Student Newsletter - May 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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MAY 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 May newsletter we have the following topics:

Congratulations Graduates!

The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies is proud of all your accomplishments.  It's been our pleasure to have supported you on this journey.  We wish you the very best in your future endeavors.  #CCASOnward

CCAS Virtual Celebrations

The Office of Graduate Studies is excited to honor this year's graduates through a series of livestreamed Celebration ceremonies.

Please note that degrees are conferred as of May 16, 2021, and continue for several weeks until all student graduation applications are cleared. Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after the degree is awarded. More information on your Diploma's can be found on the Registrar's website.

Students may reference their record in GWEB to check their degree award status and confirm their diploma address.

DegreeMAP Completion

Please note all students graduating cannot be cleared to graduate until their program and course requirements are both 100% complete in DegreeMAP.  We encourage you to review your DegreeMap and work with the Director of Graduate Studies if there are any updates that need to be processed.

If you cannot be cleared to graduate in the Spring semester, you must register and re-apply for graduation for the Summer session. Your Spring application will not automatically transfer over to the Summer.


Wellness Corner

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS services continue through out the summer. Please visit the CAPS website for information on CAPS services and support.

The Store

The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University that is managed by The Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs provides resources and support for students living with food insecurity. Students should be aware that as a condition of access to the store this semester, they are required to comply with the testing and symptom monitoring requirements to maintain GWorld access to District House and the Store.


Career Services Corner

Student Success Coach

The Office of Student Success & Retention (SS&R) is seeking a Graduate student to fill their Student Success Coach position. The Academic Success Coach assists SS&R in support of a university-wide commitment to improving student persistence and success at the George Washington University. The position will have significant interaction with students to provide academic support with the goal of enhancing student success. A key component of this role will be the implementation of individualized academic success programs—an intrusive and comprehensive initiative to improve academic progress for undergraduate students. mentioned in today's task force meeting. For questions regarding the position, please contact Chante Clarkson -  [email protected].

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. Check out the Careers Services website for more information.


Incomplete Grades

This is a reminder that all students who received an incomplete grade in Spring 2020 and/or Fall 2020 semesters, the deadline is the end of Spring 2021 (May 11, 2021). If you need additional time please work with your faculty to complete an incomplete contract no later than May 14 and submit to [email protected].  Please note if you have already submitted an incomplete contract with more time no further action is needed.


Fall Registration 

All CCAS graduate students are required to register continuously each fall and spring semester until the completion of their program. If you wish to take a Leave of Absence (LOA), please review the LOA policy on our website and discuss this option with your faculty advisor.  If you choose to take LOA please complete the Leave of Absence form and submit it to us via email ([email protected]).

Fall 2021 registration is currently open. The last day to submit consortium registration forms for Fall 2021 is September 3rd.  More information on Fall 2021 registration deadlines can be found on the Registrar's website.

Choosing Between RTF & RTF-EZ 

In most instances students will be able to register online through GWeb. In some cases, a paper registration form is required. If paper registration is required, there are two different registration forms, the RTF and RTF-EZ.  Check out our registration page for examples of when you should use the RTF and when you need to use the RTF-EZ.


Fall Planning and Vaccination Requirements

The university remains confident that we will be in person to the fullest extent possible in the fall.  More information on this annoucement can be found on the GW Coronavirus website.  GW will require all students, faculty, and staff who are in person in fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to being on campus.  Information was updated on the COVID-19 Vaccine website that notes GW will accept any vaccine authorized for use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).  More information on this updated announcement and a list of vaccine FAQ's can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine website.


Summer Session

Summer session offers students a variety of courses designed to broaden the mind and enhance skills while away from campus. You can fulfill requirements, take in-demand courses that fill up quickly during the regular academic year and get a leg up on prerequisites. 

Summer courses are available to graduate and non-degree seeking students. Working professionals and students from other universities can also take advantage of enrolling in GW's summer session. Visit the Summer Session website for more information on registration deadlines, special programs, tuition and more. 


Student Programming Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended one or more of our events this past year.  Whether you had the opportunity to attend an event or not, please take a moment to let us know your interest in events you would like to see hosted next year.


Important Dates

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

Event Date
Hooding Celebration May 12
Master's Celebration May 13
Spring 2021 Degree Conferral Date May 16
Summer Session 1 begins May 17
Last day for all Summer 21 Consortium Registration May 21

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.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

A reimagined approach to the traditional in-person campus visit, IIE Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassadors will present virtually to GW students and alumni about the Fulbright’s history, eligibility, award types, award benefits and application components and tips. The general presentation will be followed by an introduction to GW's Fulbright Program Advisors who will give an overview of the GW Fulbright process and next steps.

When: Wednesday, June 2nd @ 5:00 P.M. (EDT) Register for the session here.

More information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program can be found on the OGSAF website.


Updated May 5, 2021

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