Dean’s Notes 10-24-2016

October 24, 2016

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of October 24, 2016

Hope you all had a restful break! I know that some of you caught up on work, some took a mini-vacation and others did a mix of both. Whatever you did, I hope you’re rested and wish you well for this week as we near the official midterm on Friday, October 28th.

TC Dean’s Office:
To make an appointment with me, please visit the office or call/e-mail Leah at (203) 432-0722 ( Our hours are M-F 8:30-5:00pm and I have a set of office hours each day of the week. It is best to make an appointment with Leah, but feel free to stop by to see if I’m available. Keep in mind that we don’t set up appointments during the evening/weekends.

Yale Degree Audit: Check it out if you haven’t already! Yale Degree Audit (YDA) is a tool that tracks your progress toward the bachelor’s degree. YDA is located on the Academics tab of Student Information System (SIS). YDA displays the Yale College degree requirements that you have already completed and those that are still pending.


October 24 Classes resume
October 28 Midterm
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
November 11 Last day to convert from the Credit/D/Fail option to a letter grade in a full-term course.
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the second half of the term without the course appearing on your transcript.
November 18 November Recess begins at 5:30pm

Writing Tutors:
Writing Partners:
Sc/QR Tutoring:
Find out if your QR/Sc course has a peer tutor here!
Language Tutoring:

TC Resident Writing Tutor: The TC Writing Tutor is Adam Sexton. His office is in the basement of TC, room 29, and his email address is He has regular hours, which are posted at For your information, a Yale College student may seek the help and advice of any tutor in any residential college.

TC Resident Math and Science Tutor: The TC math and science tutor is Chuan Du. Chuan has a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is currently a 2nd year PhD student in Economics at Yale. Chuan’s office hours will be held on Sunday 8-11pm and Tuesday 8-10pm. He will be based in room Basement Room 29 (near Entryway G). Please drop-in to say hi, enquire about Economics, Econometrics, calculus, linear algebra, future graduate studies or any combinations of the above.

Yale Center for Teaching and Learning’s support for Yale College students:
• The new Academic Strategies Program: This program offers workshops and 1-1 mentoring on key academic skills, including time management, working with faculty, notetaking and class engagement, and exam study strategies. For a current list of workshops and mentoring sign-up, see, or contact Karin Gosselink, Director, at

• In addition to our Residential College Writing Tutors and our Writing Partner programs, the Writing Center now offers Writing Study Halls. The study halls offer a quiet, supportive, and productive space for students to write, and are staffed by Writing Partners. Study halls will be held at the Yale College Writing Center, 35 Broadway (rear entrance behind Toad’s) Sundays 3-6 pm and Wednesdays 7-10 pm.

Individual Academic Strategies Consultations
Our peer mentors are trained to help you set academic goals, find strengths to build on, and develop new strategies for approaching your academic work. Request an individual session at a time that works for you—email

Upcoming Academic Strategies Workshops
Time management:
• Set a weekly routine, plan major assignments, and make time for yourself.
• Tuesday, Oct. 25 @ 7:30 pm, Afro-American Cultural Center
• Thursday, Oct. 27 @ 7:30 pm, Trumbull College Fellows Lounge

Succeeding in Seminars & Lectures
• Learn effective class prep, class participation, notetaking and review strategies.
• Sunday, October 30, 2-3 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 Broadway, rear entrance behind Toad’s)

Managing a Heavy Reading Load:
• Read with purpose and efficiency.
• Tuesday, October 25 @ 4 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 Broadway, rear entrance behind Toad’s)

Tackling Problem Sets
• Complete problems sets efficiently and with maximum learning.
• Wednesday, Oct. 26 @ 6 pm, Ezra Stiles College Fellows Lounge
• Thursday, Oct. 27 @ 7:30 pm, Davenport College Common Room
• Tuesday, Nov. 1, @ 6 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 Broadway, rear entrance behind Toad’s)

Working with Faculty
• Build academic and professional relationships with Yale instructors.
• Tuesday, November 8 @ 6 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 Broadway, rear entrance behind Toad’s)

Exam Study Strategies:
• Reduce exam stress with new strategies for midterms and finals.
• Tuesday, Nov. 1 @ 7:30 pm, La Casa Cultural
• Wednesday, Nov. 2 @ 6 pm – Ezra Stiles College Fellows Lounge

See for updates!

The Class of 2019 application for the global affairs major has gone live on the Jackson Institute website. Admission to the Global Affairs major takes place during the sophomore year.

The Jackson Institute is hosting two Sophomore Information Sessions this fall:
Wednesday, 26-October-2016
Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue, GM room
Wednesday, 2-November-2016
Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue, Seminar room

The Class of 2019 application deadline is 11:59PM on Friday, 18-November-2016

The STARS II program is a research intensive program targeting students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields, including women, students of color, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation college students, and the physically challenged. The program is open to juniors majoring in any of the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.
STARS II scholars conduct independent research with a faculty mentor beginning in the spring semester of their junior year and continuing through the following summer and into the senior year. They receive a stipend for up to 10 hours per week of research during the academic year and a stipend for up to 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer. The program culminates with a STARS II Research Symposium where the scholars present their work.
Information about the program and how to apply to STARS II can be found here:


The Silver Scholars Program at the Yale School of Management allows students to earn a Yale MBA degree within three years, directly after graduation, spring-boarding them toward their career goals and leadership positions. The program is designed for exceptional students with strong leadership potential. These students enroll in our full-time MBA program where they make up about 5% of the student body. Rather than the traditional summer MBA internship, Silver Scholars complete a year-long internship, extending their experience to three years. Yale College graduates are awarded a scholarship that covers the cost of tuition for the first year of the MBA program.

If you would like to speak with an admissions staff member, please email us at to schedule an appointment. You are also always welcome to take part in our campus visit program to learn more about SOM.


On Saturday, November 5th, the Peabody Museum is holding the Verrill Medal Symposium – a full day of talks about the role of the Peabody Museum, and natural history collections in general, as enduring engines of discovery and important sources of knowledge generation and dissemination. The symposium will feature the 2016 Verrill Medalists along with ten scientists in earlier stages of their careers, all of whom who are Yale alumni or current students. The talks will highlight the groundbreaking scientific discoveries being made by museum-based researchers. The symposium is free, but registration is required – see link on the symposium web page.

Please join Woman’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) for our first-ever Women in Athletics panel on October 27th at 7pm in the Pierson College Common Room. Even in this day and age, athletics remain a male-dominated field and female athletes are widely underrepresented and under-celebrated in many sports. This special event will bring together campus leaders in the field of athletics to engage in a dialogue on the status of female athletes at Yale and beyond. Our panel will feature Jessica Chrabaszcz, Yale Associate Athletic Director; Erin Applebaum, Head Coach of Yale Volleyball; Camrynn Fausey, Assistant Coach for Yale Cross Country and Track; Katherine Miller ‘17, Yale Women’s Fencing; and Jenny Scherl ‘17, Yale Women’s Squash. All five panelists will share their personal experiences as female athletes or women working in athletics and discuss any issues they believe women face in the field, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Food will be provided at the event.

Interested in biotech, pharmaceuticals, getting a summer job, or working at Genentech? The Yale Campus Ambassador for Genentech will hosting an information session to answer any questions you may have about working at Genentech, the rotational programs it offers, or the application process for summer internships and co-ops. The infosession will feature a presentation on Genentech, and the opportunities for current students and recent graduates. A past intern will also be present to talk about Genentech's internship program. All majors and years are welcome. Food will be provided!

Date and location are on the RSVP link. Please RSVP so enough food can be ordered. Use this link to RSVP: "".

The link to the Simplicity event page is here: "".

The Yale Athletics Students Services (YASS) website is now up and running at YASS is built around four principal areas: Wellness, Inclusion, Leadership and Support. The intent of the site is to provide information and resources available to student athletes in all those areas and more.

Yale SOM Behavioral Lab: Participate in quick, easy, and fun surveys at the Yale School of Management to earn cash every week! Our behavioral lab is the home of marketing and organizational behavior researchers, who test the ways humans act. Visit to join our mailing list and be notified of future opportunities.

Make $15/hr while advancing behavioral science: The Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies Behavioral Research Lab (ISPS BRL) invites you to join our student participant pool! After registering, you will be invited to take part in studies where you will be paid for your time while learning about cutting-edge research in the social sciences. Sign up at and be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!

2016-17 Yale-China Programs
Yale-China Association offers funded travel to China for students with excellent leadership and enthusiasm for cultural exchange. Students will engage with Chinese people and communities at an in-depth level. The following programs will be offered in the 2016-2017 academic year:


Yale-China Teaching Fellowship (post-graduation)
Highly qualified Yale seniors and recent graduates undertake two year teaching assignments in mainland China and Hong Kong. Fellows are immersed in their Chinese communities, gaining cross-cultural fluency and professional experience inside and outside the classroom. Intensive language study, ongoing support, and post-fellowship career networking in the Yale-China community. Fellowship offered since 1909. Deadline: December 2.

Hong Kong Community Service Exchange (summer, post-graduation)
Working with a Chinese peer for the summer, serve as an intern at a nonprofit organization in New Haven for four weeks, then work at a related nonprofit in Hong Kong for four weeks. Deadline: January 20.

Guangdong Community Service Exchange (summer, post-graduation)
Working with a Chinese peer for the summer, serve as an intern at a nonprofit organization in New Haven for three weeks, then work at a related nonprofit in Guangdong Province for three weeks. L3 or higher Mandarin ability required for this program only. Deadline: January 20.

For more information about these and other opportunities provided by the Yale-China Association, visit