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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DEADLINE: program planning for Fall 2014 semester - MONDAY

The deadline to have a full-time (minimum of 12 points of credit) advance program for Fall 2014 on eBear and to have your adviser's approval entered online is this MONDAY, APRIL 21.

Once your adviser has submitted approval for your advance program, every class on your Fall 2014 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.) If you add a course after your adviser has submitted approval, 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 2014 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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

An announcement from your First-Year Class Council:

Hello, Class of 2017! As our first year at Barnard is winding down, your First-Year Class Council would like to celebrate this amazing year with you. You are all cordially invited to the "First-Year Council Class Dinner Garden Party: Sprouting into Sophomore Year - A Celebration of a Successful First Year at Barnard." It will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 5:00-8:00pm with our keynote speaker, Dean Hollibaugh, speaking at 5:30pm., followed by remarks from Dean Kuan Tsu, the Sophomore Class Dean. The event is open house, so come and go as you please, and dress dressy-casual ready for a garden party!

So save the date and join us for delicious food, great music and a celebration of our first year at Barnard!

Monday, April 14, 2014

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 16, 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 2014 eBear 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).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Opportunity: learn about going to graduate school at Oxford University

Representatives from the University of Oxford will be visiting their North American Office in midtown (near the main New York Public Library) to talk with interested undergraduate students from all over New York about graduate study at Oxford. Join them, as well as recent alumni, to learn more about:
  • The benefits of graduate study at Oxford
  • Oxford's 850+ fully-funded scholarships
  • Graduate life in the UK
  • How to apply
Dates: Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, 2014
Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: University of Oxford North American Office, 500 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor, NY, NY 10110

Sign up online:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Your Fall Program: advance program planning begins next week

Starting on Monday, April 7, students may begin to add courses to their Fall 2014 advance programs. The deadline to finalize advance programs -- to enroll in a full-time course schedule on your Fall 2014 eBear tab and have it approved by your adviser -- is Monday, April 21.

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 15-19. Your schedule of appointment times for L-course sign-up appears at the bottom of your Fall 2014 page, and as rising sophomores, your appointment times will begin on Wednesday, April 16.

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 eBear 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 Courses, 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).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Opportunity: apply to be a Peer Career Adviser

Want an on-campus job helping your fellow students? Want to gain experience in counseling and serve as a leader? Apply today to be a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) with Career Development!

As a PCA, you will be trained to assist students with career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. You will also serve as a bridge between Career Development and students, offices, and departments and collaborate with Resident Assistants and student clubs to offer customized workshops to students.

Responsibilities include:
  • Counseling and answering questions during "drop-in" sessions with students
  • Providing resume and cover letter critiques
  • Helping students with interview preparation
  • Presenting workshops on career-related topics like resume writing and interviewing skills for residence halls and student clubs and organizations
  • Planning a PCA event
  • Providing remote counseling and tabling at the Diana Center
  • Assisting at special events and promoting Career Development programs and services around campus
The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 13th at 11:59pm.  To learn more about the PCA position and to apply, click here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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 2014:
  • 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 2014 courses through eBear starting this THURSDAY, APRIL 3, at 9:00 a.m. Please read the instruction page that appears when you choose the "Psych Lab/Stat" tab in eBear before completing the form.The registration window will close on Wednesday, April 9, at 11:00 p.m.

Results of the lottery will be posted on the bulletin board of the Psychology Department (4th Floor of Milbank Hall) on Friday, April 11.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Opportunity: become an Empirical Reasoning Fellow

The Empirical Reasoning Lab ( in the Barnard Library seeks a new cohort of Empirical Reasoning Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The 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.

For more information and for application procedures, visit this page of the ERL website.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Advising (from you!): tips for the Class of 2018

You might remember that the Guide to Your First Year at Barnard College that you received last summer included advice, suggestions and tips from the previous year's first-year class. Would you please consider helping next year's first-year class by offering your own insider information?

At the first-year program planning meetings in February, some of you provided really great tips that will definitely make their way into this year's version of the Guide. But some of you weren't available to write down your ideas then or wanted more time to think about your experiences, so here is another opportunity to share your words of wisdom.

What advice would you offer to a new first-year student? Was there some particular piece of information that helped you acclimate to Barnard’s academic or residential or social worlds? Or do you have a "I wish I'd known..." tidbit? Your tips can be as general or specific as you'd like, and they can be drawn from your experiences with your academic courses, your residential experience, your extracurricular activities...anything you think a new Barnard student would want to know.

If you have tips to share, please send them by email to Your email will indicate to us that we have your permission to print one or more of your tips in the new Guide to Your First Year at Barnard College, but be sure to sign your name to your email so that we can attribute the tip to you correctly. We hope to publish tips from as many students as possible -- it will mean so much to next year's class to know that you want to help welcome them and encourage them!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Opportunity: run for office on Barnard's GBB

An announcement from Barnard's Governing Board at Barnard:

Do you love clubs? Are you looking to get more involved next year? Then, you should run for a position on the GBB board!

What is GBB? GBB stands for the Governing Board at Barnard and we recognize, represent, and advocate for clubs at Barnard College. We seek to enhance the mission of Barnard College by supporting student organizations that foster and enrich our community.

What positions are open? We are looking for candidates for Executive Chair, Vice Chair, Finance Chair, Communications Chair, Programming Coordinator, InterCollegiate Coordinator, and Club Liaison. Students from any of the four undergraduate colleges can run.

Find out more: Tabling will take place March 25-28 in the 2nd floor lobby. Info sessions will take place in the SLC office (in Liz’s Place) on March 25 (2-2:30 PM), March 26 (2:30-3 & 8-8:30), and March 27 (11:30-12).

Platforms are due March 31 and elections will take place at the GBB Townhall on April 8th from 7-9pm in the Millicent McIntosh Dining Room.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DEADLINE: pass/d/fail option OR course withdrawal

Remember that the deadline to declare the Pass/D/Fail option for a course is this Thursday, March 27, at 11:30 p.m., through eBear. 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 27, 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Academic Assistance: peer tutoring program

The Academic Assistance Program, a student peer-tutoring program, provides support for Barnard students who would like help in specific math, science, foreign language and economics courses. Forms to request a tutor (i.e., Academic Fellow) through the Dean of Studies Office's Academic Assistance Program are available through the Dean of Studies website here.

You may request a tutor for the following courses:
  • BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • ECON BC1003 Introduction to Economic Reasoning
  • ECON BC1007 Mathematics Methods for Economics
  • ECON BC3033 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 3035 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • MATH V1101 Calculus I
  • MATH V1102 Calculus II
  • Elementary and Intermediate foreign language courses
Before requesting a tutor, be sure to attend your professor's office hours, the teaching assistant's office hours, or the help sessions that are available for the course to see if these alternatives provide sufficient help. If you then determine that you would benefit from the additional help of a peer tutor, access and print the online Tutee Packet (linked above). Please print out all forms as single-sided pages, and read all of the information very carefully before submitting your application to the Dean of Studies Office (105 Milbank). Once your completed application and contract is received, we will try to assign a tutor to you within approximately one week, depending upon tutor availability.

If a tutor can be assigned to you, you and she will then contact each other to set up a mutually convenient time to meet. You will most likely be tutored in a small group with one or two other students, and you will meet one time per week for a two-hour session. The fee for the peer tutoring program varies depending on financial need; the sliding scale ranges from $15.00 per hour to $7.50 per hour to $0 per hour.

The deadline to request a tutor through our program is Friday, April 4. If you have questions that are not addressed in the online Tutee Packet, please call the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024 or email the Academic Assistance Program.

Note: If you would like tutorial assistance in CHEM BC3230 (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM BC3232 (Intermediate General Chemistry), or PHYS BC2002 (Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism), please ask your professors about the free tutoring Workshop Rooms for these courses.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Opportunity: become a Speaking Fellow

An announcement from the Barnard Writing and Speaking Programs:

The application to become a Speaking Fellow is now available! If you'd like to learn more about the program, join the Speaking Fellows and administrative staff for an info session about the program THIS FRIDAY:

What: Speaking Fellows Information Session
When: Friday, February 28, 10:30-11:30am
Where: 421 Lehman Hall (Barnard Library)

Barnard first-years and sophomores of all disciplines are eligible to apply. Successful applicants enroll in a semester-long, 3-credit training course on the theory and practice of public speaking, taught by Pam Cobrin (Director, Writing and Speaking Programs) and Daniela Kempf (Manager, Speaking Program). After completing the training course, Speaking Fellows are attached to courses across the disciplines to teach students how to craft, prepare, and deliver presentations and participate in class discussions. They also staff the Speaking Center and continue their training in weekly meetings. 

