Dean’s Notes 11-4-2019

November 4, 2019

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of November 4, 2019

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend – the weather was just the way I like it: crisp and sunny. I know – as of yesterday, it is getting dark super-early! Make the most of the daylight hours – we need our Vitamin D at this time of year!!
Please check out the CIPE’s Summer Opportunities Fair this Friday, November 8th, 2:30-4PM in the Silliman Dining Hall.

Flu shot clinics: Don't let the flu get you down. You can find the full schedule here.

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.


November 7 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the second half of the fall term without the course appearing on your transcript.
Last day to convert from letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option in a course offered in the second half of the term.

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;


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 3:00 - 4:00 PM & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 4:00 - 5:00 PM; Location: Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue, GM Room
Join Global Affairs DUS Sigríður Benediktsdóttir to learn more about the program and application process. Treats will be served. The Global Affairs major is designed to give students the social science research tools necessary to solve today’s most pressing global challenges. 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 (

Summer Funding and Fellowships
Monday, November 4, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room 120B
Have some ideas about what you want to do this summer? Now figure out how to pay for it. Attend this introductory workshop on pursuing funding for your summer experiences.

Pathways for Sophomores
Monday, November 4, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A (second floor)
Sophomore year offers new challenges, including increased course loads, upper-level classes, and identifying a major. This interactive workshop helps students set goals and make long-term plans for the year.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors
Tuesday, November 5, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A (second floor)
Thursday, November 7, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A (second floor)
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Time Management
Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A (second floor)
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A (second floor)
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

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A (second floor)
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.

Imagining Your Summer
Thursday, November 7, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room 120C
Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don't know how to get started? Come for an information workshop with our Academic Strategies Mentors and representatives from CIPE to help you identify some possible summer opportunities and your next steps to make your vision happen. Deadlines for summer opportunities are coming up very soon, so start planning now!

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:

Celebrate 1stGen Day at Yale
Friday, November 8, 11 am- 3 pm, Cross Campus
Celebrate National First-Gen day, and join us for our annual photo campaign. Meet our FGLI Ambassadors and take a photo to celebrate the contributions of first-generation students to our campus.

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, November 13 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm
Wednesday, December 4 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm

Summer STEM Fellowships: How to Write a Research Proposal
Friday, November 15 - meet Dr. Alexia Belperron in LC 104 from 3:00-4:00pm

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:


Summer Opportunities Fair
Friday, November 8th, 2:30-4PM
Silliman Dining Hall
Chart your course to summer with the Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)! Stop by the annual CIPE Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about hundreds of amazing internship, study, and funding opportunities in the U.S. and abroad for summer 2020. Chat with staff, faculty, and students affiliated with our four units; the Office of Career Strategy, Study Abroad, Yale Summer Session, and Fellowships- to find experiences that are right for you. There you go, your summer is planned!

Stop Dreaming and Create Meaning (Deja de Soñar & Crear significado)
Tuesday, November 12th, 5:15-6:15PM
LC 101
Come out to be inspired to grow and achieve! Farid Dieck is a content creator, musician, and social entrepreneur with a focus on sustainability from Monterrey, Mexico. Rorro Echávez is an industrial engineering graduate from the Tec de Monterrey, content creator, and author from Torreón, Mexico. Both are motivational speakers and social media influencers. They will share on their experiences going from dreaming to reality, and on creating meaning in your everyday work. Follow them @rorroechavez and @faridieck.

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What can you learn from Yale Summer Session at the Summer Opportunities Fair?

Check out what courses were offered in New Haven and online last summer—and put Summer 2020 dates in your calendar.
Find out more about the innovative technology behind Yale Summer Online courses.
Want to build your resume while earning credit this summer? Ask about becoming a residential counselor.
Learn about financial assistance offered by Yale Summer Session.
Hear first about an exciting new courses and programs planned for Summer 2020!

Summer 2020 course offerings will be posted in December. Sign up for email updates from Yale Summer Session so you hear first!



Financial Aid Information Session for Spring 2020 Abroad
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 305

The CIPE Summer Opportunities Fair
Friday, November 8, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Silliman Dining Hall


Study Abroad Drop-In Hours will be NOT be held on Friday, November 8 – Join us at the Summer Opportunities Fair instead!
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.



Summer Fellowships and Funding Information Session
Monday, November 4, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, 301 York St, Rm 120B

Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Information Session
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 305

Imagining your Summer
Thursday, November 7, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, 301 York St, Rm 120C

Richard U. Light Information Session 6
Thursday, November 7, 5:00pm-6:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 369

The CIPE Summer Opportunities Fair
Friday, November 8, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Silliman Dining Hall

Richard U. Light Information Session 7
Monday, November 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 369


November 12, 1:00pm EST - Saint Andrew’s Society Graduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 18, 1:00pm EST - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
November 18, 1:00pm EST - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
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
January 3 | 4PM EST - SALAM 2020: Summer Arabic Language and Media ProgramNational Deadline |Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, and Juniors
December 6, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
January 9, 1:00pm EST - National Security Education Program NSEP David L Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Campus Deadline |Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, and Juniors
December 13 | 1PM - Richard U. Light Fellowship Late Fall Competition Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students (Note: Attending an info session is required.)
January 15, 1:00pm EST - Davis Projects for Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors


Visit the Fellowships Calendar for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Make an appointment directly from the website to discuss these and a host of other opportunities
Fellowship Drop-In Hours will NOT be held on Friday, November 8 - Join us at the Summer Opportunities Fair instead!



Inaugural 1stGenYale Alumni Career Speakers Series
Saturday, November 2, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Memorial Library

Uniformed Services
Monday, November 4, 4:30pm-5:30pm
WLH 207
Catherine Takacs Witkop, MD, MPH, Col (Ret), USAF, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Professor, Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics and Ob/Gyn
F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine - "America's Medical School"


Request an OCS Workshop-All student organizations in Yale College are welcome to request a workshop (this includes the cultural centers, athletic teams, Greek-letter organizations, performance, political, cultural, and pre-professional groups, faculty and staff).

Check out 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 Micro-internships 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.

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.

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.