Dean’s Notes 2-13-2017

February 13, 2017

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of February 13, 2017

Hope you all are enjoying the snow (I thought the igloo on Cross Campus was pretty cool)! There’s a time management workshop tonight at 7:30pm in the TC Seminar Room (last of the 3 Trumbull-hosted workshops, but there are others elsewhere – see below).

Please remember the suggestions that were sent out last week about preventing the spread of viruses! Stay healthy, Trumbullians! Get well soon, those of you who have been sick! :)
1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
3. Avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils.
4. Frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, counters and keyboards.

It’s that time of year! Please save the date for next week:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – TC Dining Hall
8:00 pm – Class of 2020 (rising sophomores)
8:30 pm – Class of 2019 (rising juniors)
9:00 pm – Class of 2018 (rising seniors)

Meeting with me:
To make an appointment, please visit the office or call/e-mail Leah at (203) 432-0722 (; when e-mailing, give Leah 2 or 3 times that you are free for ease of scheduling. 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, 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: YDA is a tool that tracks your progress toward the bachelor’s degree. It is located on the Academics tab of Student Information System (SIS). Please make use of this helpful tool.

February 24 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term
March 1 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the term.
March 5 Year or Term Abroad Application for Academic Year 2017-2018 and Fall 2017 Abroad application due
March 10 Midterm
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript
Spring recess begins at 5:30pm
March 27 Classes resume

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 will hold office hours one evening/week, though you are welcome to email him at Chuan is based in Basement Room 29 (near Entryway G). Please drop-in to say hi, inquire about Economics, Econometrics, calculus, linear algebra, future graduate studies or any combinations of the above.

Sophomore web site; Among other information and advice for sophomores, listed on the site are seminars for sophomores and departmental information meetings, which are updated during the term. As for other information about majors, at the web site you can search alumni by their major in Yale College and learn what they do now.

Time Management workshop tonight in Trumbull!!
Monday, February 13 @ 7:30 pm
Trumbull College Seminar Room
Join us in the Trumbull College Seminar Room as we discuss and practice fundamental building blocks for the effective time management of your undergraduate career. Take ownership of your schedule and find the time you never thought you had to accomplish your goals!

Trying to get organized for midterms or your senior thesis? Meet 1-1 with an Academic Strategies Mentor to make a work plan that works for you. Contact or visit our website for more information.

Upcoming Academic Strategies Workshops

Time Management
Set a weekly routine, plan major assignments, and make time for yourself.
Monday 2/13 7:30 PM Trumbull Seminar Room
Wednesday 2/15 6:00 PM Branford Common Room
Wednesday 2/22 7:30 PM CTL M104A (Sterling Library, York St. entrance)

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Read with purpose and efficiency.
Thursday 2/16 7:30 PM CTL M104A (Sterling Library, York St. entrance)
Wednesday 2/22 6:00 PM Ezra Stiles Fellows Lounge

Exam Study Strategies
Reduce exam stress with new strategies for midterms and finals.
Monday 2/13/17 6:00 PM CTL M104A (Sterling Library, York St. entrance)
Wednesday 2/15/17 6:00 PM Ezra Stiles Fellows Lounge
Tuesday 2/21/17 7:30 PM CTL M104A (Sterling Library, York St. entrance)

How to talk to Faculty
Have questions to ask in office hours? Need a faculty recommendation? Learn strategies for communicating effectively with your instructors.
Monday 2/20/17 6:00pm CTL M104A (Sterling Library, York St. entrance)

Succeeding in Seminars & Lectures
Learn effective class prep, class participation, notetaking and review strategies.
Thursday 2/23/17 6:00pm CTL M104A (Sterling Library, York St. entrance)

See for updates!
Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)


Online Courses
Did you know you can take courses online for credit in the summer?
Top 10 things to know about Yale Summer Session Online
1. Earn Yale College Credit
2. Taught by Yale Faculty
3. Faculty led online group discussions
4. You can take classes during the day and now 11 courses offered in the evening!
5. Small class sizes (20).
6. Lighten your term time load during the summer even if you can’t be in New Haven to take the class.
7. Each course meets for five weeks, with specific start and end dates in either Summer Session A or Summer Session B.
8. You will need a computer with a camera and sound to participate in the class.
9. 23 options to choose from between Session A & B.
10. Abnormal Pysch [PSYC S180E (30140)] is this year’s new course!

Click here to view the list of online course offerings

Click here to apply to take an Online course with Yale Summer Session!

Yale Summer Session
New Haven ● Online ● Abroad


Important Deadlines for Summer 2017 Abroad
Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad
February 15, 2017
Yale in London
February 15, 2017
Credit for Designated (non-Yale) Programs: Summer Abroad
March 1, 2017
Petitions for Programs not on Yale's Designated List
March 1, 2017
Global Summer Program
March 17, 2017

Important Deadlines for Fall 2017 or Full Year 2017-2018 Abroad
Credit for Designated (non-Yale) Programs: Year or Term Abroad
March 5, 2017
Petitions for Programs not on Yale's Designated List
March 5, 2017

A Note about the International Summer Award (ISA)
The ISA deadline is May 1, 2017. To learn more about ISA eligibility and the application process, visit the ISA website. Please remember that, to use the ISA for a designated (non-Yale) summer program, you must submit the Summer Abroad Credit for Designated (non-Yale) Programs application by the March 1, 2017 deadline.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunities
Monday, February 13, 8pm – 9pm
LC 102

Like cider and donuts? Interested in traveling abroad to study during the summer of 2017? Not sure how credit transfer works? Ready to learn more? The Study Abroad Office’s Student Outreach Coordinators will be hosting a Cider & Donuts info session for all Yale undergraduates interested in summer study abroad opportunities on Monday, February 13th from 8-9pm in LC 102! Student representatives will give a brief presentation about studying abroad during the summer and then answer any questions you may have! Join us for hot cider and donuts while we look forward to the summer ahead!

Summer Study Abroad at London School of Economics (LSE) or the Pembroke-King's Programme (PKP)
Thursday, February 16, 3pm – 4pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, Room 305

Come learn about these two popular summer study abroad destinations.
LSE: London School of Economics program page
PKP: Pembroke King's Programme page

Study Abroad Walk-In Hours
Friday, February 17, 2pm – 4 pm
55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor

Study abroad advisers will be available for walk-ins every Friday from 2-4 pm during the spring 2017 semester (beginning 1/20 and ending 5/5). These meetings are 15 minutes in length and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Programs and Events
Extra Drop-in Hours as Summer Fellowship Deadline Approaches
Because the CIPE Summer Fellowships common application (one application for many Yale College summer funding competitions including international and domestic internship, research, and independent project opportunities) deadline is this Wednesday, 2/15 at 1 PM, Yale Fellowships is hosting extra drop-in hours from 2 – 4 PM Monday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 14th at CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue.

Fellowships for Seniors and After Graduation Information Session: Thursday, 2/16, 3-4pm @ CIPE, 55 Whitney Ave.
Come learn about fellowships for seniors and after graduation. (Some national fellowships have deadlines as early as the summer; juniors are very welcome to attend.)

International Summer Award (ISA) Application—Now Available
For more information and to apply, visit the ISA website. Deadline to apply for the ISA is May 1, 2017.

International Summer Award (ISA) Open Q & A: Thursday, 2/16, 4-4:30pm @ CIPE, 55 Whitney Ave.
Bring any and all questions you have about the ISA.

International Summer Award (ISA) Information Session: Monday, 2/20, 4-5pm @ CIPE, 55 Whitney Ave.
A staff representative from Student Financial Services will cover what an ISA is, who is eligible, what the award covers, the application process, the eligibility requirements, calculating the ISA amount and more.

Online Advising Options and Drop-In Hours @ CIPE
Want to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Fellowships Adviser or get a general fellowships refresher? Watch this pre-advising presentation online. Have a quick question about a fellowship application? Come to Fellowships Drop-In Hours, every Friday afternoon from 2 - 4 PM @ CIPE.

Upcoming Deadlines
2/13/17 - Native American, Alaska Natives, and U.S. citizens and permanent residents committed to environmental conservation can apply for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. Scholarships in: Tribal Policy, Native Health Care, and Environment. Scholars receive $7,000, attend Scholars Orientation, and gain access to a network of change-makers working in Indian Country and environmental fields. More at

2/15/17 - Apply for CIPE Summer Fellowships using the CIPE Common Application: one application that can be used to apply for multiple CIPE fellowship competitions. This fellowship collection includes funding for internships, such as the Sunrise Travel Grant, funding for studying abroad, such as the Class of 2004 Fellowship, and funding for independent projects and research, such as the Thomas C. Barry Fellowship.

2/22/17 - Apply for Global Health Fellowships including the Seed Funding Award for Global Health Scholars, Global Health Field Experiences Fellowships, and Research Fellowships in Global Health Studies.

2/28/17 - Apply for CIPE Summer Research Fellowships for Juniors using the CIPE Common Application: one application that can be used to apply for multiple CIPE research opportunities for Juniors, many of which support senior essays and senior projects in a range of social science and humanities fields.

3/1/17 - Apply for the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program, an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

More Ways to Connect
• Sync any of these events with your own google calendar.
• Receive the Fellowships Newsletter for reminders and resources, tailored to your class year, directly from Yale Fellowships
• Explore hundreds of campus, national, and international opportunities in the Student Grants Database.


Drop-in Advising
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Office of Career Strategy
Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 122

Academic Credit & Other Letters
As students accept internships through the Spring semester, they may reach out asking for letters stating that Yale College does not award academic credit for internships, or other similar letter or internship contract. Students may refer to the ‘Academic Credit & Other Letters’ section of our website to make such requests.

CT Exchange-Virtual Career Fair
Monday, February 13-Friday, February 17
Click here to register

CBI Insights at Yale Webinars
Friday, February 24, 10:00am-11:0am (details at:

1vyG Conference@Yale

San Francisco Career Forum 2017

Applications are currently being accepted for Job Shadowing and Yale Treks. These experiences are designed for career exploration and provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about a given career field, and to network with professionals in those fields. To view the current list of Yale Treks, visit Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity and click on Jobs/Advanced Search/Show Me Yale Treks. Additional Treks will be added.

Summer 2017 Yale-coordinated Internships: Re-Opened Opportunities
Numerous Yale-coordinated Internship opportunities for summer 2017 have been re-opened in Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 14 at 9:30am.
Yale-coordinated Internships: Drop-in Hours
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm, Office of Career Strategy
Do you have an interview coming up for a Yale-coordinated Internship? Do you have general questions about the program? Come see Julia Bourque and Janelle Lewis to discuss any questions relating to international or domestic Yale-coordinated Internships.

Careers, Life and Yale–The Art of Public Speaking
Friday, February 10, 1:30pm–4:00pm, Afternoon snacks on hand
Workshop leader: Robert Russell ’89 (actor, comedian, director/producer, Yale Drama School grad)
Requirement: Be ready to give a 2-3 minute pitch on whatever you want (e.g., informative, persuasive, autobiographical)
Apply to attend at -- $9 deposit ($10 to be refunded at event)

Careers, Life and Yale: Finance and Consulting: Career and Life Skills
Friday, February 10, 5:00pm–9:00pm PLUS Saturday, February 11, 1:00pm–5:00pm
Friday evening (February 10) keynote informal dinner alumni-led life-skills workshops (choose 2): Mock interviews, Networking, Resumes
Saturday afternoon (February 11) continuation–keynote (Yale Senior VP/Operations Jack Callahan ’80) alumni-led career workshops (choose 2): Banking, Alternative Finance, In-house Finance, Consulting
Concluding reception (with food): networking with alumni
Apply to attend at
Space for both events is limited. Contact AYA Senior Director Steve Blum ’74 with questions at

Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of R&D
Tuesday, February 14, Rose Alumni House, Great Hall
Registration required-Please register for just one venue (Yale or the webinar)

Effective Cover Letter and Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, February 15, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Office of Career Strategy

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.


