Student Newsletter - December 2021

Updates from The Grad Office

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!

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The Student Services Team is located in Smith 118. Our office will be open during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Student Services team is here to support you and will continue to be dedicated to providing you guidance and serve as a resource to help you navigate university policies and procedures. Students may schedule a virtual, phone, or in-person appointment with your coordinator in addition to appointments related to Career Services. 

Please be aware GW will be closed for the winter holiday on Friday, December 24, 2021 and will re-open Monday, January 3, 2022.

For our December newsletter we have the following topics:


Spring Registration Reminders

Registration Tips

We encourage you to follow the tips below for successful spring registration.

  • Work with your Director of Graduate Studies to identify potential spring courses that align with your academic plan.
  • If you would like to register for a course outside your department you should seek approval from the respective department. Example: A non-Data Science student interested in completing a Data Science course must receive permission from the Data Science department.
  • Interested in a consortium course? Please be mindful of the January 14th deadline and the new consortium registration procedures.
  • If you wish to take a leave of absence, please submit the leave of absence form.
  • Please make sure you clear any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering.

To view your holds, log in to the GWeb Information System:

  • Click on the “Student Record and Registration” folder.
  • Next, click on “Student Records Information Menu”.
  • Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds”.

When I can't register online, should I use the RTF-Classic or RTF-EZ?

Online registration through GWeb isn't permitted for some classes.  When this occurs, there are two different types of Registration Transaction Forms (RTF) you can use to register for the course. 


  • Closed courses (not to exceed classroom capacity)
  • Courses that require permission of instructor or department
  • Courses with Major/Level/Class/Degree Restrictions
  • Pre-requisite waivers
  • Adding a course before the 4th week of class (2nd week in Summer)
  • Withdrawing from a course before the 10th week of semester (4th week in Summer)

You must take the RTF-EZ to the Student Services Hub in the University Student Center where you will be registered on the spot!

RTF Classic

  • Exemptions to academic policy
  • Time conflicts
  • Grade mode changes (credit/no-credit, audit)
  • Credit hour changes
  • Exceeding the maximum amount of credits hours permitted
  • Internship courses
  • Registration beyond the 4th week of semester (2nd week in Summer)

You must email the RTF-Classic to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval where we will forward it to the Registrar Office.


The Final Lap: Fall 2021

Final Lap Fall 2021

The Final Lap is a series of free programming open to all GW students and designed to provide stress reduction opportunities prior to and during the week of final exams. Check out Doodle & Destress with GW Art Therapy, Vern Lights, GW Late Night, and more. Events will take place through December 15th. 


CCAS Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Office of Graduate Studies will be hosting the 4th Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on February 22, 2022, co-sponsored with School of Engineering and Applied Science.  The deadline for registration is December 17, 2021. 


CCAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

Columbian College is creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council composed of faculty, staff and students who will work with CCAS senior leadership to advise and advance DEI programming and other activities. If you would like to be a student member of this council, please fill out and submit this google form by Friday, January 14th. We hope you will consider being part of this effort to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community across the college. 


Full-Time Student U•Pass Card Pick Up

GW is offering full-time students enrolled in Fall 2021 the opportunity to participate in a free trial of the U•Pass Program from Dec. 1 – 22. To participate, you will need to show your student GWorld card and pick-up a physical U•Pass Metro Smartrip Card.  For dates, times, and location, click here

Starting Spring 2022, GW U•Pass will be a subsidized mandatory student fee. Metro charges GW $1 per day during the semester per enrolled full-time student. All eligible full-time students will pay a $100 mandatory student transportation fee each fall and spring when they are enrolled, and GW will fund the remainder of the program’s cost.


Writing Bootcamp

Cornell University’s Graduate School invites you to join their virtual Winter Writing Boot Camp. If you are interested in becoming a more productive writer, if you need strategies for more frequent, low-stress writing, and if accountability and support from a graduate writing community would help you make more progress…then join us! 

Writing Boot Camp has six-day (January 13-14, 18-21), five-day (January 14, 18-21), and four-day (January 18-21) groups; choose the group you want to attend. There is never a fee for Cornell’s Writing Boot Camps.

Complete this form to receive more information.



Employment Opportunities

DOT/Office of Inspector General - Internship and Recent Graduate Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking applicants for Management and Program Analysts, Auditors, IT Specialists Pathways Interns. OIG works within DOT to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and prevent or stop waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs.

Internship Opportunities

Auditor Intern
IT Specialist Intern
Management and Program Analyst Intern

Recent Graduate Opportunities

Recent Graduate Auditor
Recent Graduate IT Specialist

Positions will remain open through December 14 or once the applicant cap has been reached. Please read the entire job announcement before applying to make sure you meet the requirements and include the proper documentation. 


Funding Opportunities

Montgomery County Council's Summer Fellowship

This fellowship provides students a ten-week paid local government experience working directly with elected officials and senior management. Fellows will also conduct an independent research report and present it to the Council. Graduate students in the following fields are invited to apply: public policy (all applicable specializations included), public administration, planning, public health, law, or related subjects. More information can be found here. The deadline for the first stage of the application is December 12, 2021

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation (FINRA) Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The FINRA Fellowship provides an award of up to $40,000. Applicants must have completed their doctoral coursework and be in the final year of writing their dissertation focused on topics such as financial capability, investor protection, access to financial services and the capital markets, fintech services, or understanding the systemic barriers to financial inclusion. Graduate study may be in any academic discipline. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2021.

Social Science Research Council Just Tech Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council is seeking applicants for the inaugural cohort of its Just Tech Fellowship. The fellowship supports and mobilizes diverse and cross-sector cohorts of researchers and practitioners to imagine and create more just, equitable, and representative technological futures. Fellows will identify and challenge injustices emerging from new technologies, and identify solutions that advance social, political, and economic rights. Expression of interest is due by January 2, 2022.

Sign up for a public information session on  December 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Boren Fellowship

Boren Awards are available to graduate students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills as related to critical languages. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2022.

Graduate Student Fellowships from George Mason University

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is now accepting applications for 2022-2023 fellowships. All applications are due on March 15, 2022.

Adam Smith Fellowship: A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline who are interested in political economy.
Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship: A one-year program for graduate students from any university and discipline who are interested in public policy.
Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship: A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline with training in quantitative methods and interest in political economy.


Updated December 8, 2021

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