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GWSB Undergraduate News

August 31, 2012

NEW! Welcome back from a GWSB Senior

On behalf of the entire Undergraduate Programs Office, I would like to welcome you all back from summer break to the 2012-2013 school year. My name is Emily Payamps and I am a senior at GWSB, majoring in International Business with a minor in Spanish. After spending last spring semester worlds away in Granada, Spain, taking humanities courses, gaining fluency in a new language, and becoming wrapped up in a new culture, I had never been so nervous to return back to school; the word "business" even sounded intimidating.

However, after walking through the large glass doors of Duques, this building felt just like it had nine months ago, a home; a place that houses a tight-knit community amongst students with diverse backgrounds who unite to enhance and make the most out of their experience at GW, a place that supports leadership and drive, a place that develops character, a place that builds on a past to create a successful future . The Undergraduate Programs Office supports and creates the programming that make this kind of community possible; we hope that you look forward to, and take advantage, of the bright and vast opportunities this school year brings.

Our door is always open; please feel free to visit us with any questions, comments, concerns, or interests you may have in Duques Hall, Suite 455.

NEW! GWSB Welcome Week: Meet the Dean with Dr. Doug Guthrie


Dean Guthrie will share his perspective on the importance of being an undergraduate business student and provide his thoughts on the institution as the Academic Year begins.  His remarks will be followed by opportunity for Q&A and a reception.  Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
Duques Hall 453

NEW! GW Welcome Week Activities

Below are a few of our favorite GW Sponsored Activities for welcome week, to see a full list of events, click here:

Six Flags Promo: (Saturday, September 1- Monday, September 3)

Six Flags will be offering discounted tickets for all GW students from Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3.  The ticket price is $22.99 plus tax and is only valid if you purchase your ticket online at  Enter the promo code “GW” upon purchasing your ticket to receive the discounted rate.  This is a savings of $34!  Click here for public transportation directions to the park!
Campaign GW Foggy Bottom Fall Kickoff (Thurs Aug 30)
6:00 - 7:30PM, Square 80 (green space behind South Hall)
Join us on Foggy Bottom to mix and mingle with members of Campaign GW as we lay out our fall agenda. Discover all the exciting opportunities to get involved and become a part of GW's future. We'll provide the dinner, you bring the curiosity!

Fall Fest (Saturday, September 1)

4:00 - 10:00PM, University Yard (rain or shine)
Come out to dance and shout at the biggest festival and concert of the semester for the GW community!  Enjoy live music, student organization performances, free food and fun at this annual event.

Welcome Back, Sophomores! (Tuesday, September 4)

3:00 - 5:00PM, Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
Class of 2015: join the Second Year Experience to kick off your Sophomore year. We will have fun, food, free t-shirts, and plenty of awesome staff on hand to help you get ready for an amazing, exciting year.

Freshman Day of Service & Convocation (Saturday, September 8)

11:00AM - 5:00PMCharles E. Smith Center
Faculty and administrators will officially welcome you and your classmates to GW at Freshman Convocation. Then we will complete community service projects on the 4th annual Freshman Day of Service in honor of the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and to celebrate GW's 100 years in Foggy Bottom.

NEW! GWSB Internship Information

Interested in an Internship?
GWSB students have 2 options for internships:
While students do not receive academic credit for completing an internship, the 0-credit option does allow the internship experience to be documented as part of the student’s undergraduate experience.  This option costs $25 and will be charged to the student’s account.

Please click here for more detailed information.

Independent Research projects provide students with an opportunity to:
Undertake research in an area of particular interest
Complement an internship experience with outside research
Receive recognition on The George Washington University transcript

Students can choose to receive either ONE CREDIT or THREE CREDITS for Independent Research. An INTERNSHIP can be taken in conjunction with the Independent Research.

Please click here for more detailed information.

**Please be aware that there are new processes in place and forms for completing an internship and/or Independent Research. Click the links above for more information.

NEW! New York Career Trek Information

2012 New York Career Trek
November 7-9, 2012

Open to GWSB Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Consulting, Finance/Accounting, Marketing, and Sports Management tracks!
Applications will be available soon!
Follow us at @GWSBNYTrek
Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs: 202-994-7536 or

NEW! GWSB Study Abroad Blog

Where in the World are GWSB Students this Semester?

In an effort to showcase and promote the many wonderful study abroad programs GWSB students participate in, we have recently launched a GWSB Abroad Blog. Follow eight of your classmates as they travel the world this semester and share their stories about living with a host family, learning a foreign language, trying new foods, navigating a different academic culture, and go on exciting excursions. Visit to see who our Bloggers will be this semester. Be sure to check back next week for how to also follow us on Twitter! Happy adventuring!


NEW! How to Access for all GW Students, Staff, and Faculty

We are excited to announce that all GWSB faculty, staff, and students now have full access to the Financial Times' interactive web portal,! It can be accessed from any campus computer. provides electronic access to the Financial Times' news content.  In addition, recently added new educational tools to enhance the business curriculum.  We are hoping that full-text access to and Education Tools will a very useful supplement for courses for the next academic year.

