The recruitment weekends for students admitted in 2018 will take place on March 2 – 3, 2018 and on March 30 – 31, 2018.
Once you are admitted to the Chemistry or Chemical Physics graduate program at Columbia, you are invited to attend one of two visiting weekends held in March. This long weekend gives you the opportunity to meet and socialize with faculty and other members of the Department and the chance to explore New York City. Weekend activities include a Friday night out in downtown Manhattan, a trip to a Broadway play, a campus tour, and tours of student apartments. Before your arrival, you will be assigned a graduate student host who will be your guide during your visit.
As soon as you decide to visit Columbia, you should complete the Visiting Weekend Reservation Form, sent with your letter of admission. The Department of Chemistry will then arrange your hotel accommodations for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and put together the meeting schedule for your visit. You are responsible for arranging your own travel to New York City, but the Department will reimburse you up to $300.00 for travel expenses, provided you have saved all of your original receipts.
While the weekend officially starts on Friday morning, many students arrive on Thursday evening. If you plan to arrive early, you will have the opportunity to go to dinner with current graduate students. In addition, students who are interested in research at the interface of chemistry and biology are encouraged to come for an extended visit beginning on March 1, 2018. On that Thursday starting at noon, the Department co-hosts an open house for the Interdisciplinary Biosciences Program.* The open house serves as an introduction to interdisciplinary biology research at Columbia and gives students the opportunity to meet with faculty from other Departments at Columbia including Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Engineering, and the Medical School.
Friday morning begins with a breakfast at the Department of Chemistry. Throughout the day you will have scheduled meetings with faculty members in Chemistry as well as in other Departments to discuss research opportunities in their groups. You will also have some down time to explore the Department and to meet informally with current graduate students and postdocs. Lunch is provided for you and your graduate student host. At the end of the day, there is a happy hour in the Department Lounge where you can socialize with current members of the Department. Happy hour is followed by dinner with the Faculty at the home of one of the Faculty members, and after dinner your graduate student host will pick you up to take you out on the town.
The Department provides several optional activities on Saturday, but you are also encouraged to take the time to explore the city on your own. The admissions office provides a tour of the beautiful Columbia Morningside Campus. After the tour, you will have the chance to visit several student apartments in order to get a feel for living accommodations. In the afternoon, you are invited to attend a Broadway play.
*Additional information about our Interdisciplinary Biosciences program including affiliated faculty and the related NIH Biophysics Training Program, NSF IGERT Training Program in Biological Imaging, and Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2) can be found at the following websites: