Friday, November 18, 2016

Opportunity to share your research with peers at Yale!

YURC 2017
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     On behalf of the Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA), I would like to announce the first annual, national undergraduate research conference at Yale University, the 2017 Yale Undergraduate Research Conference!
     As a student organization, YURA’s mission is to inspire, integrate, and support undergraduate research across disciplines. We are seeking student applications from national colleges and universities, like Columbia, from which the YURA team will select 90 undergraduate poster presenters and 10 plenary speakers. Research spanning the humanities, social sciences, and STEM is welcome! In addition, the two-day conference will feature esteemed keynote speakers from the Yale community and panel workshops on continuing education and careers after college.
     The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12th, 2017at the Omni New Haven Hotel and will run from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. Our application portal will be open until December 8th, 2016.
     We would greatly appreciate if you would share this opportunity with research students at Columbia through our conference website:
     If someone else might be better suited to help us reach Columbia student researchers, we would greatly appreciate if you would direct us to them. If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact us at or me, personally, at
Charlotte Herber, YURC Co-Director
Yale College, Class of 2018
Visit the YURC 2017 Website

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Audit-palooza in Sulzberger tomorrow afternoon!

Seniors! Come to a seniors-only event tomorrow, Thursday, 11/10, from 4pm-6pm, in Sulzberger Quad Lab B.

What's this event, you ask? I'm calling it Audit-Palooza! Come use the lab computers to think for a few minutes about your degree progress, the courses you've taken, and those you still might need to take in order to ensure you graduate on your timeline!

Snacks will be available, and I will be on hand to answer questions. Bring a friend, bring your laptop if you wish, but most importantly, bring your curiosity and a sense of openness to taking some classes you may not have ever thought about taking before.

Come help yourself move on from the election -- think about the future, YOUR future, and the things in it you can control: like which classes to take next semester.

See you tomorrow, 4-6pm -- come whenever you want during those 2 hours, it's like an open house.

Wishing you some sunshine from my heart to yours,
Dean Friedman

Friday, November 4, 2016

Check out the New Facebook and Instagram pages for Dean of Studies

Facebook: @BCDeanof Studies 
Instagram: DOS_BC  


Seniors! Did you see Dean Hinkson's letter this morning? Barnard Commencement date and place have been set!

Barnard Commencement 2017 will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. 

Yes, it will be the same day as Columbia Commencement. Although it might be a long day of celebration, it will be great for families who come from far and near to participate in both ceremonies. 

More info to follow, so stay tuned!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016


Seniors! Unsure of what to do next year?


You could get some $$ to do some serious good!

Interested in an M.S. in Engineering?


3pm, Diana LL 103

M.A. Express at SEAS

Master of Arts in Oral History -- Special Program for Seniors!

Want to learn about oral history research
and get a jump start on your master's?


Barnard, Columbia, GS, and SEAS juniors
are eligible to apply for our BA/MA Program. 

We invite you to join OHMA for our Fall Open House, 

sit in on a class, meet with our directors, 

or connect with our students and alumni!

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies, or the School of Engineering and Applied Science may request early admission to our Oral History MA program (OHMA) through the BA/MA option. By way of this program, students have the opportunity to apply in their junior year to take OHMA's graduate-level coursework during the subsequent academic year.
The deadline and required materials for the BA/MA option remain the same as the standard OHMA application. Interested students are encouraged to contact OHMA Co-Director Amy Starecheski at and to submit anonline application by our priority deadline of March 1, 2017.
Please note that admitted students to the BA/MA option are not formally enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences until after conferral of their undergraduate degree, but that up to three graduate-level courses (nine to twelve credits) of level-5000 and above and/or one-half Resident Unit taken in excess of their bachelor’s program requirements may be transferred to OHMA.
Nov. 3: FALL 2016
Please join us for our Fall Open House on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at6:30 p.m. in Knox Hall 509. 

