Student Newsletter - June 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!

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To encourage social distancing, 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 June newsletter we have the following topics:




A Message from the Dean

In a message to the CCAS community during this difficult time, Dean Paul Wahlbeck addresses the recent events surrounding George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.


wellness corner

CAPS Wellness Wednesday

We Talk is a drop-in program for all GW students. We Talk is an informal, friendly consultation with counseling staff alongside peers with similar backgrounds/interests. While we have daily themes that rotate biweekly to establish a space for students with similar experiences, all students are welcome to join any We Talk session! We Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment, but the counseling-consultants can listen, provide support, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a counselor at CAPS. No registration, commitment, or appointment is needed, just drop in.



virtual cafÉ  


Miss hanging out at your favorite coffee shop to do your homework? Come join us in the Writing Center's Virtual Café on Monday evenings, from 6-8 p.m.!  

What’s a “Virtual Café?”

A “Virtual Café” is a two-hour block of time where you’ll write--or do any kind of homework--in the company of others. You don’t have to write alone. You CAN meet your deadlines.

We'll be here every week. You can join us just once, or you can put the Café on your calendar so that you know you have a set, dedicated time every week for getting your academic work done.  

If you’re interested, please register by 3 p.m. the day before the café (we need time to set it up). Once registered, we'll send you a weekly reminder about (and Zoom link for) the Monday Café.  

You can also visit the Virtual Café webpage for more information! 


Professional Development

CDC Foundation COVID-19 Corps.

WE NEED YOU!!!  Come do your part to help safely re-open your state.   The CDC Foundation is recruiting for critical positions related to the COVID-19. Open positions in all 50 states and U.S. territories can be found on our COVID-19 Corps careers page. Jobs vary by state and locality, but include roles for epidemiologists, infection preventionists, informaticians, data analysts, laboratorians, community support specialists, community health program managers, project managers, and more.  Candidates should check back regularly if they do not immediately find a role for which they qualify as CDC Foundation is adding jobs in new locations on a regular basis. 

The COVID-19 Data Project:

Emergency Data Relief Internship

This summer, we are reopening applications.

If you know of any student who might be interested, please visit the Broadstreet website for more information.


banner 9 self-service registration

This new upgrade provides an improved user experience for students, advisors and faculty through easy-to-follow tools for registration, class scheduling, course catalog viewing, and more. Incoming freshmen will be the first to use the new system this summer when registering for fall classes. 

Key Features

  • Ability to search courses by keywords, course attributes, course meeting days, Course Reference Numbers (CRNs), etc.
  • Students can see their registration eligibility, including any holds, academic standing, and student status.
  • Students can review the course schedule and register for classes on the same page – no more multiple tabs.
  • A new “Conditional Add/Drop” feature will allow students to drop a course only if they are able to enroll in their new preferred course.
  • Schedules may be viewed in a day/time grid format.
  • Better visibility of potential error messages.
  • Students will be able to email schedules to themselves and add weekly schedules to calendars.

How to Register

The “How to Register” section on the GW Registrar’s website has been updated with new content, and will continue to be refined over the next few weeks as feedback is received. A downloadable reference guide for students is in development. Train-the-trainer sessions for advisors have been well attended and valuable feedback has been received. A quick reference guide is being developed and will be forwarded to advisors upon completion.

The next stage of enhancements will focus on integration with DegreeMAP (August/September) that will allow students to import planned courses to the registration system.

Questions? For questions or to report any problems, please contact GW IT at 202-994-GWIT (4948), [email protected] or


Important dates!

Don't forget the following deadlines coming up in June!

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Workshop

Students completing their thesis or dissertation in the near future are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) workshop. Our student services team will review the submission process, formatting requirements, and briefly discuss upcoming deadlines. This session will only cover requirements specific to CCAS graduate students. Log in for one of the following dates. No advanced registration is needed. You can register via WebEx for the June 9 and July 15 dates.

Summer Graduation Application Deadline

The application should be submitted through GWeb. Step-by-step instructions on completing the application can be found on the Registrar's website. The online application will close after July 15, so any student wishing to apply for Summer graduation after this date will need to submit a paper application to the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies at [email protected].

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



Funding Opportunities

Assistance Funds

GW Cares Student Assistance Fund

Managed through the Office of Student Success, this resource can provide grants to students who are faced with an emergency not related to your tuition payments. To apply, fill out the application form. The fund is designated to off-set a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace and supplement financial aid.

External Support: Scholly Student Relief Fund

With the COVID-19 health crisis sweeping across the nation, Scholly is providing cash assistance to those in need during the COVID-19 Crisis. Apply today to receive $200 in cash assistance to help cover expenses. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 15th, 2020 dependent on the availability of funds.

Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) Awards

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

APF Graduate Student Scholarships

Deadline: 30 June 2020

The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate administers the granting of the scholarships.

Scottish Rite Endowment Graduate Fellowships

Deadline: 7 August 2020

Tuition fellowships funded by income from a Scottish Rite endowment given to the George Washington University, are awarded for the academic year to full-time graduate students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University Foggy Bottom campus.

Fellowships are up to twelve credits per academic year for full-time study and up to six credits per academic year for part-time study.

Eligibility is confirmed by the Scottish Rite if either the applicant's great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle, or self is or has been a 32 degree Scottish Rite member. 

Visit the OGSAF website for access to a Verification of Scottish Rite Eligibility Form, as well as more details on this fellowship.


Updated June 10, 2020

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