All applications are due on Tuesday, March 25th, at 5:00 p.m. Download the application at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Advising: planning the rest of the spring semester (and summer...and fall...)

To supplement the planning meetings held for all first-year students today, here are some materials for reference to help you keep track of your planning for this semester, this summer, and next semester. Note: You may need to be logged into your gBear account to access the materials.
  • a timeline of important dates during the rest of the Spring 2014 semester;
  • a checklist to keep track of your General Education Requirements (including the Nine Ways of Knowing); and
  • the blog posting below for the schedule of upcoming departmental program planning meetings, which will be updated regularly as we receive more information about scheduled meetings.
And as always, keep an eye on the FY Blog for reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines and for reminders of procedures!

Advising: upcoming department program planning meetings for majors and prospective majors

Scheduled as of February 20 (please check back for the dates, times, or locations that are currently "TBD"):

Africana Studies: TBD

American Studies: No program planning meeting in Spring 2014.

Anthropology: Thursday, March 13; 411 Milbank; 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Architecture: Wednesday, April 9; Diana 6th Floor Lobby; 12-1:15 pm

Art History & Art History w/concentration in Visual Arts: Monday February 24; Diana Atrium; 6th floor; 1:00pm

Asian and Middle Eastern Culture: The Department does not hold a Program Planning Meeting, due to the variations across tracks in the major.  If you are interested in the major, please meet with the following persons, by world area:
  • For Japan and Pre-Modern Korea consult Professor Max Moerman,
  • For China (Social Sciences) and Modern Korea consult Professor Annabella  Pitkin,
  • For China & Tibet (Humanities) consult Professor Guo Jue,
  • For South Asia consult Professor Rachel McDermott,
Biological Sciences: Friday, April 4; Altschul 903; 12-1 pm

Chemistry: Friday, April 4; Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall; 12–2 pm

Classics and Ancient Studies: TBD

Comparative Literature: Thursday, February 27; 318 Milbank; 6-7pm

Computer Science: Tuesday, February 11; 627 Mudd; 1-2pm

Dance: Thursday, April 10; 306 Dance Studio, Barnard Hall; 6:00pm & Tuesday, April 15; 306 Dance Studio, Barnard Hall; 12:00pm

Economics: Wednesday, March 26; Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall; 12-1pm

Education: Monday, February 24; 323 Milbank; 7:30 pm

English: Tuesday, March 25; Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall; 4 - 5:15 pm

Environmental Science/Environmental Policy/Environmental Biology: Thursday, March 6 (Potential Majors Luncheon); 403 Altschul; 12pm, and Thursday, April 3 (Program Planning for majors/perspective majors); 403 Altschul; 12pm

Film Studies: Tuesday, March 25; 405 Barnard Hall; 6:00-7:00 pm

French: Tuesday, March 25; 304 Milbank; 1-2pm

German: Wednesday, March 5; 320C Milbank; 11am-12pm

History: Monday, February 24; 203 Diana; 4-5:30 pm

Human Rights: Thursday, March 27; 214 Milbank; 12-1pm

Italian: Thursday, April 2; 320D Milbank; 12-1pm

Jewish Studies: TBD

Mathematics: Wednesday, February 26; 508 Math Bldg. (CU campus); 6:30 pm

Medieval and Renaissance Studies: TBD

Music: Wednesday, February 19; 319 Milbank; 11 am

Neuroscience and Behavior: Thursday, March 27; 805 Altschul; 12:00 noon

Philosophy: Monday, April 7; 326 Milbank; 12-1pm

Physics & Astronomy: Tuesday, March 11; 514 Altschul; 12-1pm

Political Science: Will not have a Spring 2014 meeting.

