Dean’s Notes 9-26-2016

September 29, 2016

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Trumball – hope you had a great weekend! I know this may seem silly, but at this time of year, when there is probably a lot of sniffling and coughing in your classrooms, Vitamin C (orange juice is a great source!) and rest/sleep are your friends! Stay well and get well if you already caught a bug.
Class of 2020 – if you haven’t already met with me for a brief 1-on-1 appointment, please schedule one (see below)! Thank you to the upperclassmen who have met with me to check-in and introduce themselves – please feel free to set up an appointment to do that!
There are a bunch of great Academic Strategies workshops this week and next week (see below)! We’ll host some in Trumbull next month, too.
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 (minus 12-1pm for lunch). 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: 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. A “Look Ahead” feature shows you how future course enrollment might apply toward your degree. Yale Degree Audit does not take the place of face-to-face advising, although you may wish to share your audit with your adviser. Instead, it provides an easy-to-read summary of requirements, allowing you and your adviser to spend more time discussing course selection and academic goals. Do not rely solely on your degree audit when planning your courses; continue to use Yale’s standard systems for schedule planning, and employ YDA as an additional tool. More features will be added to YDA in the future, including the ability to track progress toward major requirements. If you have suggestions, general observations, or questions that are not answered by the FAQs, send them to using the subject line “Degree Audit.” If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact your residential college dean.


September 30 Last day to convert from the Credit/D/Fail option to a letter grade for a course offered in the first half of the term.
October 7 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term.
October 15 Deadline to apply for a spring-term 2017 term abroad.
October 17 Classes begin for courses 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.

Upcoming Academic Strategies Workshops

Time management:
Set a weekly routine, plan major assignments, and make time for yourself.
Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 6 pm, Fellows Lounge, Ezra Stiles College
Tuesday, Oct. 4 @ 6 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 BRW, rear entrance off York)

Succeeding in Seminars & Lectures:
Learn effective class prep, class participation, notetaking and review strategies.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 @ 2pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 BRW, rear entrance off York)

Managing a Heavy Reading Load:
Read with purpose and efficiency.
Thursday, Sept. 29 @ 7:30 pm, Silliman College
Sunday, Oct. 2 @ 6 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 BRW, rear entrance off York)

Tackling Problem Sets
Complete problems sets efficiently and with maximum learning.
Tuesday, Oct. 4 @ 7:30 pm, Silliman College
Sunday, Oct. 9 @ 2 pm, Yale College Writing Center (35 BRW, rear entrance off York)

Working With Faculty
Build academic and professional relationships with Yale instructors.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 @ 6 pm, Fellows Lounge, Ezra Stiles College



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LAST CHANCE: Contest ends September 30th – Submit your photos to the 2017 CIPE Calendar Contest!
Since 2007, Yale undergraduates have submitted stunning photography captured during their CIPE experiences, both domestically and abroad, to create the annual CIPE calendar. This year, students can submit up to two photos from their experiences! All current Yale undergraduates who have studied, worked, interned, or won a fellowship competition during the 2015-16 academic year and summer 2016 are encouraged to enter. Submit your photos today!


Yale Summer Session in 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


Upcoming Study Abroad Deadlines – Spring 2017 Abroad
Yale in London – October 3, 2016
Credit for Designated (Non-Yale) Programs – October 15, 2016
Petitions for Programs not on Yale’s Designated List – October 15, 2016

Upcoming Events
Financial Aid Info Session for Semester Study Abroad Students
When: Wed, September 28, 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 students.

Spanish Major and Study Abroad Info Session
When: Fri, September 30, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: Romance Languages Lounge, 3rd floor See map 82-90 Wall Street
Do you have a passion for Hispanic cultures? Thinking of studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country? Want to learn more about the major in Spanish? Join faculty from the undergraduate program in Spanish to learn about programs, hear testimonials from other students, and more! Light refreshments will be served

French Major and Study Abroad in Francophone Countries Info Session
When: Fri, September 30, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: Romance Languages Lounge See map 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd floor
Join faculty from the French Department for an information session about the French major and study abroad in francophone countries.

Study in Stockholm: The Swedish Program Info Session
When: Tue, October 4, 4pm – 5pm
Where: CIPE Room 305, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor
Hej Hej! Elen Rhoades Kidd, a representative from the Swedish Program, will be on-campus to discuss this liberal arts study abroad program based in Stockholm. To learn more about the Swedish Program, go to: To learn more about Yale’s study abroad application process, visit:

Financial Aid Info Session for Semester Study Abroad Students
When: Thu, October 6, 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 students.

Study Abroad in Paris with CUPA
When: Fri, October 7, 3pm – 4pm
Where: CIPE Room 305, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor (map)
Tary Coppola, a representative from the CUPA study abroad program, will be on-campus to meet with interested students. Come learn more about options for study abroad during the fall, spring, full year, and summer in Paris, France. To learn more about CUPA, visit: To learn more about Yale’s study abroad application process, visit:

Meet Our Study Abroad Outreach Coordinators!
Our Study Abroad Student Outreach Coordinators - Stefani Kuo ('17) and Emmet Hedin ('17) - will be hosting info sessions for underclassmen interested in studying abroad! The sessions will include a short presentation about Yale's study abroad opportunities, stories and pictures from Yale study abroad alums, and a general Q&A session. These events will happen in residential college spaces. All are welcome!

• For Berkeley and Calhoun Students - Monday, Sept. 26th at 6pm in the Calhoun Fellows Lounge
• For Silliman and Timothy Dwight Students - Monday, Sept. 26th at 8pm in the Silliman Fellows Lounge
• For Ezra Stiles and Morse Students: TBD
• For Jonathan Edwards and Trumbull Students: TBD

Sign up for the Yale Study Abroad Newsletter to receive updates twice a month about upcoming application deadlines, information sessions by region or program, social events, and more!


Want the facts? Information sessions offered by Fellowship Programs at the CIPE (55 Whitney Avenue) are generally under an hour, seasonal, and open to all. Here’s a refresher on some of the opportunities on deck from Fellowships this fall:

These sessions are your first point of contact with the Fellowships team. Expect a detailed overview that introduces relevant opportunities, and connects you with the individuals, offices, and departments that become essential resources as you apply. Attendance at Fellowships 101 is a prerequisite for meeting with a Fellowships Advisor, and for applying to fellowships that require institutional endorsement. The first Fellowships 101 of the semester is Friday, October 7th at 11:00 AM.

Fellowship Programs works with many partner organizations on and off campus to connect you to funding opportunities—from nationally-recognized scholarships to inaugural, first-of-its-kind sponsorships. When an info session is announced that spotlights a particular opportunity, take note! These sessions often standalone, and a representative from the awarding organization may even be on hand to answer questions.

Feeling the FOMO? Get important information directly from the Fellowships team by signing up for your class year’s newsletter.


Common Good & Creative Careers (CGCC) is an initiative from Yale’s Office of Career Strategy to support Yale students interested in pursuing careers that make a difference and encourage creativity. Click here to read our full brochure including many upcoming events.

Walk-in Advising
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Office of Career Strategy
Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 122
All sessions are 15 minutes long and are available on a first come, first served basis when classes are in session.
For more information visit the Office of Career Strategy website.

LAST WEEK: Required 2016 Summer Activities Survey will close September 30
Returning Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: If you haven’t already, you must complete the very brief summer activities survey (less than 3 minutes). Please note this survey is a required part of the Registrar's check-in process for all returning students.

1. Login to the Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity at As a reminder your username is your Yale email and if you do not have your password you can use the forgot password button.
2. You will be placed directly on the "Surveys" tab-choose "2016 Summer Activities Survey."
Please note if you do not complete this survey your access to the Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity will be blocked.

Careers, Life and Yale–2 Upcoming Workshops
Want career-related life-wisdom? On campus, straight from Yale alumni? In elegant settings with good food? Read on.

Workshop: I Might Be Interested in Graduate School
All workshops are 5:00pm–6:00pm:
Trumbull Common Room–Monday, September 26
Silliman Common Room–Monday, October 3
Timothy Dwight TD House–Wednesday, October 5

Workshop: Connecting with Graduate Programs/Potential Advisers
Wednesday, September 28, 5:00pm–6:00pm, 35 Broadway, Room 215 (The Writing Center)
I am planning to apply to graduate school; should I contact programs directly or the professors with whom I am interested in working? How should I approach them, and how much background do I need to know? Learn this and more at this interactive workshop.

On Campus Recruiting (OCR)
Applications are open. OCR employers will be on campus conducting interviews (for post-graduation opportunities) beginning on September 26. Click on ‘Interviews I Qualify For’ from the Advanced Search in the 'Jobs' section to view the positions and deadline dates.

A Conversation with Daniel K. Tarullo
Monday, September 26, 11:45am-12:45pm, Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale School of Management
Registration required

A Conversation with Joseph C. Tsai
Friday, September 30, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale School of Management
Registration required

Resource of the Week
The OCS Career Decision-Making Guidebook provides a helpful starting point to explore and define your career goals. This resource can guide you through the self-assessment process, as well as assist you with identifying and evaluating career options.

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.
Building a Positive Sexual Culture: The Core Toolkit
This two-afternoon workshop is open to any student who wants to take an active role in fighting sexual violence and fostering a more inclusive, supportive climate at Yale. The Fall 2016 training will take place on the afternoons of October 1 and 2 from 1-4pm. On Saturday, we’ll be doing an in-depth look at the dynamics of sexual violence, campus sexual norms, and effective strategies for making change. Sunday’s session will focus on effectively supporting friends who have experienced sexual violence: we’ll talk about common challenges, practice empathetic listening skills, meet with people from SHARE, the UWC, and Title IX to learn more about campus resources, and work on strategies for self-care. Students can attend one or both days. Click here to register. If you have any questions, contact Dean Melanie Boyd (
Take your Spring classes in London!
Yale-in-London is now accepting applications for the 2017 Spring Term; the deadline is October 3rd. New and exciting courses are on offer...and you earn Yale credits automatically as well as distribution credits in Humanities. Details on courses, faculty, and the application process are available at Talk to our YIL alums in your college to find out more.

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.

YUNA Exchange (spring break)
Student led, reciprocal exchange program focusing on Authenticity and Modernization; preparations begin in October and culminate in a trip to Hong Kong during spring break. Juniors and sophomores eligible to apply. Deadline: September 30.

L(U)CY Exchange (spring break)
Student led, reciprocal exchange program focusing on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; preparations begin in late fall and culminate in a trip to Guangzhou during spring break. Deadline: September 30.

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

Interested in a career in science?

The Women in Science at Yale (WISAY) Mentoring Program pairs female and trans undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in science, or related fields, with graduate students in the sciences for a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Our goal is to help increase the success of young women entering scientific fields. Recent studies found that having female mentors increases women scientists’ sense of voice in their academic departments, leading to greater job satisfaction [1], and that women who have had female mentors get more grants and publications later in their careers [2].

Mentees will be assigned a graduate student mentor to meet with throughout the academic year. Mentors and mentees will decide together how often meetings take place, and what the focus of the mentoring relationship will be. WISAY will provide some structured events, including a mandatory mentoring workshop and dinner in mid-October.

If you would like to participate in the mentoring program, fill out this short questionnaire by Tuesday, September 27th to match you with a mentor:

For more information on the program, please visit our website: If you have any questions, please email