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CSA Blog February 2015

Economics - Major Declaration

All students interested in declaring a major offered by the Department of Economics can contact with any questions they may have.

You are strongly encouraged to explore Department ‘s wikipage, EconInfoForStudents, which is very informative.  You can reach the wiki page by using this link:

You can log into the Wiki page by entering your uni and SSOL password.

The Math Prize Exam (3/31)

Tuesday, March 31
8:00-11:00 p.m.
417 Mathematics

For CC, SEAS and Barnard College Students

It is not necessary to register for the exam. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam begins.

Each of these cash prizes is open to First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors. Each prize may be shared among deserving recipients in all three academic years.

Sociology Open House (3/4)

Wednesday, March 4
4:00-5:00 p.m.
601C Knox Hall

Meet the Sociology faculty and learn about undergraduate courses and Sociology major requirements.

Light refreshments will be served.

606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont


Earth and Environmental Sciences Open House (3/2)

Monday, March 2
6:00-7:00 p.m.
555 Schermerhorn Extension

Refreshments will be served!

Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation with the CSA Peer Advisers (2/25)

Wednesday, February 25 
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Carman Lounge

The CSA Peer Advisers are hosting an event, Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation, that allows students to get first hand knowledge, advice, and tips about jobs, internships, and work-related questions. 

Howard-Spelman Domestic Exchange Program (Application Deadline March 15)

Columbia University is pleased to offer undergraduate students in Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering the opportunity to participate in a domestic exchange program with prominent historically black college and universities, Howard University (Washington, D.C.), and Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia).

Urban Studies Open House (2/25)

Wednesday, February 25
6:00 p.m.
Milbank Hall 324

If you’re thinking of majoring in Urban Studies, come to this very special open house. You can ask any question about how the major works, what to expect, or what the program has to offer, and get answers directly from the Urban Studies program directors.

The Barnard–Columbia Urban Studies program enables students to explore and understand the urban experience in all of its richness and complexity.


Sustainable Development Information

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development will hold office hours from February 23-March 6 to meet with prospective student students who are interested in learning more about our program in instead of hosting an Open House.  

Office hours will be held in the Earth Institute, 2910 Broadway on:

CC Drop Deadline is Tuesday, February 24

Tuesday, 2/24 is the last day for Columbia College students to DROP a spring 2015 class without the mark of W.  After Tuesday, February 24, you have until Thursday, March 26, to withdraw from a course and recieve a W.

Stats Help Room

The Department of Statistics offers a help-room service for students enrolled in STAT W1001, W1111, and W1211.

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.

American Studies Open House (3/10)

Tuesday, March 10
6:30-7:30 p.m.
319 Hamilton Hall

Astronomy and Astrophysics Open House (2/27)

Friday, February 27
6:15 p.m.
1402 Pupin

Students are invited to attend the Open House and the Stargazing & Lecture Series: Neutron Stars directly afterwards at 7:00 p.m.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Application Period Closes Feb. 27

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program – funded by the General Motors Foundation – will award 50 renewable scholarships of up to $25,000 per year to recipients pursuing careers in the areas of STEM, information technology and other fields related to the automotive industry. The 2015 application period will run until Friday, Feb. 27.

Human Rights Open House (2/26)

Thursday, February 26
5:30-6:00 p.m.
IAB 802

Interested in majoring or concentrating in human rights? Please join us for an open house on February 26th. ISHR's annual career panel will take place immediately after the open house in IAB 707.

CSArts Spring 2015 Exhibit in the Center for Student Advising

Announcing the CSArts Spring 2015 exhibit in the Center for Student Advising, 403 Lerner. 

Congratulations to our artists, poets, and composers exhibiting this semester, including; Stephan Adamów (CC ’15), Alex Braslavsky (CC ’17), Queenie Cao (CC’16),  Christopher Chin (CC ’17),  Natalie Gaissser (CC ’18), Ainsley Katz (SEAS ’18), Soyoung Kim (SEAS ’17), Yuanxia Lee (SEAS ’18) Nafiz Mosharraf (CC ’15), Amber Officer-Narvasa (CC ’18), Emily Shyr (CC ’17), Runzhi Wang (SEAS ’15). 

Come by the CSA and check it out!                

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) Open House (2/29)

Monday, February 29
12:00-1:00 p.m.
420 Hamilton Hall

Meet faculty, staff and CSER students and explore a major in Ethnicity and Race Studies with tracks in:

  • Asian American Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Latin@ Studies
  • Native American/Indigenous Studies  
  • Individual Courses of Study

**** Refreshments will be served ****

Public Interest Career Fair (2/19)

The third annual Public Interest Career Fair will be on Thursday, February 19 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in Earl Hall Auditorium. There will be a wide variety of organizations represented, including those in the fields of education, health, environment, and housing and poverty. Likewise, there will be a wide variety of positions: entry-level,  internships, and permanent paid positions.

