Senior Seminars Registration

SPRING 2018

SENIOR SEMINAR REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

Declared majors in economics, financial economics and the joint major with mathematics who wish to take any senior seminar in the upcoming fall semester must register for GU4911 Section 0 ECONOMICS SEMINAR REGISTRATION. Registration for GU4911 Section 0 is limited to these majors who will have senior status and who will have completed UN3211, UN3213 and UN3412 with a letter grade of C- or higher by the start of the fall semester.  Assignments to the individual senior seminars will be made according to the rules outlined below. The process requires input from students, so you must read through the procedure to make sure that you maximize the chance that you get into one of your preferred seminars.  You may find seminar descriptions for the fall here (http://econ.columbia.edu/senior-seminars-description).

Students in the joint majors with philosophy, political science and statistics:  Laura Yan will contact you directly about registration in the designated senior seminars (GU4950, GU4921 and GU4918) for your joint major when those seminars are offered.  Only students who have completed UN3211, UN3213 and UN3412 (or POLS GU4712 in the case of joint majors with political science) with a letter grade of C- or higher will be registered for a senior seminar.

Students who are graduating early must contact Laura Yan (ly38@columbia.edu) before NOVEMBER 10th to let her know that they are graduating early.

Students who have completed or are currently taking a seminar may not participate in the seminar lottery.

 

TIMELINE

Note that "eligible students" in the timeline below refers only to declared majors in economics, financial economics or econ-math who will have senior status and will have completed UN3211, UN3213 and UN3412 with a letter grade of C- or higher by the start of the fall semester.

  • All eligible students interested in taking a senior seminar must register online for ECON GU4911 Section 000 during the Spring 2018 registration period, November 13th - 17th.. Regardless of which seminar you would like to take, you must register for GU4911 Section 0. Registration for GU4911 Section 0 will close on Nov. 17th.  If you are unable to register for classes due to a hold on your registration, then you must contact Laura Yan immediately to let her know that you intend to take your seminar in the spring. Students not registered by Nov. 17th will not be included in the lottery.
     
  • Eligible students who are registered for GU4911 Section 0 will be entered into a lottery to determine selection order for seats in senior seminars.
     
  • On November 20th, students registered for GU4911 Section 0 will be notified that a short questionnaire is available on the Courseworks website in the Test & Quiz section. Students are required to complete this questionnaire prior to the lottery. The questionnaire will help the Economics Department identify most of the students who are currently out of compliance with department rules, and at risk of not graduating as an economics major. If you do not fill out the questionnaire, then you will not be entered in the lottery, and you will not be allowed to take a seminar that semester.  This questionnaire will close on December 3rd.
     
  • On December 11th students registered for GU4911 Section 0 will be notified that a survey of their preferences over the seminars is available on the Courseworks site in the Test & Quiz section. You will submit, via a multiple choice test, your preferences over the seminars offered for the spring semester. You will be asked to rank 4 seminars. You may not rank the same seminar multiple times (e.g. a seminar cannot be both your first and second choice). Financial Economics majors should NOT select any seminars that do not count for the Financial Economics major (all such seminars are marked on the seminar description page). The survey will close on December 25th. Due to the high demand for Prof Dang’s Private Equity and Hedge Fund seminar (GU4911 sec 4), the seminar will only be opened to Financial Economics majors.  If you are not a Financial Economics major, and you select Prof Dang’s seminar as one of your choices in the survey, that choice will be ignored.
  • Professor Gulati’s Sports Economics seminar (GU4911 sec 2) is only opened to Economics majors and Economics-Mathematics majors.

  • On December 31st, an initial assignment of eligible students to seminars will be posted in the Files & Resources section of Courseworks. Students will be able to see: 1) their seminar assignment, 2) their waiting list assignment (if any), and 3) other students' assignments. The assignments to seminars will be made according to the allocation process outlined below.

  • Waitlisted students who wish to petition to get into a seminar must submit their petition by January 5th. All petitions must be submitted via the Drop Box tool in Courseworks.  The petition process is described below.
     
