Dean’s Notes 10-16-2017

October 16, 2017

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the (short) week of October 16, 2017
I know many of you have midterms/papers due today/tomorrow. I wish you the very best and hope that everything has been going well with your work. I also wish you a very restful October break. Even though some folks use this as a time to catch up on work, there’s no harm in relaxing a bit – I will! Self-care is very important.

Class of 2021: Remember that I’d like to meet with each of you for a brief 1-on-1 appointment before the midterm (Oct 27th). Please schedule one!
Meeting with me: We’re nearing the midterm (Oct 27th). Want to chat? See below. Please note that I will not be holding office hours Wed-Fri this week.
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 when 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 do not set up appointments during the evening/weekends. Please also note that I will be teaching on Wednesday mornings this term.

October 16 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the term.
October 17 October recess begins,11p.m.
October 23 Classes resume.
October 27 Midterm and the last day to withdraw from a full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
November 10 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, 9pm
November 27 Classes resume

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 Adam’s tutoring hours are Monday and Wednesday, 1:15-2:15; and Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-6:00. Please sign up to see him ahead of time at

TC Resident QR/Sc Tutor: The TC QR/Sc Tutor is Satoshi Matsuzawa. Satoshi will hold office hours in TC room 29 on Thursdays from 7-9pm and in SML 116 C/D on Tuesdays from 7-9pm.
Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;

Sc/QR Tutoring:
Language Tutoring:
Advising Resources;

Mentor for an individual consultation on Yale’s academic challenges. Contact for more information.
Midterms getting you down? We’ve all been there. Don’t suffer in silence—talk to an Academic Strategies Mentor (meet our mentors here). They’ll share their own experiences with academic challenges and help direct you to the approaches and resources that can help.
Questions? Contact


CIPE is seeking Spring 2018 Y-VISP Peer Liaisons!
The Yale Visiting International Program (Y-VISP) is seeking exceptional juniors and seniors to be Peer Liaisons for the Spring 2018 semester, supporting visiting students from Yale NUS College and Ashoka University. For more information about the role, the program, and to apply, please visit:
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie Bell (Y-VISP Program Director) or Maya Polan (Program Coordinator).
Deadline to apply: Friday, October 20, 2017


Yale Summer Session New Haven offers more than 200 courses in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, and the arts for full Yale credit. Not going to be in New Haven? Take an online course for credit. Lighten your term time load or explore something new by taking a summer course! Financial Assistance available.
Session A (May 28 to June 29, 2018)
Session B (July 2 to August 3, 2018)

Yale Summer Session
New Haven ● Online ● Abroad


Drop-in Hours Suspended During Fall Break (October 18-20)
Please note drop-in hours are held only when classes are in session. Students can still make individual appointments during this time through Yale Career Link. Drop-ins will resume on Monday, October 23.

Request an Office of Career Strategy Workshop for your Student Organization
Please review our website to request a workshop.

Want a chance to win a gift card to Blue State, Atticus, Ashley's, and more?
Follow the Office of Career Strategy on Instagram @yalecareerstrategy and like the promotional event photo to enter the raffle. Entries will be accepted until Friday, October 20 at 5pm, and winners will be announced the following week. Also, follow our Facebook page to stay updated with the OCS.

Lisbon Abroad, Internship Program Information Session
Wednesday, October 25, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Office of Career Strategy

Creating Your Career and Life Vision
Saturday, November 11, 12:00pm-3:30pm
Career and Life Vision (CLV) will give you insights about yourself and achieving a more meaningful career and life. CLV uses a conceptual foundation, introspection, and group exercises. Since launching 4 years ago, CLV has drawn thousands of Ivy League students and alumni.
Register-Space is limited.

Humanities in Action–Career Workshops
Sunday, November 12, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Whitney Humanities Center
Join us for food and insights from alums in medical, nursing, and/or public health careers that began with Yale degrees in the humanities.

The Art of Public Speaking–Skill-Based Workshop
Friday, December 1, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Join Yale Drama grad, stand-up comic, producer, and college public speaking professor Robert Russell. Be prepared to volunteer for a 2-minute presentation on whatever moves you.

Resource of the Week
Ready to explore your career interests, but don't know where to start? Use the Office of Career Strategy Workbook. This is an all-inclusive guide with worksheets and rubrics to help you begin understanding your interests and how they relate to a career path, and provides guides to ensure your job application material is up-to-date.
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.

Upcoming Events
Info Session: Fellowships 101
Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 - 4:00pm AND Monday, October 23, 4:00 - 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305
Learn about fellowships to support research, independent projects, and purposeful activities next summer and beyond. Find out what you need to start thinking about and acting upon now.

Summer Fellowships Showcase
Friday, October 27, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Branford College, Common Room
Hear student panelists share their summer experiences in conducting research, independent projects, and internships abroad and in the U.S. Learn how to plan your experience and make it happen with the support of CIPE, Global Health, and other fellowships.

Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events.
Upcoming Deadlines
October 23 - Michel David-Weill Scholarship *Newly Extended Campus Deadline*
October 23 - The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship National Deadline
October 27 - The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship National Deadline
November 1 - The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans National Deadline.
November 8 – James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline
November 17 – Saint Andrew’s Graduate Scholarship Campus Deadline
November 28 – Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline
November 29 – Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline

Fellowship Newsletter
Competitions for funding to support purposeful summer activities take place in the spring. Sign up for the Fellowships Newsletter for information about upcoming workshops, opportunities, and deadlines.

Drop-In Hours
Drop-in hours are every Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. when class is in session. The entire fellowships team is on hand to answer your quick questions. No appointment is necessary!

Upcoming Events
Financial Aid Information Session for Spring 2018 Study Abroad Students

Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305
Join Nicole DePaola, from Yale’s Student Financial Services (SFS), for the final information session for spring semester study abroad students to learn about the financial aid transfer process. Learn more here

Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events.

Drop-In Hours
Drop-in hours are held every Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. when class is in session. Advisers are available to answer quick questions during drop-in hours. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of 15 minutes each. No appointment necessary.

Global Health Scholars Application Deadline: Friday, November 3 by 1pm
Interested in understanding and addressing current global health challenges?
Apply to become a Global Health Scholar. Questions to

Interested in becoming a CCE? The CCE mission is to create a more positive sexual climate on campus. The CCEs themselves are an exceptionally diverse, creative group of students who collaborate with each other and with their own communities to create space—both literally and figuratively—for to make it easier for students to make mindful social and sexual choices. The CCEs also serve as a resource for students who have experienced or heard about sexual misconduct, providing a peer avenue to SHARE, the UWC, Title IX, and the Yale Police. The CCEs are paid employees of the YCDO, working 5-10 hours per week with longer hours during training periods. There’s no need for prior experience in sexual violence prevention. The prime qualification for being a CCE is the desire to make Yale a better place; optimism and humor are helpful, too! For more information or to apply, please visit Applications are due October 17, 2017.
Senior Exhibit Project
The SML exhibits committee is now accepting proposals for the spring 2018 senior exhibit project. This is an opportunity for Yale seniors who may wish to create a library exhibition in the SML exhibits corridor based on their senior thesis. The deadline for student application is October 16th. Complete project calendar can be found here.
Overview of the senior exhibit project and helpful planning resources:
Interested in Genetic Engineering Research? Join the Yale iGEM Team!
The Yale iGEM (International Genetically Engineer Machine) Team is a student-run undergraduate research team with its own fully-equipped Biology Lab. Using cutting-edge tools and techniques, we apply the principles of genetic engineering to solve real-world problems. During the school year, we host journal clubs and prepare team members for summer research. As a team, we carry out a research project over the summer and compete at the iGEM Jamboree, an international conference with attendees from over 200 universities.

The entire research project is undergraduate designed, run, and owned. Team members will have the chance to get involved in areas such as laboratory research, website design, science outreach, and project fundraising.

Want to learn more? Sign-up for our panlist here to get notified about information sessions and the application process:

Seminar for Pre-medical students
Speaker: Richard Silverman: Senior Adviser to Yale School of Medicine, Admissions.
Tuesday, November 7 from 5-6 PM in LC 101
Host: Joseph S. Wolenski Dept. of MCDB (
Mr. Silverman will share his years of experience working with the admissions committee here at the Yale School of Medicine to discuss strategies for being admitted into medical school.
The American University in the Twenty-First Century
Save the date: October 30, 4:00, SSS 114
“The American University in the Twenty-First Century” is a year-long series of Town Hall meetings for Yale students, faculty, and administrators to discuss the challenges in higher education, as the relationship between the university and the broader society has changed over the last generation.

—The social contract has eroded: college education is seen as a private asset rather than a public good, pitting taxpayers against students, while more and more citizens question the value of a college degree.

—The political economy of the American university has shifted, radically altering the funding models for research and the production of knowledge.

—The university as an institution faces a rising politics of anti-elitism, privatization, and austerity.

—A gulf has widened between the academy and the public. Empiricism and knowledge come under attack, threatening epistemological crisis and a “post-factual” order.

In this Town Hall series, panelists will put recent developments in historical perspective, bringing the challenges into focus and providing a basis for collective problem-solving and action.

The first session on October 30, 4:00, in SSS 114, will be devoted to “Scientific Knowledge in the Public Sphere.” What are the current challenges to science education? How can scientific knowledge be reintroduced in our public policy debates? What is the future of scientific research, as funding models shift in response to budgetary concerns? What can scholars and universities do to reverse the anti-science trends in the culture at large?

More details to follow; save the date, and please join us on October 30.

Sponsored by the FAS Senate for the students and faculty of Yale College, the Graduate School, and the FAS.