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Dance minor applications due 1/31/2020

Dear Dance Community:

It is time to open our applications session for the Minor in Dance! Please let your friends, frenemies, classmates, and students know they are welcome to apply.

The Minor in Dance requires 6.68 units of credit in the Dance Program, and is comprised of a combination of technique and academic courses. If you have not already done so, please make sure you have spoken with Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw about your interest in the minor.

To apply for the minor, please complete the  application & petition below, and submit headshot or photograph. The deadline is Friday, January 31th, with announcements on Friday, February 7th.

Email your completed application to: Caitlin Robb  with the subject line “Last Name, Dance Minor Application” or, you may print your completed application and bring it to the front office located at 70 Arts Circle, 5th Floor, room 160. 

My winter quarter hours are as follows: Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 31st in order to be considered for acceptance to the minor program. Once all applications are received, you will be notified of the result Friday, February 7th.

Please feel free to contact Roxane Heinze Bradshaw at or myself David Kleineick at at with any questions. 

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Humanities Plunge applications now being accepted!

The Plunge is Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities FREE spring break program – a deep dive into art, theatre, architecture, history, and neighborhood culture (and food!). It’s open to all majors, all years, all schools. Applications are due Jan. 27.

Here’s the link:

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Legal Studies Major Applications are now open!

We are pleased to announce that
Legal Studies Major Applications are now open!

If interested in applying to the major, please complete the online application form
and submit to by Monday, February 3rd!

Our applications are only open once a year, so don’t delay!

For more information about the major, visit our website.



Announcing SummerFest 2020!

Start dreaming about warm summer days on cold winter nights! It all begins at SummerFest, which introduces students to Northwestern resources that can help them meet their summer goals through programs, jobs, and grants. Some opportunities would allow you to enjoy Evanston and Chicago when the weather is great. Others are focused on more distant domestic and international locations. Some are entirely portable if you have a place in mind, whether it’s your hometown or a destination on your bucket list. To make things easy, we’re bringing resources to residential areas over two days: Tuesday, January 14, 12-3pm in Shepard Hall; Wednesday, January 15, 7-9pm in 560 Lincoln. (Click the links to see details on the event pages.) Drop in for 15 minutes. Stay for an hour. Oh, and did we mention that you can get a draft of your resume reviewed by staff from Northwestern Career Advancement?

What can I accomplish at SummerFest?

  • Learn about summer opportunities and funding options
  • Start planning for applications due in winter or spring
  • Find out about ways to earn degree credit this summer

Who will be at SummerFest?

  • Advisers representing multiple Northwestern offices and programs
  • Students sharing insights from recent summer experiences
  • orthwestern Career Advancement reviewing resume drafts and offering summer advice

What should I bring to SummerFest?

  • An open mind about what you might do with your summer
  • A draft of your resume if you want professional feedback
  • Your appetite for summery snacks like ice cream treats and freshly popped popcorn
  • Friends, because you’ll be doing them a favor

Current list of participants:

  • Global Learning Abroad: Summer Study Abroad Opportunities, including Buffett’s Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)
  • Center for Civic Engagement: Engage Chicago
  • Northwestern Career Advancement: Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP)
  • Undergraduate Financial Aid: Summer Financial Aid, Study Abroad, & Work-Study
  • Office of External Programs, Internships, & Career Services (EPICS): School of Communication Internship Program
  • Office of Fellowships: Funding for Summer Research, Study Abroad, and Public Service
  • German Department: Summer Internships, Scholarships & Programs
  • Health Professions Advising: Pre-Med & Pre-Health Summer Strategies
  • Center for Talent Development: Paid Summer Internships at Summer Camp for the Gifted
  • SummerNU: Summer Session 2020
  • Office of Undergraduate Research: Undergraduate Language Grants, Undergraduate Research Grants, and Undergraduate Research Assistant Program
  • Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS): Planning for Summer Work
  • Global Health Studies: Summer Global Health Research Opportunities
  • Northwestern Hillel: Hillel Summer Programs

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Student Admission Volunteer Hosts for Purple Preview

This notice is to inform you about the Purple Preview program through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Through the program, prospective students shadow current students during the school day as a way to experience classes and life at Northwestern. 

We’re looking for people like you to host prospective students! You don’t need any prior experience in admissions, you just have to be a current student willing to host a high school student from 9am-3pm. Though we host students Monday through Thursday through the academic year, there’s no minimum amount of days you need to host. 

We currently have over 200 volunteer hosts, but we are looking to expand to ensure we have host representing all six undergraduate schools.

What’s in it for you? It’s a fun and fulfilling experience to share all that Northwestern has to offer! We’ll provide you and your prospective student with meal vouchers for Norris and dining halls.

If you’re interested in being on our Listserv, simply fill out the form below. You’ll then receive an email in the coming weeks outlining hosting responsibilities and more program details. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about the program, and we hope to see you in the Visitors Center soon. 

Student Admission Volunteer Coordinators

Interest Form

Winter Break 2019-2020 Work-Study Position Available in the Student Resource Center

Are you eligible for Work Study, and looking for extra work over winter break?

The SoC Student Resource Center is has work study positions available for students who will be in the Evanston area for finals week and winter break. Continuing to work a few hours during winter and spring quarters, as well as longer hours during spring break, is also possibility.


Clerical Aide 2, SoC Undergraduate Office. 