Yale Summer Session course in Croatia: HIST 229/SOCY 286, History and Culture of Southeastern Europe, combined two-credit-course (one credit for history and one for sociology). We will be based in the city of Dubrovnik and will have several class excursions to other parts of Croatia, three day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a day trip to Montenegro during the session. The students will be housed in a dormitory nearby the Old City and will have daily lunches and dinners with professors and their guests. The course will take place from July 1 to August 5, 2017. The International Summer Award (ISA) is available to eligible Yale College students. Registration is open now though Yale Summer Session web site. For more info please visit for studying with Yale faculty.

In "Kafka's Spirit: Prague Film and Fiction." Held in Prague June 24-July 31, this program is an intro to Czech language, literature, film and history, plus a 4-day filmmaking workshop, and one week of travels to Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, and Piran. For more information, please Contact, and/or
Interested in sharing your passions with middle and high schoolers?Splash at Yale is an educational outreach organization that runs two programs each semester for middle and high school students from all across the country! All the classes are taught by college students, and cover all sorts of topics ranging from The Geography of Happiness to Epigenetics to The Fibonacci Sequence to An Introduction to Skepticism. Splash is a small time commitment but has a huge impact on our students! This spring, Splash will take place on April 8th and we’re expecting to have over 1000 students attend our program! We will be having a fun apple-themed event on February 15th at 7pm; feel free to stop by and learn more about Splash or ask any questions you may have! If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website or email us at Teacher registration will close on February 25th. Hope to see you at Splash!

Fossil collecting opportunity for Yale undergraduate students
The Peabody Museum of Natural History's Division of Paleobotany is delighted to announce an opportunity to collect fossil plants and possibly vertebrates in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona for Yale undergraduate students. The tentative dates are May 23 through June 7, 2017 and the expedition will be supported by the Ginsburg Expedition Fund from Yale Peabody Museum. The student will have the chance to collect late Triassic (about 230 million years ago) fossil plant specimens and if the material and the level of interest are sufficient, conduct research on these fossils under the supervision of Peabody staff and curators. Tools and meals will be provided for the expedition, but the student is encouraged to apply for funding to cover air fare and other expenses (such as camping gear). If you are interested in this opportunity and want to learn more, please contact Dr. Shusheng Hu at

Yale Civic Leadership Initiative’s Conference, Saturday, February 18, 2017. This initiative was started two years ago by Dean Holloway with the help of alumnus Eric Liu ’90, founder of the nonprofit Citizen University, to help prepare Yale College graduates to be leaders in the fields they pursue. Civic leadership is leadership for the common good. It is about activating people and ideas — whether through politics and government, volunteer service, culture, or everyday community engagement — to solve shared problems, to bridge divides, and to remedy injustice. It is vital to any self-governing society. And it is learnable by practice. In all cases, leaders need to be able to cultivate values in communities and motivate others to embrace their outlook on society. This initiative seeks to provide our campus with the vocabulary and tools to discuss leaders' roles and their involvement in communities. This initiative seeks to provide the campus with the vocabulary and tools to discuss leaders' roles and their involvement in communities. Click here to register by February 13. The civic leaders running this year's workshop come from a wide range of sectors, including technology, grassroots mobilizing, creative arts, entrepreneurship, government, media, and education. For more information, you can visit the initiative's website and Facebook page. If you have questions, you can write to