Student Newsletter - February 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 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 February newsletter we have the following topics:

CCAS Expectations for Virtual Instruction


Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions about Spring 2021. This page is a resource for any questions about the principles that CCAS has established for virtual instruction and teaching. We hope this information will be useful for reference throughout the semester.


Wellness Corner 

Mental Health Discussion Series

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering a variety of programming throughout the spring 2021 semester. 

***This denotes that this is a drop-in series and no registration or consultation needed for any of these sessions. Students may attend any or all sessions. For BRIDGE, Getting Unstuck, and Anxiety Toolbox, students can call CAPS to set up an initial consultation and indicate their interest in those particular programs.

Academic Commons' student success workshops hosted virtually through Gelman include a Time Management session and a variety of other sessions coming up this semester that our students may be interested in.


Career Services Corner 

The Urban Institute Information Session 

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

The Urban Institute is a nonprofit research organization focused on the wellbeing of people and places in the U.S. and committed to the idea that policy decisions should be made based on facts, not ideology. Our research areas include topics such as children, climate, gender, wealth, race, poverty, and health.

Join Us 

2021 Spring semester: Everyday English

Join Everyday English every Wednesday for Discussion Groups 

February 3rd Eastern Standard Time (EST) at 7 a.m.  !! 

 Check local time and make an appointment    

Small-Group Sessions  

We are offering 30-minute virtual small group sessions. The small-group sessions are one-on-one with an EE coach or bring a buddy and 2 students with a coach! If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Finding a job in The White House & Administration

For the last few months, we have heard from thousands of you who want to work in the new administration. Today we were lucky to talk to two Obama/Biden White House alumni, Paul Monteiro and Alexandra Veitch who gave some great advice for those looking to get a job in an administration or at the White House. The discussion covers advice for all levels of professional or political experience as well as advice that's applicable to jobs in the first or second term of an administration and for either political party.

Watch "Finding a job in the White House and Administration"

George Talks Business: Nicole Turner Lee, Ph.D.

nicole Lee

On Wednesday, February 10, Nicol Turner Lee, Ph.D., senior fellow in governance studies, director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, and co-editor-in-chief of TechTank, will be interviewed by Dr. John Lach, Dean of the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Dr. Anuj Mehrotra, Dean of the GW School of Business.

Please register and join us for the stream on the GW School of Business  Facebook page or YouTube channel 

CCAS Student Highlight

We would like to highlight students in our student newsletters. Please send any accomplishments you'd like to be recognized to [email protected] to appear in the upcoming newsletters. 

February Student Highlight

Ariana Kaye

Ariana Kaye 

Art History, MA (Corcoran)

Meet Ariana Kaye, she is the 2020-21 Sherman Fairchild Fellows. As part of their institutional values and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, the Sherman Fairchild Fellowship is a comprehensive, yearlong paid program that includes hands-on experience, mentoring, and professional development. 

Here are some excerpts from her interview with the fellowship:


Why are you interested in working at a museum?
My interest in museums and art history began early. I loved visiting museums as a child and my interest has only grown stronger through my studies. I began studying art history in high school, continued during my undergraduate years, and am currently in my first year of graduate studies. My goal is to complete a PhD. I hope to pass on my love and passion for art and art history to as many museum visitors as possible through the telling of inclusive and interesting stories. 

What is your favorite painting/artist here? 
While I have not been able to see these works in person yet, some of the works that I have become *digitally* invested in are John Edmonds’s Hood 2Willem de Kooning’s Asheville, Ricky Maynard’s Gladys Wik ElderAimé Mpane’s Mapasa and Elizabeth Murray’s The Sun and The Moon.

Read the full interview here

Congratulations Ariana!!


Blackboard and Virtual Learning Workshops

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation will be offering Blackboard and Virtual Learning Workshops for Graduate Assistants. 

These free workshops focus on Blackboard features, as well as challenges of the virtual learning period, such as building community in online courses, tips for facilitating online discussions, and inclusive strategies for engaging all students. All workshops are free and virtual.
For more information and details on offerings for the Spring 2021 semester, please review the attached documents and sign up on the events page.



ETD Workshop for Doctoral Students

ETD Workshop for Ph.D. Students

Students completing their dissertation in the near future are strongly encouraged to attend the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) workshop. Our student services team will review the submission process, formatting requirements, and briefly discuss upcoming deadlines. This workshop will only cover requirements specific to CCAS graduate students.

February 9th @ 4:00 p.m.

ETD Deadlines

March 15 - Graduation Application Deadline

March 19 - Submit the Dissertation Examination Defense Form

April 1 - Dissertation defense deadline

April 8 - ETD submission deadline: Submit final, approved, post-defense, electronic dissertation to the ProQuest site

April 15 - Final, approved dissertation containing all post-defense revisions and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator 

Spring 2021 Graduation Application Deadline

All students expecting to complete their degree requirements in Spring 2021 must apply to graduate in Spring. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The application is submitted through GWeb. The online application will close after March 15.

If you applied for Fall graduation but did not complete your requirements, you must re-apply for Spring graduation. Your Fall application will not automatically transfer over to the Spring.

Doctoral students planning to graduate please reference the CCAS Ph.D. Clearance Deadlines page for Spring 2021 deadlines and reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Faculty Speaker and Graduate Mentor Award Nominations

We invite you to nominate a CCAS faculty member to speak at this year’s virtual CCAS Celebration. If you know a faculty member who you believe would be a compelling speaker, you may submit your recommendation here. We are also seeking nominations for the CCAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. To recommend a CCAS faculty member who has been particularly helpful and supportive to graduate students, whether in a formal or informal capacity, please use this form. Nominations for both honors are due no later than Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


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 February events. To view future events, please visit the Current Student Events Website.

Bicentennial Opening Ceremony February 9
Library Information Session February 10
GTB: Nicole Turner Lee, Ph.D. February 10
CCAS Writing Workshop February 11
Dissertation Copyright Workshop February 24
Fireside Chat with Deborah N. Archer February 24
Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) February 25 

Funding/Employment Opportunities

National Fellowship Opportunities

The Office of Graduate Studies has 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.

CCAS Awards

Applications are now open for two Doctoral funding opportunities: the CCAS Dean’s Graduate Instructorship and the Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

The CCAS Dean’s Graduate Instructorship offers exceptional Ph.D. candidates the unique experience of designing and teaching their own undergraduate courses while obtaining financial support for their dissertation research. Application Deadline: February 24

The Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship includes a stipend equivalent to the normal GA salary and stipend in the recipient’s respective department for one or two semesters, as well as an award of required candidacy tuition for the period of the fellowship. Application Deadline: March 10

Click here for more information. Please reach out to Katherine Conaty at [email protected] with any questions.

Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) Awards

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

George and Mary Shiers Memorial  Fund Fellowship

Deadline: 26 February 2021

Supports graduate student research and related activities concerning any aspect of electronic media and telecommunications and associated technologies such as history, technical aspects including innovation and public policy developments.

Stipend awards of $5,000 can be utilized to support research and/or defray the cost of travel to seminars, archives and collections or events as related to the purpose of this fellowship for Spring, Summer or Fall of 2021. 

Updated February 22, 2021

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