Dean’s Notes 10-5-2020

October 5, 2020

It was a beautiful weekend here in New Haven – I love the crispness in the air at this time of year and the foliage is getting prettier each day. I hope folks enjoyed it (here and wherever you are) – taking a walk is a great study break!

I know it’s a busy time. This week’s Academic Strategies workshops center on approaches that help students make good decisions about their academic work while prioritizing physical and mental health.
• Procrastination: How to Work Through It: Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 7 pm ET
• Time Management: Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 9 pm ET
• Motivate Your Online Learning: Wednesday, Oct. 7 @ 9 pm
• Managing a Heavy Reading Load Thursday, Oct. 8 @ 9 pm ET

I wish you all the best with your exams, psets, essays/papers and projects (and everything else) this week!
Get your flu shot if you haven’t already! Flu shot info here:, which includes the Find Your Flu Shot Tool.
Including this note again about e-mail: For most queries, it would be very helpful if you would copy Leah on your question. That allows us to triage better. Also, if you find yourself coming up with a series of questions, know that it might be faster (for you and us) to clear things up with a virtual meeting. Also, please refrain from replying to e-mails from the message system, and/or that have “message” in the e-mail address – we do not receive them. Please e-mail us directly. Thank you for your understanding.

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, October 9 and Friday, October 20 at 1:30pm
Zoom link:


October 13 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first-half of the fall term.
Last day to convert a fall first-half term course from a letter grade to Cr/D/F.
October 14 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the fall term.
October 15 Deadline to apply for a spring 2021 Term Abroad.


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 plan for your midterms. 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!

Pathways for First-Years
Monday, Oct. 5 @ 4 pm ET
What do you really want to get out of your first year? This interactive workshop helps students identify goals and sources of satisfaction while avoiding common first year pitfalls.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Monday, Oct. 5 @ 7 pm ET
How do we read deeply and completely without running out of time? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 7 pm ET
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Time Management
Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 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.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, Oct. 7 @ 4 pm ET
Professors are increasingly asking students to engage in public speaking, from leading class discussion to more formal presentations. This workshop suggests preparation and performance strategies to help you do your best.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, Oct. 7 @ 7 pm ET
Friday, Oct. 9 @ 12 pm ET (part of our Essentials for First-Years series)
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

Motivate Your Online Learning
Wednesday, Oct. 7 @ 9 pm
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.

Essentials for STEM: Reading Effectively for STEM
Thursday, Oct. 8 @ 4 pm
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles; navigate jargon, data, and figures; use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Thursday, Oct. 8 @ 7 pm ET
This workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. Participants will get practice with these strategies in our interactive session.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Thursday, Oct. 8 @ 9 pm ET
Feeling overwhelmed by piles of reading? Learn some essential strategies to make the most of your limited reading time. Have less stress and create more free time!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, Oct. 12 @ 4 pm
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Project
Monday, Oct. 12 @ 9 pm
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis.

Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Tuesday, Oct. 13 @ 4 pm
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!

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 term. This decision is final for the fall term and will not change even if circumstances should change in the destination country.

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


Micro-internships through Parker Dewey: Micro-internships allow you to work on paid, short-term, professional projects offered by employers around the country that can be completed remotely. These experiences can help you develop professional skills, connect with employers across a variety of industries, and explore career paths. International students must receive work authorization to complete a project through Parker Dewey; see OISS.

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 our Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates Page* for guidance if considering a study abroad experience.
* We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available for spring 2021 and summer 2021 abroad.


Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser - Schedule a remote appointment directly from our website!
Search the Study Abroad Calendar for information sessions and other study abroad events throughout the academic year.



Information Session - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships (2 of 4)
Tuesday, October 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link

Barry Goldwater Scholarship: Hear from Recent Winners
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Zoom Link

Light Fellowship Information Session (3 of 6)
Monday, October 12, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Zoom Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations Information Session
Monday, October 12, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register here

Imagining Your Summer: Information Session #1
Tuesday, October 13, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register Here


October 13, 5pm ET - Fulbright US Student Grants National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 14 - Gates Cambridge Round 1 National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 14, 1pm PT - Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 14, 11:59pm ET - Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 19-22 (depending on field), 5pm local time - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & First-year Graduate Students
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 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
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.


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.

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.

Studies in Grand Strategy is the flagship course for the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. 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 also engages security questions from a wide range of perspectives, including national security, global security, and social security. 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.
To apply, please clink the link here:

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