Dean’s Notes 2.25-2019

February 25, 2019

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of February 25, 2019

Let the countdown to Spring Recess begin!! :) I know many of you have midterms/papers in full swing this week. I wish you the very best with your work. You can do it!!
As usual, there’s lots of info in this week’s Dean’s Notes. There are some great (and timely) Academic Strategies Workshops, a number of upcoming deadlines for Study Abroad and Fellowships, and please check out the new section about events at our Yale Libraries.

Meeting with me: We’re nearing the midterm (March 8th). Want to chat? See below.
To make an appointment, please visit the office or call/e-mail Leah at (203) 432-0722 ( When e-mailing, give Leah 2 or 3 times when you are free for ease of scheduling. Our hours are M-F 8:30-5:00pm and I have a set of office hours each day of the week. It is best to make an appointment, but feel free to stop by to see if I’m available. Keep in mind that we do not set up appointments during the evening/weekends. Please also note that my last day in the office (before going on maternity leave) is March 8th.

A note about the Messaging System: This academic year, you may have noticed that all Yale offices have been using a new system for e-mails/newsletters. Please note that if you simply click “reply” to e-mails from our office, Leah and I do not receive the e-mail (the address is and the e-mails are lost somewhere in cyberspace!), so please e-mail us directly! Thanks!
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.


March 1 Deadline to apply for a Non-Yale Summer Abroad
March 8 Midterm.
Last day to withdraw from a spring full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript and the last day to convert from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option in a spring full-term course.
March 25 Classes resume

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

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.

Exam Study Strategies for Midterms
Monday, February 25, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center 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 26, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Wednesday, February 27, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
This workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. Participants will get practice with these strategies in our interactive session.

Planning and Research Strategies for Undergraduate Term Papers (w/Yale librarian Kelly Blanchat, Undergraduate Teaching and Outreach)
Thursday, March 1, 1:00 PM, Poorvu Center 120A
Have an assignment that requires research? Want to extend your research skills beyond Google Scholar and JSTOR? This workshop offers guidance on approaching research topics, developing a work timeline, and using Yale libraries and other resources to create strong research-based projects.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, March 4, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Pathways for Sophomores
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center 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.

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

51% of Yale College students use Poorvu Center academic resources. For advice on the resources available and how to take advantage of them, check out our Academic Strategies online guide: Getting It Done: A Guide to Academic Resources at Yale.

First-Generation/Low-Income Community Initiative
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 Guest Speaker: Prof. Anthony Jack: The Privileged Poor
Thursday, February 28 @ 4 pm, Saybrook College
Join the First-Generation Low-Income Community Initiative in conversation with Dr. Anthony A. Jack on his research and his personal experience. Dr. Jack’s recently published book, The Privileged Poor, focuses on the inclusivity of low-income students from different backgrounds in elite colleges and makes recommendations for a more inclusive college campus. His opportunity to teach extends beyond his work, however, given Dr. Jack identifies as a first-gen alum. We invite you to join us in this unique opportunity to learn about Dr. Jack’s implications for a more socioeconomically inclusive campus from an academic leader who understands the experience personally. Books will be available for purchase!

This event is co-sponsored by the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, the Education Studies program, and the Sociology department.

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

Looking for STEM Research Opportunities? Check out the information provided by labs during a Science & QR research matchmaking session in January 2019:
? For more information on research conducted by the Biological Sciences faculty click here.
? For information on research conducted by the Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering faculty click here.
? These lists are not exhaustive: contact other labs directly for other research opportunities.

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:
? 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
This month, the Yale University Library is offering a number of events for undergraduates, from learning research strategies to make database searching easier, visits from a therapy dog, and drop-in consultations with a librarian over coffee (and get a free mug!). We hope to see you there!

The 2019-20 Student Research at Yale University Library exhibit is seeking four students to curate one exhibit case each based on a completed paper or research project. In honor of the 50 Women at Yale 150 celebration, the proposals must be related to some aspect of women’s experience and contributions at Yale or in the world. The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 25. This opportunity is open to undergraduate, graduate or professional students.

LEVEL UP your research papers! Sign up to meet with a librarian for 30-minutes to learn how to organize, annotate, & cite items in your writing more efficiently. Whether you are just starting out and want to find resources, or if you just need to keep track of them – we can help. Sign up for a session here:

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:
? Peer Writing Partners available, Poorvu CTL tutoring mezzanine
? Writing Study Halls (Sundays 2-5 pm, Wednesdays 7-10 pm).

See for more detailed information.

Summer Planning Resources
It’s still not too late to find opportunities that fit your interests. See the Center for International and Professional Experience’s Weekly Digest for full information about workshops, events, and opportunities.

CIPE Drop-ins at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor:
? Fellowships and Study Abroad: Fridays, 2-4 pm
? OCS: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm

International Summer Award (ISA) Information Session
Monday, February 25, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

NOTE: The Deadline for the CIPE Summer Research Fellowships Common Application is February 28, 2019


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

Monday, March 4, 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)


Does the winter weather make you dream of warm summer days? Don’t just dream it… Plan it! Yale Summer Session offers a variety of courses (including online) that fit your major requirements and summer plans.

Looking to meet a distribution requirement this summer? We’ve got you covered.

