Dean’s Notes 10-19-2020

October 19, 2020

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: October 19, 2020

I’m going to reiterate my message from last week. I would normally be saying something today about the fact that I hope you’re rested and refreshed after October break (!). Again, please look at your schedule for this week and next week. Carve out time for yourself. Don’t just say you will – do it. We all need a break. It keeps us healthy, both mentally and physically.

On that note, Leah will be taking off next Mon/Tues (October 26th & 27th) and I’ll be taking off next Thurs/Fri (October 29th & 30th). I want you to know ahead of time, since I won’t hold office hours on the days I’m out, and I’ll have an auto-reply on my e-mail.

I wish you all the best as we approach the official midterm date this Friday, October 23rd. I’m happy to meet with you (see below) if you want to chat this week. I’ll also have two blocks of open office hours on Thursday (3:30-4:30pm) and Friday (10:00am-noon). These are for quick meetings (5-10min) – you can find me here: :)

Lastly, on Friday, you received the first of a few important e-mails that are coming centrally from the YCDO about move-out and the Spring 2021 term. Please keep an eye on your e-mail and please read these messages carefully. There is a lot of important information in them. I will do my best to answer your questions in the coming weeks, but I ask that you read each message carefully first – thanks.

Don’t let the flu get you down. Flu shot info here:, which includes the Find Your Flu Shot Tool.

Meeting with me

To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,, or reach out to Leah with any scheduling issues (particularly if you’re in a different time zone!). All of my meetings (including open office hours) will be through my Zoom page: Keep in mind that we do not set up appointments during the evening/weekends. Please also note that I teach on Wednesday mornings.

OPEN office hours are on Friday mornings from 10am-noon. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I will speak to students in the order they “arrive”.


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. If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.


Are you a sophomore interested in doing independent research and applying to graduate
school? Come to our Open House to learn more about the Mellon & Bouchet Programs and meet the current fellows. Mellon Mays and Edward A. Bouchet Fellowship Program was established to increase the number of students pursuing PhDs and subsequent careers in academia who come from minority backgrounds or have an interest in addressing racial disparities. This program enables students to work on paid research projects during the academic year and to pursue full-time research during the summers between sophomore and junior years and between junior and senior years.

Open House on Friday, November 20 at 1:30pm (session will be recorded)
Zoom link:


Interested in becoming an East Asian Languages and Literatures or East Asian Studies major? Come for an informal get-together with the DUS of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the DUS for East Asian Studies!

Wednesday, November 4, from 1-2pm via Zoom. Please RSVP to by Oct. 30 to receive the Zoom link. For more information, please contact


October 23 Midterm.
Last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.

November 4 Last day to withdraw from a fall second-half course without the course appearing on the transcript.

November 20 November recess begins after classes end.

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
Sc/QR Tutoring:
Language Tutoring:

Trumbull Writing Tutor: Adam Sexton is the Trumbull College Writing Tutor. Adam teaches three courses in the English department (“Reading and Writing the Modern Essay,” "Writing About Music," and “Reading Fiction for Craft”) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art. Adam is also a writer; his next book, "Difficult Listening," is due to be published in 2021.

To meet with Adam, please reserve a half-hour by logging on to, and be sure to email him the document you want help with by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment. Include the instructor’s prompt, your focus for our meeting, and when the paper is due. Adam looks forward to working with you!

Drop-In: Residential College Math/Science Tutors
Advising Resources;

Yale Academic Strategies Program

Our mission is to help all Yale undergraduate be active, empowered learners at Yale. Though peer academic mentoring, interactive workshops, and connections to resources, we provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

Individual Consultations: Sundays through Thursdays, 7-9 pm ET and by request
Our Academic Strategies Mentors will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and planning for the second half of the semester. Make an appointment to meet 1-1 with a peer mentor through our online scheduler. Students residing in Asia or Europe may find our Friday 5 am ET time slot helpful. Can’t meet at these times? You can also request a mentor by emailing us at

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Do you have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you approach your learning? Meet with our Learning Specialist, Sarah Cussler (, to discuss strategies for adapting to the challenges of learning online and the different demands of college-level academic work. And learn more about the resources available to students via Sarah’s welcome video.

Our workshop sessions will all be online this academic year. Register via YaleConnect to access Zoom links—you can register up to the start of the workshop if you want to come last minute!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, Oct. 19 @ 4 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Monday, Oct. 19 @ 4 pm ET
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7 pm ET
Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don't know how to get started? Hear from students who have done these things to help you identify some possible summer opportunities. You will leave with a clearer idea of what is possible and the resources you can access to make your vision happen. Now is the perfect time to start planning!

Time Management
Monday, Oct. 19 @ 7 pm ET
Monday, Oct. 26 @ 9 pm ET
Time management is key for lowering stress at Yale. Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition
Tuesday, Oct. 20 @ 4 pm ET
Monday, Oct. 26 @ 7 pm ET
Want to refresh your approaches to your academic work? Our mentors will lead you through a series of activities to help you identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the new challenges presented by your current semester’s courses.

Motivate Your Online Learning
Tuesday, Oct. 20 @ 7 pm ET
In these times of pandemic and other crises, it’s hard to stay focused and on task with your academics. Learn how to get motivated and keep engaged with your online academic work while giving yourself the time you need to be healthy and grounded.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 4 pm ET
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Get the Most Out of Your Reading
Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 7 pm ET
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essays, and exams.

Writing Emails, Presentations, and Reports: Academic & Professional Communication for Undergrads
Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 9 pm ET
Need to write to faculty or employers about recommendations and summer opportunities? Need to present your ideas effectively to different kinds of audiences? This workshop helps you identify how to tailor your writing to your audience and communicate with confidence.

Exam Study Strategies
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7 pm ET
Reduce exam stress by learning new strategies for preparing and studying for midterms and finals. This workshop offers suggestions for preparing for and taking problem-based, short answer, and essay exams

Writing Center Resources:
Working on a midterm paper? These resources can help!
Residential College Writing Tutors: Professional writers, editors and teachers connected with your residential college.
Peer Writing Partners: Single sessions with undergraduate and graduate students trained to offer feedback and positive support for your writing.
10-Session Writing Tutoring: Meet up to ten times with the same Writing Partner over the course of the semester. Sign up here or email with questions.
And check out our online library of writing handouts, model papers, and senior project resources!



Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the fall 2020 and spring 2021 terms. This decision is final and will not change even if circumstances should change in the destination country.
Sunday, October 25, 4-6PM Open to the Yale Community, join the Asian Network at Yale and Future Leaders of Yale for a virtual screening of RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook, followed by a panel discussion on democracy in the time of COVID-19. RIGGED is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. It details a variety of voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. Learn More and register.

Yale students have a free subscription to the Daily Chatter, a great resource for keeping up with global news presented from a non-partisan perspective.
Follow CIPE on Instagram and Twitter to keep informed



Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations Information Session
Monday, October 19, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register here

Imagining Your Summer: Information Session #2
Monday, October 19, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register Here

Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop
Tuesday, October 20, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register here

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Information Session with Dr. Alexia Belperron
Thursday, October 22, 11:45am – 12:45pm
Zoom Link
Funding Opportunities for Public Service and Government Service
Thursday, October 22, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Zoom Link

Imagining Your Summer: Information Session #3
Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Register Here

Workshop: Interviewing for National Fellowships
Friday, October 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Zoom Link

MacMillan Center Fellowships Office: Information Session for Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students
Tuesday, October 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Zoom Link
Light Fellowship Information Session (3 of 6)
Tuesday, October 27, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link


October 21, 11:59pm ET - Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 21, 1:00pm ET - Michel David-Weill Scholarship at Sciences Po Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 23 - The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 29, 2:00pm ET - The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students
November 1, 11:59pm ET - USAID Donald Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 9, 1:00pm ET - Saint Andrew’s Society Graduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 11, 1:00pm ET - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 11, 1:00pm ET - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 12, 1:00pm ET - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15 - Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15, 11:59pm CST - Project Horseshoe Farm National Deadline (Fall) | Eligible: Seniors & recent graduates
November 17, 8:00pm ET - Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) National Deadline
December 4, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
January 6, 1pm ET - Davis Projects for Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
January 15, 1pm ET - Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores & Juniors


Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Review recently recorded workshops and information sessions in our Webinar Series.
Search for Yale funding and campus information for external awards on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB).
Learn more about fellowships on the Fellowships and Funding FAQ webpage.
Contact Fellowships and Funding with questions or comments.
Make an appointment with an adviser or Schedule a Drop-in Session directly from the fellowships website.


Summer’s over. Start thinking about summer! In Yale Summer Session, focus on difficult classes, try out a new subject, or ease your course load in future semesters. With over 200 courses in New Haven, Online, and Abroad from a range of disciplinary fields, every Yale College student can find a course that meets their needs and helps them succeed.

Summer 2021 course offerings will be posted in early 2021. Sign up for email updates from Yale Summer Session so you hear first when classes are posted. Reach out to with any questions.


Yale Only Graduate and Professional School Virtual Fair
Thursday October 29, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Thinking about applying to one of Yale’s Graduate or Professional Schools?
If so, register for this virtual event to network with admissions representatives and get answers to your questions about specific school and programs, learn about application deadlines, degree options, financial aid, future career prospects and more. Similar to an in-person event, you will be able to speak directly with admission representatives from Yale's Graduate and Professional Schools. Registration Required

Check out Preferred Yale Partners positions in Yale Career Link. These opportunities include full-time positions and internships posted by Yale alumni and other affiliates.
• Homevest: Data Scientist, Software Engineer
Designing Your Career @ Yale Programs
Learn to apply design thinking tools and ideas to: explore your possible career futures, take proactive steps to test your career interests, moving from contemplation to action, and become a part of a growing community of life designers Design thinking can help you create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of background and identity, or what your interests might be. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
• Growing Your Network, Wednesday, November 11, 12-2pm. Learn more about the “Growing Your Network” module and apply in Yale Career Link by Tuesday, October 27, 11:59pm.
• Unlock the Power of Brainstorming, Friday, November 13, 10am-12pm. Learn more about the “Unlock the Power of Brainstorming” module and apply in Yale Career Link by Friday, October 30 at 11:59pm.

Fall 2020 OCS FAQs: Throughout Fall 2020 the Office of Career Strategy is open and completely operational; however all staff will be working remotely.

Virtual Advising Available - Until further notice, all career advising appointments will be held by phone or video (Zoom or Skype). Please request appointments through Yale Career Link and select one of the remote location 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 Events to sign up. For easier access don’t forget to download the Symplicity App now called “Symplicity Jobs and Careers”!


Visit the Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page for the latest information and resources relating to Yale Study Abroad.


Would you like to learn the skills of a top-tier strategy consultant, while working in service of a client you know and love: Yale University?
If so, we invite you to apply for the Yale University Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis program. Positions are currently available for summer internships as well as full-time positions following graduation from Yale College or Yale graduate and professional programs. Full-time positions are planned for two years, though longer-term commitments are possible in the case of exceptional performance. Summer internships are for 10 weeks.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and transcript to Zeshan Gondal (TC’19 and former FroCo!) at Please indicate whether you are applying for the full-time or summer position. Round 2 applications are due October 23rd.

For further information on the program, feel free to contact any of our current team members:
o Tabish Azeem GRD’19
o Zeshan Gondal TC’19
o Sarah Malkowski, GRD’20,
o Sanelma Heinonen, SY’20,
o Sooyong Kwon, BK’21 (summer intern),

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is now accepting applications for its year-long seminar focused on politics, social change, and geopolitics.

Beginning in January, the two-semester course explores how to achieve large ends with limited means, whether in military conflict, foreign policy, domestic politics, or social movements. The course engages questions of grand strategy from a wide range of perspectives, exploring topics in racial justice, global security, economic development, climate change, immigration, and technological advancement, among others. It emphasizes interaction between academics and practitioners, and between participants of differing political views. Grand Strategy aims to develop students’ capacities not only to analyze the past and present, but to act as responsible, thoughtful leaders and citizens of the future. In conjunction with the course, the program hosts a number of events and private dinners with practitioners such as diplomats, politicians, military personnel, journalists and media experts, and social activists. This course is a highly selective and intensive seminar that offers summer research grants to all accepted students.

If you are interested about our program please visit our Q&A on our website for more details.

Please note that we will be hosting a virtual information session on October 22nd at 5:00pm over Zoom. Beverly Gage (the Director), Michael Brenes (the Associate Director), and current Grand Strategy students will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the course. You can join our information session through the Zoom link below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 2571 1167
Passcode: rgcx3A

To apply, please clink the link here:

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Matriculate: Did you know that over 50% of our nation's high-achieving, low-income students don't apply to a single school that's an academic match for them? You can make this change — Join Matriculate! We are a national fellowship program and community of Yale students who advance equity by helping smart, under-resourced kids apply to college. Given the barriers that COVID-19 has exacerbated, our work is more important now than ever. Plus, our organization has hardly changed despite the transition to remote learning! Submit an eligibility form today at to get started!

Walden Peer Counseling
Walden is traditionally an anonymous and confidential hotline and walk-in peer counseling service staffed by Yale undergraduates. Given the constraints of the upcoming school year, Walden Peer Counseling will be unable to continue our walk-in services, and instead, we will offer Zoom counseling every night from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in addition to our hotline service, which will be available every night from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m, beginning September 8th. Our hotline phone number is 203-432-8255, and the Zoom link is More information about Walden Peer Counseling can be found on our website at

Seed Grants
The organizers of "Order of Multitudes: Encyclopedia, Atlas, Museum," a Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Yale University, seek applications for seed grants from Yale undergraduate and graduate students. We would like to help sponsor student research that dovetails with the goals of our seminar, which you can find out about here. Applicants can propose projects leading up to a dissertation, a senior thesis, a self-standing article, or other research outcomes, including public-facing writing. Depending on the global health situation, the funding can be used for travel to archives as well as to defray the cost of obtaining electronic copies of non-digital sources, to support born-digital research tools and methods, and to purchase electronic equipment that your work requires. To apply, please send us your CV, a brief budget narrative, and a research proposal (one single-spaced page for undergraduates, two single-spaced pages for graduate students). The proposal should outline your research plans as well as explain how your project relates to the themes of our Sawyer Seminar. We will also need one letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor.

The deadline for the first round of applications is October 30. Undergraduates can request up to $1,000; graduate students, $3,000. Applications should be submitted to Mary Jane Stevens at, with the subject line "Sawyer Seminar Seed Grant Application." Questions about the application process and selection criteria should be directed to Marta Figlerowicz at

The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies is looking to launch an undergraduate fellows network this semester. The Latin American & Iberian Studies Undergraduate Fellows Network will strengthen intellectual exchange and innovation within Yale’s undergraduate student community, and provide undergraduates with connections to and guidance from graduate students in the CLAIS Graduate Affiliates Network. This new network seeks to promote cross-disciplinary projects through the support of academic research and social gatherings. Members of the network will have access to some project and travel funding support, as well as opportunities to work with affiliated faculty and prominent visitors, such as scholars, politicians, and ambassadors from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Any inquiries should be sent to

Students electing to vote within their home state via an absentee ballot will likely need the ballot witnessed and signed by a notary public. There will be a notary public offering services for free Wednesdays and Fridays in October 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. outside of Ezra Stiles College – just ring the buzzer on the gate and ask for the notary. Please bring your valid photo ID (Yale ID is fine). You can find more information about registering to vote and voting out-of-state from Yale here: and here

Come join faculty members from the French Department for a virtual lunch or early dinner conversation (en français) via Zoom. Les Tables françaises are a great place to practice your conversational French in an informal setting. French-speakers at all levels from the Yale Community are welcome. Please contact the hosts via email for the Zoom information.

4:00pm – 5:00pm Constance Sherak
12:30-1:30pm Lauren Pinzka
12:30-1:30pm Candace Skorupa