Student Newsletter - March 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!

Graduate Student Newsletter Archive

MARCH 2021

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 March 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. 

March 3 Sleep Hygiene

March 10 Self- Care & Stress Management

March 24 Self Compassion

March 31 Overcoming Loneliness & Isolation

***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. 


Career Services Corner

Internship Opportunity

The District's Dept of Transportation (DDOT) is accepting applications for summer 2021. All internships will be virtual this year and can include stipends. 
Grad and Undergrads from a variety of majors are welcome to apply (i.e. Geography, Policy, Data Science, Business, Engineering). Please view all the available positions at the open positions box on the right hand side of the page.

University Career Services for Graduate Students

Graduate students have 24/7 access to Handshake and other services to view internships, jobs, professional development opportunities, and tools for employment.

Graduate Student Career Series

The Graduate Student Career Series includes select career events and programs open to all GW graduate students. The list of March events is now available.

GW Career Connect:  Graduate/Alumni

March 25th, 12:00-12:30pm (EST)

Advance your networking abilities through GW Career Connect, GW's premier online networking platform.  Join this webinar to learn how you can connect with other graduate students and alumni to expand your network and advance your job search!  All graduate students and alumni are welcome to attend! This event is co-sponsored by Career Services for the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and the College of Professional Studies.  All graduate students and alumni are welcome to attend! If you have any questions, please email Nicole Mintz at [email protected].

RSVP Here 


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. 

March Student Highlight




  • Graduate Student Malarie Zaunbrecher will be presenting a paper at the CAA Annual Conference in conjunction with the International Center for Medieval Arts.

  • Interaction Design graduate student Kaitlin Santiago created a solar panel system as a response to her Florida home being hit by Hurricane Sally. 

  • Art History MA student Ariana Kaye published a blog post about alum John Edmonds on the Phillips Collection website.

  • New Media Photojournalism Alumni Eric Lee (M.A. '20) had his thesis published by NPR. His thesis work led him to pitch election coverage to the Atlantic. Earlier this summer he expanded a project on the horse and carriage vegetable sellers in Baltimore as they began delivering supplies and food to those in dire need due to COVID.

  • Caroline Willauer (M.A. '20) was featured on a French news network discussing the implications of Biden's inauguration.

U.S. Student Fulbright Semi-Finalists!

Congratulations to this year's GW U.S. Student Fulbright Semi-Finalists. Nine graduate students and graduate student alumni will move on to the finalist round. This year was the Fulbright's most competitive in its 75 year history, receiving close to twelve thousand applications:


Emma Backe, South Africa (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology)

Surviving a Crisis: Sexual Violence Recovery and Care in South Africa


Alyssa Bivins, Palestinian Territories-West Bank (Doctoral Candidate, History)

English Teaching Assistantship


Adam Cetorelli, Italy (Master's, American Studies)

English Teaching Assistantship


Michael Kaplan, Turkey (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology)

Refugees and Religious Revival: Islamic Belonging and Brotherhood in Istanbul


Jonathan LoTempio, European Union (Doctoral Candidate, Geonomics and Bioinformatics)

Separated at birth: 21st century science diplomacy in the EU and US, with an eye to Africa


Neerja Vashist, India (Doctoral Candidate, Genomics and Bioinformatics)


The Influence of Testosterone on Early Brain Development



Congratulations to our Bouchet Honor Society Inductees

Please join the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies in congratulating GW 2021 Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inductees. Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the society recognizes and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Please join us at our recognition ceremony on March 8th.

Danielle Haywood (Public Policy and Public Administration)

Kristy Ortega Johnson (Molecular Medicine)

Mary Mbaba (Applied Social Psychology)

Ahleah Miles (Industrial/Organizational Psychology)

Semret Seyoum (Public Policy and Public Administration)


Congratulations to our 3MT Winners!!

We want to thank all of our participants for presenting their dissertation research at the 2021 virtual CCAS Three Minute Thesis (3MT) dissertation competition. You may view all of their videos on the Columbian College YouTube Channel
Special Shout-Out to our 3MT Winners:
First Place: Katherine Hinnant
Second Place:Turni Chakrabarti 
Third Place: Stephanie Gomez
People's Choice WInner: Djordje Modrakovic

Credit/No Credit Spring 2021

Students whose programs will allow courses to be taken for CR/NC will have until Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, to exercise this option for the Spring 2021 semester. No changes will be permitted after submission, and no submissions will be accepted after the deadline. The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) will begin accepting requests on Monday, March 1, 2021; the final deadline for submitting requests is Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.


ETD Deadlines!

Master Thesis Deadlines

April 23 - ETD Submission Deadline. Must submit your approved thesis to ProQuest site and submit  ETD approval form (PDF) to [email protected] by this deadline.

April 30 -  Final University ETD deadline. All formatting edits must be completed by this deadline.

Ph.D. Deadlines

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.

Tax Department 

The tax department provides information regarding tax issues that may impact GW students, such as the taxation of payments received from the university (i.e. salary, scholarships, stipends, etc.) and helpful tax forms and student publications.

International Student Tax Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 11th from 12pm - 1pm on Zoom. Prior registration is required. If you cannot make it to this workshop you may register to attend one of the webinars that Sprint tax is conducting. You can find the dates and registration links on GW’s Sprintax web page.


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

Bouchet Recognition Ceremony March 8
Career Services Virtual Networking Strategies March 10
PhD ETD Workshop March 11
Women's History Month: A Conversation with Congresswoman Susan Wild March 16
Student Ambassador Coffee Chat  March 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 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].

Scottish Rite Endowment Graduate Fellowships

Deadline: 6 March 2021
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. 

Review the Verification of Scottish Rite Eligibility Form, as well as more details on this fellowship.

Walter Green Fellowships

Deadline: 8 March 2021

For incoming or current Master's students who intend a career in public service or government and work in a paid job or internship for at least 15 hours a week. The student must be or will be employed in a paid job or paid internship related to their program at GW in the DC Metro Area at the time of application.

Academic year fellowships will be up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study (excluding fees). 

Fullbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (FHDDRA)

GW Internal Deadline: 24 March 2021

National Deadline: 5 April 2021

The Fulbright-Hays provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies (topics focused on Western Europe countries are ineligible) for periods of 6 to 12 months. Students may propose research in multiple countries.
Apply for a unique opportunity to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The 12-month fellowship includes a stipend and could involve a limited amount of travel to WHO in Geneva, Switzerland (COVID permitting). 

Bryce Harlow Fellowships

Deadline: 25 April 2021

The Bryce Harlow Foundation, the premier organization in Washington for government advocacy, is now accepting applications for its Bryce Harlow Fellowships.  Fellowships are awarded to individuals working full-time, attending graduate school part-time and who anticipate having careers in the field of government relations, lobbying or advocacy.  

Recipients receive $8,000 ($4,000 per semester), mentoring opportunities, and access to seminars and other educational activities.  For more information, please visit their website.



Updated October 17, 2022

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