Psychology: Tuesday, April 1; 202 Milbank; 12:00pm

Religion: Tentative: Tuesday, April 1; 5-6pm, Location: TBD

Slavic: Tuesday, March 11; 226 Milbank; 12:00pm [day and time have been updated]

Sociology: Please contact Dept Chair Debra Minkoff;; 854-2279; 332D Milbank

Spanish and Latina American Cultures: TBD

Statistics: Please call or email Department Chair Dan Rabinowitz to make an appointment. 854-2141,

Theatre: Monday, February 24; 325 Milbank; 5:00pm

Urban Studies: Thursday, April 10; 421 Lehman; 6pm

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS): The WGSS program is offering “Open House” dates and times for its majors and interested others:
  • Monday, March 31, 2-4 pm; 210 Barnard Hall: Prof. Tina Campt
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2-4 pm; 208 Barnard Hall: Prof. Elizabeth Bernstein
  • Tuesday, April 1, 4-5 pm; 206 Barnard Hall: Prof. Neferti Tadiar
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2-4 pm; 101 Barnard Hall: Prof. Janet Jakobsen  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Opportunity: funding for studies relevant to East and Southeast Asia

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers funding for academic research, language acquisition, unpaid internships, and dissertation write-up during the summer and academic year to selected students committed to professional and academic engagement with East and Southeast Asia. The institute awards between $1000 - $25,000 in fellowships and grants to selected undergraduate students at Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies, and SEAS.

For more information on selected fellowships and eligibility, please visit:

The deadline for summer 2014 and academic year 2014-2015 WEAI fellowships and grants will be on Friday, February 28, 2014.

For questions and inquiries, please contact WEAI Student Affairs Officer, Mary The Trieu at

Friday, February 21, 2014

Reminder: required program planning meetings next Tuesday

Remember that there will be planning meetings for the First-Year Class on next Monday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 25. Both meetings will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in LL103 Diana

At these meetings, we'll cover information specific to the spring semester--e.g., what to expect from the housing selection process, how to start thinking about summer plans--as well as a brief overview of the timeline for the rest of the current semester.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Opportunity: check out the upcoming Feminist Zine Fest

An announcement from the Barnard Library:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DEADLINE: upcoming drop deadline

Remember that the deadline to drop a course is next Tuesday, February 25 at 4:30 p.m.

To drop a course from your current program, you must pick up an "Application to Drop a Course" (or "drop form") from the Registrar's office (107 Milbank), complete the form, have your adviser sign it, then submit it to the Registrar's office. The course will then be removed completely from your Spring 2014 program and from your transcript.

If you are considering the idea of dropping a course, talk to your professor, your adviser and/or your class dean to make sure that you are taking into account all considerations.

Note: If dropping a course would result in a spring program with fewer than 12 credits, you must see the First-Year Class Dean for special permission, which is given only under extraordinary circumstances.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Opportunity: try out a Leadership Lab at the Athena Center

An announcement from the Athena Center for Leadership Studies:

Registration is now open for the Athena Center Leadership Lab! We offer 20 workshops devoted to students to develop leadership skills on themes ranging from Financial Fluency to Risk & Resilience. Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Starting your leadership journey?
•    Brand "You": Getting Started with Social Media Branding
•    Negotiate Sooner Rather than Later In Partnership with Career Development
•    Startup Clinic: How to be a Student Entrepreneur

Ready to take your skills to the next level?
•    Prepare for Financial Life After Graduation Seniors Only
•    10 Things I've Found to be True: a Googler's Path to Technology and Beyond
•    Service, Not Sacrifice: A Strategy for Leadership Success

Visit to register for up to any 4 of our labs, which are free and open to all Barnard College students. Register early, as the labs fill up quickly!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Resource: take advantage of the Computer Science help room

The Computer Science help room is up and running again in 318 Milbank! Every Monday and Tuesday from 8:10 to 10:00 p.m., a Computer Science graduate student will be available to talk with students about their coursework in any CS course. The Computer Science help room is open to students in any CS course and at any level of programming ability.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Opportunity: learn about graduate school in London

On Wednesday, February 24, representatives from three colleges in London -- Imperial College London, King's College London, and University College London -- will gather on the Barnard campus to share information about earning a Master's (in a 1-year program) or Doctorate degree (in a 3-year program) in the United Kingdom. Topics will include the structure of various programs, the process for applying, and the search for scholarships.

The session will be held in the James Room from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Opportunity: get involved with the student-run Athena Digital Design

An announcement from the newly launched Athena Digital Design:

We are Athena Digital Design, formerly known as Barnard Codes.  We are here to inspire Barnard women to begin coding. Participants selected for the program learn the fundamentals of web design, and finish the class with their first website launched. Graduates are then invited to join the agency, launching this Spring.

We are currently looking for students who are interested in being a part of a leadership team: the Student Advisory Board. The board will aid with a number of projects like:
•    Launching the agency
•    Recruiting the second cohort of students (FALL)
•    Marketing
•    Event planning
•    Financial planning
•    Curriculum Development
•    And more…

For those interested in joining the Student Advisory Board please fill out this application before February 20th and learn more about us at

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Opportunity: consider being an exchange student at Spelman College

Barnard has a special domestic exchange program with two premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Spelman College, a women's college in Atlanta, and Howard University, a co-ed university in Washington, D.C. If you would be interested in learning more about these semester exchange programs, come to an information session TOMORROW.

What: Spelman/Howard Information Session on domestic exchange programs with Spelman College and Howard University
When: Tomorrow, February 12th, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Sulzberger Tower North (17th Floor)

Since this is a residential building, your Barnard or Columbia ID will be required to access the tower. 

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Dean Tollinchi-Michel at by 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

Opportunity: join the Sophomore Class to think about your wellness

An announcement from the Sophomore Class Council:

As part of our series of Sophomore Talks, the Sophomore Class Council is hosting a Wellness Fair, this Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the James Room (4th Floor of Barnard Hall). Although this is sponsored as a Sophomore Talk, students from all class years are welcome to this event!

The Wellness Fair will be an interactive, station-style event featuring many of our wellness groups on campus. such as Well Woman, Stressbusters, FeelGood and Nightline. Each station will have a unique activity dedicated to being informed about wellness as well as de-stressing from sophomore year. 

Swing by. Grab food. Grab swag. De-stress. Be well.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Resources: take advantage of the Economics Help Room

The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening on Monday, February 10. The EHR is located in Diana 308, and its hours are Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We will keep track of use, and if demand is high we will open the EHR for more hours later in the semester.

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, it is brand new, and so not everything will go smoothly at first. We appreciate your patience as we “learn on the job.” We will be asking for feedback from you formally via a survey, which you’ll receive by email after you’ve visited the help room. You should also feel free to send any comments via email to Professor Harrison ( , or to stop by her office 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 sign-in sheets. Please sign in when you arrive, and sign out when you leave. 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.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Opportunity: join the Barnard Pre-Health Students Organization

An announcement from the Barnard Pre-Health Students Organization:

The Barnard Pre-Health Students Organization (PHSO) is a campus club designed to help inform Barnard students interested in various healthcare professions, including medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, and public health. In the past, we have hosted events such as panels about life in medical school and professions in women's health, as well as Grey's Anatomy study breaks.

The general body meeting will be Wednesday, February 19th at 8 pm in room Diana LL104. We will be talking with club members about future events for this semester and next year. Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Important Information: mark your calendars

There will be spring program planning meetings for the First-Year Class on Monday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 25. Both sessions will be held in LL103 Diana from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please plan to attend one of these meetings, and stay tuned for more information.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Opportunity: become a Barnard Writing Fellow

 An announcement from the Barnard Writing Program:

Do you like the process of writing? Do you like working with your peers? You may be interested in becoming a Barnard Writing Fellow!

Applications for the Writing Fellows Program are now available here. Barnard first-years and sophomores are eligible to apply, and your academic interests can fall within any of the departments or programs offered at Barnard. Successful applicants will enroll next fall in a semester-long, 3-credit training course on the teaching of writing, taught by Professor Pam Cobrin, the Director of the Writing and Speaking Programs. After completing the training course, Writing Fellows staff the Erica Mann Jong '63 Writing Center and may also be "attached" to courses across the disciplines.

Writing and Speaking Fellows are entitled to a stipend each semester, but most Fellows cite the non-material benefits as being the most rewarding parts of working with the programs--e.g., learning to become better writers and speakers, better communicators, and better students.

To learn more, join the Writing Fellows and administrative staff for an info session on THIS FRIDAY, February 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m. in 409 Barnard Hall. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 28th, at 12:00 p.m.