Please RSVP

Italian Open House (3/2)

Monday, March 2
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
513 Hamilton Hall

Math Open House (2/25)

Wednesday, February 25
6:00 p.m.
508 Math

All Columbia and Barnard current and prospective mathematics majors, joint majors, and concentrators are invited to meet faculty and other students who can answer questions about the Mathematics Department, the courses it offers and the major.  We will outline the major for prospective students, discuss the various joint majors which are currently offered or are in the planning stages, and talk about more advanced courses and graduate schools with the junior and senior majors.

CSA Tag: 

Peer Adviser Post: Procrastination & Salience of the Present

Peer Adviser Post: Procrastination & Salience of the Present
By Jiawen Tang, CC '15

Undergraduate Science Research at Columbia (2/20)

Friday, February 20
1:30 p.m.
401 Lerner Hall

Interested in getting involved in research, but don’t know where to start or what you might like to do? This workshop aims to facilitate first-years’ and sophomores’ involvement in science and engineering research at CU.

Research at Columbia:
the What, When and How

Announcing Auditions for SPEAKmusic!

SPEAKmusic is a recently formed collective of musicians and composers from Columbia and Juilliard who are dedicated to education, outreach, and opening new vistas of classical music and jazz to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Our approach is transdisciplinary in spirit and global in outlook; our concerts and projects involve collaborations with filmmakers, visual artists, scientists, and poets among others, both here and abroad.

Columbia University-Japan Study Tour - App Deadline: March 9

Columbia University is pleased to announce the one-time opportunity for undergraduates to participate in a full-funded ten-day study tour from May 17th to May 27th. The Columbia University-Japan Study Tour was established when the Prime Minister of Japan visited Columbia University in September 2014 and expressed his wish to extend an invitation to 50 CU students to visit Japan.

Info Session – Columbia Summer Program: Hadrian’s Villa, The Archaeology of an Imperial Court (2/17)

Columbia’s Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art (APAHA) offers a four-week summer program that provides undergraduate and graduate students with the unique opportunity to excavate and learn together at Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Rome and the most important of Roman imperial villas. Students will learn archaeological techniques at all levels and think critically about how excavation work allows for deeper insight into the social, political, economic, architectural and artistic history of classical antiquity.

Philosophy Open House (2/25)

Interested in Philosophy?  Please come to an Open House for Prospective Philosophy Majors on:

Wednesday, February 25
6:30-7:30 p.m.
716 Philosophy Hall

Meet faculty, current majors, and other prospective majors, and ask all your questions!

Creative Writing Major Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Mon, Feb 23

Deadline:  5:00 p.m., Monday, February 23


French Open House (3/4)


12:00 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.


Computer Science Info Session (3/4)

Wednesday, March 4
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Davis Auditorium

Computer Science Department would like to invite you to our major information session. Prof. Adam Cannon, the Associate Chair of the Undergraduate Education, will go over the major requirements, and current CS majors will talk about their experience as CS/Info Science majors.

Please RSVP

Classics Open House (3/3)

Tuesday, March 3
4:10-6:00 p.m.
617b Hamilton

Latin American and Iberian Culture (LAIC) Open House (2/25)

Wednesday, February 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Casa Hispánica

More information on the Open House's activities will be soon available on our website. The Journal of the Undergraduate Research, Portales, will be also launched for this occasion.

Creative Writing Major Information (2/18)

Professor Julavits will be available on Wednesday, February 18 in 609 Kent from 3:00-5:00 p.m., to speak with any students interested in the major. 

Refreshments will be served.

Drama & Theatre Arts Open House (2/25)

The open house for CC and GS students interested in declaring the Drama and Theatre Arts major will be: 

Wednesday, February 25

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Milbank 229

Film Studies Open House (2/24)

Tuesday, February 24
5:00- 6:00 p.m.
508 Dodge Hall 

Slavic Open House (2/27)

The Slavic Department's open house for prospective majors, to which current ones are invited as well, will be:

Friday, February 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
709 Hamilton

Lunch will be served.

Sociocultural Anthropology Open Houses (2/23 & 2/26)

If you are considering a major or concentration in anthropology and would like to join others for food and informal contemplation of the possibilities for undergraduate anthropology at Columbia—a broad spectrum of courses  cross-cultural and interdisciplinary in spirit, studies abroad, ethnographic and thesis possibilities, departmental events, the Columbia-Barnard Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology, summer research fellowships, post-grad futures, and more—then, by all means, in the midst of this major declaration moment come to an Open House in Anthropology.  Bring your friends, questio

History Open House (2/25)

Wednesday, February 25
6:00-7:00 p.m.
411 Fayerweather

Political Science Open House (2/17)

Are you considering a major/concentration in Political Science? Interested in learning more about academic requirements, course advising, and opportunities for Political Science students? If so, then come to the Political Science major and concentration info session.

Tuesday, February 17
6:00 p.m.