On the agenda: 
  • Information session
  • Meet and greet with OHMA students & alums
  • Presentation by Nyssa Chow (OHMA 2015)
  • Mini-interviewing workshop, taught by OHMA Co-Directors Mary Marshall Clark & Amy Starecheski
  • Refreshments!
In this open house, Nyssa Chow (OHMA 2015) will be presenting a portion of her thesis, which focuses on the lived experience of history as told by three women born in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1920s. What was life in the British colony like for these women? In "Still.Life.," you will see and hear accounts that are grounded in that time and place, but also stories that are timeless, deeply personal and universally human.
Nyssa is an OHMA student and Teaching Fellow in our Method, Theory, and Interpretation course this fall through Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Her work with OHMA Co-Director Mary Marshall Clark to transform oral history by teaching visual literacy recently received Columbia’s Faculty Provost Award.

She is also a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, and a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Toms Fellowship, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award. 
Born in Trinidad, Nyssa has a particular interest in multimedia experiments in storytelling, and collaborations that bring oral history and education closer together.

Please RSVP to our Fall Open House Eventbite page here.
Prospective BA/MA students are also welcome to schedule a phone call, meet with the OHMA directors, or sit in on our classes. Please send us an email ( to connect and plan your visit!

Check out our newest profile publication—Oral History (Re)Mastered—or review our Current Student and Alumni pages to browse our affiliates by subject area and career path. The OHMA community is over 100 oral historians strong and growing! We are happy and proud to facilitate introductions to our outstanding graduates.

SAVE THE DATE for our One-Day Oral History Training Workshops (Jan. 21) &Spring Open House (Jan. 26)! These upcoming public events are another great time to learn more about oral history practice and meet our program affiliates.
OHMA invites applications from scholarly and creative prospective students who want to cross the disciplines, seek deep engagement in people's lives and communities, and are ready to contribute to developing the field of oral history with us.  
Application materials include:
  • Transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A personal statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (10-15 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
Applications to the Oral History MA Program BA/MA Option for Fall 2017 will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on November 15, 2016 through June 1, 2017. Our priority deadline is March 1, 2017. There is no spring admission for OHMA.
The Application Portal is officially open. For more information, please visit ourAdmissions Page. We look forward to meeting you and reviewing your applications in the coming months!
Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in the field of oral history, the first program of its kind. Our mission is to train the next generation of oral historians to deploy our deep traditions of ethical, creative, and rigorous oral history practice to meet the challenges of today's and tomorrow's changing worlds. Through the collection, archiving, and analysis of individual, community, and institutional histories, we preserve the critical first-person narratives that capture the spirit of our society for generations to come.
Jointly run by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR), one of the preeminent oral history centers in the world, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics(INCITE), a lively hub for transdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, OHMA connects students with both the intellectual resources of a major research university, and the intimate society of a small cohort of talented students.

Contact us directly or review our website for further information:
Oral History M.A. Program
Columbia University

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Need an additional credit? SHORT COURSE INFORMATION

Hey Seniors! IF you need an additional credit, or if you are looking to drop a course and need to pick up a credit (remember: drop deadline is October 11), then take a look at some courses offered through SIPA, Computer Science, and Education; be in touch directly with instructors or Dean Runsdorf for SIPA:

U4409 (87597), Political, Social, Economic Development in Brazil. 1.5
U6765 (82099), EU, US,International Human Rights. 1.5

U6169, Diplomacy in Africa.  1.5
U6545, Human Rights in the Balkans. 1.5

In all cases, interested students must speak to Dean Runsdorf for approval.  They must also make sure that there is space available--for this they will need to be in touch with the instructors.  

Fall 2016 Computer Science W3101
Call Number: 74697 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: F 2:10pm-4:00pm Location: 717 Hamilton Hall
Enrollment: 58 students (60 max) as of September 27, 2016
Notes: COURSE START DATE 9/09/16; COURSE END DATE 10/21/16                           last day to add 9/30
Instructor: Lawrence Stead

 Section 002 PROGRAMMING LANG (C++)
Call Number: 87504 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: T 6:10pm-8:00pm Location: 337 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Enrollment: 21 students (30 max) as of September 27, 2016
Notes: COURSE START DATE 9/6/16-10/18/16
Instructor: Ramana Isukapalli                                                                                      last day to add 9/28

Fall 2016 Education BC2045
 Section 001 Call Number: 06439 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: T 6:00pm-9:00pm Location: 306 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Enrollment: 9 students as of September 27, 2016
Instructor: Lisa Edstrom

$$ for Thesis Travel: Seniors, are you writing a spring thesis? Will travel be a part of your subject matter?

