The David Bartsch and Joan Haffenreffer Bartsch Fellows to the UCGT

Each year, UCGT Fellows work alongside the faculty and staff of the CGT to lead and help cultivate the Undergraduate Committee, and to plan events and initiatives specifically for undergraduates, such as workshops related to the World Leaders Forums, “Talks With Professors,” “Global Thought Labs,” and so on.  Fellows also contribute to the expansion of the undergraduate Global Thought curriculum.


Responsibilities of the Fellows include:

  • Helping to convene and lead the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought;
  • Raising awareness of UCGT initiatives among undergraduates of the four schools;
  • Helping to plan, organize, and run UCGT events;
  • Serving in an advisory capacity concerning other undergraduate initiatives of the CGT, including curriculum development and Global Thought Experience.

Fellows will be selected through the following process:

  • Nominations for the following academic year will be accepted in April. Self-nominations will be accepted;
  • Candidates will be interviewed by faculty and staff of the CGT;
  • The Fellows will be announced in early May and commence their terms at the start of the Fall semester;
  • In the event the Fellows have not been determined by May, the selection process will be moved to August.

2018-2019 Fellows

Nicole Liu (Columbia College ’19) is a senior at Columbia College double majoring in history and statistics. She loves reading about history, exploring restaurants in NYC (especially Japanese and Cantonese cuisine) and watching food-related TV shows. Beyond UCGT, she also serves as the co-chair of the Global Recruitment Committee under Columbia’s Admissions Office.

Max Rose Zimberg (General Studies ’19) is a senior and member of the GS Honor Society, majoring in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species with a Special Concentration in Sustainable Development. An NYC native and self-proclaimed foodie, Max’s personal and professional interests surround sustainable food systems, food and environmental justice, and global public health. Beyond UCGT, Max is a RYT 250 certified yoga instructor, vegan activist, and managing editor for two undergraduate journals on campus: Sapient, Journal of Biological Anthropology and the Columbia Journal of Global Public Health.

Anne Hulthen (General Studies ’19) is a senior in the dual bachelors’ degree program between the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the School of General Studies at Columbia. Originally from Ohio, spending her first two years of university on the Franco-Italian border exposed her to the local ramifications of global issues, such as the European refugee crisis. At Columbia, her academic and extracurricular interests center around environmental activism and environmental justice in disaster settings.