GSAC Newsletter: Social Science Senate Election, Bard Hall Players, Travel Grant Applications and more!
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GSAC Announcements

Spring Plenary Meeting Schedule

September 13th
October 18th
November 15th
December 6th

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 206 in the Casa Hispanica (612 West 116th Street). All are welcome!

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Bard Hall Players presents:

Bard Hall Players is thrilled to annouce our 50th anniversary show, Cabaret! Set in 1930s Germany, Cabaret is tragically beautiful in its portrayal of levity and irreverence against the backdrop of a rising Nazi regime. Directed by Rachel Chung, Cabaret features students from P&S, Narrative Medicine, Mailman, CDM, the School of Nursing, PT and GSAS. And a very special thank you to Dance Haven for lending us some of the finest dancers to ever grace the unswept floors of the Kit Kat Klub!

Show Dates:
November 3rd @ 8:00pm
November 4th @ 8:00pm
November 5th @ 2:00pm
November 5th @ 8:00pm

Tickets can be bought online here:

Adults - $10
Students - $8

Health Tech Assembly Lecture featuring Ron Vioanu, CEO of Supremo
What: HTA, HCIA & Spreemo!

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 7:30PM

Where: Warren Hall 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 416 New York, NY 10027


Details: HTA and HCIA will be hosting a discussion with Spreemo to discuss how the company is using clinical data from radiology practices to improve treatment decisions and patient outcomes!

The discussion will center on how Spreemo is partnering with employer plans and third party administrators to direct employees to high quality radiologists in the workers' compensation market. Included in the discussion will be how their approach can be applied to different specialties, and more broadly within the radiology space.

Social Science Senate


GSAC is accepting nominations for the Columbia University Social Science Graduate Student Senate Seat until November 15th.  The Senate is a University-wide legislature representing faculty, students, and other constituencies. It makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire University or more than one school, including educational programs and priorities, the budget, academic freedom and tenure, and more. The Senate has 108 voting seats, with 24 reserved for students.  Find out more about the University Senate at

Please submit your nomination, which should include a short campaign statement of no more than 250 words, in the application located here: GSAS Student Senate Nomination Form

Candidates must be able to:
·       Serve through the end of this academic year, though ideally for two academic years
·       Be in a Social Science Department (see below)
·       Communicate with the GSAC Steering Committee on University Senate updates and information on a monthly basis
·       Maintain good academic standing and demonstrate professional decorum as a GSAS student Senator

Columbia University Social Sciences: anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology


Columbia Giving Day

The alumni association will be hosting a special student activity, a GIF Photobooth, at the Graduate Student Center's Seminar Room exclusively for graduate students. We will also be giving out Insomnia cookies for those who like to indulge in a delicious cookie. To volunteer for the GIF booth you can sign up here: Giving Day Sign-Up sheet.

Furthermore they are hosting a GSAS Giving Day Celebration and would like students to join in for happy hour specials and free appetizers just for GSAS students and alumni from 6:00-8:30 pm at The Hamilton bar located on Amsterdam and 110th.


GSAC Travel Grant Applications Now Open

Eligible graduate students may apply for individual travel grants (up to $500) to defray the costs associated with presenting their work at academic conferences and workshops. Conference registration fees, transportation (by the most economical means available), and lodging (excluding meals) may all be reimbursed. Travel grants will be awarded twice annually, with preference given to those who show demonstrated need based on an evaluation of the applications by the finance committee.

Applications and more details can be found on the GSAC webpage

Please e-mail the GSAC Finance Chair at finance.gsac [at] with questions.

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Getting involved with GSAC

If you would like to become involved with GSAC, please consider becoming a Department Representative. Department Representatives are a department’s voice on GSAC. They serve as voting members of the plenary (steering committee members are nonvoting), in addition to serving on committees where much of the policy and decisions are deliberated and GSAC’s plans are executed. Many GSAS departments do not currently have a representative. See here for a list of vacant positions.

October 22, 2016

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#DidyouKnow that starting in fall 2015, Arts & Sciences doctoral students will have access to adoption benefits? If you are thinking of expanding your family through adoption, you may be eligible for up to $5000 worth of reimbursements from GSAS. For more info, visit
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