful sentence? Are we crafting sentences strategically, or floating along unconsciously, letting our sentences just kind of...happen? In this workshop we'll examine the relationship between subject and verb that is the beating heart of every sentence, practice constructing sentences along a continuum of complexity, and examine examples of powerful academic writing that exploit sentence variety to elegant effect.

Tectonic Transitions, 4/1, 12:00-1:00 pm (302 Milbank)Does the earth move when you shift from one idea to the next? Are you maximizing the value of your juxtapositions, comparisons, contrasts, and conclusions? Transitional words, phrases, and sentences are the train tracks of your writing, charting the direction of your argument and allowing you to pick up speed as you go. In this workshop, we'll explore a wide array of transitions, from the quick to the quixotic, and practice putting them into play in our writing.

Powerful Punctuation, 4/7, 12:00-1:00 pm (302 Milbank)Never use a comma in a series before "and"...or is it always use a comma in a series before "and"? Punctuation marks are an endless source of controversy among writers, but one thing's for sure: they're not just for decoration. Commas, dashes, semicolons, and parentheses are potent meaning-makers, forcefully cutting up some phrases and clauses and firmly suturing others together. In this workshop we'll sharpen all the tools in your punctuation toolbox, re-empowering you to go off into the world and use commas sparingly or breathlessly--but always meaningfully.

Beautiful Beginnings, Epic Endings, 4/8, 12:00-1:00 pm (302 Milbank)The promise you make to a reader in the opening few paragraphs of a piece of academic writing is as significant if not more significant than the conclusion you leave her with at the end. But what are powerful beginnings and endings made of? How do strong writers begin and end gracefully and substantively? In this workshop we'll look at ways to welcome a reader into your writing and ways to bid her a fond farewell, having dazzled her with your argument.

Volunteer for TEDxBarnardCollege event -- volunteer orientation Thursday 4/2/15

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College is currently looking for volunteers for its upcoming TEDxBarnard College Event. Vounteers will have the opportunity to work alongside the TEDxBarnardCollege team, meet this years line-up of speakers and network along with our 80+ event attendees. 

Volunteers should be driven, self-directed, enjoy a high pace environment and love to work with people. 

Dates include:
Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, April 2nd from 5pm-8pm and
Day of the event on Saturday, April 11th

If interested, please email Alejandra Duque at 

Space is limited. 

Athena Center invites you to TEDxBarnardCollege -- register by Wednesday 4/1/15

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies will be hosting TEDxBarnardCollege 2015 on Saturday, April 11th from 8:00am - 12:30pm at the Glicker-Milstein Theater, Diana Center, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY. 

This year's TEDxBarnardCollege brings together a talented group of thought-leaders to share their stories and inspire. To learn more about them check out our website at

Selected student attendees will get a chance to experience the TEDx talks in a simulcast room, as well as mingle with other attendees during the breakfast and break sessions.

If you are interested in being a part of the simulcast audience, please submit the following application by Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

Your Fall Program: lottery for Psychology Department lab and stat courses

You must enter the Psychology Department lottery if you wish to enroll in any of these laboratory or statistics courses in Fall 2015:
  • BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology
  • BC1106 Psychology of Learning Laboratory
  • BC1109 Perception Laboratory
  • BC1124 Psychology of Personality Laboratory
  • BC1128 Developmental Psychology Laboratory
  • BC1102 Statistics Recitation
Note: Be sure that you have taken any prerequisites for these courses before enrolling in the lottery.

You may register for the lottery for Fall 2015 courses through myBarnard starting this THURSDAY, APRIL 2, at 9:00 a.m. Please read the instruction page that appears when you choose the "Psych Lab/Stat" tab in myBarnard before completing the form.The registration window will close on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:00 p.m.

Lots of additional information is available on the Psychology Department website -- particularly in the Frequently Asked Questions list.  

Results of the lottery will be posted on the bulletin board of the Psychology Department (4th Floor of Milbank Hall) on Friday, April 10.

FAQ: summer course credit

If you are thinking about taking a course or two this summer, review the policies and procedures governing summer course credit on the Registrar's website. A few things in particular to remember:
  • A course must receive approval from the Registrar to be eligible for credit toward your Barnard degree.
  • It is possible for a summer course to fulfill a Nine Ways of Knowing requirement, if it is so approved by the Registrar.
  • It is possible for a summer course to fulfill a major requirement, if it is so approved by the Registrar and the Chair of the relevant department or program.
  • There is a maximum number of credits you can earn toward your Barnard degree through summer coursework.
Review the policies and instructions on the Summer Course Approval form carefully to be sure that you know what information is needed for approval to be considered, and whether an additional petition form may be needed.

There is a great deal more detail on the Registrar's website, so review it carefully before submitting an approval form or applying for a summer course. If you have any questions about summer courses and/or transfer credit, please visit the Registrar's office (107 Milbank) or email the Registrar's office.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sophomore Year Q & A Tuesday 3/31

Your First-Year Council invites you to:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking ahead: spring 2015 final exam schedule

As a reminder, if you are making travel arrangements for the end of the semester, please refer to the master final exam schedule

The detailed, class-by-class list for both Columbia and Barnard classes is also now available online

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, March 25, 2015

First-Year Formal this Friday

SGA invites you to attend the annual Four-College First-Year Formal:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SGA First-Year Class Council Presents Body Lovin' Week

An invitation from your SGA First-Year Council:

This week Barnard's First-Year Council is hosting Body Lovin' Week! Body Lovin' Week’s aim is to create awareness and space for conversations around body positivity and self love. The week is about embracing who you are while acknowledging the differences of various bodies in an effort to promote a more inclusive body-positive campus. Below are the times and locations of the events they have planned for the Barnard student body:

Love Yo Self Info Tabling
Date: Tuesday, March 24th
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lehman Walkway

Speak Your Mind Open Mic
Date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 5:00 PM– 7:00 PM
Location: Back Patio Liz’s Place

Discuss the Issues: A Panel Discussion
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00 PM
Location: LL 103 Diana Center

Monday, March 23, 2015

21st annual Distinguished Women in Science Lecture

"Genes, Environment, and the Building Blocks of Behavior"
A Lecture with Cori Bargmann
21st annual Distinguished Women in Science Lecture Series
5:30pm, Thursday, March 26, 2015
James Room, Barnard Hall.