Course of the Week: American History in National Museums (AMST S313/ER&M S322/HIST S125)
An introduction to select topics in U.S. history that encourages critical, informed analysis of how those topics are currently represented by the Smithsonian. This course will focus on the 20th-century United States, on the development of the Smithsonian as an institution, and on research and interpretive practices used by museum curators. Participants will visit and analyze how museums in Washington D.C. present national history to a diverse public. 1 Credit. Session A.

Financial assistance is available.

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


International Summer Award (ISA) Information Session
Monday, February 25, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

CIEE Study Abroad Information Session
Tuesday, February 26, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Financial Aid Info Session for Fall and Academic Year 2019-20 Abroad
Friday, March 1, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

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

The Deadline to Apply for Credit for a Non-Yale Summer Abroad is Friday, March 1, 2019
If you plan to use an International Summer Award (ISA) to help fund a Non-Yale Summer Abroad, you must be receiving credit
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.



UK Fellowships - Rhodes & Beyond: Information Session (1 of 5)
Wednesday, February 27, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information Session
Friday, March 1, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


NOTE: The Deadline for the CIPE Summer Research Fellowships Common Application is February 28, 2019

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
February 28 - The Tillman Scholar Program National Deadline | Eligible: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Professional Students who are Service members or spouses
February 28 – Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors & Graduate Students
March 1 - Oakham School, UK - Teaching Fellowship Application Deadline |Eligible: Seniors
March 4 – Global Food Fellowships Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
March 5 - Chinese Cultural - Yung Wing Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
March 15 - The Michael Manzella Fellowship for Summer, 2019 Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 29 – Global Health: Yale Collaborative Action Project (Y-CAP) Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students [Contact Alyssa Parpia ( for details]

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



Renting in NYC Workshop
Wednesday, February 27, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Office of Career Strategy, 55 Whitney Avenue room 369
reserve your seat


Deadline on a rolling basis through February 2019 - Alaska Fellows Program - Apply | Eligible: postgraduate opportunity

The Office of Career Strategy is hiring for Summer Directors for Yale in New York and Yale in DC. These are amazing opportunities to collaborate with alumni, employers, and students to manage activities and plan networking, social, and cultural events for the benefit of the students who are living and working in NY and DC during summer 2019. Extensive experience living or working in the DC or New York areas is required. Contact with any questions.

Yale Summer Events Director 2019 – New York, Office of Career Strategy
Yale Summer Events Director 2019 – Washington, D.C., Office of Career Strategy

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.
The Chun Challenge for Change
The Yale College Dean's Office, in partnership with the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, is offering a $500 prize to students who propose innovative approaches to improving life at Yale.

Proposals can address:
• Environmental issues -- climate change, sustainability, food waste, Yale's energy efficiency
• Student wellness -- mental, emotional, physical, social or professional health
• Belonging at Yale -- diversity, equity and inclusion on campus
• Any other solutions to problems that you think our community can address
Proposals are judged for being innovative and interdisciplinary, and for their impact on addressing a problem at Yale. The winning team will get $500 plus dinner with Dean Chun.

Teams must include a minimum of two Yale College students from the same residential college and must include students from two or more different majors. Teams from each college will be selected and notified by March 18th. Teams must present their ideas in under three minutes to a panel of judges, which will include Dean Chun, on April 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Teams will get support from Tsai CITY staff to practice their presentations. To apply, click HERE. Applications are due at 11:59PM on March 8th. For questions regarding the Chun Challenge application, please write to Nya Holder (

The Yale Peabody Museum is excited to offer summer internships for Yale undergraduate students! Descriptions of the specific internships and the broader internship program, as well as the online application form, are available at: Application deadline is Monday, March 25, with applications accepted later on a rolling basis if internships have not been filled.

Student Research at Yale University Library
The 2019-20 Student Research at Yale University Library exhibit is seeking four students to curate one exhibit case each based on a completed paper or research project. In honor of the 50 Women at Yale 150 celebration, the proposals must be related to some aspect of women’s experience and contributions at Yale or in the world. The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 25. This opportunity is open to undergraduate, graduate or professional students.

Walden Peer Counseling is recruiting new counselors for the 2019-2020 academic year! Walden is a peer counseling and referral service looking for dedicated and caring individuals with diverse experiences to serve the Yale community. Our hotline and walk-in services aim to provide a very low stakes anonymous, confidential, and nonjudgmental counseling environment for Yale undergraduates.
For application information, please email Also feel free to use this email to ask any pressing questions you might have about the process. The first (priority) application deadline is Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 11:59 PM, and the final deadline is Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

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 It’s not too late to apply!

The 2019 AAU Campus Sexual Climate Survey – please complete this
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.

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.

Women’s Health Research at Yale is now accepting applications for our Undergraduate Creative and Undergraduate Research Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Work alongside Yale faculty mentors, learn contemporary approaches to understanding women’s health, and enrich current medical and biomedical stud.
Completed applications can be emailed to by March 1, 2019.
For more information, please contact the WHRY main office at 203-764-6600 or visit for complete application information.

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!
Summer Institute in Bioethics
The 14th annual Summer Institute in Bioethics, offered by Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, will take place from June 10 - July 27, 2019. This 7-week program is for graduate students, professional students, and select undergrads. We also offer a four-day program called “Foundations of Bioethics” that gives a comprehensive overview of the field and its history. Our programs are known for our engaging and approachable faculty, an enthusiastic alumni network, and opportunities to network with faculty and participants from all over the globe. Scholarships for Yale students are still available! Visit our website to learn more, or email us at