Friday, February 12, 2016

Important Information: mark your calendars for Spring Program Planning Meetings

There will be spring program planning meetings for the First-Year Class on Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23. Both sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Held Lecture Hall, 304 Barnard Hall. Please plan to attend one of these meetings, and stay tuned for more information.

We'll go over:
  • administrative deadlines and procedures for the rest of this semester
  • thinking about summer internships
  • housing for next year
  • course selection for next year

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Workshop: Succeeding in Biology

Are you enrolled in Bio 1000s or Bio 1500s this semester?

If so, you are invited to:

Succeeding in Biology 
A workshop with Professors Jon Snow and Diana Heller
Tuesday, February 16th
225 Milbank.

Your Biology faculty will suggest effective strategies for success in Biology (lectures, exams, lab).

Refreshments will be served!

Please RSVP to

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fulbright Scholarship Information Sessions

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Learn more about this opportunity at one of two on-campus information sessions:

Monday, February 15
104 Diana

Wednesday, February 17
328 Milbank.  

Each session will cover the same ground.  Current Juniors and Seniors will be the only students eligible to apply in the next cycle, but it's good for First Years and Sophomores to think ahead

Stay tuned for upcoming info sessions about other scholarships later this semester:
Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Luce, and Soros

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

More Study Abroad Info Sessions: Amman, Paris, London, Beijing

Summer Arabic Language Study Abroad Programs Information Session

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 12 -1 p.m.
Place: 403 Knox Hall

Summer Arabic Program in Amman: This nine week program helps students strengthen their skills in Modern Standard Arabic by offering intensive language training. All skills are emphasized in the classroom and during tutorials. Group excursions, cultural activities, and a week long travel break give students various perspectives of Jordanian society and different venues in which to practice their Arabic. 

Middle Eastern and North African Studies ProgramThis nine week intensive summer program, in which participants travel to Amman and Paris, offers a multifaceted introduction to the languages, history and culture of the Maghreb, emphasizing the region’s relations with the Middle East and France. Students take the equivalent of a year of Modern Standard Arabic and receive training in the dialects of the Maghreb. The language program is complemented by a 3 point cultural and historical seminar featuring lectures by prominent specialists from Columbia university and partner institutions in the Middle East and France. 

For more information:

Applications deadline for Summer 2016: March 15th

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calendar) in 606 Kent Hall or email her at

Learn about Columbia's New Summer Program in Beijing: 
Understanding Modern Chinese History through Visual Culture 

This program explores topics in modern Chinese history through examining China’s changing visual culture from the late 19th century to the present. Taught in the bustling cosmoplis of Beijing at Peking University, this program will work with a wide range of visual materials, including fine arts, print media, photography, film, performing arts and architecture. Students will attend weekly field trips across Beijing and beyond, to explore visual cultures associated with imperial gardens, Old Beijing neighborhoods and opera houses, Communist monuments, and new indie art spaces. No Chinese language background required. 

Beijing Visual Culture Summer Study Abroad Program Information Session

Date: Fri, Feb. 12th
Time: 3-4pm
Place: 403 Kent Hall

Application deadline for Summer 2016: March 1st

Interested but can’t attend? 
Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) in 606 Kent Hall or email her at

Columbia University in London Info Session

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: 302 Hamilton Hall

Learn about this exciting new program with the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature!  

A Columbia faculty member will teach the program’s Global Seminar, London as Literature, which studies major works of English and Anglophone literature from all periods and genres in a London context.  Other courses will be chosen from the local host university, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).  QMUL, one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, offers programs across a broad range of disciplines, including physical and natural sciences, business and management, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

Eligibility: All qualified students are welcome to apply for the program.  Students do not need to major in English and Comparative Literature, but they should demonstrate the motivation to study the topic taught in the global seminar.

Application deadline: March 15, 2016

For more information:

Schedule an appointment to meet with Jillian Burdziak (Jillian Burdziak Advising Calendar) in 606 Kent Hall or email her at

Monday, February 8, 2016

Opportunity: Apply to be a Writing Fellow

Do you enjoy working with students and discussing academic ideas?  
Apply to be a Writing Fellow!  

Writing Fellows are trained to work with students through the paper writing process.  Not all writing fellows need to be English majors, or even native English speakers.  What we do require is the ability to synthesize a main point of a paper, and question its structure and an argument’s fluidity.

Interested applicants (sophomores or freshmen) should submit applications by 5 pm on February 26th to BAR 216.  Interested students can find applications at:

In addition, we will be holding two information sessions: one formal with a panel discussion (February 19th at 1 pm in BAR 216) and one informal info session (February 8th, 7:30 pm BAR 217) with just writing fellows.

Resource: Peer-to-Peer Learning & Help Rooms to Support Your Academic Success


Why study alone when Peer-Led Help Rooms are here for you?
Watch this space for updates!  Help Rooms currently available are below, with links to departmental websites if they have more info there.  