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants are available to Seniors to support thesis research that requires travel, often done during Winter Break. To apply for funding, you must submit a proposal and a letter of support from a Barnard or Columbia faculty member by 5pm on November 4, 2016. Drop off hard copy in 105 Milbank or send an attachment to

The proposal, which must not exceed three double-spaced pages, should begin with a quick overview of your thesis project.  You should then provide more details about the issues you plan to investigate with Hook funding. Where do you intend to go?  What exactly will you do there?  How long will you need to stay?  Have you made contact with any individuals or institutions at the site whose cooperation is crucial?  Above all, how will the work you propose to do enrich your thesis?  At the end of the proposal, please provide a budget that itemizes anticipated major expenditures (e.g. round trip transportation, lodging).  The budget, best presented in chart form, is part of, not an addition to, the three page proposal.

The faculty letter of support should be written by a person familiar with your project--the person supervising your thesis, for example--and should address both the importance of this research to your thesis and your qualifications for conducting this research.

If your project involves human subjects, please go to, click on the "Student as PI Worksheet" link, and submit the completed form with your proposal.

Proposals will be discussed by the Faculty Committee on Honors at the November 11 meeting.  Bear in mind that although some members of the Committee may be experts in your field, most will not be; it will be wise to tailor your proposal accordingly.

Questions? Please contact Dean Runsdorf, Dean for Fellowships and Research and Dean of the Junior Class, in 105 Milbank.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Athena Center Opportunity

Athena Leadership Labs

The Athena Center offers all Barnard students a series of FREE workshop that help you prepare for leadership success in your personal, academic, and professional endeavors--all based on our Athena CORE10©, ten skills and attributes for effective leaders.

For questions on any of these programs, contact Sarit Abramowicz at

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

INFO ON Harvard LAW SCHOOL, and serve your college with HONOR!

Hello Seniors! Are you interested in practicing law after college? Two (somewhat related) news items:

a) The Honor Board seeks members from the classes of 2019, 2018, and 2017 to join - those interested in maintaining academic integrity on campus are highly encouraged to apply. See the Honor Board application at  and submit your interest by Monday, September 26th at 11:59pm. (Law schools love students with integrity! Serve with Honor!)


WHEN: Wednesday, September 14th
WHERE: The Event Oval, Diana Center LL1
TIME: 7pm

If you are interested, please register here:

​*The event will end at 8pm

Monday, September 12, 2016


Seniors! Muggles!

Convocation is tomorrow, Tuesday, at Riverside Church. Please line up outside the Church at 3:30pm. WEAR YOUR Green T-SHIRTS, the ones you got for free at the Block Party, and bring your fantastic Barnard spirit.

Green is for Seniors!

Convocation is a time to celebrate the opening of the school year with your community -- your fellow students, your faculty, your deans, and alumnae. The featured speaker is Marcia Sells, a Barnard alumna and Dean of Students at Harvard Law School! This is the formal marking of the start of your final year -- and you won't see this much pomp and circumstance again until COMMENCEMENT!

If you don't have a green shirt, don't worry -- send your owl Hedwig or yourself over to the Student Life Office, 3rd Floor of the Diana, for a shirt, and there will be some on hand at Convocation. One per student.

I hope to see you all there!  Look for me to walk in with you -- I will be wearing my finest purple Ph.D. regalia (and I will be hard to miss in all that purple wool with the funny hat).

Dean Friedman

Webpage for Seniors: Updates on DoS Site

Hello Seniors!  It is great to have you all back, and we in the Deans' office can't wait to watch you all dance and sparkle your way through this awesome final year.

I wanted to point you to the updated webpage on the Dean of Studies website that contains important information for Seniors, such as eligibility for graduation information: