Dean’s Notes 11-7-2016

November 8, 2016

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of November 7, 2016

Hope you all had a good weekend. I know – as of yesterday, it is getting dark super-early. Make the most of the daylight hours – we need our Vitamin D at this time of year!
Like I said last week, it might be a good time for us to touch base if you haven’t had a one-on-one appointment with me already! See below to make an appointment – thanks.

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.


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
November 28 Classes resume
December 2 Last day to convert from the Cr/D/Fail option to a letter grade in a course offered in the second half of the term.
December 9 Classes end, 5:30pm; reading period begins
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course or a course offered in the second half of the term.
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

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)


Mellon Mays & Edward A. Bouchet
Undergraduate Fellowships
The Mellon Mays & Edward A. Bouchet Fellowships aim to increase the representation of students of color and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs and subsequent careers in academia. The Fellowships are open to Sophomores interested in teaching and research at the college and university level. Those interested are encouraged to attend the upcoming Information Session.
Information Session: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 4-5 PM at 1 Prospect Street, SSS 410 (Pizza will be served)
For more information contact:
Quan Tran, Program Interim Director ( or Ayan Hussein, Program Coordinator (
Additional information and link to online application can be found at:

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 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.


Yale Summer Session New Haven offers more than 200 courses in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, and the arts for full Yale credit. Lighten your term time load by taking a summer course! Financial Assistance available.

• Session A (May 29 to June 30, 2017)
• Session B (July 3 to August 4, 2017)

Yale Summer Session
New Haven ● Online ● Abroad


Be sure to check out the Fellowships calendar for important upcoming deadlines and info sessions—including postgraduate national fellowship opportunities and opportunities designed specifically for Yale students like the YCDO Dean’s Office Fellowships. And what’s happening in Yale Fellowships at the CIPE next week, 55 Whitney Avenue, Third Floor? It’s all about Thursday, November 10th.

Fellowships 101
When Thu, November 10, 11am – 12pm
Where 55 Whitney Ave., 3rd floor, room 305 (map)
Come learn about fellowships to support research and other independent projects and purposeful activities next summer and beyond. Find out what you need to start thinking about and acting upon now, the kinds of questions you should be asking, what resources are available, and how you can make the most of them to prepare for a fellowship application.

Fellowships for Seniors and after graduation (3 of 4)
When Thu, November 10, 4pm – 5pm
Where 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd floor, room 369 (map)
In these information sessions, we will discuss fellowships that support activities after you graduate. Come find out what questions you should be asking, what types of options there are, and what resources are available. Helpful for a general overview, with special attention on Yale College Year-long Postgraduate Fellowships.

Light Fellowship Info Meeting #6
When Thu, November 10, 5pm – 6pm
Where Room 305 (map)
This session will introduce the Richard U. Light Foundation, which funds intensive language study in East Asia for Yale students of any class year. To apply for the Light Fellowship, information session attendance is mandatory.


Financial Aid Info Session for Semester Study Abroad Students
When: Wed, November 9, 4pm – 5pm
Where: CIPE Room 305, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor
Nicole DePaola, a representative from Yale’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office, will go over the financial aid transfer process for Year or Term Abroad student

Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies (SIHS) Information Session
When: Fri, November 11, 2pm – 3pm
Where: CIPE Room 305, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor
Dr. Santiago Tejerina-Canal, Director of the SIHS Summer program, will be on campus to meet with students and discuss the program. Learn more about studying Spanish abroad this summer in Leon, Spain! To learn more about the SIHS Summer Program, visit: To learn more about Yale’s study abroad application process, visit:


Walk-in Advising:
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Office of Career Strategy
Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 122
NOTE Walk-ins Suspended Friday, November 11
All sessions are 15 minutes long and are available on a first come, first served basis when classes are in session.