Biology 1500s Help Room

Coming soon -- watch this space for updates

Barnard Computer Science Help Room

Attention all Barnard women enrolled in a computer science course - the Barnard CS help room is up and running for the semester! Meet other Barnard women that are also taking computer science, and get help from Junior and Senior CS majors. ALL OFFICE HOURS WILL BE HELD IN 222 Milbank.
Help Room Hours for Spring 2016:
7-9 p.m.
Barnard Hall 406
7-9 p.m.
Barnard Hall 406
3-5 p.m..
Barnard Hall 404

Economics Help Room

The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester. The EHR is located in Sulzberger Annex 102 (adjacent to Barnard Hall and Sulzberger Hall, and in the Admissions Office's Welcome Center). The hours are Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 7-9 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!

Sundays 7-9 pm
Mondays 8-10 pm
Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Wednesday 7-9 pm
If you use the EHR, please keep the following in mind:
  • First and foremost, some of the tutors in the EHR are 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, at any time, 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! It is important that we keep this record of use.
You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester, or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Math Help Rooms

Click on the room number for the schedule for that room:
333 Milbank Hall for help with College Algebra, Calculus I, II, and III
406 Mathematics Building for all other courses.
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Organic Chemistry Help Room

2-4 p.m.
303 Altschul
7-9 p.m.
303 Altschul
Wednesdays7-9 p.m.303 Altschul

Physics Study Room

For students in all levels of Physics classes. Bring your homework; bring your questions; bring your ideas; bring your friends.
Monday7-9 p.m.514 Altschul
7-9 p.m.
514 Altschul

Empirical Reasoning Center

The Empirical Reasoning Center provides: 

The ERC offers training for statistical analysis, textual analysis, and geographical information systems software. We support both Macs and PCs. 
The ERC can help individuals through each step of the research process from basic research design and formulating a hypothesis to data analysis and visualization to interpreting and presenting results. 
The ERC supports courses with supplementary training sessions focusing on using analysis softwares, finding appropriate datasets, and interpreting and understanding the narrative of quantative and qualitative data.

Spanish Conversation Practice


Para todos los estudiantes que quieran practicar su español
Casa Hispánica (Entrada 612 West 116th Street)
Todos los jueves – ¡Ven a conversar!

Statistics Help Room

The Department of Statistics at Columbia also offers help-room service for students enrolled in STAT W1001, W1111, and W1211 on:
Mondays4-7 p.m.Room 1025 SSW Building
Tuesdays5:30-8 p.m.Room 1025 SSW Building
Wednesdays4-7 p.m.
Room 903 SSW Building
Thursdays5:30-8 p.m.Room 1025 SSW Building
Sundays1-4 p.m.Room 1025 SSW Building
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.

Resource: Peer-to-Peer Learning

Finding a class difficult? 

You’re not alone!

Barnard has a wealth of resources to support students’ academic success. 
See for more info on:
  • Professor’s Office Hours and Review Sessions
  • TA Sessions, Recitations, and TA Office Hours
  • Workshops on Key College Skills – time and stress management, effective note-taking, efficient reading, etc.
  • Wellness Resources – healthy mind and healthy body
  • Group-Based Tutoring, Mentoring, and Networking: Help Rooms geared toward specific classes or subjects, additional Programs and Labs
  • Individual/Small Group Tutoring
  • This section of the site is currently under construction. Please continue to check back soon for updates.
Pro Tip:  Go to all class sessions, review sessions, recitations, discussion sessions, even if they’re “optional.”  

 More info on peer tutoring 

FREE individual/small-group tutoring is available -- by and for Barnard students.

The mission of the Peer-to-Peer Tutoring program is to provide students with the support they need to succeed in numerous academic disciplines throughout their college career. The philosophy of our program is to ensure that students are receiving direct academic coaching and are learning to become independent learners. Through one-on-one and small-group tutoring, it is our hope that students will develop and enhance strategic study skills, and work closely with peers to become stronger students. We are asking all students who are matched with a peer tutor to share the responsibility of the tutoring process, and make a commitment to independent learning.

Tutoring is 2 hours per week, in groups of 1-3 students. We primarily support math, science, computer science, economics, and foreign language students, but other subjects may also be available on a case by case basis.

Feeling that office hours, TA sections, and Help Rooms aren't enough?  You may want to request a free peer tutor -- a fellow Barnard student who will work with you and one or two other students weekly to support your learning in a particular class. 

To request a tutor, make an appointment to discuss your learning needs with either Elida Martinez-Gaynor, Associate Director of Collegiate Programs, or with Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean and Dean for Academic Assistance, using one of the following links:

Click here to meet with Rebecca Grabiner
Note: This link will take you to the "Meet with the Deans" website; scroll down for Dean Grabiner and follow the directions to make an appointment.


Opportunity: Schwarzman Scholarship for study in China

Schwarzmann Scholars logo

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 Schwarzman Scholarship is open to juniors and seniors, so this is information to help you plan ahead.