  • Final assignments to seminars will be posted in the Files & Resources section of Courseworks and on the department website on January 10th.
     
  • Seminars taken prior to the successful completion of the prerequisites will not count towards the fulfillment of major requirements. If you did not complete all of the prerequisites, or did not receive a grade of C- or higher in one or more of the pre-requisite courses, then you should notify Laura Yan immediately. She will remove you from the seminar this semester, and thus allow you to sign up for the seminar lottery in a future semester. 

All remaining seminar seats will be available for enrollment beginning on the first day of classes. Students must check the ECON GU4911 sec 0 Courseworks site for seminar availability, and then email Laura Yan at ly38 to request enrollment.  Students may only enroll in open seminars.  Senior economics majors will have priority during the 1st week of classes; juniors may enroll at the beginning of the 2nd week of classes.

 

WALK-IN REGISTRATION

All seminar seats remaining after the assignment of lottery students will be available for enrollment beginning on the first day of classes. Students must check the ECON GU4911 sec 0 Courseworks site for seminar availability. To access this Courseworks page, log in to Vergil, and search for the course ECON GU4911 section 0 (make sure that you select the correct semester). Click on the link for More Information, and then click on View in Courseworks. This should take you to the homepage of the Courseworks site. We will post information regarding open seminars and wait lists on this site. After viewing this information, email Laura Yan at ly38 to request enrollment.  Students may only enroll in open seminarsSenior economics majors will have priority during the 1st week of classes; juniors may enroll during the 2nd week of classes.

 

ALLOCATION PROCESS

The following procedure will determine how the seats in the senior seminars will be allocated to students.

  • A lottery will determine the order that students are placed into seminars. ONLY students who have registered for GU4911 Section 0 and have completed the questionnaire described above will be included in the lottery.
     
  • In the order determined by the lottery, students will be placed in their highest ranking seminar that is open. The student rankings of the seminars will come from the "test" as detailed above.
     
  • A student not placed in his/her first choice will be placed on the waiting list(s) for his/her higher ranked seminars.  The number of waiting lists that a student can be on is limited to the student’s three top choices.
     
  • Twelve of the sixteen seats in a seminar will be filled using the process above. The remaining four seats will be filled by students on the waiting list.
     
  • If the waiting list has four or fewer students, then all students will be placed in the seminar.
     
  • If the waiting list has five or more students, then students may petition to get into the seminar from the waiting list.
     
  • To petition to get into a seminar from the waiting list, students must provide an argument as to why they should be admitted. A faculty panel will review the petitions and select the four students who will get into the seminar from the waiting list. The decisions of the faculty panel are final and not subject to appeal. Students may only submit one petition.  Students may not petition to get into seminars if they are not on the waiting list for that seminar.  More information about petitioning to get into a seminar will be posted in the Files & Resources section of the Courseworks site.
     
  • Students who petition but do not get into a seminar from the waiting list, will remain on the waiting list for that seminar. If a seat opens up in the seminar, unsuccessful petitioners will be admitted first in the order of their lottery numbers.  If further seats open, then students who did not submit petitions will be admitted to the seminar from the waiting list in the order of their lottery numbers.
     
  • All remaining seats in seminars (i.e. seats not filled by students in the lottery) will be available for walk in registration beginning on the first day of classes. Only senior majors who have completed UN3211, UN3213 and UN3412 with a C- or higher will be allowed to sign up for these seats during the first week of classes. They may also sign up for the waiting lists for a closed seminar, but they will be behind any lottery students on the waiting list.
     
  • Beginning in the second week of classes, other qualified students (students who have completed UN3211, UN3213 and UN3412 with a C- or higher) may sign up for any remaining seats in a seminar via the walk in process.

 

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT LAST DAYS TO TAKE ACTION:

NOVEMBER 17th – LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR GU4911 SECTION 0

DECEMBER 3rd – LAST DAY TO COMPLETE THE CHECKLIST QUESTIONAIRE

DECEMBER 25th – LAST DAY TO SUBMIT SEMINAR PREFERENCES

JANUARY 5th– LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A SEMINAR PETITION