Dean’s Notes 11-18-2019

November 18, 2019

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of November 18, 2019
Hope this finds all of you doing well. A few more days, and there will be a nice, one-week break! Have fun at The Game! All the best to our football players!

Since there won’t be Dean’s Notes next week, I’ll also take a moment now to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. You make my life here at Yale and in Trumbull incredibly rewarding – I’m thankful that I get to be your Dean. I’m also very thankful for Leah! She’s amazing, as you all know. :)

I know that some people see breaks as opportunities to study and catch up on work – this is great, but keep in mind that it is very productive to take some time to rest and relax, especially before the final stretch of the term. Take care and have a wonderful week!!
Flu shot clinics: Don't let the flu get you down. You can find the full schedule here. You can also go directly to the Immunization Department located on the 2nd floor of the Yale Health Center, during their walk-in hours, to get your flu shot (That’s what I did!).

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 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 note that I teach on Wednesday mornings. I will not have office hours during November Recess.


November 23 November recess begins, 9pm

December 2 Classes resume

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

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
Sc/QR 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!

Trumbull Mathematics and Science Tutor: Allie Nagelski is the Residential College Mathematics and Science tutor in Trumbull College. Allie, who is a 3rd year graduate student in Chemistry, is eager to start work helping undergraduates. Allie will start with the following schedule: TC Basement Rm 29 (near Entryway G); Sun 8.00 PM-9:30 PM

Language Tutoring:
Advising Resources;

JACKSON INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS for prospective Global Affairs majors
To learn more about the program and access the online application, visit or email application deadline is Friday, November 22 at 11:59pm EST.

NEW for Sophomores: Designing Your Career @ Yale is for sophomores who may be unsure of their career interests, and would like an active approach to identifying career options for summer and post-graduate opportunities. Design thinking can help create a meaningful and fulfilling life, regardless your interests. Adapting Stanford University’s approach of applying Design Thinking principles to life decision-making, OCS is offering 1/2-day workshops for sophomores seeking to explore possible career paths, take proactive steps to test careers, and become a part of a growing community of life designers. Sophomores will be guided through career exploration through multiple hands-on activities, and will leave the program with concrete steps to further their personal and career goals.
Enormous thanks to the Hastings Foundation for making this program possible for Yale sophomores. Each program is held at the Study Hotel and all materials and food will be provided!

Fall 2019 Program Dates (students may apply for one – space is limited): November 1 and December 6 (times & details in Yale Career Link)
• How to Apply: Yale Career Link account --> Surveys --> ‘Designing Your Career @ Yale’
• December 6th Program, Application Deadline: November 22
Yale Academic Strategies Program

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.

Most workshops are held in the Poorvu Center (the new name for the CTL). Room M104A is located on the Poorvu Center’s Writing Center mezzanine, just up the stairs near the 301 York St. entrance to Sterling Library. You are encouraged to RSVP via Yale OrgSync (

Planning Research and Independent Projects
Monday, November 18, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center 120 A
Planning to apply for a fellowship for an independent project this summer? Learn about the information you need to gather and the questions you need to answer as your shape your application. Create a timeline for contacting faculty, research institutions, and/or community partners, creating a project outline, and thinking about scope, time, and budgeting. Sponsored by CIPE and Academic Strategies.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, November 18, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Time Management
Tuesday, November 19, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
We all procrastinate. When your procrastination habits get in the way of your goals, however, it's time for a change. This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
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, November 20, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
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.

1-1 Mentoring
Meet with an Academic Strategies Mentor! They will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for getting through to the end of the semester. Have questions? Please email us at

Academic Strategies Web Guides
Midterms thrown you off? Get back on track with our Academic Strategies web guides, including Academic Resources, our guide to finding the resources you need to support your academic work.

Yale College Writing Center
• Residential College Writing Tutors available:
• Peer Writing Partners available daily, Poorvu CTL tutoring mezzanine
• Writing Study Halls (Sundays 2-5 pm, Wednesdays 7-10 pm).
See for more detailed information.

The Community Initiative: Empowering first-generation and low-income students at Yale
A partnership between the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning:

1st Gen Yale Alumni Group Mixer Dinner
Friday, Nov. 22, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Afro-American Cultural Center
Meet first-gen alumni from across the professions in an informal networking event. Enjoy dinner and casual conversation with peers and first-gen alumni allies.

Meet with an FGLI Ambassador
Do you have specific questions about some of the initiatives or resources we offer? Do you have any questions about your professor’s office hours? Are you from the West Coast and want to know more about Winter in New Haven? Then visit our team of ambassadors during their office hours! We are located at the front desk of 55 Whitney Avenue, 2nd floor.

Career Clothes Closet
In partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center, the Community Initiative has developed the Career Closet, a source of professional clothing for students that need professional attire for interviews, receptions, and all other formal events. Students can check out multiple items of clothing for 2 weeks, all free of charge.

STEM Opportunities
Summer STEM Fellowship Information Sessions
Wednesday, December 4 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm

Guide to STEM at Yale
For Dean Sandy Chang’s Guide to STEM at Yale and other useful information for STEM-interested students, please visit:

Yale Library Resources
StatLab workshops: Using a new stats program? Get help from StatLab! Visit their website for workshops on LaTex, R, Stata, and other common programs:


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Planning Research and Independent Projects
Monday, November 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, 301 York St, Rm 120A

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, November 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, 301 York St, Rm 104A

MacMillan Center: Informational Session for Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students
Wednesday, November 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, Rm 101

Fellowships x A Leg Even (ALE) Information Session
Thursday, November 21, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LC 209

Richard U. Light Information Session 8 of 9 (Second to last session!)
Thursday, November 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 369

Richard U. Light Information Session 9 of 9 (LAST session!)
Friday, November 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 369


November 19, 8:00pm EST - Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program National Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
November 21, 1:00pm EST - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
December 1 - Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships; Contact the New Haven Rotary Foundation Chair with application questions | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
December 6, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
December 13, 1:00pm EST - Richard U. Light Fellowship Late Fall Competition Deadline to start an application in the Student Grants Database (SGDB)| Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students (Note: Attending an info session is required)
January 3, 4:00pm EST - SALAM 2020: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program National Deadline |Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, and Juniors
January 8, 1:00pm EST - Richard U. Light Fellowship Late Fall Competition Deadline to submit recommendation requests
January 13, 1:00pm EST - National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - NIST SURF Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
January 15, 1:00pm EST - Boren Undergraduate Scholarship for Language Study Campus Deadline |Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, and Juniors
January 15, 1:00pm EST - Davis Projects for Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
January 15, 1:00pm EST - Beinecke Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
January 24, 1:00pm EST - Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
January 31 - Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program National Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores


Visit the Fellowships Calendar for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Search for Yale funding and campus information for external awards which require application through Yale on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB)
Make an appointment directly from the website to discuss these and a host of other opportunities
Fellowship Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, November 15, 2:00pm – 4:00pm | 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor



Health Professions Applicant Preparation Meeting in person and by Zoom
Monday, November 18, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Office of Career Strategy or by Zoom Sign up to attend!
If you plan to enter medical school or another health professions program in Summer/Fall 2020, please attend one Applicant Preparation Meeting which will cover the application process, letters of recommendation procedure, and much more. There will be ample time for questions. Visit Application Timelines and Health Professions Application for additional information.

U.S. Army Suture Clinic
Tuesday, November 19, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Office of Career Strategy, Sign up to attend!
A unique opportunity awaits those who wish to learn hands-on Suturing training this semester. Participants will learn multiple types of sutures from an Army Healthcare Representative, including when and where to use specific sutures. It is sure to be fun and informative.


Apply to the OCS Employer Relations Student Advisory Committee: OCS is seeking student applicants to represent various student organizations on the Employer Relations Student Advisory Committee (ERSAC). For additional details and to apply: OCS Employer Relations Student Advisory Committee.

November Recess Hours. Drop-ins are available only when classes are in session and will resume, Monday, December 2. The Office of Career Strategy will close Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 and will reopen Monday, December 2 at 8:30am.

OCS Drop Ins: Drop-ins are available when classes are in session, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
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 RSVP.


Become a web developer this summer. Seriously.

Yale Summer Session is partnering with the Flatiron School to run a Web Development Bootcamp this summer. The Yale x Flatiron School Web Development Bootcamp is offering CPSCS115 "Introduction to Full-Stack Web Development," which will give you a deep dive into the intellectual enterprises of computer science and teach you to think, and build, like a software engineer. Best of all: You don't need any prior computer science experience to take the course. All you need is the passion to learn!

Why attend Yale x Flatiron School?
Earn 2 Yale College credits and QR
Learn Ruby and JavaScript--and apply your knowledge to other software languages
Gain experience in front-end and back-end programming
Discover how your unique perspective can contribute to a web development team
Apply your knowledge in other courses, a job, or in graduate school



Siena Summer Program 2020 Information Session
Monday, November 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Romance Languages Lounge, 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd Floor

German Summer Program 2020 Information Session
Monday, November 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
WLH 117

The Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies (SIHS) Information Session
Friday, November 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


Study Abroad Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, November 22 | 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor.
Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser – Schedule an appointment directly from our website.
Search the Study Abroad Calendar for information sessions and other study abroad events throughout the academic year.


Join Tsai CITY and the Yale SOM Program on Entrepreneurship for a conversation with Henry Blodget, cofounder, CEO, and editorial director of Insider, Inc. Blodget will discuss the early days of founding Business Insider, the current state of Business
Insider and the news industry more broadly, and the emergence of better capitalism. Lunch will be served. Learn more and register:
Monday, 11/18, at 12pm at Yale School of Management room 4200

The American Red Cross at Yale will be hosting a blood drive this month at the Joseph Slifka Center from Monday (11/18) to Wednesday (11/20) from 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM, on Thursday (11/21) from 12:00-5:45 PM also at Joseph Slifka Center, and at Berkeley College on Friday (11/22) from 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM. We'd love to have you make an appointment here, if you haven't done so already. If you have any questions, please e-mail Ngozi Okoli (, our Donor Outreach Coordinator.

The Fall AODHRI Survey is out!
You may have received an invitation last week to complete a 10 minute surey about drug and alcohol use at Yale. The information collected is used as part of our efforts to efforts to reduce harms caused by high-risk drinking and the use of other drugs.
Your responses are anonymous and confidential. There are questions for all students, including those who don’t drink alcohol or use other drugs; everyone’s input is valuable. We hope you will fill out the survey to help guide this important work.

The Grand Strategy Program: 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 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:

Interested in becoming a CCE? The Communication and Consent Educators are a diverse, creative group of undergraduates drawn from across campus to foster a more positive social and sexual climate. Through workshops, programs, and conversations, they collaborate within their own communities to build a culture of respect and support. They 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 in August and January. 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! For more information or to apply, please visit In this cycle, we expect to be hiring in Trumbull, JE, Saybrook, Berkeley, Silliman, TD, Davenport and Hopper. (If you are in another college, please fill out just the ‘expression of interest’ form—we will let you know if spots open up, and you can then submit a full application.)

The Silver Scholars Program at the Yale School of Management allows students to earn a Yale MBA degree within three years, directly after graduation, spring-boarding them toward their career goals and leadership positions. The program is designed for exceptional students with strong leadership potential. These students enroll in our full-time MBA program where they make up about 5% of the student body. Rather than the traditional summer MBA internship, Silver Scholars complete a year-long internship, extending their experience to three years. All Yale College students receive a 50% tuition discount and an application fee waiver.

The admissions committee seeks applicants with a combination of intelligence, maturity, and curiosity who aim to be future leaders in their field of interest. Candidates from all majors are welcome to apply; we enjoy the diversity of interests and backgrounds that Silver Scholars bring to the broader MBA class at Yale SOM. If you would like to speak with an admissions representative, please email to schedule an appointment.

Behavioral Research Lab (ISPS BRL): Make $15/hr while advancing behavioral science: The Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies Behavioral Research Lab (ISPS BRL) invites you to join our student participant pool! After registering, you will be invited to take part in studies where you will be paid for your time while learning about cutting-edge research in the social sciences. Sign up at and be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
Interested in majoring in Applied Math? Check out the new Applied Math website for lots of helpful advice on picking classes and planning for the major! Unique for its combination of liberal arts variety and quantitative rigor, the Applied Math major at Yale lets students apply their interest in mathematics to multidisciplinary courses across the university, and build advanced quantitative skills in areas as diverse as data science, machine learning, AI, CS, physics, geology, and econ.
Deadline for scripts: Monday, December 2, 2019, by 4 pm
Theater Studies office, 220 York, Room 102
Competition open to all Yale College students
Please submit your one-act and/or full-length script(s) in progress for consideration for
the 2020 Yale Playwrights Festival, to be held February 7-8, 2020, in public readings in
the Off-Broadway Theater.

We are looking for unpublished, previously unproduced works in progress. Your
script can be any length. But it should be far enough along to benefit from the
mentorship of working writers in and out of Yale and then from a rehearsed reading in
front of an audience. (But not so far along it’s ready for production, in which case please
produce it.)
You may submit more than one play. A hard copy is required. Be sure that the pages are
stapled together and your name is on the title page. The type size of the dialogue should
be at least 10 points, preferably 12. Leave your script(s) in the Theater Studies office, 220
York Street, Room 102, with Mr. Pasquale Cicarella.
The 2020 Yale Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the Marina Keegan Fund and Yale
Theater Studies.

December 2, 4 pm: Scripts to be left in the office of Theater Studies, 220 York Street
Mid-December: Festival writers notified
Mid-December to February: Writers work on scripts
February 7-8, 2020 Yale Playwrights Festival , Off Broadway Theater
For more information, email or