Student Newsletter - December 2020

Welcome to the CCAS Graduate Student Newsletter! Designed to keep you up to date with news and events, policies and processes, and all things for CCAS Graduate students!

Graduate Student Newsletter Archive

December 2020

The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies staff will be working remotely until further notice. While we won't physically be on campus, we are here for you and can be reached during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. We will be responding to emails and voicemails. Additionally, during this time, please submit all materials electronically to [email protected]. This may mean you have to communicate with your advisors in advance to get signatures or approvals.

Despite the distance and all the challenges you are facing, know that the Student Services team is here to support you and will continue to be dedicated to providing you guidance and serve as a resource that helps you navigate university policies and procedures. Stay strong, stay connected and please take good care of yourselves, your families and each other.

For our December newsletter we have the following topics:


wellness corner

GW Campus Recreation Virtual Group Fitness Classes

With a wide variety of classes to choose from, GW Group Fitness will help you stay motivated, increase energy levels, and have more fun with your workouts.

Anxiety Toolbox

The Anxiety Toolbox is a three-session workshop designed to help students increase their understanding of anxiety and provide them with the skills to recognize and manage their anxiety symptoms. We offer workshops at several different times throughout the week. Each workshop is an hour-long, and the information builds on material from previous sections. Anxiety Toolbox is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Registration is no longer required!  To join, see our flyer for our current virtual schedule and click the WebEx link provided.  

Sessions are every Friday at 1:00 p.m. - December 4th, 11th, 18th


Meet the CCAS Dean

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Chad Heap invites you to share the successes and challenges you've experienced this semester by joining one of the following small group discussions: 

Thursday, December 10th at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, December 15th at 2:00 PM

Students from all CCAS graduate programs are encouraged to participate. Attendance will be limited to ten students per session. (Additional discussions may be added if needed.)

To participate in one of these small group discussions with Associate Dean Heap, please register below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Register Here 

spring registration reminder 

Don’t forget to register for Spring term. Please review your DegreeMap record. If you need a refresher, please view the video below to learn about DegreeMAP and how to access it.



Nominations for 2021 Bouchet inductees are now being accepted! All application materials are due by Friday, December 18th at 5:00 PM EST. Submissions are accepted via email only to [email protected]. Please review the nomination guidelines and email [email protected] if you have any questions. The interview selection process will begin in late January 2021.

Bouchet Society members form a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster a supportive environment and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.  


ccas virtual three-minute thesis dissertation competition

Save the Date! The Office of Graduate Studies is excited to announce we will be hosting the 3rd Annual Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) in a virtual format in Spring 2021! The deadline for registration is December 18, 2020. Participants will be required to submit a pre-recorded presentation for consideration by the judges. Winners will be announced via live stream on Thursday, February 25th, 2021.


Important dates

The Office of Graduate Studies will be developing a number of new online forums for master's and doctoral students this fall. Please note the following December events. To view future events, please visit the Current Student Events Website.

fall etd deadlines

Ph.D. Students:

December 1 - Dissertation defense deadline

December 4 - ETD form due and submitted final, approved, post-defense, electronic dissertation to the ProQuest site

December 11 - Final, approved dissertation containing all post-defense revisions and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator


Master's Students:

December 4 - Thesis approved by department, submission of ETD form and upload the thesis to Proquest to allow enough time for ETD revisions requested

December 11 - Final approved thesis and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator



Funding/Employment Opportunities

National Fellowship Opportunities

The Office of Graduate Studies have created a National Fellowship Opportunity website located under the Funding Opportunities page on the current student website.  It lists a large number of national fellowships for Ph.D. students and there are some specific dissertation fellowships.

Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) Awards

Any questions on the awards below please reach out to OGSAF directly at [email protected].

Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: 17 November 2020

The CLS is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion summer program (eight to ten weeks) for American undergraduate and graduate students. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this opportunity.

No Prior Study Required: Azerbaijani; Bangla; Hindi; Indonesian; Persian; Punjabi; Swahili; Turkish; Urdu
One Year of Study Required: Arabic; Korean; Portuguese; Russian
Two Years of Study Required: Chinese; Japanese

Please email Eileen Lavelle (Critical Language Scholarship Advisor for GW Graduate Students) if you have questions about this opportunity.

Boren Fellowships

Deadline: 27 January 2021

Boren Awards are available to graduate students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills as related to critical languages.  Recipients of the award can propose up to 52 weeks of language study abroad. Domestic language study is also available but must be paired with an overseas language learning component.  You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this opportunity.

Join the upcoming Boren Fellowship Information Session Webinar on Friday, October 30th at 12:00pm.

If you are unable to attend the session and would like to set up a one-on-one meeting, please email Eileen Lavelle

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year and Summer Fellowships

Deadline: 3 February 2021

 The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides academic year fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant to GWU, written by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, assists graduate (Ph.D. and Master's candidates) and professional students (JD, MPH, DrPH, MBA, and MD) at George Washington University to further language study and area/international studies. 


Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Turkish


Updated December 2, 2020

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