The art therapy project at Terence Cardinal Cooke Center seeks to bring undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard into the discrete HIV psychiatric unit at TCC, where they can lead and participate in art activities, inspired by the history of art. The purpose of this program is bring the pleasure of art-making and admiring to the residents in the locked psychiatric unit, as well as to expose undergraduates to the intersection of institutionalization and human rights in modern American society. Stimulation through color and texture offer individuals in distress some relief, different from any other sources already available at TCC. The act of making art affirms the individual’s agency, especially in the context of an open, encouraging classroom. Finally, socialization with young people and fellow residents around art, art history, and art making can foster a stronger, kinder, more hopeful community within the discrete unit at TCC.
The College Board Merit Prize is a scholarship award in the TASC program. It is awarded to a student from Level E who (1) meets the qualifications listed in the prize description and (2) exhibits excellent potential to become a successful college student based on stated criteria. The awardee with demonstrate their interest and eligibility during the term and based on the listed criteria, a small committee of TASC Faculty and Staff will choose the winner. The award will be a $1,000 cash prize for books and academic support materials to help ensure success in the first year at college. The prize will be given in two installments: $500 to be given after the Awardee has enrolled in college and the second $500 after enrollment in the second term.

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The field of ethnoastronomy is about uncovering the lost knowledge that ancient peoples had about the skies around them. Both the Inca and the Aztecs interpreted the world around them through the lens of religion. As anthropologists have discovered through fieldwork and primary sources, the knowledge these peoples acquired from their observations and calculations informed not only their agrarian lifestyles, it contributed to the growth of their respective civilizations as well.
This project seeks to create an opportunity for Columbia University undergraduates to live alongside the elderly residents of a nursing home. By creating a long term care facility in Manhattanville or by partnering with a pre-existing facility, members of the RCSS are proposing that Columbia University plan to select approximately 10 juniors to take up residence in the facility each academic year. This arrangement would benefit both young and old participants by creating a unique community rooted in an appreciation for the value of intergenerational companionship. To name a few of the benefits to students and the elderly, this project would work to combat the harmful physical and emotional effects of social isolation often experienced by the elderly while providing an affordable housing option for students.

Former contributors: William Tang
The RCSS Lunch Series is an informal setting where students and faculty can discuss projects, events, and goals for the RCSS while enjoying a delicious buffet at the Faculty House. Upcoming dates for lunches include: Tuesday, November 21st; Wednesday, November 29th; and Thursday, December 7th. All lunches are 12-2pm in Faculty House.

Kindly RSVP to Jill Shah at
The journal is a platform where RCSS affiliates (students, faculty, etc.) can contribute essays, reflective in nature. The journal provides a forum for Columbia affiliates to share and discuss their experiences with science, service, and subjectivity. The journal publishes student, faculty, and affiliate reflections, papers, research articles, and other relevant material, such as visual art and other forms of expression. Inspired by the philosophy and supported by the administration of the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, the journal seeks to provide a student-run extension of this research cluster that is open to members of the entire Columbia community. The journal serves as an extension of student's experiences volunteering at Terence Cardinal Cooke as well.

Former contributor: Netana Markovitz

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The website is a platform where RCSS students, faculty, and alumni share their projects, pictures, events, and personal information. Columbia University undergraduate students can learn about the RCSS-TCC internship and how to apply. The website has been built to be responsive across devices of different sizes. The website is continuously under development with the goal of bringing together people around issues involving science, service, and subjectivity. If you have any suggestions for the website, please contact Jill (
There is a strong intersection between race and science, particularly in the US, yet it is rarely acknowledged. This intersection, however, carries great implications. People of color and underserved populations receive a lower quality of care in healthcare settings and have historically been taken advantage of. Due to this, there is a lack of trust between these populations and healthcare professionals.

It is necessary for students interested in science-based careers to consider how race will affect us throughout our careers and how we can address the concerns of people of color with regard to their health. However, these topics are rarely addressed in science classes here at Columbia.

The Sunday Dinner Series seeks to fill this gap by creating a laid-back forum for people to discuss different intersections between race and science. It is a series of six dinners, two in the fall and four in the spring, hosted once a month in order to address topics such as Institutional Racism and Health Outcomes, The Epidemic of Gun Violence and Police Brutality, and The Stigma of Mental Health in Underserved Populations.