Dean’s Notes 2-4-2019

February 4, 2019

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of February 4, 219

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I hope that you’re settling in to your classes and staying healthy. It is turning out to be a beautiful day, but the frequent weather changes often result in people getting sick. Here comes my once-per-term plug for Vitamin C: orange juice is a great way to get your daily dose! Take care and have a wonderful week! :)


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. If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.


February 5 Deadline to submit a Blue Form to take a Profession School Class. This Blue Form is available in the TC Dean’s Office or here.
February 15 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the spring term.
February 27 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the spring term.
March 1 Deadline to apply for a Non-Yale Summer Abroad

To request a transfer from your assigned residential college to another college, you must submit an application that can be accessed via this link: (
Here are a few things you should know before requesting a transfer of residential college:
1) Transfer requests are not guaranteed, and you are strongly encouraged to have a housing option within your own college should your transfer be declined.
2) In order to transfer to another residential college, you will need to have a current student in that residential college sponsor your transfer and agree to live with you for the next academic year. Please note that any single student may sponsor no more than two candidates to transfer into their college in an academic year.
3) If your transfer is approved it is a binding decision, so please consider your request carefully before submitting your application.
4) If your transfer is approved and you later change your mind about the housing arrangement you had committed to on your form, your transfer may be revoked. You may also be subject to the policies and penalties of the applicable residential college housing rules.
5) Each residential college will decide whether or not they wish to interview potential transfer candidates, and if they do interview them, how and when they might do so. It is your responsibility to check with the staff of the residential college you wish to transfer to.
6) Only completed applications may be submitted and the deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. Students will be notified of the transfer decisions by the end of February.


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

Trumbull Writing Tutor: Adam Sexton it 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 write; 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: Trevor C. Williams, who is a 2nd year graduate student in Economics, if our new Trumbull College Mathematics and Science Tutor. Trevor will start with the following schedule:
TC Basement Rm 29 (near Entryway G); Sun 8.00 PM-9:30 PM
Find out if your QR/Sc course has a peer tutor here!

Yale Academic Strategies Program

Meet 1-1 with our Academic Strategies Mentors
Students can now sign up for an appointment via our online scheduler. During your 1-1 session, you can:
? Create a weekly schedule to help manage your time and get things done
? Set academic and professional goals and identify ways to meet them
? Identify challenges and develop strategies to enhance your approach to your academic work
Students wanting to get a good start to the semester should also check out our Academic Strategies online guide: Starting Smart: How to focus your academic efforts from the very first class.

Academic Strategies Workshops
All 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.

Succeeding in Seminars & Lectures
Monday, February 4, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Learn strategies for effective note-taking, classroom participation, and exam and assignment preparation for seminars & lectures.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Thesis
Monday, February 4, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Monday, February 11, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis. (For full-year and 1-semester senior thesis writers, and juniors planning for the following year.)
Fresh Start
Monday, February 4, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Want to refresh your approaches to your academic work? Our mentors will lead you through a series of activities to help you identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the new challenges presented by your current semester’s courses.

Exam Study Strategies
Tuesday, February 5, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
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
Tuesday, February 5, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Monday, February 11, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Pathways for Sophomores
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
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.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Wednesday, February 6, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
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!

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Wednesday, February 6, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Tuesday, February 12, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Everyone procrastinates—but how do you keep your procrastination to a minimum, especially at times of high stress? This workshop helps you identify what triggers procrastination and suggests approaches that can help you work through it and re-engage with your assignments.

Pathways for First-Years
Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, Room M104A
First years get a lot of advice from a wide variety of sources. But 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.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, February 7, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Public Speaking for Undergraduate Courses
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
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.

Writing Emails, Presentations, and Reports: Undergraduate Academic and Professional Communication
Thursday, February 14, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.

First-Generation/Low-Income Community Initiative
Save money on books: Get advice on finding low-cost books and materials for courses! Check out our Managing Your Finances at Yale guide, and join the Free & For Sale at Yale and FGLI at Yale Facebook Groups.

FGLI Community Initiative Study Hall: Need a quiet, supportive place to study? Join the FGLI Ambassadors for snacks and encouragement at the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Room 121 on Mondays staring at 6 pm.

FGLI Faculty & Staff Perspectives: Saybrook College HOC Prof. Thomas Near and RC Dean Ferentz Lafargue: Join us on Monday, February 4, at 4 pm in the Saybrook Head of College House for conversation with Head of College Near and Dean Lafargue discuss their experiences as first-generation/low-income students and professional academics.

Yale College Dean’s Office Resources: Check out the resources available for students on significant financial aid, including the Loaner Laptop program, the Career Closet, and the Winter Clothing Grant: For emergencies or unexpected expenses, talk to your RC Dean or HOC and check out our SafetyNet system.

STEM Opportunities
To Pre-Med or Not to Pre-Med: Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm, Davenport Common Room
Come speak with 4 seniors in varying stages with pre-med. Some are still unsure, some are definitely pursuing it, and some have dropped it. Come hear about all of their experiences and come prepared with any questions you might have.

Preparing a summer STEM research proposal? Check out these resources from Yale College’s Science and Quantitative Reasoning website:
? Choosing a Faculty Mentor,
? How to Write a Proposal,

Upcoming Research Fellowship Deadlines:
? Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship in the Sciences & Rosenfeld Science Scholars Program - February 21, 2019
? Tetelman Fellowship for International Research in the Sciences & the Robert C. Bates Summer Research Fellowship - February 28, 2019
? Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Engineering - March 7, 2019

Yale Libraries
StatLab workshops: Using a new stats program? Get help from StatLab! Visit their website for workshops on LaTex, R, Stata, and other common programs:

Reading Resilience Project: The Reading Resilience Project is an initiative to amplify underrepresented voices in library collections. Yale students are encouraged to recommend works by and about people of color, the result of which is an ever-growing crowd-sourced list of books. RRP books will be put on display in Bass Library for the month of February, and you can preview the full book list at: To submit a book (or other creative work), use this form:

Yale College Writing Center
? Residential College Writing Tutors available starting Monday, January 14:
? Peer Writing Partners available starting Wednesday, January 23rd @ 3pm, Poorvu CTL tutoring mezzanine
? Writing Study Halls (Sundays 2-5 pm, Wednesdays 7-10 pm) starting Wednesday, January 23rd.
See for more detailed information.

Summer Planning Resources
Many summer opportunities and fellowships have deadlines in mid-February. It’s still not too late to find opportunities that fit your interests. Check out these programs:

? Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations: Thursday, February 7, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center Room M104A
? CIPE Drop-ins at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor:
o Fellowships and Study Abroad: Fridays, 2-4 pm
? Writing Partners available to consult on fellowship proposals on Friday, Feb. 8
o OCS: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm


International Summer Award (ISA) Information Sessions
Monday, February 11 4:00-5:00PM
Monday, February 25 4:00-5:00PM
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

May 1 (students are encouraged to submit their application earlier)- Domestic Summer Award (DSA) Fellowship to Support Experiences with the Arts, Sciences, Government, and Non-Profit Organizations | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
Visit the DSA webpage for detailed eligibility requirements.
Access the application: Yale Career Link Homepage (under ‘Yale College Summer Experiences’), or Yale Career Link (My Account, Professional Experiences)



Designing Your Career @ Yale
Friday, February 22, 11:45pm-4:30pm, Office of Career Strategy, Lunch provided
You’re here. Now what? Which career paths make sense for you? If these questions are swirling in your mind, and you are unsure how to approach them, Designing Your Career @ Yale is for you. Using Stanford University’s innovative approach, you’ll learn how to apply design thinking tools and ideas to (1) Explore your possible career futures, (2) Take proactive steps to test your career interests, moving from contemplation to action, and (3) Become a part of a growing community of life designers. Complete this short application by Wednesday, February 13 @5pm. Open to Yale College juniors and seniors. Space is limited!


Alaska Fellows Program | Rolling deadline through February

Alec Ellison '84 and Tamar Sadeh '85 Israel Travel Fund- The Office of Career Strategy has significant funding available for international internships in Israel through the Alec Ellison '84 and Tamar Sadeh '85 Israel Travel Fund. If you are considering an internship in Israel, email Julia Bourque for information.

Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis Program | Application Deadline: February 15

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 Information Sessions to RSVP.


Searching for a summer job that looks great on a resume? Want a free summer course? Yale Summer Session is looking for Yale College students to join the Summer 2019 residential staff. Positions include residential counselors, activities coordinator, buttery managers, and more – check out the job descriptions to learn more and apply. Remember, your Dean is the Head of Summer Colleges for YSS! :)

YSS residential staff are offered room and board, plus a tuition reduction for the equivalent of one summer course credit. The application deadline is this FRIDAY, February 8. Start your application. If you are a graduating senior, you might consider applying for a Residential Director position!

Summer course of the week: Engineering Improv: An Introduction to Engineering Analysis (CENG S150 – Session A)

This course provides a general introduction to engineering analysis and to chemical engineering principles. Material includes the derivation of governing equations from first principles and the analysis of these equations, including underlying assumptions, degrees of freedom, dimensional analysis, scaling arguments, and approximation techniques. The goal of this course is to obtain the necessary skills for improvising mathematical models for a broad range of problems that arise in engineering, science, and everyday life. Prerequisite: MATH 112. 1 Credit.

Session A: May 27 - June 28, 2019
Session B: July 1 - August 2, 2019



Yale Summer Session in Quito: Advanced Spanish & Andean Cultures Information Session
Tuesday, February 5, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Romance Languages Lounge (82-90 Wall Street)

Yale Summer Session in Quito: Intermediate Spanish I & II + Cultures Information Session
Tuesday, February 5, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Romance Languages Lounge (82-90 Wall Street)

Yale Summer Session in Paraty & Rio Information Session
Tuesday, February 5, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Wall Street Pizza (90 Wall Street)

Yale Summer Session in Germany Information Session and Meet & Greet
Thursday, February 7, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
WLH 117

Spanish Department & Tale Summer Session Programs Abroad Information Session
Friday, February 8, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Romance Languages Lounge (82-90 Wall Street)

International Summer Award (ISA) Drop-in Hours
Friday, February 8, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor

CUPA Information Session
Friday, February 8, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

London School of Economics (LSE) Summer School Information Session
Monday, February 11, 3:30pm – 4:30 pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 369

International Summer Award (ISA) Information Session
Monday, February 11, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad | Application Deadline: February 15
Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad | Application Deadline: March 1
Credit for Fall Term Abroad | Application Deadline: April 1
Credit for Academic Year Abroad | Application Deadline: April 1
International Summer Award (ISA) | Application Deadline: May 1

Drop-In Hours: Available every Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. when classes are in session.
Check the Study Abroad Calendar for events throughout the academic year.


CIPE Summer Fellowships Q&A
Friday, February 8, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 309A

Fellowship Drop-In Hours with Writing Partners
Friday, February 8, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor

International Summer Award (ISA) Drop-in Hours
Friday, February 8, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor

International Summer Award (ISA) Information Session
Monday, February 11, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


February 5 - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors & Seniors
February 8 - Paul Mellon Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 9 - The Charles Kao Fund Research Grants Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
February 10 - Go Overseas Scholarship to Study in Scotland National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
February 13 - Udall Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors
February 13 - Fox International Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Graduate Students
February 14 - CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
February 15 - Woodbridge Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 15 - FAO Schwarz Fellowships National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 25 - Henry Hart Rice Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
February 26 - South Asian Language Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
February 28 - CIPE Summer Research Fellowship Common Application Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
February 28 - International & EU Scholarships at Queens University National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni
March 5 - Chinese Cultural - Yung Wing Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students

Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Contact Fellowships with questions or comments.

Fellowship Drop-In Hours are every Friday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm while classes are in session| 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor
The 2019 AAU Campus Sexual Climate Survey
You should have received an invitation in your email from President Salovey asking you to take part in the 2019 Campus Sexual Climate Survey. This confidential survey asks about students' perceptions and experiences of sexual misconduct, campus resources and support, and bystander intervention. The results will help guide Yale’s strategies for addressing sexual misconduct. The strength of those findings, though, will depend on you! Please, check your inbox and fill out the survey now. (The links are unique, so use only your own email invitation.) Yale will report on the results in Fall 2019. For more details about the survey and Yale’s resources, please see For information, advocacy, and support, contact SHARE (203-432-2000) at any time.

Applications for Cultural Connections Counselors are now open! Cultural Connections brings together students of all backgrounds and cultures and empowers participants with a community, knowledge of resources, and early conversations centered around the salient identities of students. This summer, the program will welcome students from the Class of 2023 from August 17-22. Rising sophomores and juniors are welcome to apply. Applications are due on February 8th at 5pm (EST).

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

Thinking about Summer Study Abroad? Think London!
Yale-in-London is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Sessions; the deadline is February 15th. Earn Yale credits automatically as well as distribution credits in Humanities. Take classes in the humanities that immerse you in the subject with visits to historical sites and museums--all while living in one of the world’s greatest cities! Details on courses, faculty, and the application process are available at or, and email us at for questions or advising appointments.
The Yale Environmental Humanities Newsletter also circulates every Monday to help students and faculty learn about public events happening across the campus. Undergraduates interested in finding out about Yale events in environmental history, politics, ethics, culture and the arts can sign up for the weekly newsletter here:
Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis
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. Positions are currently available for summer internships. Summer internships are for 10 weeks.

The Office of Strategic Analysis is Yale’s internal consulting team, and as a Swensen Fellow, one would work on complex strategic challenges facing Yale and help enable University leaders to make decisions that best advance Yale’s mission. The deadline to apply for the summer internship is February 15, and we hope to extend offers by March 8.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and transcript to Naureen Rashid at For further information on the program, feel free to contact current Trumbull fellows: Opelo Matome ’18, Zeshan Gondal ’19 (2018 summer intern)

Yale Alumni Association is looking to hire Reunion Head Clerks for Yale College Reunions this spring. YAA will be interviewing and hiring 16 Head Clerks to assist during the term, starting after Spring Break, and during reunion weekends May 23 – 26, 2019 & May 30 - June 2, 2019. The application (Job #1981) is open now on the website and will close at the end of the month.

Interested in sharing your passions with middle schoolers?
Splash at Yale is an educational outreach organization that runs two programs each semester for students from all over the Northeast. All of the classes are taught by Yale students, and cover all sorts of topics ranging from "The Geography of Happiness" to "Epigenetics" to "The Fibonacci Sequence" to "An Introduction to Skepticism". Teaching is a small time commitment but has a huge impact on our students! You can teach for Splash: a one day program for both middle and high schoolers. Splash will be on April 6th, but teacher registration for Splash has not opened yet (keep an eye out for an email about it in February)! Hope to see you at Sprout or Splash!