To use, simply go to the website, register to create an individual log in, and start surfing! If you’re on a campus computer, you will have access to the wide array of features offered by Some features of the site include:

  • Clippings: can be set up to bookmark and store relevant articles and materials for reference, while also using comments to help explain aspects and facilitate discussion.
  • Newslines: an annotation tool that adds notes to articles to provide background or explanations of key concepts and implications.
  • ePaper: a digital copy of the full print addition with the ability to save, store, and share articles in PDF format.
  • FT Lexicon: a reference and glossary of investment, financial, and business terms with explanations and examples.


A Welcome Greeting from Your Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Dear GWSB Students,

I wanted to wish you all a warm welcome to the new school year!  For some of you, this will be your first fall at GW, and for others, it might be your last fall before you graduate.  No matter how long you have been on campus, you are a part of the GWSB community, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know you and provide you with a world class education.

I am honored to be serving as the Undergraduate Dean and to be working with our outstanding advising and program staff.  Ms. Julianna Hutchins is now in charge of advising and is coordinating our team of Undergraduate Student Experience Advisors.  We are all very excited to work with you in the coming year and have many co-curricular programs for you to get involved in.
Please feel free to come by the Undergraduate Programs office and Advising Center to say hello, ask questions, and get more involved in your community!  We have a number of opportunities for students to take an active role in their education, beginning with some exciting programming in the next few weeks, specifically GWSB Welcome Week events and Back2Business (a fair put on by the Undergraduate Business Association).  Back2Business will take place on September 14, from noon-2 pm in Kogan Plaza, and there will be informational booths, cupcakes, and more.  I will be there to meet you all at the table dedicated to our new reading programs, which many of you participated in this summer. Also, you can follow me on twitter for updates and events @gwsbIsabelle.
Once again, welcome or welcome back to the GWSB community!  I look forward to getting to know you all and to the new school year. 
Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Study Abroad Events

Study Abroad Open House

The Office for Study Abroad is hosting an open house on Wednesday, August 29th from 10am-4pm in the Marvin Center, Suite 505. All study abroad advisors will be available for walk-in advising during this time. Stop by to check out our new office and learn more about your study abroad options!

Regional Information Sessions

Thinking about studying abroad next semester? Come to a regional information session to learn more about your program options, scholarship opportunities, and the application process. The info sessions will be held the first three Fridays of the semester. For more information and to view the full schedule, please visit our website.

GW Study Abroad Fair 2012

Monday, September 24
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Stop by the annual Study Abroad Fair to learn about the hundreds of program options available to you each semester!

How GW Ranks in the Princeton Review

For over two decades, the Princeton Review has crafted a list of the best 377 universities for students to find out information on everything from rankings to student contentment to teaching styles- 62 categories in all. The information is gathered from surveys of over 122,000 students. The latest book goes on sale, and rankings can be found on their website, as well.

Here are some of the rankings for GW!

#3 College City Gets High Marks
#3 Most Politically Active Students
#13 Best College Dorms

Opportunities for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Interested in getting paid for conducting research with a faculty member? If so, please visit our website and complete an application here.  Please contact Rick Hess at for more information!

About the REU Program:

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program in the School of Business cultivates and supports research partnerships between undergraduate students and School of Business faculty members. The REU program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work as part of the team on a faculty member's research project or to participate in a case competition requiring intensive research. The REU program engages undergraduates fully in the learning process and enables them to gain an appreciation of the role of research in business. For the academic year 2011-2012, we had 19 undergraduate students participating in the program working with 16 faculty members on diverse research projects.

Current Open REU Positions:

  • • Professor Paul Swiercz is looking for a student to help him with a case study on the Peace Corps:

Research Description:
Research in support of a case on staffing policies of the Peace Corps.
Working Title: Peace Corps.: The Shortest Career You Will Ever Love. The Peace Corps is unique because it has a strict limit on the length of appointments for professional staff. We will investigate the origins of this policy and its consequence for Peace Corps performance.

Preferred Student Qualifications:
Library/ archival research
Interviewing skills
Project management
Word and Power Point familiarity

Length: one semester or until project completion. 5-10 hrs per week 

  • • Professor Edward Cherian PHD is looking for a student to help him continue his Healthcare IT research in the Spring of 2013.

Please contact him at

Or, if there is another topic you have in mind, feel free to grab a professor and submit a proposal!
E-mail for more information!

GW Tutoring Initiative

GW Tutoring Initiative provides tutoring services for GW students in a variety of courses. In addition to individual sessions, we also have drop-in sessions that students can utilize throughout the semester free-of-charge, and online tutoring through Smarthinking. Please visit the GW Tutoring Initiative website for more information.

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NEW! Welcome back from a GWSB Senior

NEW! GWSB Welcome Week: Meet the Dr. with Dean Doug Guthrie

NEW! GW Welciome Week Activities

NEW! GWSB Internship Information

NEW! New York Career Trek Information

NEW! GWSB Study Abroad Blog

NEW! How to Access for all GW Students, Staff, and Faculty

A Welcome Greeting from Your Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Study Abroad Events

How GW Ranks in the Princeton Review

Opportunities for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

GWSB Access to

GW Tutoring Initiative

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