Dean’s Notes 11-9-2020

November 9, 2020

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: November 9, 2020

Two more weeks of classes before Thanksgiving break! I know – this term has been quite the marathon. You’ve been on my mind a lot and I hope you’re doing okay. Please know that I’m here for you – to listen/talk, for support, and to cheer you on. Hang in there, Trumbullians! :)

Don’t let the flu get you down. Flu shot info here:, which includes the Find Your Flu Shot Tool.

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.


The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is holding information sessions for prospective Global Affairs majors.
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 The application deadline is Wednesday, November 25, at 11:59am ET

Click on the dates below to register:
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 10th
4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Mellon & Bouchet Programs
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, November 20 at 1:30pm (session will be recorded)
Zoom link:


November 20 November recess begins after classes end.
November 30 Classes resume online.

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!

**NEW Workshop** Approaches to Your Leave of Absence
Thursday, November 12 @ 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.

Pathways for Sophomores
Monday, Nov. 9 @ 7 pm ET
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/Recommendations
Tuesday, Nov. 10 @ 4 pm ET
Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 7 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Time Management
Tuesday, Nov. 10 @ 7 pm ET
Monday, Nov. 16 @ 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.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, Nov. 11 @ 4 pm ET
Monday, Nov. 16 @ 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.

Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Wednesday, November 11 @ 7 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 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 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

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 Fellowships & Funding Information Session
Monday, November 9, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations Information Session
Tuesday, November 10, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register here

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities with Dean Sandy Chang
Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Zoom Link

Imagining Your Summer: Information Session #6
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register Here

Light Fellowship Information Session (5 of 6)
Thursday, November 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Zoom Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations Information Session
Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register Here

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities with Dr. Alexia Belperron
Friday, November 13, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Zoom Link
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 16, 1:00pm ET - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 17, 8:00pm ET - Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) National Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
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
Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Review Getting Started to understand the fellowship application process.
Discover a trove of resources to help plan your project in the Planning Toolkits.
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.
1stGenYale Alumni Emerging as Leaders
Wednesday, November 11, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Job & Internship Search Strategies Workshop
Thursday, November 12, 4:00pm-5:00pm, register in Yale Career Link
Designing Your Career @ Yale Programs
Learn to apply design thinking tools and ideas to: explore your possible career futures, take proactive steps to test your career interests, moving from contemplation to action, and become a part of a growing community of life designers. Design thinking can help you create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of background and identity, or what your interests might be. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
• Growing Your Network, Wednesday, November 11, 12-2pm. Learn more about the “Growing Your Network” module and apply in Yale Career Link by Tuesday, October 27, 11:59pm. Deadline extended to November 6

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.
• Project: Web Editor, Dr Matthew Weed and Associates

Seniors: The application for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is now open. Apply via the Student Grants Database. Deadline 1pm, November 11.

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”!


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.