Students work at the front desk answering phones, making appointments, filing and doing other light clerical tasks. Also help with assembling reports, putting together materials for students, and preparing for student events. 


Must be an NU undergraduate student with a Federal Work-Study allotment for the 2019-20 academic year.

Familiarity with MS Office (especially word and excel), previous experience answering phones for a busy office, filing experience, ability to multitask and take initiative.

Please email a resume, cover letter, number of allotment hours that can be worked each week, and schedule of available work hours to

PAY RATE: $12.00/hr

CONTACT NAME: Jeanette A Ortiz


Course Update: Computing Everywhere Winter 2020!

You already know that software, data and algorithms are everywhere today. Have you ever wondered how they work? Or wanted to know more about programming, so you could feel smarter talking to an engineer/coder on a project or in a job interview?

This winter, check out COMM ST 159 Computing Everywhere, a zero-credit seminar with 5 weeks of evening (choose Tuesdays at Willard or Wednesdays at Shepard, 7-9 pm) workshops aimed at all NU students without a technical background.

Wait, zero credits? Right. It’ll show up as a class on your transcript and you’ll be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis based on your attendance. No graded homework or exams. Show up and participate, and you’ll get a ‘satisfactory’. 

What are the topics? This winter, topics include:  understanding automation scripts, data and computational journalism, working with cloud computing, artificial intelligence and social network analysis.

It’s really just 5 weeks? Yup, the course will meet once per week, for 2 hours per session during the first 5 weeks of the quarter. You pick the Tuesday or Wednesday section. Then it’s done and you’ll have more time for midterms and projects and whatever else comes up. That’s it!

Do I need to be a programmer? No. If you can write code, you know too much for this course. It’s designed for beginners.

Will I become a programmer? Probably not after just this seminar, but you’ll be in great shape to start learning to code on your own or take more courses! 

Sounds cool, but next quarter I’m already really busy with 18 courses, studying abroad, doing 4 internships, etc.  What do I do? We will offer this in the spring too, with an updated list of topics each quarter. We will also offer it in different formats sometimes. Watch for more info on our web site and in your inbox! 

What if I’ve already taken it once? You can do it again, up to six times! No problem.

How do I sign up? Register for COMM ST 159 in CAESAR as you would for any course. Because it’s zero credits, it won’t increase your credit count, tuition, etc..

Have more questions? Check out the web site or contact Jeremy Birnholtz (, course coordinator.

Research position with OTV Open Television Project

Project title: Open TV Exhibition Data Project
Faculty name:
Christian Aymar
School and Department: SOC, Communication Studies

Faculty Bio: Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University interested in creative industries and cultural studies. His first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television on New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including The International Journal of Communication, Television & New Media, Cinema Journal, Continuum, and Transformative Works and Cultures. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others.

Project synopsis: My work asks how new technologies and industry practices shape culture, focusing on the politics of representation as TV transitions from the network era to the networked, or digital, era. To explore the possibility of representing complex identities online and in Hollywood I needed to create my own data set because of systemic inequalities across media sectors.

OTV | Open Television — — is a platform distributing TV pilots and series by queer, trans and cis-women and artists of color. This research project investigates how independent organizations can challenge television series development to be more inclusive as it explores the possibilities for community-based arts in the digital age. The OTV platform functions as a television network from the bottom-up, using web distribution to incubate local, emerging artists and propel their careers. OTV empowers this diverse set of creatives by producing and distributing original indie series by and about artists. It is designed it as an intervention in television, film, online video and art practices and industries. The experiment tests the entire process of developing original programming, mining small-scale context for the rich data it can provide: financing, production, marketing, exhibition, and distribution.

This URAP project focuses on how OTV programs circulate online and in cities, or how programs are exhibited and received. This involves basic audience and textual analysis to determine what themes and frames are most often used and seen as most valuable for representations of historically marginalized communities.

Description of the RA position: Student(s) will be working with a broad of range of data sets related to the exhibition of television and video projects distributed online and in Chicago by my project OTV | Open Television. Primarily students will be coding and organizing data, for example: categorizing websites that embed our projects by target audience; coding the social media profiles of individual OTV projects by post type and style; mapping local, national and global screenings of OTV projects; coding interviews with local and national exhibition partners by theme.

Position Expectations: Students will work with the faculty member and a doctoral student but will work on their own time. A doctoral student will offer basic training after the faculty member provides an overview of each discreet project and task. Deadlines will generally be flexible so long as tasks are concluded within a reasonable time so research can progress. Students will have biweekly meetings with the faculty member to go over work completed and get feedback on their performance.

Students will become familiar with basic Excel and the backend of social media websites.

Time Requirements: Students will receive regular feedback through biweekly meetings with the faculty member via video chat or in-person at the faculty’s office. I respect students’ time, allowing for flexibility on deadlines so they are not over-stressed.

Applicant Prerequisites: No prior experience is required as these tasks are less technical and more exercises in basic critical thinking necessary for all undergraduates to have. Students who can show a solid work ethic and who are detail oriented will be preferred. I will be reaching out to listservs from the departments of Radio/TV/Film, Statistics and Communication Studies to reach students interested in creative industries and data. This has proven effective in the past.  Candidates will be evaluated based on their interest in the topics, including: television and other arts, social media & other modes of reception, community engagement or marketing, intersectionality (race, gender, sexuality, class, etc.) as it relates to working with data sets.

Students can apply here: