Dean’s Notes 2-23-2021

February 23, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: February 23, 2021

Hope you all enjoyed the 3-day weekend. As much as I miss having the 2-week Spring Recess, I can’t help but think about last year’s Spring Recess, which was absolutely wild and the opposite of a break! ;) So far, I’m liking these break days! It was nice to have a day without Zoom meetings. I caught up on some tasks and took a walk in the rain – it was a nice day. The fact that another break day is two weeks away is kind of nice! Yes, I am a glass half-full kind of person.

Below, you’ll find our updated info about the Academic Strategies Program (it changes every week!). There are a few helpful workshops later today – check them out! I want to specifically draw your attention to their mentors – I strongly encourage you to consider signing up for an individual consultation. I have heard glowing recommendations (you know who you are) about this program!
I really hope you all had a relaxing/restful day yesterday – wishing you all the best with your 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”.

Leah’s OPEN Zoom/Office hours
Mondays: 9:30-10:30 AM EST (
Tuesdays: 1:30-2:30 PM EST (
Wednesdays: 9:30-10:30 AM EST (

Thursdays and Fridays, you can call the TC Dean’s Office until 2pm at 203-432-0722


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.


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.

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!

How to Study Away from Campus: A Guide to Motivation, Connection, and Time Management
Tuesday, February 23 @ 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.

Time Management
Tuesday, February 23 @ 7 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 Sophomores
Tuesday, February 23 @ 9 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.

Getting the Most Out of Mentorship
Wednesday, February 24 @ 4 pm ET
Join Yale undergraduates for a conversation on how to make the most of any mentorship opportunity, including peer, graduate student, faculty, and alumni mentorship.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 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.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Thesis
Wednesday, February 24 @ 9 pm ET
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Thursday, February 25 @ 4 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!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, February 25 @ 7 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Thursday, February 25 @ 9 pm ET
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.

Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the spring 2021 term. This decision is final and will not change even if circumstances should change in the destination country. Please see the Yale Travel Policy in regards to Summer 2021 travel.
Y-VISP is hiring Peer Liaisons for 2021-22! See job listing 25768 in Student Employment and see the Y-VISP website for more details.
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
EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Summer Internships Search + SEA Info Session
Wednesday, February 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Register here

Fellowship Proposal Writing: Meet with the Writing Partners
Thursday, February 25, 6:00pm -7:00pm ET
Register here

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, February 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Register here

Info Session for UK Fellowships – Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (1 of 6)
Friday, February 26, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar
February 28, 11:59pm PT - The Tillman Scholar Program National Deadline | Eligible: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Professional Students who are Service members or spouses
March 2, 11:59pm PT - U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 3, 1:00pm ET - CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 3, 1:00pm ET - MacMillan Center Summer Fellowships for Language StudyCampus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
March 3, 1:00pm ET - Women in Government Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 10, 1:00pm ET - CIPE Summer Research Fellowships Common Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 15 - The Michael Manzella Fellowship for Summer, 2021 Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 17, 1:00pm ET - Alexander P. Hixon Fellowship Campus Deadline| Eligible: International Undergraduates
March 30 - Freeman Asia National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
May 1, 11:59pm ET - The International Study Award (ISA) Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors receiving a Yale scholarship.
NOTE: To apply for ISA funding, eligible students must first receive Yale approval for a summer study abroad program.

Check the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB) for all other deadlines
For guidance about funding your summer projects, review the Fellowships and Funding Summer 2021 FAQ.
Find useful resources in the Fellowship and Funding Summer Planning Guide.
Fellowship Advisers continue to be available to discuss your plans. Schedule a virtual appointment directly from our website.
The Yale Summer Session Residential Life Staff application is open for one more week. Develop your leadership, organizational, communication and conflict-resolution skills! Multiple positions are available with differing compensation, including free courses, room & board, and salaries.
Applications will close on Friday, February 26 at 4pm EST. Job descriptions and applications can be viewed here.


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 their choice of an 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

Designing Your Career @ Yale: Acceptance and Life Vision Creation
• Friday, February 26, 10am-12pm
• Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
• Apply in Yale Career Link by February 19
Office of Career Strategy: Spring 2021 FAQs: In Spring 2021, the Office of Career Strategy is open and completely functional, however all staff are working remotely. Review our Spring 2021 FAQs to learn about the many ways to engage with OCS.


Planning for Summer 2021 Study Abroad
Thursday, February 25, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Study Abroad Calendar

April 1 - Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
April 15 - Credit for Fall Term Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
April 15 - Credit for Academic Year Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
Please be sure to read Yale Study Abroad’s COVID-19 Updates page for detailed information and guidance on study abroad options.


Study Abroad COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & FAQ
Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad Application Guidelines
Credit for Year or Term Abroad Application Guidelines
Schedule a virtual appointment with a study abroad adviser


2021–22 Woodbridge Fellowships – Applications Open!
Yale College seniors are invited to apply for 2021–22 Woodbridge Fellowships. Application information is available at:

The Woodbridge Fellowship is a full-time paid position in the offices of university leader, offering an introduction to the work and administration of Yale. It provides valuable professional experience, particularly for students belonging to minority communities currently underrepresented in university administration.

Applications close on March 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Participating offices and centers include: Good Life Center, Office of New Haven Affairs, Office of Public Affairs & Communication, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life, and Yale Schwarzman Center. If you have questions about the fellowship or application process, please email Andrew Forsyth,

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!
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.

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