For more information about Cori Bargmann and an abstract of her lecture, please visit our website:

Opportunity: apply to be a Peer Career Adviser

A message from Career Development:
  • Do you enjoy helping and motivating others? 
  • Do you want to build your leadership skills and play an important role on campus? 
If you do, then Career Development has the perfect on-campus job for you.

The PCA (Peer Career Advisor) program at Barnard College offers exceptional sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to contribute to and enhance the programs and services at Career Development. The PCA staff is trained to assist fellow students with career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. They also serve as a bridge between Career Development and students, offices, and departments and collaborate with Resident Assistants and student clubs to offer large-scale, customized workshops to students.

To apply, click here. The deadline is this Friday, March 27th, at 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions about the position or application process, feel free to email Talia Schatz at

Opportunity: become a Speaking Fellow

An announcement from the Barnard Writing and Speaking Programs:


Applications Due this Friday 3/27 at 5PM

Like writing, learning to speak effectively -- at the seminar table, during presentations, and even in large lectures -- takes practice, experimentation, and critical thinking. Speaking Fellows are specially selected and trained peer tutors who support their classmates' speaking in all disciplines.

Speaking Fellows staff the Speaking Center and work with certain "attached" courses each semester, leading workshops and one-on-one sessions to help their peers with such skills as crafting effective presentations or participating substantially in class discussions. First-years and sophomores of all backgrounds and majors are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply to become a Speaking Fellow.

Applications are due Friday, 3/27, at 5PM outside 222 Barnard Hall. Download the application and job description at

Applicants whom we wish to interview will be listed outside 222 Barnard Hall on Monday, April 6th, at 6PM.

If you have any questions about the Speaking Fellow position, application process, or Speaking Program in general, please contact Thank you, and we hope you will apply!


Pam Cobrin
Director, Writing and Speaking Programs
216 Barnard Hall | 3009 Broadway | New York, NY 10027 | 212-854-8941

Daniela Kempf
Manager, Speaking Program
213 Barnard Hall | 3009 Broadway | New York, NY 10027 | 212-854-8941

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DEADLINE: pass/d/fail option OR course withdrawal -- Thursday, March 26th

Remember that the deadline to declare the Pass/D/Fail option for a course is this Thursday, March 26, at 11:30 p.m., through myBarnard. You do not need your adviser's approval to use the P/D/F option, but it may be a good idea to discuss the matter with your adviser to ensure that you have thought through the decision. Visit the Registrar's website to be sure that you understand the rules governing the Pass/D/Fail option and to find the instructions for utilizing the option. Note: You can use the Pass/D/Fail option for a class that you are taking to fulfill a Nine Ways of Knowing requirement.

Also, the deadline to withdraw from a course is this Thursday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. You do need your adviser's approval in order to withdraw from a course. To withdraw from a course, pick up a withdrawal form from the Registrar's office (107 Milbank), complete the form, have your adviser sign the form, then submit it to the Registrar's office. The course will remain on your transcript with a "W," indicating that you officially withdrew from the course midway through the semester.

Remember that all students are expected to carry at least 12 points of credit per semester; if you have extenuating circumstances and need to drop below 12 points of credit by withdrawing from a course, you must see the First-Year Class Dean for special permission, which is granted only under extraordinary circumstances, in consultation with the Office of Disability Services.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Opportunity: Summer 2015 Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program -- applications now available

The Barnard College Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program is the successful collaboration of Career Development and alumnae, individual, and foundation donors interested in the career development of college women. Students involved in unpaid internships are eligible for Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grants in the fall, spring, and summer. Some grants are open only to students pursuing internships in specific fields (i.e., public service, science, or the arts); others are more general in scope regardless of the applicant’s career interest or major.

Career Development is holding a series of application workshops to provide information to students who may be interested in applying. During these workshops, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the specific requirements for participation, as well as application deadlines and other information.

Summer 2015 Internship Grant Application Workshop Schedule

Monday, March 23rd, 10:00am - 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 24th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, March 25th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday, March 27th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The application deadline for the Summer 2015 grant is Thursday, April 2nd at 11:59PM.

Apply HERE

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Paid Fellowship Opportunity: NYC Civic Engagement Program

NYCCEP Fellowship:

The New York City Civic Engagement Program ("NYCCEP") at Barnard College is seeking 3 to 5 rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors to participate in the NYCCEP Fellowship during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Fellows will serve as civic engagement ambassadors at Barnard, both raising awareness about existing resources and programs as well as creating new opportunities to get students involved.

What is Civic Engagement?
NYCCEP defines "civic engagement" as direct service, philanthropy and fundraising, advocacy and activism, political participation, and research that contributes to sustainable solutions for social issues. We encourage students to find ways to integrate civic engagement into their field of interest and identify innovative ways to benefit society through their academic and professional work.

Funding & How to Apply:
Fellows will be paid $10 per hour for roughly 50 hours each semester. All applications are due by March 30th at 5:00pm. For more information, log on to NACElink and search for Job ID #25173. To access the application directly, please visit

Questions:If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at