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Posted: April 6

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) invites students to take advantage of its new Study Group Consulting support service, which is designed to help existing study groups optimize productivity and maximize learning outcomes.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) invites students to take advantage of its new Study Group Consulting support service, which is designed to help existing study groups optimize productivity and maximize learning outcomes.

For more information, email gs-arc@columbia.edu.

Posted: April 6

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) invites students to take advantage of the Reading Coaching program, which is designed to help students taking social sciences and humanities courses to develop critical literacy skills.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) invites students to take advantage of the Reading Coaching program, which is designed to help students taking social sciences and humanities courses to develop critical literacy skills. These skills include conquering “hard” readings, identifying different demands made by different types of reading assignments, and efficiently managing large volumes of reading.

Posted: April 15

The Bank Street Summer Camp August Alliance is seeking students to work as summer counselors during the month of August.

Position Description
The Bank Street Summer Camp August Alliance is seeking students to work as summer counselors during the month of August. These are paid positions. 

Counselor positions are available in the following programs:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Spanish Immersion
  • Swim Staff
  • Film
  • General Day Camp

Apply
For more information, visit the website or call 212-875-4705. To apply, mail your resume to camp@bankstreet.edu.

Posted: March 27

Columbia Health and Sexual Violence Response invites students to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) throughout April by attending various events, including lectures, film screenings, exercise classes and more.

Event Description
Columbia Health and Sexual Violence Response invites students to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) throughout April by attending various events, including lectures, film screenings, exercise classes and more. 

Information about sexual assault prevention can be found on the Sexual Violence Response Facebook page.

Posted: March 25

The Committee on Instruction has approved new courses for the Fall 2015 semester.

The Columbia College-General Studies Committee on Instruction has approved new courses for the Fall 2015 semester.

A full listing of the courses may be found on the Newly Approved Courses page.

New courses that have been added to the Global Core curriculum may be found on the Global Core page.

Posted: March 20

A listing of approved Global Core courses for the Fall 2015 semester is now available.

A listing of approved Global Core courses for the Fall 2015 semester is now available.

Posted: March 20

In accordance with New York regulations, the University Apartment Housing (UAH) sublet policy will prohibit sublets for periods of fewer than 30 days effective April 1.

Policy Description
In accordance with New York regulations—referred to as the"Illegal Hotel Law"—the University Apartment Housing (UAH) sublet policy will prohibit sublets for periods of fewer than 30 days effective April 1.

For more information, visit the Housing website.

Posted: Feb. 24
Registration Dates: Mon., March 2 - Fri., July 10

Registration for the Summer 2015 semester opened on March 2 and continues through July 10. As registration deadlines differ for each session, students should refer to the Columbia Summer website to ensure they do not miss a deadline. 

Registration for the Summer 2015 semester opened on March 2 and continues through July 10. As registration deadlines differ for each session, students should refer to the Columbia Summer website to ensure they do not miss a deadline. 

Posted: Jan. 23

Counseling and Psychological Services invites students to attend support groups on a variety of topics.

Event Description
Counseling and Psychological Services invites students to attend support groups on a variety of topics.

Support Group Topics

  • Bereavement
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Getting Things Done
  • Making Peace with Food
  • Managing ADHD
  • Public Speaking: Learn to Speak with Confidence
  • Queer Academics
  • Women in Recovery from an Eating Concern
  • Students with Families
  • Substance Use Concerns
  • Women Healing from Sexual Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence
  • Women of Color
  • Women Survivors of Recent Sexual Assault

Register
For more information, including meeting times and registration instructions, visit the website.

Featured Event: Fulbright Program Information Session
Event Date and Time: Mon., April 20, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 420 Pupin Hall

Students interested in studying abroad are invited to apply for upcoming opportunities, and to attend events to learn more about various study abroad programs.

Event Description

Students interested in studying abroad are invited to apply for upcoming opportunities, and to attend events to learn more about various study abroad programs.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Middlebury School in Madrid Information Session
Event Date and Time:
Thurs., April 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:
Diana Center, Barnard College

École Centrale Paris for Engineers Information Session
Event Date and Time:
Mon., April 27, 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: 520 Mudd Building

Office of Global Programs Newsletter

For the most up-to-date information about study abroad events and opportunities, sign up for the OGP newsletter by emailing ogp@columbia.edu. Include your full name, college, anticipated graduation year, and region of interest in the email.

