Dean’s Notes 11-8-2021

November 8, 2021

Two more weeks of classes before The Game and November Recess! Hang in there, Trumbullians! :) Please know that I’m here for you – to listen/talk, for support, and to cheer you on.

It was so nice to see many of you at Rumble on Friday – huge thanks to TCC for such a wonderful event, particularly given the emergency that afternoon! I particularly loved the switch to hot cider this year!! :)

I want to draw your attention to a couple of important items in this week’s Dean’s Notes. First, Early Registration for Spring 2022 has begun. Please see important dates below and a note I have included about Advising. Second, please look carefully at the section on the Academic Strategies program. This amazing program has started to include some in-person workshops and if you’re struggling, I’d encourage you to take advantage of their individual mentoring! Have a wonderful week!!

Meeting with me
To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,, or reach out to Leah with any scheduling issues. I will have a mix of Zoom and in-person meetings each week. Zoom meetings (including open office hours) will be through my Zoom page: For in-person meetings, come to the office – masked, of course.

My OPEN (Zoom) office hours for each week are also listed on my Calendly page (at the top of the main page). No appointment is required. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I speak (1-on-1) 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.


November 11 Last day to withdraw from a fall second half-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.


Advising: All students are expected to meet with their college adviser or DUS before the close of early registration (December 15th), and I recommend that you do so before the November recess, if possible. I’ve made this suggestion to Trumbull College Advisers (for TC’25 and some of TC’24). In looking randomly at the availability of some DUSes, it looks like many will have additional availability during Reading Period (above their normal availability) and many have availability over the next two weeks. I have been concerned that many students submitted course schedules this term without meeting with an adviser! These conversations are important and help shape your Yale experience in formative ways. Know that I am also here for consultation (see above).

November 11, 5:00 p.m. Preference Selection for some limited-enrollment courses closes. A full list of these courses and application sites may be found here, but they include first-year seminars, introductory English and math courses, and some language courses. The timing of your application does not matter as long as you meet the deadline, but the deadline is firm. If you are admitted to a course during this Preference Selection round, that course will automatically appear on your registration worksheet when it opens on November 18 (see below).

November 18, 9:00 a.m. The Early Registration period begins, and registration worksheets open in Yale Course Search (YCS). At this time, you may begin to build your schedule and reserve a space in desired courses and discussion section meeting times. Note that for limited-enrollment courses instructor permission is often required (see below).

December 1, 5:00 p.m. Deadline to request instructor permission in YCS. Information about how to do so may be found here. Yale College has asked instructors to make this process simple and to base admission decisions, as much as possible, on the student’s major, class year, and relevant previous experience.

December 15, 5:00 p.m. Early Registration period ends, and the registration worksheets in YCS are closed until the Add/Drop period begins on January 12.

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

Trumbull Writing Tutor: Adam Sexton is the Trumbull College Writing Tutor. Adam teaches three courses in the English department (Reading Fiction for Craft, Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, and Writing About Music) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art. During summer 2022 he will be teaching Writing About Music for Yale in London. Adam is also a writer; his next book, Difficult Listening, is due to be published in 2022.

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!


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 hope to provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

Individual Mentoring
Get organized by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors will help you develop a study schedule, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for prepping for those first exams. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, please email us at or sign up on our online scheduler.

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you accomplish your academic work? We can talk with you about new approaches for meeting Yale's academic challenges. Contact Academic Strategies Learning Specialist Sarah Cussler ( for an appointment.

Disability Peer Mentorship Program
A collaboration between Academic Strategies and Disability Empowerment at Yale, this program matches students with disabilities with peer mentors who have similar experiences navigating academic life at Yale for individual mentoring. Students can request a mentor via this form: First-year students can also request mentorship and guidance about Student Accessibility Resources through the SAS Peer Liaison Program.

Many of our workshops are now in-person! Register via YaleConnect for location and to access Zoom links:

Get the Most Out of Your Seminars & Lectures (in-person workshop)
Monday, Nov. 8, 4-5 pm
Learn preparation, participation, note-taking, and review strategies to help you succeed in these two very different learning environments.

Public Speaking (online workshop)
Monday, Nov. 8, 7-8 pm
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.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load (in-person workshop)
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7-8 pm
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!

So You Don’t Feel Like Doing Your Work… (online workshop)
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7-8 pm
Have trouble staying focused and on task? Learn how to get motivated and keep engaged with your work while giving yourself the time you need to be healthy and grounded.

Reading Analytically for Social Science (in-person workshop)
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 4-5 pm
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.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It (online workshop)
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7-8 pm
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Time Management (in-person workshop)
Thursday, Nov. 11, 4-5 pm
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.

Imagining Your Summer (w/CIPE) (online workshop)
Friday, Nov. 12, 4-5 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!

Sponsored travel for Yale College students will be governed by the Yale College Travel Policy, but should public health concerns require, further restrictions may be imposed at any time.

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


Yale Library Workshop: Demystifying the Literature Review
Tuesday, November 9, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Register here

Latte with a Librarian
Wednesday, November 10, 2pm - 3pm
No Registration Required. Stop by Thain Café any time during the event!

Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Info Session
Wednesday, November 10, 3pm - 4pm
Webinar Link

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Info Session with Dean Sandy Chang
Wednesday, November 10, 5pm - 6pm
Zoom link

Light Fellowship Info Session 5
Thursday, November 11, 11am - 12pm
Zoom link available here

Info Session with Dr. Alexia Belperron: How to Write a Research Proposal
Friday, November 12, 3pm - 4pm
Zoom link available here

Imagining Your Summer Information Session #5
Friday, November 12, 4pm - 5pm
Register here

November 11, 1pm ET - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 11, 1pm ET - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15, 1pm ET - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 16, 8pm ET - The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program National Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
December 1 - Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship/Fellowships Awards National Deadline | Eligible graduate and undergraduate students
December 3, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
NOTE: Yenching Academy will host a series of virtual info sessions for prospective students.
December 15 - Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships; District 7980 Foundation Scholarships; Contact District 7980 Administrators with application questions | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
January 5, 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 a Light Fellowship info session is an application requirement
January 5, 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 14, 1:00pm ET - Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores & Juniors
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

Attend an upcoming info session or workshop or review our online presentations to learn more about applying for fellowships and funding your next project!


Virtual Information Session – MS and PhD programs in Biostatistics, November 9
SEICHE Seminar Series: Police use of deadly force and racial disparities in sleep health, November 10
Creative Web Design Workshop w/ WIX - Create Your Own Website/Portfolio – November 11
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Information Session, November 15, 10am - 11am, Virtual
Conversation with New Hampshire State Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, November 16, 5pm - 6pm

U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships for Summer 2022
Yale Biotech Club (events open to all students)

Art World Learning (AWL)
Yale Office of Career Strategy Post-Graduate Fellowships for Seniors
Reimbursement for Travel and Other Career Related Engagements for Yale Seniors
Strategies for Your Job & Internship Search

Health Professions, Grad School & STEM

American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) Regional Meetings
2021 Official Guide to Medical School Admissions
Considering a Gap or Short-Term Experience post-graduation?
Create a Target Employer List (Job Search Road Map)


Visit the Study Abroad COVID Updates page for the latest information and resources relating to Yale Study Abroad.
Learn more about a Year or Term or Summer Abroad by viewing recent recordings of our online info sessions.
Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser to explore goals, programs, credit transfer, and more.
Passport processing has been significantly delayed, up to 18 weeks. If you need to apply for or renew a passport, get started now! Review U.S. Passport Services for more information and find a local Passport Office.

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 2022 course offerings will be posted in early 2022. Check out our website and social media for updates. Reach out to with any questions.


Want to talk? We're here to listen. Walden is Yale's only undergraduate-run, completely anonymous, non-judgmental, and non-directive peer counseling service. Our office, in the basement of Welch B, is open from 8pm-1am Sunday through Thursday for walk-ins, and you can call us at 203-432-TALK (or 203-432-8255) from 8pm-8am any day of the week while classes are in session. No issue is too big or too small.
The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is now accepting applications for its year-long seminar focused on politics, social activism, diplomacy, and public service. The course is open to all current Yale College juniors and all graduate and professional students.

Beginning in January, the two-semester course explores how to achieve large ends with limited means, whether in social movements, military conflict, foreign policy, or domestic politics. 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 social activists, diplomats, politicians, military personnel, journalists, and media experts. 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. We will also be hosting a virtual information session on November 9th from 5:00pm-6:00pm. If you would like to attend this Zoom meeting, please click here to register. To apply, please clink the link here: The deadline to apply is November 21st, 2021, at 11:59pm
1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs Program - Explore Funded Internships for Eligible Yale College Students with Yale Faculty Sponsors
This program is designed for both Yale College students and faculty/other sponsors who are interested in learning how to connect with eligible Yale College students on financial aid for summer 2022 work in the sciences, arts, education, or public service.
Join us in our live ZOOM discussion with some of our 2021 Yale College student interns, faculty members, and alumni who participated in the program last summer.
The discussion with be on Nov 11 at 7:00pm. For preregistration and more information, please go to Meeting Registration - Zoom

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.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is looking for more volunteers! VITA is a low-commitment opportunity to get more involved in New Haven by providing low-income residents with free tax services. Plus, you’ll learn how to prepare taxes which is a valuable life skill. In past years, we have helped anywhere upwards of 1000 families file their tax returns.

VITA is especially in need of intake coordinators and tax preparers (no previous tax knowledge necessary). These commitments are only 2 hours per week. We have weekly training lessons to get you up to speed on tax knowledge if you’d like to be a preparer!

If you are interested in getting involved with VITA this semester, please fill out THIS form as soon as possible to receive more information about certifying as a volunteer!

The French Department is hosting this semester’s tables françaises on 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.

Note: If you simply click “reply” to e-mails from our office that utilize the Yale Messaging system, Leah and I do not receive the e-mail (the address is and the e-mails are lost somewhere in cyberspace!). The “message” address also often defaults if you start typing our names into your e-mail app, so be careful! Please e-mail us directly! Thanks! Sorry that we keep including this in the weekly DNs, but it keeps happening – be careful and thanks!