Dean’s Notes 11-3-2020

November 30, 2020

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: November 30, 2020

Hope you all had a wonderful November Recess! I hope you took some time to rest and rejuvenate. I usually cook a lot (with my sister) during this break, but we instead ordered-in (a lot) from our favorite restaurants – it was pretty great!! It was an Eat.Rest.Repeat kind of week. :)
And now for the final stretch of the term! I know, it is a bit crazy that it’s already the last week of classes and I know the next 3 weeks are going to be very busy. However, right after that, we’ll have another, more restorative break! Hang in there.

You have all taken exams before, and you have all succeeded before. While it is true that Yale can be challenging at times, you’ve made it this far and the end of the term is in sight. You can do it!! For those of you who feel nervous, try this strategy: Repeat to yourself often, "I can do it!! I am a good test taker/I can write this paper/I can complete this project/I can give this presentation…" I know it’s silly, but it works!
Keep an eye out for end-of-term messages from me in the coming days. Also, please know that I’m available to talk over the next three weeks – see below for appts and open hours.

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. I will not have office hours during November Recess.

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”. I’ll also have an additional open block this Friday from 2:00-3:30pm.

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.


November 30 Classes resume online.
December 4 Fall-term online classes end; online reading period begins.
Last day to withdraw from a full-term or second-half term course.
Last day to convert a fall full-term course or a fall second half-term course from a letter grade to Cr/D/F.

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!

Pathways for Seniors
Monday, Nov. 30 @ 7:00 PM ET
Senior year is a unique juggling act as you wrap up your Yale College career and look forward to post-graduation plans. Learn how to set and accomplish senior year goals while still enjoying your final year as an undergraduate. (Juniors seeking a preview of senior year are welcome!)

Time Management
Tuesday, Dec. 1 @ 4 pm ET
Monday, Dec. 7 @ 4 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.

Pathways for Juniors
Tuesday, Dec. 1 @ 7 pm ET
As you delve into your major, new questions and challenges arise. How do I orient myself within my major? How do I look for mentors within the major? What timelines do a need to be aware of to set myself up for a strong senior year? We’ll explore these questions together in this interactive workshop.
(Sophomores seeking a preview of junior year are welcome!)

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, Dec. 2 @ 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, Dec. 2 @ 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.

Approaches to Your Leave of Absence
Tuesday, Dec. 8 @ 4 pm ET
Planning to take a leave of absence this spring? Join our discussion about how to transition in and out of your leave and practices that can help you make your leave meaningful and productive for you.

Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Tuesday, Dec. 8 @ 4 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!

Writing Center Resources:
Working on a final paper? These resources can help!

Virtual Writing Study Halls
Write with others at the Writing Center’s virtual Writing Study Halls. Increase your focus by logging into our virtual space on Wednesdays 12/2 & 12/9 from 7-10pm and Sundays 12/6 & 12/13 from 2-5pm. Writing Partners will be on hand to answer brief writing questions and help you maximize your productivity. We hope to see you there!

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.


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


Goinglobal Webinar-The Evolution of Employment: Job Searching During COVID-19
Thursday, December 3, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 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.
Undergraduate Intern, Center for Policing Equity, applications due November 27
Van Eck Associates Corporation, multiple summer 2021 internship positions & post-graduate positions open

Summer Experience Award (formerly known as the Domestic Summer Award)

Enhancements have been made to the former DSA. Review the changes on the Office of Career Strategy website and check out the Frequently Asked Questions. The application for the Summer Experience Award (SEA) is in Yale Career Link and the deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. Important updates include:
Eligible students may use the SEA for the choice for an eligible experience (underfunded internship, research experience or arts apprenticeship) in the U.S. or abroad.
If the experience is in the U.S., the award will be $4,000. If the experience is outside the U.S., the award will be $6,000.
The SEA is the former DSA, therefore students who have previously used their DSA are not eligible.
Inquiries can be sent to


November Recess Hours. The Office of Career Strategy will close Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 and will reopen Monday, November 30 at 8:30am.
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.



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

Study abroad advisers continue to be available to hold virtual meetings with students via Zoom. To schedule a meeting, please use our online appointment system.


EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Information Session with Dean Sandy Chang
Wednesday, December 2, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Zoom Link

FINAL SESSION: Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Information Session (4 of 4)
Thursday, December 3, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link

FINAL SESSION: Light Fellowship Information Session (6 of 6)
Monday, December 7, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link

Imagining Your Summer: Information Session #7
Tuesday, December 8, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register Here

Research Planning - Library and Fellowships Workshop
Wednesday, December 9, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Register Here


December 4, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
December 31 - Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships; District 7980 Foundation Scholarships; Contact the New Haven Rotary Foundation Chair with application questions | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
January 4, 1:00pm ET - Richard U. Light Fellowship (Summer, Fall, and Academic Year Study) Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students (Note: Attending an info session is required.)
January 6, 1:00pm ET - Davis Projects for Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
January 14, 1:00pm ET - Beinecke Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
January 15, 1:00pm ET - Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores & Juniors
January 27, 1:00pm ET - Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
February 3, 1:00pm ET - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors & Seniors
February 3, 1:00pm ET - Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 5, 1:00pm ET - Henry/Mellon/Kings Fellowships Common Application Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 12, 1:00pm EST - Udall Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors


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


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. If you would like to speak with an admissions representative, please email to schedule an appointment.
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale (ISPS) is pleased to announce that applications are open for the Director's Fellows program. The fellowship is open to Yale sophomores and juniors who are committed to working in U.S. domestic politics and policymaking. Selected Fellows will join ISPS as members of the Domestic Policy Group starting in February 2021, and over the course of one calendar year, will receive sophisticated policy training from ISPS faculty and affiliates, integrate into ISPS research activities, and test their development through real world application and feedback. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Fellowship is open to Yale College sophomores and juniors. For Spring 2021 all accepted fellows need to be enrolled at Yale, but do not have to be in residence on campus. All meetings will take place on Zoom. To apply, please visit our webpage and click on the Application Form near the bottom of page. Deadline for applying is January 4, 2021 at 11:59pm. Accepted fellows will be notified February 1. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tory Bilski at