Dean’s Notes 2-5-24

February 5, 2024


Hi Trumbullians!  I made a comment about it being sunnier last week than the previous week and I was wrong!  Thank goodness the sun finally came out over the weekend, and is still shining.  That stretch of cloudiness was rough.  Our little guy was happy to go to the park on Saturday!

I want to draw your attention to the Summer 2024 Residential Staff Positions for YSS and FSY.  I served as Head of Summer Colleges pre-pandemic (I’m still in the video ;)) and loved working with the staff.  Dean Galindo (Branford’s Dean) will be HoC this year (and she’s awesome).  Applications are due this Friday, Feb 9th.

Have a great week! :)

Meeting with me
To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,  Please reach out to Alice with any scheduling issues.  For in-person meetings, please come to the office. We’re right here in Trumbull G104, which you can access across from Entryway A or through Entryway G. Zoom meetings (including open Zoom office hours) will be through my Zoom page:

My OPEN ZOOM office hours for each week are listed on the top of my Calendly page. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I will speak to students (one-on-one) in the order they “arrive”.  My upcoming open hours are on Friday, February 9th (10am-noon).

Double credit: If you are interested in petitioning to earn double credit in a single-credit course, please read the relevant section in the YCPS, and then consult with me. The deadline to submit this petition is Midterm (March 8th at 5pm), but I recommend that you do so well before that date.

Yale Degree Audit: Yale Degree Audit (YDA) is a tool that tracks your progress toward the bachelor’s degree. You can access Degree Audit through Yale Hub. You can confirm which courses you are enrolled in by checking your Degree Audit “Class History” (click the three dots on the upper right of the page). Degree Audit also 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 6           Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half (e.g. BIOL 101/103) of the spring term without the course appearing on the transcript.
February 6           Applications for Yale 2024 Summer Session Abroad close, 11:59 pm.
February 9           Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-half of spring-term tuition (Undergraduate Regulations).

Housing Intent:  Monday, February 12th, 5pm is the deadline to declare your intent to live on campus or off-campus for the 2024-25 Academic year.  If you have not yet received the “Intent Invitation” from the Yale College Housing Office, please let Alice know.

Advising Resources
Sc/QR Tutoring
Language Tutoring

Yale College Writing Center
Whether you are working on a reading response, research paper, application essay, or a creative piece, the Writing Center offers one-to-one consultations to help you at any stage of the writing process.

Professional Writing Tutor. Adam Reid Sexton is the Trumbull College Writing Tutor.  Adam teaches three courses in the English department (The Craft of Fiction, Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, and Writing About Music) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art.  During summer 2022 he taught Writing About Music for Yale in London.  Adam is also a writer; his next book, Difficult Listening, is due to be published soon.
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 7am on the day of your appointment.  Include the instructor’s prompt, your focus for the meeting, and when the paper is due.  Adam looks forward to working with you!

Writing Partners. Writing Partners are Yale College or graduate students who are talented writers who love helping others. Writing Partners can meet with you to talk through ideas or give feedback on your draft on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-In hours are in-person at Poorvu or over Zoom.  You can also schedule a Zoom appointment.

Fellowship Writing Partners. Planning to apply to a scholarship or fellowship program and would like to team up with a Writing Partner as you prepare your materials? Fellowship Writing Partners have been through the process themselves and will meet with you at least three times to help plan, revise, and polish your materials! Request a Fellowship Writing Partner here

Weekly Writing Partners.  Taking a writing intensive course or working on a long-term writing project and want to meet with the same Writing Partner each week? Request a Weekly Writing Partner here

Office of Educational Opportunity
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.

STEM Navigators.  Want to learn the best practices for succeeding in introductory STEM Courses? Join STEM Navigators, a mentoring network that provides you with information, events, and support to guide you through these crucial first courses. Sign up via this link: STEM Navigators sign up

Disability Peer Mentorship Program (DPMP).  DPMP pairs students with peers of similar backgrounds to create networks of support for people with disabilities at Yale. The diverse experiences of disability in our community include physical & mobility disabilities, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses & psychiatric disabilities, neurodiversity & learning disabilities (including ADHD, dyslexia, autism), sensory disabilities & processing disorders (including vision impairments, blindness, and d/Deafness), and other conditions. You do not need to have a formal diagnosis to participate. Disability Peer Mentors help individual students develop critical self-advocacy skills, connect them to institutional resources, and find community around disability identity. Request a DPMP Mentor here.
First-year students can also request mentorship and guidance about Student Accessibility Resources through the SAS Peer Liaison Program.

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 Karin Gosselink ( for an appointment.

Individual Mentoring.  Get organized for the semester by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for prepping for those first exams. To request a mentor please email at

Workshops.  Our famous workshop sessions are available in person and online! Register via the YaleConnect links below. FYI: Poorvu CTL M104A is upstairs from the York Street Entrance to Sterling Memorial Library. Poorvu CTL 120 A, B, C, and 121 are the classrooms on the first floor. Poorvu North is a collection of rooms in Kline Biology Tower accessed down the stairs opposite Steep Café.  Questions?  Contact us at

STEM Navigators: Biochemistry, Biophysics Lab Techniques.  Are you unfamiliar with biochemistry & biophysics lab techniques and would like more exposure/explanation of concepts from the course? Our STEM graduate mentors are here to help! Come to this workshop for clarification on the most confusing and tested lab techniques for introductory biochemistry and/or biophysics courses!  Monday, February 5, 5-6pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120C

Mellon Mays Bouchet Fellowship Application Workshop.  Get started or bring the work you’ve done on your application to a workshop with Academic Strategies mentors and writing specialists for feedback, conversation, and guidance on how to refine and revise. 
  Monday, February 5, 7-8pm, Poorvu CTL Room M104A
  Tuesday, February 6, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room M104A

Getting the Most Out of Mentorship.  Join Yale undergraduates for a conversation on how to make the most of any mentorship opportunity, including peer, graduate student, faculty, and alumni mentorship.  Monday, February 5, 8-9pm, Online Event

Imagining Your Summer - For Student Athletes.  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!  Monday, February 5, 8-9pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120A

STEM Navigators “Let’s Join a Lab”: Write Your Proposal.  This workshop is part of the 3-session series, Let’s Join a Lab! Are you struggling to write your research proposal? Come to this workshop where we’ll go over the process together - just bring your research interests and your laptops!  Tuesday, February 6, 5-6pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120A

Managing a Heavy Reading Load.  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! Tuesday, February 6, 7-8pm, Poorvu CTL Room M104A

Disability Peer Mentor Program Welcome Back with Games & Snacks.  Join the Disability Peer Mentors for a social event with snacks and games. Learn more about the mentorship, discussion groups, and other resources available through the Disability Peer Mentor program.  Wednesday, February 7, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120A

Office of Educational Opportunity (OEO) Mentor Applicant Open House.  Join us for an informal conversation and snacks as you learn more about the job of Academic Strategies Mentor. We are hiring rising juniors and seniors for 2024-2025, and would love to share with you all of the fun and benefits of working as an Academic Strategies Mentor.  Wednesday, February 7, 7-8pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120A

The Psychology of Time Management.  Ever wondered why it can be hard to manage your time–even when you have already learned the experts’ tips and tricks? Come to this workshop to find out why! You will learn about some of the major cognitive obstacles to organizing your time and take away a set of mental tools for increasing your awareness of these common thought processes so that they can be prevented or interrupted.  Wednesday, February 7, 7-8pm. Poorvu CTL Room M104A

Summer Fellowships and Funding Information Session 2.  Planning your Summer 2024? Learn about fellowships and other funding options for independent projects, research, language study, and more!  Thursday, February 8, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120C

STEM Navigators Study Hall.  Snacks? While studying and meeting peers? Come complete your p-sets, study, and meet your peers in your STEM courses. Snacks and peer mentors are here to help you with any questions about majors, summer opportunities, or classes to take in the future!  NOTE: Tutoring NOT provided by mentors!  Sunday, February 11, 2-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120A

The Office of Career Strategy (OCS) offers career advising, professional school advising, employment and internship opportunities, and career development resources. The office works with students and alumni to clarify career aspirations, identify opportunities, and offer support at every stage of career development. Check out OCS’s events, opportunities, and services at

Yale and outside funding options can help support research, study abroad, public service, unpaid internships, and self-designed projects, in New Haven and around the globe. Postgraduate fellowships support independent projects, graduate study, and much more. The Office of Fellowships and Funding helps students identify funding opportunities and navigate the application process.  Visit to learn more.

Not sure where to begin the fellowships process? Refer to this step-by-step guide on How to Apply for Fellowships.  The first step in planning a strong fellowship application is to identify your short-term or long-term personal and academic goals, which will help you determine the kind of project you want to pursue. Read about Yalies who have previously won fellowships.

Fellowships & Funding Upcoming Events
Office of Fellowships: Summer Fellowship Applications Drop-in Hours.
  Tuesday, February 6, 12-1pm, Online (click for Zoom link)
  Wednesday, February 7, 3-4pm, Online (click for Zoom link)
  Friday, February 9, 10-11am, Online (click for Zoom link)  

Writing a Fellowship Proposal Workshop.  Monday, February 5, 4-5pm, Poorvu Writing Center, 301 York St, Room 120A

Summer Fellowships and Funding Information Session 2Thursday, February 8, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120C

Writing the Summer Research Fellowship Proposal: Drop-in HoursFriday, February 9, 12-1pm, Bass Library, 110 Wall St, L06A

Introduction to FellowshipsFriday, February 9, 2:30-3:30pm, The Silliman Acorn, 505 College St

[Deadline] STARS Summer Research Program provides summer term support for undergraduate students who live on campus and participate in laboratory research with Yale faculty members. Apply through the Yale Student Grants Database by Friday, February 9, 3pm

Yale Study Abroad helps students choose from hundreds of study abroad options including Yale Summer Session Abroad, Non-Yale Summer Abroad, and Year or Term Abroad.

Understanding Your Summer Study Abroad Options.  In the summer, there are two pathways to study abroad for credit:
  1.  Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad: Intensive, highly structured programs led by Yale instructors for Yale College credit.
  2.  Non-Yale Summer Programs Abroad: Programs run by other institutions that have been deemed eligible for transfer credit.
To learn more about these options, watch our Planning for Your Summer Study Abroad webinar (sign in with “SSO” on the Zoom page).

Applications are now open for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Academic Year 2024-2025 Study Abroad! Apply by the deadlines below, and visit the Study Abroad website for more details and list of designated programs. All deadlines are 11:59pm ET on the date listed.
  Summer 2024
  Yale Summer Session Programs AbroadFebruary 6
  Application for Yale in London Summer CoursesFebruary 6
  Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad:  March 5
  Petition for Summer Programs not on Yale’s Designated List:  March 5

  Full Year 2024-2025 Abroad
  Credit for Full Year Abroad:  April 2
  Petition for Full Year Programs not on Yale’s Designated List:  April 2
  Balliol College, Oxford University: Junior Year Abroad Program for Yale English Majors:  April 2

  Fall 2024 Abroad
  Credit for Fall Term Abroad:  April 2
  Petition for Fall Programs not on Yale’s Designated List:  April 2

Study Abroad Upcoming Events
Info Session for CET in Jordan: Summer Intensive Arabic Language in Amman or Research Option.  Tuesday, February 6, 1-2pm, Online Event (register for link)

College Year in Athens Virtual Info Session.  Tuesday, February 6, 5-6pm, Online Event (register for link)

Yale Summer Session (YSS) offers a broad range of courses, taught by Yale faculty, for Yale College credit in New Haven, online, and abroad.  Visit  to learn more.

2024 Terry Forum: The Place of the Liberal Arts in a Changing Climate. Recent years have seen a proliferation of new courses and majors addressing climate issues as well as overdue reckonings with the university’s implication in practices and legacies of extraction. This Forum aims at a more fundamental reappraisal of the enterprise of the liberal arts. If the liberal arts have traditionally been conceived as preparation for civic life, how should this enterprise respond to the multi-scale reconfigurations of civic life associated with climate change and to new ideas about the appropriate place of human beings within the biophysical order? How might the interlocking ethical, political, and epistemological challenges arising from climate change help to sharpen articulations of the aims—and limitations—of the liberal arts enterprise? What responsibilities do universities have to the places and ecologies they occupy? What might it mean for liberal arts educators and students to inhabit these places well?  Wednesday, February 14, 4-6pm, Kline Tower, 219 Prospect St, 14th floor (registration required)

Volunteer Opportunity:  New Haven Public School.  Located in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, Truman School serves 485 students in grades K-8. Over 80% of students are low income and many are new to New Haven and learning English as a second language. We are seeking 10-15 Yale students willing to make a commitment to tutoring and mentoring a Truman student. Training will be provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters and transportation to and from the school (114 Truman Street) will be provided by Dwight Hall. The enrollment process for volunteers includes an application, a brief informational interview, and a zoom training. Apply now if you would like to join a deeply committed group of educators and help these students succeed! Thursdays 2:30-5:30pm.  Questions? Reach out to

Job Opportunity:  The Yale Sustainable Food Program term-time positions. If you are a current Yale College student excited about food systems, ag, cooking, justice, music, storytelling, sustainability, and/or spending more time on the Old Acre in 2024, we invite your application. You can view descriptions of our opportunities here and fill out our common application here by 5pm on Sunday, February 11th

Job Opportunity:  Be an OEO mentor!  Get Paid to Pay It Forward: Apply Now to Become a Peer Mentor for the Office of Educational Opportunity! Most mentors work for two or more of OEO’s 4 programs: Academic Strategies, FGLI Thrive, STEM Navigators, and the Disability Peer Mentor Program (DPMP). Pay starts at $19/hr and mentors work 3-6 hr/week. Applicants need to have attended Yale for at least 3 semesters by Fall 2024, with the exception of Eli Whitney students, Transfer students, and graduate students, all of whom need to have attended Yale for at least 2 semesters. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 9th, 2024, 5pm2024-2025 OEO Mentor Application.  Questions?
  ->Email Dr. Lynda Paul, Associate Director,
  ->Attend OEO Mentor Applicant Open House, Wednesday, February 7, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL 120A

Job Opportunity:  Pathways Summer Scholars Programs is seeking Yale students to serve as Teaching Assistants or Residential Advisors. Every year, the Yale Pathways Summer Scholars Programs welcomes over 150 local public high school students to campus free of cost to take part in STEM and Arts & Humanities classes with Yale faculty and students. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn about coding, neuroscience, engineering, art-making, art history, college essay writing, and more.  Join us this summer in inspiring the next generation! For more information and to apply, search “Pathways” at
   Teaching Assistants (TAs).  TAs help with logistical needs of the program, plan activities, serve as mentors and chaperones to students, and aid instructors in the classroom. To get a better sense of what Summer Scholars looks like, check out last summer’s Closing Ceremony videos for the STEM and Arts & Humanities programs! Prospective TAs must be able to commit to a one month-long commitment, July 1-August 2. This is a full-time position with an hourly wage; we’ll be working from 8:30am to 4:30pm five days a week.
We’re looking for folks with maturity, enthusiasm, organizational skills, a sense of humor and a genuine interest in young people and outreach. If you have worked or volunteered in education, tutored young people, or anything else that’s related, we want to hear it in your application. Previous work with youth is preferred but not required, and content knowledge in STEM or Arts & Humanities is not required.
    Residential Advisors (RAs).  During the STEM program, about 40 rising high school seniors are granted the special opportunity of living in one of the Residential Colleges, returning home on the weekend between each one week-long session. RAs live with students in the Residential Colleges and their primary responsibility will be to supervise and mentor residential students. They will also be asked to help with logistical needs, plan activities, and participate in college readiness programming. Each RA will be responsible for about 10 students.  Prospective RAs must be able to make a three week-long commitment, July 1-19.  This is a full-time paid position; with shifts starting at 3pm. Room and board are provided for the duration of the program in addition to a $1600 stipend. 

Walden Peer Counseling. Walden Peer Counseling is one of the oldest anonymous and confidential hotline and walk-in peer counseling services in the US. Staffed exclusively by Yale undergraduates, we are available to talk about anything that’s on your mind. We are open every weekday and weekend night during the academic year when classes are in session; the hotline operates from 8pm to 8am every night. Our office, in the Welch B basement, is open from 8pm to 1am Sunday through Thursday. The number for the hotline is (203) 432-TALK (203-432-8255).

From YC3
Mindfulness Mondays. This new YC3 program explores meditation skills that can help benefit the body and mind, while being effective for stress management solutions. Research shows that meditation practice can help reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost self-compassion with 10 minutes of daily practice. This space is useful for continued learning of experienced meditators and for beginners. Drop-ins are welcomed, but you’ll get more out of your practice if you come every week! Mondays in February (12 & 19, 1-1:30pm, Good Life Center lounge in Schwarzman

Take it Easy Tuesday: Coloring and Cocoa.  Take it Easy Tuesdays is a monthly series hosted by YC3 for students to take a break and engage in artistic activities. While focusing on the importance of rest, this program aims to create a culture of wellness in an environment where all students can feel as open, expressive, and creative as they would like to be. Tuesday, February 6, 2-4pm drop-in event, Good Life Center Lounge in Silliman College, 4th floor.
Finding your Sunshine: (Seasonal Affective Disorder Management).  SAD Management is a new one-time drop-in workshop that will be held in the GLC this February. Have you noticed feeling sad or unlike yourself lately? Do you often feel as if your mood changes begin and end when the seasons change? Finding your Sunshine is a workshop that will help provide students with a better understanding of what Seasonal Affective Disorder is and teach you some effective skills to better manage your mood during the cold winter months. February 7, 3-3:45pm drop-in event, Good Life Center GLC Lounge in Schwarzman 

Intro to Mindfulness (4-part series).  Have you ever tried mindfulness meditation? Would you like to cultivate your practice over the course of four weeks? The Mindfulness Institute for Emerging Adults MIEA (previously Koru) is an evidence-based four-session course designed to help you build the habit of meditation. Research shows that MIEA reduces stress, improves sleep, and boosts self-compassion with 10 minutes of daily practice. *Class meets once weekly for 1 hour. You must be able to attend all four classes to enroll* Thursdays (February 8, 15, 22, 29), 3-4pm, Good Life Center lounge in Schwarzman (click to register)

From the Yale Library
The Reading Resilience Project.  Since 2015, Yale students have recommended over 300 unique books by and about people of color for Bass Library’s Reading Resilience Project. What books would you recommend? Submit a book and view the complete book list to

How To Find Scholarly Articles. Are you ready to find articles thoroughly and efficiently - without relying on Google Scholar while also avoiding pesky paywalls. In 30-minutes, learn strategies to find the best possible scholarly sources from Yale Library’s databases, including Quicksearch Articles+ and subject-specific databases.  Monday, February 5, 7pm, Online Event (register for link)

Heidi The Therapy Dog. Take a break with Heidi, the Yale Public Safety Facility Dog!
Tuesday, February 6, 3pm, Marx Library

Drop-In With Library Peer Mentors.  Get answers to your most pressing questions from Library Peer Mentors, fellow undergraduate students with experience and training doing research at Yale.  Wednesday, February 7, 8pm,Thain Café, Bass Library