10 Financial Planning Tips for Graduate Students
March 06, 2017

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Student Spotlight: Erin Conlon, PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences
March 06, 2017

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Columbia joins amicus brief opposing executive order on immigration and refugees
February 14, 2017

To read President Lee C. Bollinger's letter to the Columbia community and the full amicus brief, click here.

Dean Alonso writes to GSAS students about executive order on immigration
January 30, 2017

Dean Carlos J. Alonso sent the letter below to all graduate students in the Arts and Sciences on Monday, January 30, 2017:

Dear Students,

Many of you are distressed, and understandably so, about the recent executive order banning entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries. I, too, am deeply concerned about this abrupt change in policy because of the human cost that it exacts, and because it undermines our ability to engage in research and teaching with talented scholars from across the world.

The Graduate School has been in constant touch with the offices at Columbia that manage relations with the federal government and monitor its policies, seeking to assess the ramifications of this order for our graduate students. The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) has been working directly with each affected student. We will keep you apprised of any new developments, since the government itself appears to be revising the order as it implements it.

Non-immigrant visa holders and permanent residents from the countries implicated have been strongly advised by ISSO to avoid all international travel for the time being. According to our records, GSAS visa holders from these countries (there are ten such students) have already returned to the U.S. Nevertheless, if you know of a student from one of the affected countries who is abroad, please write immediately to David B. Austell, Associate Provost and Director of the ISSO, at For information on immigration-related issues, international students and scholars should contact ISSO at (212) 854-3587 or

I want to assure you that we are giving this matter our undivided attention, and that we will support to the fullest all students affected by this order. If you have any questions about how this order may affect you or those for whom you care, we recommend that you contact ISSO, and that you avail yourself of the resources below as needed. If you have concerns about how it may affect research travel or your academic progress in general, please contact the GSAS Office of the Dean at (212) 854-2861 or


Carlos J. Alonso, Dean


GSAS Office of Student Affairs
Phone: (212) 854-4932

The GSAS Office of Student Affairs supports student wellness in a number of ways, discussing student concerns and connecting students to resources and services available across the university.

GSAS Office of Academic Diversity
The GSAS Office of Academic Diversity fosters an inclusive, well-resourced, academically successful graduate student body. One-on-one meetings with Isabel Geathers, Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity, are available by appointment.

International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO)
Phone: (212) 854-3587
ISSO is the Columbia’s international community’s resource for immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
Phone: (212) 854-2878
CPS Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the campus community by providing counseling, consultation, and crisis intervention—all of which adhere to strict standards of confidentiality.

For the latest updates, visit the GSAS blog
January 25, 2017

For the latest updates, visit the GSAS blog.

Da Capo: A GSAS Student Wins Rome Prize Fellowship Once More
April 26, 2016

The American Academy in Rome recently announced the winners of the Rome Prize Fellowship, an annual award which supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities. The award provides the opportunity to participate in a residency at the Academy, where recipients are encouraged to pursue their individual work as part of a unique and dynamic international community. Recipients are selected by independent juries through a national competition process; they receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for six months to two years in Rome.

For the second year in a row, a Columbia student in the DMA Composition program has been awarded this prestigious prize. Christopher Trapani, conductor and performer, was among the 29 artists and scholars selected. Last year’s winner, Nina C. Young, is currently finishing her Rome Prize year. This extraordinary two-year run for Columbia graduate students is eloquent testimony to the continuing excellence and growing renown of our DMA program in Composition.

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2016-2017 Alliance Awards for PhD Mobility
March 15, 2016

The Alliance Program has awarded 19 students with the PhD Mobility Grant. The Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility is intended to support and finance transatlantic research projects of the highest quality, in all disciplines under a joint supervision of faculty members from Columbia, Sciences Po, Paris 1, and Ecole Polytechnique. This year the Alliance Program awarded the largest number of students since the launch of the program.

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Career Pathways for Ph.D.s Series 2015-2016
February 25, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Center for Career Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the "Career Pathways for Ph.D.s" series is an opportunity for Ph.D. students to discuss career options outside the academy with GSAS alumni in a small-group format. The speakers will candidly share their experiences navigating the job-search process and successfully landing new careers. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about career options, job-search skills, career transitions, and networking skills.

Sessions are open to Ph.D. students and will be held in the Columbia Alumni Center (622 West 113th Street) in Schapiro Room 804. Space is limited; advance registration is required.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Investment Manager Stephen Lee, Ph.D. '97, Modern Eurpoean History 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Physicist Mark Jackson, Ph.D. '04, Theoretical Physics  

Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Management Consultant Josh Wolff, '10, American History

Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Credit Risk Officer Jim Chonko, Ph.D. '06, Physics 

Important information for students traveling abroad
January 25, 2016

Columbia University has a new Global Travel website, which outlines important information for all students who will be traveling internationally as part of their studies or research.

Before departing on an international trip, you must register your trip details with ISOS MyTrips.

GSAS strongly encourages students to familiarize themselves with all travel risks, alerts, warnings, and other resources available on the Global Travel website. For more information, including travel checklists for students and faculty, please click here

Rethink: A Philosophy Community Outreach Program
December 08, 2015

Rethink is a community outreach program that promotes engagement with philosophical subject matter outside a traditional academic context. Rethink is the winner of the 2015 American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs.

Partnering with organizations based in Harlem and the Financial District, our volunteers lead discussion workshops on topics such as power, authority, epistemic justification, testimony, decision-making, responsibility, authenticity, punishment, racism, and equality. We aim to foster intellectual autonomy in the distinct populations with whom we engage: court-involved youth, and victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. Many important philosophical topics emerge from consideration of everyday questions, and thus philosophy can be pursued without extensive reference to scholarly texts and without relying on a traditional teacher-student classroom model.

We aim not only to help our participants develop habits of reflection and critical scrutiny, but also to demonstrate to a wider public the value of philosophy and its ability to foster rational deliberation and persuasion.

Columbia Philosophy PhD and MA students, in partnership with volunteers from other academic departments at Columbia and other area universities, meet in groups of 2 or more to offer discussion sessions with the following institutions:

- Harlem Justice Community Program
- Fortune Society
- Sanctuary for Families

Read more about our program at Daily Nous, including an interview with Rethink co-founder Max Hayward. Rethink maintains strong links with Columbia’s long-standing school-based Philosophy Outreach program, whose website can be found here.

For additional information, please contact: Adam Blazej,, or Ignacio Ojea,