Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Research/Internship Opportunity: Doris Duke Scholars Program at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan--the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP UM) is an exciting two-year research and internship opportunity for bright, curious undergraduate students interested in conservation, nature, and the environment. The program is aimed at bringing more undergraduates currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena.

In addition to a $4000 stipend, accepted students will also receive room and board, a discretionary allowance and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Please note that the application deadline is February 8, 2016. The program dates are June 5th through July 30th. Detailed program information and application are available on our website at

Please feel free to contact us at (734)936-0900 if you would like to discuss the DDCSP UM program further or e-mail us at

Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) Application Deadline: February 17, 2016 at 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time

2016 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) Application Deadline: February 17, 2016 at 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time

For the 2016 NYSC, to be eligible to attend:

·         You must be a resident of one of the United States.

·          If you are a resident of the United States, then you must graduate from high school between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

·         You must have documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences. You must have documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities.

·         You must have documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.

·         You must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.

·         You must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related field.

·         You must be willing and able to participate in the entire National Youth Science Camp program. The 2016 NYSC plans to operate from June 15 through July 10, 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

First Generation End of Semester Social

The First Generation Advisory Board would like to invite you to our social/study break event. Drop in and join us for a fun night of cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and a movie. The event will take place Thursday, December 10th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in 302 Diana.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Dean Tollinchi at

We hope to see you there!

2nd Annual Medical School Winter Workshop

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center will be hosting its 2nd Annual Medical School Winter Workshop on January 14th, 2016 ! It will be a day filled with panels and presentations on demystifying the admissions process for students underrepresented in the Health Professions.

The application for both programs opened on November 1st ! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding the application process. For any questions related to the program , please visit:

MedPrep : 


First-Generation Students Going Home Event, Friday 12/4/15

Are you a first generation student going home? If so, come join other Barnard students for an open forum concerning your next trip home.

Topics may include:
  • Reconnecting with childhood friends
  • Negotiation parental expectations
  • Navigating differences in views and values
  • Difference in college experiences at Barnard
  • Financial Stress
  • Culture Shock
The Furman Counseling Center will facilitate an open conversation and provide supportive tips for navigating your time back home.

Friday, December 4th, 12-1pm
Milbank 207
LUNCH PROVIDED from Tropical Sensation

Sponsored by:
The Furman Counseling Center
Alcohol Substance Awareness program (ASAP)
Academic Success and Enrichment Programs (ASEP)
and Dean of Studies Office

Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders Program

Dear STEP Juniors and Seniors,

Attached is information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders Program. Since its inception in 2004, the program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components
·         An eight-week paid internship in the summer of 2016 with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their host organization. 
·         The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 10-15, 2016. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
The application is open now through January 29, 2016 and is available at  Attached is a flyer about the program for your use. 

As always, if you decide to apply and do get accepted let us know.

Eligibility Criteria
-Currently be a junior or senior in high school, in good standing at your school.
-Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week.
-Be able to participate in a week long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC from July 10-15, 20-16
-Complete an online application and obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
-Be a resident of the following New York counties (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau and Suffolk).

Good Luck!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Interested in STEM Careers? Join CSTEP!

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Barnard College is designed to increase access for historically underrepresented minorities or economically disadvantaged students who demonstrate interest in and show potential for, scientific, technical, health and health-related fields or the licensed professions. To qualify students must be residents of New York State. The program offers the following to participating students:
  • Paid Internships and Research Opportunities
  • Summer Research Opportunities
  • Provide financial assistance for specialized preparation courses for standardized examinations (e.g. GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc).
  • Free Personal or Small Group Tutoring
  • Academic Development and Counseling
  • Academic Enrichment Workshops
  • Career Seminars, Speakers and Networking Opportunities
  • Conference Sponsorship [On and Off Campus]
  • Enriching Professional/Personal Development Activities [CSTEP Student Conference and Competition, ASEP Academic Showcase] 

If you want to find out more information visit our website at or visit the Collegiate office at 001 Millbank Hall.

Internship Day at Riverside Park Conservatory on Saturday November 21, 2015

As you may know, STEP is interested providing leadership, community-building, and learning opportunities in science for our students.Saturday November 21, 9:30 pm-1:00 pm, STEP students will engage with the Riverside Park Conservancy acting as ecology volunteers in support of Leaf Lift.  Along with learning about the living environment,  your child will be supporting the beautification of Riverside Park.

At 9:30 am, students will walk with Mr. Wolfe to West 97th and Riverside Drive.

At 10 am, students will meet with and receive directions from the Riverside Park Conservancy staff.
STEP students will work along side other park volunteers sweeping debris, raking leaves, and trimming bushes.
Be mindful, STEP students will get dirty and be outside during their participation. Again, students will get dirty and be outside during the event.

At 12:45 pm, students will walk with Mr. Wolfe from West 97th and Riverside Drive back to Barnard College.  Once back at Barnard College, students will eat their lunch and go to their 1:30 pm elective class.

REMINDER: STEP New Parent Meeting

This Saturday, November 21st, please remember that we will hold a parent's meeting for new STEP students. The meeting will take place in 3rd Floor - Room 328 Millbank Hall from 12:30-2:45pm. Lunch will be served.

Event Schedule:
*12:00pm: Sign-In, Welcome & Food.
*12:20pm: Parent Ambassadors speaks to new parents.
*12:40pm: Johnathan Gibson, A Better Chance.
*1:10pm: Nickoles Martinez, AMNH
*1:40pm: New Parents visit Elective classes.
*2:15pm: New Parents back to Room 328 to debrief.
*2:45pm: Meet kids in room 5.

Parents will visit Computers, Medicine, and College Readiness.
Parents of 7th/8th graders (kids not yet in electives) will visit Architecture, Engineering, Art, Robotics.

Thanksgiving and Fellowship

As we are approaching the Thanksgiving season, we are aware that some students may not be able to have Thanksgiving dinner with family/friends because of various reasons like distance from home, cost of travel, etc. In an effort to make sure that we come together as a community, I am reaching out to see if students that live in the NYC area, will be willing to host a student for Thanksgiving dinner.  In turn, I also want to know if you are unable to be with family/friends this Thanksgiving and would like to have dinner with a Barnard student.

Please fill out this brief google form:

Happy Thanksgiving!