Dean’s Notes 3-1-2021

March 1, 2021


Happy March! March 1st brings the end of the arrival quarantine for those of you enrolled in-residence (on/off-campus) in New Haven – Yay!! I’m excited to grab an iced coffee (I’ll pre-order to make it quick) on Wednesday after our weekly family COVID test! We visit my parents every other weekend, and Sahej goes to daycare, but other than that, I’ve been waiting with you all. :)

I know that things have been picking up with exams/psets/papers/projects. Hang in there! I’m here if you want to talk through anything. Leah’s availability also appears below.

Next up, housing! Everyone (except current seniors) should have received Dean Chun’s message about housing for next year. For today, I have two items for you. First, please save the date for our housing info sessions next week. Second, please see the important info below about medical accommodations through SAS.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – via Zoom (links will be in DNs next Monday)
8:00 pm EST – Class of 2024 (rising sophomores)
8:30 pm EST – Class of 2023 (rising juniors)
9:00 pm EST – Class of 2022 (rising seniors)

The annual medical housing accommodations approval deadline is Monday, March 8th. If you have not yet applied for a new accommodation or want to renew your current accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible. If you are seeking medical housing accommodations, please send us an e-mail, so that we can keep this in mind as we configure housing options.

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. If you call outside of these times, please leave a voicemail.


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.


March 9 Classes do not meet.
March 19 Last day of first-half term courses.
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first-half of the spring term.
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option in a course offered in the first-half of the spring term.

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.

Join our ADHD Discussion Group
This spring Academic Strategies is hosting a monthly discussion group for undergraduate students with ADHD. Share strategies and support with peers who understand your experience. To sign up, fill out this form: ADHD Discussion Group.

Looking for additional support for students with disabilities? Check out Disability Empowerment for Yale’s Disability @ Yale Survival Guide and consider signing up for their peer mentoring program.

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!

Time Management
Monday, March 1 @ 4 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.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Monday, March 1 @ 7 pm ET
How do we read deeply without running out of time to complete the reading? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Tuesday, March 2 @ 4 pm ET
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.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Tuesday, March 2 @ 7 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.

Pathways for First-Years
Tuesday, March 2 @ 9 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
Wednesday, March 3 @ 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!

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, March 3 @ 7 pm ET
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: Academic and Professional Communication
Thursday, March 4 @ 4 pm ET
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.

Getting the Most Out of Your Seminars & Lectures
Thursday, March 4 @ 7 pm
Learn preparation, participation, note-taking, and review strategies to help you succeed in these two very different learning environments.


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.

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Planning for Fall 2021 or Full Year 2020-2021 Study Abroad
Friday, March 12, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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.


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

EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
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

International Study Award (ISA) Info Session
Thursday, March 4, 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, March 8, 4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Register here

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar


March 3, 1:00pm ET - CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 3, 1:00pm ET - Women in Government Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 3, 1:00pm ET - MacMillan Center Summer Fellowships for Language Study Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students

**Plans do not have to be finalized to apply for funding**

March 9, 11:59pm PT - U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program National 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.

Earn credit in over 200 courses from Yale Summer Session in 2021. Apply by May 14 for Session A courses and June 18 for Session B courses. Financial assistance is available to qualifying students.

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

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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

Yale-China is offering a Yale-China Fellowship award to teach for two years in Hong Kong after graduation. The application deadline is March 15th. More information can be found here:

There will be a final information session on Wednesday March 3 at 8 pm EST. The session will include alumni fellows speaking about how the fellowship impacted their work in the field of law. Sign up to attend the session here.

The Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is looking to fill several remote GreenSkills Supervisor positions for an internship offered to students from Common Ground High School and The Sound School beginning mid-March through May of 2021. The role of the GreenSkills Supervisor would be to supervise and offer guidance to a group of 3-4 high school students as they craft an environmental or social justice initiative, such as a social media campaign.
This position offers Yale students a great opportunity to engage with the local community, work on lesson planning and team management skills, and build leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. A full job description can be found here.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply directly with URI by sending a resume and statement of interest to The deadline for applications is March 9.

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!

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