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

Learn more at:

Information Session
February 12,  2pm 
406 Lewisohn Hall

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

Friday, February 5, 2016

Furman Counseling Center Director discusses common struggles of first-years in Seventeen Magazine

Dr. Mary Commerford, director of Barnard's Rosemary Furman Counseling Center and an expert on young women's health, was interviewed for arecent Seventeen article on mental health challenges commonly faced by new college students. The article notes that one of the most important elements of maintaining stability during the rocky beginnings that college can present is self care.  According to Commerford, "A key piece when you're having a tough time (and even when you're not) is self care. Are you taking good care of yourself? Are you getting enough sleep? Eating regularly? Without sleep and food, even the hardiest person begins to have symptoms. Do you do things regularly to relax, get your mind off things, have fun? Do you talk about your life and feelings with friends, family, and get that support?"

Read the full Seventeen article.

Learn more about Barnard's health services.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Opportunity: Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Barnard College Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program is to provide funding alternatives for exceptional students from Barnard’s diverse student population to facilitate internship opportunities that advance students’ career development through meaningful exposures to career fields of interest.

Overview:  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.  Students apply in general to the program and will be considered for all grants for which they meet the eligibility requirements.  Grantees will receive an internship grant award of up to $800 in the fall and spring semesters, and up to $2000 for summer internships.  College-subsidized summer housing may be available to summer internship grantees. Grantees may only receive one grant per semester or summer period.
Please click below for further information about the Internship Grant Program:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CU's Annual Medical School Admission Deans and Directors Panel and Fair

Columbia's Postbacc Medical Association's Annual Medical School Admission Deans and Directors Panel and Fair will be held on Friday, February 19th

Medical School Fair
Roone Arledge Auditorium of Lerner Hall. 
No RSVP is required to attend. All students welcome. 

Dean's Panel 
Roone Arledge Cinema, Lerner Hall
Registration Required. All students welcome.

Event Description
Panelists will discuss the application process and answer questions about applying to medical school. The panel is open only to Columbia University and Barnard College students. 


Dr. George F. Heinrich
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Ms. Leila Amiri
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Koong-Nah Chung
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Steven Gay
University of Michigan Medical School

Ms. Deborah Benvenger
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Follow the Barnard Pre-Health Professions Blog for this and other updates.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Invitation: Open Discussion Between Faculty and Students on the Future of Diversity on our Campus

Please join us for an open discussion between faculty and students on the future of diversity on our campus. Last semester both students and faculty expressed deep concerns in the face of disturbing incidents at Yale and the University of Missouri. Those concerns continue and we would like to begin a direct conversation between faculty and students on how we can work together to more concretely address the issues of diversity (which we conceive broadly to include race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, and sexuality, among others) we confront on our campus.

Please spread the word among students and faculty and join us for a frank conversation on Monday, February 8th, 5-6:30pm in Held Auditorium, Barnard Hall. An agenda for the conversation is attached below.

We look forward to seeing you.


1. Taking stock: Why are we here? 
- priorities
- lines of communication
- mutual support
- coordination

2. Aspirations: What do we want to achieve?
Q: If there is one thing you could change that would impact diversity at Barnard, what would it be?

3. Updates: What's been done so far?
Reporting from students and faculty on conversations with BC administration.

4. Bridging the gap: How do we get from what's been done to what we want to achieve?

Study Abroad Info Session and Upcoming Deadline


A message from the Office of International & Intercultural Programs:

Wednesday, February 3
306 Milbank
1-2 pm 

Please plan to attend a Study Abroad Information Session if you plan to study abroad as a Bannard Student.  We will go over all the steps, requirements, and program choices for study abroad in over 60 countries. Over 200 Barnard students study abroad each year. 

We will post upcoming Information Sessions on the Study Abroad Calendar on the Global Barnard website as they are confirmed. 

Students must submit the Intent to Study Abroad Form by the February 15th deadline to study abroad for Barnard credit during the Fall 2016 semester or Academic Year 2016-17.   

There is no penalty if your plans change and you do not end up studying abroad. Also, if you decide to study abroad at a later date, you can submit the form again.

To submit the form, log onto your myBarnard account, click on the Academics tab, go to the drop-down menu on the right side for Study Abroad and choose the Intent to Study Abroad Form. Then, complete and submit your form.

Office of International &
Intercultural Student Programs
10 Milbank 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Opportunity for Internship Funding: Tamer Center Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program

Seeking financial support for your social impact summer internship? Join us on February 3rd to find out about theTamer Center Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, a unique and exciting funding opportunity for students working full-time over the summer at organizations making social change in the world. Come hear from past fellows about their experiences, as well as more details around guidelines for students, qualifying organizations, and the internship itself.
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Mehler Parlor, Elliot Hall
RSVP: Email Adeline at
For compete details, including application materials, visit our website.