Next Application Review Deadline: Mon., April 20 

Students are invited to apply for SEE-U, a study abroad program that allows students to fulfill two core or elective science requirements in five weeks.

Program Description
Students are invited to apply for SEE-U, a study abroad program that allows students to fulfill two core or elective science requirements in five weeks. SEE-U is designed for students of all majors and there are no prerequisites to enroll.

Columbia University Tuition Benefits may be applied toward the cost of the SEE-U Program, and significant fellowship funding is available from the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability.

Event Date and Time: Tues., April 21, 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: 1501 International Affairs Building

Students are invited to attend Genealogy, Genetics, and Race, a lecture given by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Event Description
Students are invited to attend Genealogy, Genetics, and Race, a lecture given by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Event Date and Time: Wed., April 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: John Jay Lounge

Students are invited to attend the Lavender (LGBTQ) Graduation Ceremony.

Description
Students are invited to attend the Lavender (LGBTQ) Graduation Ceremony. Food and music will be provided, as well as a keynote address.

Registration and Nominations
All attendees are asked to register here.

If you would like to nominate a Graduating Speaker or a graduating LGBTQ student leader for the LBTTQIAward, please do so by Mon., April 13, 5 p.m.

Application Deadline: Wed., April 22

Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Columbia University Center for Career Education invite students to apply for the Columbia Undergraduate Startup Internship Fund (SIF).

Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Columbia University Center for Career Education invite students to apply for the Columbia Undergraduate Startup Internship Fund (SIF).

The Startup Internship Fund (SIF) is designed to encourage students to accept a quality unpaid or low-paid summer internship at a high growth, innovative startup company that will help them explore opportunities in New York’s fastest growing industry.

Apply
The SIF has limited availability. Please visit the website for more details on eligibility and instructions on how to apply. The application will open on March 30th, but for further questions, please email Thomas D'Onofrio.

Event Date and Time: Thurs., April 23, 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Fairholm Building Lounge, 503 West 121st Street

Students are invited to "Confessions Live: Discussion and Art Therapy Session with CPS" for a group discussion about experiences of being a low-income or first-generation student at Columbia.

Event Description
Students are invited to "Confessions Live: Discussion and Art Therapy Session with CPS" for a group discussion about experiences of being a low-income or first-generation student at Columbia. The discussion, open to GS students only, will be moderated by a Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) affiliate and will include an optional art therapy component.

RSVP required, or email gsresidentadvisor@columbia.edu for more information.

Application Deadline: Fri., April 24

Students are invited to apply for a GS Peer Advisor position with the Dean of Students Office.

Students are invited to apply for a GS Peer Advisor position with the Dean of Students Office.

Position Description
The Dean of Students (DOS) Office is committed to providing world-class advising and academic support for students at the School of General Studies. Peer Advisors play a key role in providing that support; as current students themselves, Peer Advisors bring an important perspective to the work of advising, and their experience navigating the institution often proves invaluable to their peers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting new, incoming students during Orientation and throughout their first term as they manage the transition to Columbia
  • Acting as informed resources for all students regarding matters related to registration and course selection, choosing and declaring a major, short and long-term academic planning, time management and other study strategies, and campus resources and services (ARC, CPS, ODS, CCE, campus ministries, academic departments, etc.)
  • Monitoring closely and responding to email inquiries
  • Hosting weekly walk-in advising hours in the GS Lounge to help facilitate advising conversations with students
  • Serving as informal liaisons to the DOS Office by referring students to their academic advisors as appropriate, helping to facilitate meaningful relationships between students and their academic advisors
  • Encouraging students to avail themselves of DOS services and program offerings
  • Serving as informal teaching assistants for a section of University Studies, a zero-point course that functions as an extended Orientation program for all incoming students; interested Peer Advisors may also have the opportunity to co-teach certain sessions of University Studies
  • Participating in New Student Orientation for both the Fall and Spring terms, as well as all required training associated with the role of Orientation Leader; Peer Advisors will also receive additional specialized training in the curriculum, FERPA, program development, campus recourses, and working with students in distress
  • Providing administrative and front desk support for the Dean of Students Office as necessary
  • Maintaining and submitting weekly timesheets for hours worked
  • Performing other tasks and projects as required

