Dean’s Notes 2-15-2021

February 17, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: February 15, 2021

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I know things are picking up with coursework. Hang in there – the first break day is a week away!

Even though the weather is gloomy here in New Haven, I’m glad that we’re finally in Phase 3 of arrival quarantine – going for a walk is a great study break, and on-campus students can roam around campus rather than walking/running the TC/Old Campus sidewalks! ;) Always remember, self-care is very important.

Be sure to scroll to the end of the Dean’s Notes each week! There are a bunch of new items under “Other” this week. Have a great week!

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:

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”.


A schedule with a course in a professional school requires an additional form, which can be found here: [Note: SOM courses cannot be added to your schedule through OCS; they must be included manually during the “add/drop” period. Deadline is February 22nd.

Only four professional school credits can be offered toward the 36 credit requirement; however, students may enroll in more than four credits understanding that all courses will remain on the academic record and be included in the GPA even if not offered toward the 36 credit requirement.

Courses at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and at a professional school cannot elect the CR/D/Fail option.
Credit for these courses on your transcript: When you put a Professional School course on your schedule, zero (0) course credits are recorded for the course until you submit your completed Blue Form and the Registrar’s Office determines the course credits for that course after that. Some courses earn 1 course credit in Yale College and some earn 0.5 course credits (most commonly in SOM and EPH). Some do not earn credit.

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. Yale Degree Audit does not take the place of face-to-face advising, although you may wish to share your audit with your adviser. Instead, it provides an easy-to-read summary of requirements, allowing you and your adviser to spend more time discussing course selection and academic goals. Do not rely solely on your degree audit when planning your courses; continue to use Yale’s standard systems for schedule planning, and employ YDA as an additional tool. More features will be added to YDA in the future, including the ability to track progress toward major requirements. If you have suggestions, general observations, or questions that are not answered by the FAQs, send them to using the subject line “Degree Audit.” If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.


February 15 Application for 2021 New Haven and online Summer Session courses open. Rolling admissions for New Haven and online courses.
Final deadline to apply for a Spring 2021 term Leave of Absence.
February 22 Classes do not meet.
February 22 Deadline to request to enroll in a professional school course.
February 23 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the spring term without the course appearing on the transcript

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;

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.

**Special Event** The Keys to Graduate Mentorship
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7-8:30 pm
Join students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Yale’s professional schools for a discussion on how to effectively get mentorship from graduate students. Learn and practice skills for asking for and receiving mentorship in a friendly, low-stakes online environment. Connect with potential mentors, and gain confidence in your skills. To register for this Zoom event, fill out this Google Form: Keys to Graduate Mentorship Registration. The Zoom link for the event is

Individual Consultations: Online sign-up now available!
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 semester. Find a mentor by registering and signing up at Academic Strategies Spring 2021 Mentor Schedule. Consultations also can be arranged by emailing us directly at

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Do you have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you approach your learning? Are you wondering if your academic challenges might be connected to an undiagnosed learning difference? 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. Learn more about the resources available on our Learning Challenges at Yale page on our Academic Strategies website.

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!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, Feb. 15 @ 4 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Pathways for Juniors
Monday, Feb. 15 @ 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.

Strategies for Intro Econ: Problem Sets & Exams
Monday, Feb. 15 @ 9 pm ET
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro econ problem sets and key strategies for studying for exams.

Pathways for First-Years
Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ 4 pm ET
What do you really want to get out of your first year? This interactive workshop helps students identify goals and sources of satisfaction and offers strategies for avoiding common pitfalls like overextension and burn out.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ 7 pm ET
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!

Reading Effectively for STEM
Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ 9 pm ET
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles; navigate jargon, data, and figures; use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.

Getting the Most Out of Your Language Classes
Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 4 pm ET
Learn the daily habits and mindsets that can help you succeed in learning a language at Yale.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 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.

Time Management
Wednesday, February 17 @ 9 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.

How to Study Away from Campus: A Guide to Motivation, Connection, and Time Management
Thursday, Feb. 18 @ 4 pm ET
Learn how to create environments, schedules, and peer networks to help support your learning while away from campus and help you stay refreshed and motivated to engage in your academic work.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Thesis
Thursday, Feb. 18 @ 7 pm ET
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis.

Writing Emails, Presentations, and Reports: Academic and Professional Communication
Thursday, Feb. 18 @ 9 pm ET
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.


Study Abroad
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of international travel. While we're excited to work with you on the possibility of studying abroad, we cannot guarantee that study abroad will be permitted. At a minimum, Yale College must lift its universal travel restriction, your intended location must be eligible under the Yale University Travel Policy for Yale College Students, and your courses must be offered at least 50% in-person.
Please be sure to read Yale Study Abroad’s COVID-19 Updates page for detailed information and guidance on summer study abroad options.
Many of Yale Summer Session (YSS) Programs Abroad have been converted to online courses in Yale Summer Session. Click here to view a PDF of those courses and visit for more course and application information.
Planning for Summer 2021 Study Abroad
Thursday, February 25, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link
February 15 - Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad Application and Petition Application Opens
April 1 - Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
April 5 - Countries will be reviewed in accordance with the Travel Policy on this date to determine if travel will be permitted or restricted to the selected destination
Once an application is approved from this date onwards, the student will have access to the International Study Award (ISA) request form

Virtual Advising Available: 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.

Yale Summer Session (YSS) New Haven & Online

February 15 YSS application opens
April 21 Yale x Flatiron School Web Development Bootcamp (CPSC S115) application deadline
May 14 YSS Session A application deadline
June 18 YSS Session B application deadline

Fellowships & Funding

March 3 Summer Common application deadline
March 10 Summer Research Common application deadline
March 17 Hixon application deadline
May 1 Countries will be reviewed in accordance with the Travel Policy on this date to determine if travel will be permitted or restricted to the selected destination


Summer 2021 Residential Staff Positions
Any currently enrolled Yale student or graduate student in good academic standing or any Yale alumnus is eligible to apply. The ideal candidate will have spent one or two years in a residential college. The most effective applicant is a mature student who enjoys working with others and who feels committed to the intellectual and social values of residential college life. The positions also require resourcefulness, excellent problem-solving skills, energy, creativity, integrity, good judgment, and a deep wellspring of patience. Previous counseling experience is a plus for all positions.

(Adding a quick personal note here – I served as Head of Summer Colleges for a couple of years and loved working with the summer staff. YSS residential staff positions are fun and have great perks – I encourage you to apply!)

The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4pm EST.
Decisions will be released by Monday, March 15, 2021.

2021 Summer Research Opportunities for Yale College Students
There are over 45 research opportunities presented by Yale faculty who are looking for student interns to work on projects including AIDS, biostatistics, communication, cancer, COVID-19, education, environmental or global health, epidemiology, grant writing, information systems, mental health, social & behavioral sciences, safe sports, trauma, and so much more with faculty from Yale School of Management, Yale School of Public Health, and professionals from several non-profits!
1st round applications are due February 16 at midnight!
2nd round application deadline: Monday, March 1st at midnight. Apply early to be considered for your research project first choice. Check back frequently since research projects are being added.
First, students who are first-years, sophomores, and juniors on financial aid, select one of our research opportunities at and complete the process.
Second, students apply for funding, which can be made through the SEA at the Yale Office of Career Strategy - The SEA (formerly DSA) is available for eligible undergraduates who will receive $4,000 for 240 hours of work during the summer. For questions, contact

The Yale University Art Gallery is advertising for various undergraduate and graduate internships. As a university museum, the Gallery’s mission of teaching from original works of art involves all departments, from curatorial and conservation to installations and programming. Get involved through numerous paid and volunteer opportunities.

Apply to be part of the Public Health Education for Peers team!
Yale College seeks undergraduate students interested in fostering inclusive, safe, and fulfilling undergraduate social experiences in accordance with public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHEPs will help educate their classmates and support their health-prevention behaviors. Through this education and support, they will communicate to Yale College students that following the guidelines and rules will keep their peers, their faculty and their community members healthy and safe. We anticipate a start date of late January, beginning with training and ending around mid-May. Students will work in residential college teams and attend weekly 8-9pm Wednesday meetings. Students should expect 4-6 hours a week of work.
Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis Program
Would you like to learn the skills of a top-tier strategy consultant, while working in service of a client you know and love: Yale University? If so, we invite you to apply for the Yale University Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis program. Full-time post-grad positions are planned for two years, though longer-term commitments are possible in the case of exceptional performance.

For further information on the program, feel free to contact any of our current team members:
o Tabish Azeem GRD’19
o Zeshan Gondal TC’19 (Former Trumbull FroCo!)
o Sarah Malkowski, GRD’20,
o Sanelma Heinonen, SY’20,
o Sooyong Kwon, BK’21 (summer intern),
To apply for a post-grad position, please send a resume, cover letter, and transcript to Tabish Azeem at The deadline to apply is February 21, and we hope to extend offers by March 20.
European Studies Council - Undergraduate Fellows Networks
Two networks are being launched for students interested in working in Latin American & Iberian Studies and on European Studies. These networks are being launched under the auspices of the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies and the European Studies Council, respectively. These exciting new networks offer students interested in related topics a close-knit and interdisciplinary community, the chance to work with graduate students and prominent scholars in the field, and funding opportunities for research and conferences. Interested undergraduates should complete brief self-descriptions here (for Latin American & Iberian Studies) and here (for European Studies). Students can join both!

As part of these network launches, the two Councils are hosting a career conversations series featuring alumni. The first one takes place February 10, featuring Yale College alumna Ruth Álvarez-DeGolia speaking about her experience building up a non-profit in Guatemala. The second is on February 11, with MA alum Mato Meyer, who will talk about his career in international development in European institutions and the United Nations. We are very excited to partner with Yale-NUS College and the Jackson Institute’s Global Health Studies Program as part of the networks and this webinar series.

Come join faculty members from the French Department for a virtual lunch or early dinner conversation (en français) via 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 to join.
Please contact the hosts via email for Zoom information.
Virtual Tables begin the week of February 8th. For questions, email Ruth Koizim or Bethany Hayes.

Lauren Pinzka
Constance Sherak
Candace Skorupa