IAB 707 (also called the Lindsey Rodgers Room)

Physics Open House (2/23)

Monday, February 23
6:00-7:00 p.m.
705 Pupin

Peer Adviser Post: Summer Internships - Things I Wish I Would Have Known

Peer Adviser Post: Summer Internship Advice
By Adeeti Katti, CC '16

I think that being within such an incredible, inspiring community like Columbia is both a blessing and a curse. I found myself junior year stressing out a lot about summer internships and future careers, seeing my friends moving swiftly towards their dreams and goals. I guess what I would like to share most are the things I wish I would have known while going through that process:

Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior Open House (2/24)

To All Students interested in declaring one of the following:

• Psychology Major
• Psychology Concentration
• Neuroscience & Behavior Major

You are cordially invited to attend the Open House for Prospective Majors
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 7:10 p.m.
200B Schermerhorn Hall

DUSes and Peer Advisors will present information and answer your questions about:

Physics Advising Hours - Spring 2015

Students with questions or concerns regarding Physics courses or the Physics major, or interests in research within the Physics Department, are encouraged to utilize Director of Undergraduate Studies Prof. Jeremy Dodd's advising hours this semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in 924 Pupin.

Info Session: Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) (2/11)

Studying abroad at the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) offers an incredible opportunity to master German language skills by engaging in intensive academic coursework while integrating into German culture. Students enroll at the Freie Universität Berlin, which hosts a variety of departments including Biology, Economics, Political Science and much more. Students may also consider taking select courses at other universities in Berlin such as the Humboldt.

Info Session: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) Program (2/11)

The MENA program focuses on the languages, history and culture of the Maghreb region and its relations with the Middle East and Europe. Linking disciplines, the program gives students the opportunity to develop the linguistic skills and background knowledge necessary to conduct cross-regional projects and interrogate geo-cultural boundaries. Based in both Amman (June) and Paris (July), students on the program take the equivalent of one year of a Modern Standard Arabic language course (1st through 4th year offered).

Info Session: Columbia Summer Arabic Program in Amman (2/9)

Based in the capital city of Amman at the Columbia Global Center, this program provides intensive Arabic language training and introduces Jordanian and Arab culture and customs to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students. Students enroll in a Modern Standard Arabic course at the appropriate level (1st through 4th year offered) and meet regularly with language tutors. Jordanian/Levantine Arabic is integrated in a daily conversation hour.

Biology & Chemistry Open House (2/24)

Tuesday, February 24
7:15 p.m.
7th Floor Lounge, Havemeyer Hall

All students that are interested in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, neuroscience and behavior,  environmental chemistry and chemical physics are encouraged to attend.  Majors, prospective majors and anyone interested in these subjects are very welcome.  

This is the place to get your questions answered:  

Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B) Open House (2/25)

The Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B) will be holding their annual Undergrad Open House for both programs (EB and EBHS).

Wednesday, February 25
6:30-7:30 p.m.
10th floor of Schermerhorn Extension

E3B: One department, Two great majors--Environmental Biology and Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species


CC and GS Study Abroad General Information Session (2/10)

Come to this information session to learn more about study abroad opportunities in the fall or spring for GS and CC students. This information session is NOT for summer study abroad or SEAS.

Summer Study Abroad and Fellowships Information Session (2/10)

Come to this information session to learn about summer study abroad and fellowship opportunities.  Topics covered will include: eligibility, types of programs, language requirements, programs for scientists & engineers, credit, finances, and more.

All undergraduates (CC, SEAS. GS) are welcome.

February 10, 2015
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
703 Hamilton

Application for the Business Management Special Concentration is Now Open

Applications are currently being accepted for the undergraduate Special Concentration in Business Management. If you are a sophomore or junior in the College and would like to be considered, please submit an online application by Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (deadline extended)

Thinking about summer internships?

Then be sure to check out CCE’s Summer Internship Programs: Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) and Columbia College Alumni-Sponsored Student Internship Program (CCASSIP).  If you are interested in working abroad, connecting with alumni, or building a professional network over the summer, then be sure to learn more about these unique opportunities!

Professional in Residence Program: Margaret Aguirre, Head of Global Initiatives, International Medical Corps (2/3)

If you have ever wanted to “pick the brain” of an industry insider about trends in the industry, best practices for students in the hiring process, and advice about career paths, join us for this casual meal and discussion event on Tuesday, February 3 from 1:30-3:00 p.m., in the CCE conference room.  Please RSVP.

CSA Talks: Robert Krulwich LAW’74, Cohost of NPR’s Radiolab (2/18)

Wednesday, February 18
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
401 Lerner Hall 

Please join us for dinner, a talk, and Q&A with Robert Krulwich, radio and television journalist, currently science correspondent for NPR and co-host of the program Radiolab. 

Senior Career Kick-Off (2/5)

Seniors: kick-off your career on Thursday, February 5 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. by learning about the job search process, setting goals and finding new momentum for your search at this workshop. Register and learn more.

Summer Bridge Program Job Application Deadline (3/2)

**The deadline date to apply for the Residential Counselor and Help Room Tutor positions has been extended to Monday, March 16, 2015.


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