Senior Seminars Sign-up

FALL 2014


NEW 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 spring semester must register for W4911 Section 0 ECONOMICS SEMINAR REGISTRATION. Registration for W4911 Section 0 is limited to these majors who will have senior status and who will have completed W3211, W3213 and W3412 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 carefully 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 - descriptions will be posted as soon as they become available.

Students in the joint majors with philosophy, political science and statistics are not affected by this change. Laura Yan will contact you directly about registration in the designated senior seminars for your joint major when those seminars are offered.

Students who are graduating early, and so currently only have junior status must contact Laura Yan (ly38@columbia.edu) before August 1st 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.

Seminar Descriptions are now posted on the Seminar Descriptions page.  Please note that T. Dang's Hedge Fund seminar is only opened to financial-economics majors.



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 W3211, W3213 and W3412 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 W4911 Section 0 during the registration period in April  (April14-18). Regardless of which seminar you would like to take, you must register for W4911 Section 0. Registration for W4911 Section 0 will close on AUGUST 1st.  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 August 1st will not be included in the lottery.
     
  • Eligible students who are registered for W4911 Section 0 will be entered into a lottery to determine selection order for seats in senior seminars.  The eligibility of students will be checked after the end of the spring semester. Students who registered for the section but are not eligible (e.g. students who have not completed the prerequisite courses) will be contacted and removed from the section.
     
  • On AUGUST 4th, students registered for W4911 Section 0 will be notified that a "test" is available on the Courseworks site for W4911 Section 0. This test is actually a survey of your preferences over the seminars. You will submit, via a multiple choice test, your preferences over the seminars offered for the spring semester. You will be asked to rank a minimum of 5 seminars. You may not rank the same seminar multiple times (e.g. a seminar cannot be both your first and second choice). Financial econ majors should NOT select any seminars that do not count for the financial economics major (all such seminars are noted on the seminar description page). The survey will close on AUGUST 15th
     
  • Due to the high demand for Prof Dang’s Hedge Fund seminar (W4911 sec 3), the seminar will only be opened to Financial Economics majors only.  If you are not a Financial Economics major and you select  Dang’s seminar as one of your choices in the survey, that choice will be ignored.
     
  • On AUGUST 18th 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.
     
  • Students who wish to petition to get into a seminar from the waiting list for that seminar must submit their request by AUGUST 24th. All requests will be submitted via the Drop Box tool in Courseworks.
     
  • Final assignments to seminars will be posted in the Files & Resources section and on the department website on AUGUST 28th.
     
  • All remaining seminar seats will be available for walk in registration beginning the first day 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 W4911 Section 0 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.
     
  • If a student is not placed in his/her top ranked seminar, then he/she will be placed on the waiting list for that seminar. If a student is not placed in his/her top two ranked seminars (i.e. placed in the third or lower choice), then he/she will be placed  on the waiting list for both of his/her top ranked seminars.
     
  • 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 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, then students 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 3211, 3213 and 3412 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 3211, 3213 and 3412 with a C- or higher) may sign up for any remaining seats in seminar via the walk in process.