Position Requirements

  • Must have completed at least one term of study at Columbia
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Must be empathetic, reliable, and friendly
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be comfortable working collaboratively, and with a diverse student population

Time Commitment

  • Part-time (5-15 hours per week, with occasional extra hours during high-traffic times)
  • Must be on campus for training on Friday, August 28
  • Minimum commitment of one full academic year

Compensation
$12 per hour (no benefits)

Apply

Application Deadline: Mon., April 27, 10 a.m.

Students are invited to apply for the Carl B. Boyer Memorial Prize in the History of Science.

Students are invited to apply for the Carl B. Boyer Memorial Prize in the History of Science. This prize may be awarded annually to an undergraduate who writes the best essay on any topic in the history of science or mathematics as judged by a faculty committee.

Apply

Registration Deadline: Wed., April 29
Event Date and Time: Tues., May 5, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard

The Columbia Zuckerman Institute invites students to a lecture by Dr. Walter Mischel, known for pioneering the Marshmallow Test, called "How Mind and Brain Enable Self-Control: The Marshmallow Test and Beyond."

Event Description
The Columbia Zuckerman Institute invites students to a lecture by Dr. Walter Mischel, known for pioneering the Marshmallow Test, called "How Mind and Brain Enable Self-Control: The Marshmallow Test and Beyond." Dr. Mischel will examine the mind and brain mechanisms that allow us to overcome "the weakness of the will," as shown throughout his research on the mechanisms of willpower. This lecture is part of the Brain Insight Lecture series.

Register

FAFSA Deadline: Thurs., April 30
Planned Enrollment Form Deadline: Thurs., April 30

Students applying for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year are advised to review upcoming deadlines for submitting forms.

Students applying for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year are advised to review upcoming deadlines for submitting forms. Once forms are submitted, students can track their scholarship and financial aid application documents and view relevant messages online.

Financial Aid Forms and Deadlines

GS Institutional Scholarship Application
Deadline:
Wed., April 15
Current GS students are applicable for institutional scholarship awards.
Apply

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Deadline: Thurs., April 30
Those GS students eligible to apply for federal aid (generally this is limited to US citizens and Permanent Residents) must complete the FAFSA.

Planned Enrollment Form
Deadline: Tues., April 30
A requirement for all students requesting GS Scholarship and federal aid consideration.
Planned Enrollment Form

Application Deadline: Thurs., April 30

Students are invited to apply to be a facilitator for ROOTEd (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education), a student program supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs that is dedicated to facilitating respectful and informed dialogues about diversity in the United States with regards to power and privilege.

Description
Students are invited to apply to be a facilitator for ROOTEd (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education), a student program supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs that is dedicated to facilitating respectful and informed dialogues about diversity in the United States with regards to power and privilege.

ROOTEd peer facilitators are trained in power, privilege and oppression issues and how these translate to a diverse college campuse. Facilitators then examine their own personal and cultural place in contemporary society through innovative exercises and are trained to be facilitators around diversity issues. ROOTEd also creates and facilitates floor dialogues for residential students, student organizations, and other constituents.

Apply

Registration Deadline: Thurs., May 14
Course Dates and Times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 26 - July 2, 6:15 - 9:25 p.m.

Students are invited to register for French Expressive Dance in NYC and Paris, a five-week course that examines not only French dancers and choreographers, but also French conceptions of the expressive body seen in other urban art forms.

Course Description
Students are invited to register for French Expressive Dance in NYC and Paris, a five-week course that examines not only French dancers and choreographers, but also French conceptions of the expressive body seen in other urban art forms. The course will be conducted in English and includes performances and museum visits.

Register
To register, or for more information, visit the website. Questions may be directed to John Robinson-Appels.

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