1stGenYale Career Connections Event
Thursday, November 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Afro-American Cultural Center

Bender Virtual Career Fair - On line recruiting event for job seekers with disabilities
Tuesday, November 15

Fireside Chat-Meet 4 Yalies in Public Service
Friday, November 11, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Nick Chapel Theater, Trumbull College
The Yale-Jefferson Award honors incredible Yalies for their extraordinary public service. Join us as we honor them with an informal reception (yes, with food!). Each will spend a few minutes telling her/his story and fielding questions. You can learn about this year's honorees here:

Careers, Life and Yale (CLY) - “Humanities in Action” Career Workshop
Sunday, November 13, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street)
Gain insight from amazing alums with fascinating careers that began with Yale degrees in the humanities by attending the 3rd annual Humanities in Action (HIA) workshop. The HIA workshops offer an afternoon deep dive into a humanities-oriented career think-tank. The session kicks-off on Sunday at 1pm with a plenary alumni panel discussion and Q&A followed by smaller, themed, alumni/ae with real-life experiences far beyond Yale's campus. Afterwards, when the reception is done, via the Careers, Life, and Yale blog ( attendees can sustain dialogues and share thoughts with the rest of Yale. Space is limited: register at

Alumni-Student Mentoring Program–FY17 (6-month commitment required)
Join this pilot mentoring program as part of Careers, Life, and Yale (supported by the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) in cooperation with campus partners such as the Office of Career Strategy, Students and Alumni of Yale, the Yale College Council, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Dwight Hall and the McDougal Center). This unique program offers up to 100 Yale College and G&P students the chance to choose a mentor from among 200 alumni/ae volunteers. Limited to 100 students. Deadline: November 4 (Friday).
Apply at: Questions? Contact

International Job Opportunities Resource
The Yale community has access to international job opportunities through an exciting collaboration with Banco Santander and its affiliated organization Universia. The portal provides students and graduates with access to job and internship opportunities at prestigious companies and institutions in Latin America and Spain in sectors such as telecommunications, banking, industry, energy, human resources, tourism, and others. Trabajando enables the Yale community to manage job and internship searches, application materials, and interview schedules.

Summer 2017 Yale-coordinated Internship Opportunities LIVE Thursday, December 1
On Thursday, December 1, Yale-coordinated Internship opportunities for summer 2017 will go live in Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity. Two updates to the summer 2017 programs: a) students have 5 (five) business days to accept an offer once it is extended (unless otherwise set by the employer), and b) the first application deadline is Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Students must complete the “Yale-coordinated Internship Programs Policies and Registration” in the Document Library of Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity.

Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events. Log in to Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity under Events/Employer Information Sessions to RSVP.

Summer Programs in Germany
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5:30pm INWLH 208
Do you want to improve your German this summer and get to know the German culture? Have you considered the GERMAN 130/140 eight-week summer program at Yale? Or the Baden-Württemberg Summer Language exchange program? Come to our information session to find out more about these great programs and hear from past year’s participants! Pizza will be served!

The Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA), a registered student organization, has been working on an integrated database of Yale faculty members with their research descriptions, the Research Database (RDB) ( With RDB, YURA aims to provide students of all disciplines with a convenient platform to better learn about work done by Yale faculty and find potential research mentors. We anticipate this to be an important resource for Yalies for years to come. It was launched over the weekend (October 29th).

Tours of Sterling Memorial Library
Starting Monday, 10/31, and going through 11/7, the Library will be offering tours of SML for undergraduates.

These tours last one hour, and are designed to help students navigate this large and confusing/complicated library - with lots of tips and advice for using it effectively. We'll look at study spaces and unusual collections, too. The tours are designed especially for freshmen and sophomores, but all students are welcome. We've scheduled tours in the morning, middle of the day and evening, to fit everyone's schedules. Students can get more information and register at
Yale DILS Program
Want to study a language NOT taught at Yale? Apply now to the Yale DILS Program (Directed Independent Language Study). Undergraduate, graduate and professional students are eligible to apply.
For more information and an application, visit us at: or email
Application deadline for the Spring 2017 semester: Friday, November 4, 2016

Peabody Museum
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.

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