Dean’s Notes 3-2-2020

March 2, 2020

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of March 2, 2020

Guess what? Spring Recess is just days away! Of course, I know that most of you have lots of work (exams/papers/projects/thesis work) to get done this week. I wish you the very best!! You can do it! :)
Quick reminder to please indicate your housing intent by Wednesday, March 4th.
Meeting with me: We’re nearing the midterm (March 6th). 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 note that I will not be holding office hours during Spring Recess.


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


March 1 Deadline to apply for non-Yale Summer Abroad
March 6 Midterm.
Spring recess begins, 5:30 p.m.
Last day to withdraw from a spring full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option in a spring full-term course.
Deadline to apply for double credit in a single-credit course.

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: Conor Walsh is the Trumbull College Mathematics and Science Tutor. Conor, who is a 4th year graduate student in Economics, is eager to start work helping the undergraduates. Conor will start with the following schedule:
TC Basement Rm 29 (near Entryway G); Sun 8.00 PM-9:30 PM
SML 116 C/D: Wed 8.00 PM -9:30 PM

Find out if your QR/Sc course has a peer tutor here!
Yale 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.

Get Connected!
Hear the latest about Academic Strategies events and opportunities. Follow us on social media:
Facebook: (@YaleAcademicStrategies)
Twitter: (@AtAcademic)
Instagram: (@academicstrategies)

Most workshops are held in the Poorvu Center (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. You are encouraged to RSVP via Yale OrgSync (

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, March 2, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.
Undergraduate Writing, SQR Tutoring & Academic strategies

Time Management
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Pathways for Sophomores
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 PM, CTL 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.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 PM, CTL 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.

How to Study While Traveling
Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 PM, CTL M104A
Taking a plane, train, automobile or bus over break? Need to get some studying in? Learn the secrets of how to study and have time for fun.

1-1 Mentoring
Meet with an Academic Strategies Mentor! They will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for getting through to the end of the semester. Have questions? Please email us at

Students can sign up or drop in to the Writing Center at the following days/times:
Sundays: 2-4 pm, 6-7 pm
Mondays: 3-5 pm, 8-9 pm
Tuesdays: 4-5 pm, 6-7 pm
Wednesdays: 3-4 pm, 6-7 pm
Thursdays: 3-4 pm, 7-8 pm
Fridays: 12-2 pm

Yale College Writing Center
? Residential College Writing Tutors available:
? Peer Writing Partners available daily, Poorvu CTL tutoring mezzanine
? Writing Study Halls (Sundays 2-5 pm, Wednesdays 7-10 pm).
See for more detailed information.

The Community Initiative: Empowering first-generation and low-income students at Yale
A partnership between the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning:

Community Initiative Study Hall
Sunday, March 1, 2-4 PM, Poorvu Center Room 120C
Come study with friends, snacks, and FGLI Ambassadors!
r Prize winning author and Yale Alumnus, Richard Rhodes (’59) as he
Meet with an FGLI Ambassador
Do you have specific questions about some of the initiatives or resources we offer? Do you have any questions about your professor’s office hours? Are you from the West Coast and want to know more about Winter in New Haven? Then visit our team of ambassadors during their office hours! We are located at the front desk of 55 Whitney Avenue, 2nd floor.

Career Clothes Closet
In partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center, the Community Initiative has developed the Career Closet, a source of professional clothing for students that need professional attire for interviews, receptions, and all other formal events. Students can check out multiple items of clothing for 2 weeks, all free of charge.



All units at CIPE are closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation and we are hopeful the situation will improve significantly before the summer. However, we understand that many of you may have questions about your summer plans. Please read the following notes carefully:

1) We strongly encourage students to continue with plans for summer abroad. This includes fellowship and internship applications, language and other study.

2) Prepare a back-up plan. It’s always a good idea to have a fully-developed Plan B, in a different country abroad or in the U.S. As you consider your backup plans, Yale Summer Session offers Yale credit in 5 weeks, online or in New Haven, and financial assistance is available.

3) Monitor the Travel Policy and check on the status of your destination country.


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International Summer Award (ISA) | Early Action Deadline: April 1
Final Deadline: May 1
Domestic Summer Award (DSA) | Early Action Deadline: April 1
Final Deadline: May 1


International Students & the International Summer Award (ISA) Info Session
Wednesday, March 4, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OISS, 1st Floor Lecture Area


March 3, 11:59pm PT - U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sop
March 15 - The Michael Manzella Fellowship for Summer, 2020 Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 25, 1:00pm EST - Global Health: Yale-Collaborative Action Project (Y-CAP) Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, & Graduate Students
March 31 - The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
April 6, 5:00pm EST - Freeman Asia National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
May 1, 3:00pm EST - MacMillan Center Academic Year Fellowships for Language Study Campus Deadline| Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, & Graduate Students


Visit the Fellowships Calendar for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Search for Yale funding and campus information for external awards which require application through Yale on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB)
Make an appointment directly from the website to discuss these and a host of other opportunities. Remote appointments are available.
Fellowship Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, March 6, from 2pm - 4pm, at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor. Drop-in Hours will NOT be held on March 13 & March 20, during Spring Break. Drop-ins will resume on Friday, March 27.



NEW CT Governor's Innovation Fellowship for Seniors (Class of 2020)
Be a part of the inaugural Connecticut Governor’s Innovation Fellowship! This new prestigious postgraduate fellowship provides outstanding postgraduate STEM-related opportunities in Stamford, CT, offers extensive mentorship, and opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Application Deadline: March 1, Apply through Yale Career Link

Alaska Fellows Program


Drop-in Advising Suspended During Spring Break (March 9-20): Advisers are available for appointments through Yale Career Link.
Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events. Log in to Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity under Events/Employer Events to RSVP.


Summer will be here before you know it. Explore your summer course options on campus and online. And yes, financial assistance is available!

Summer Financial Assistance for Yale College Students

Yale Summer Session offers financial assistance for tuition to Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year. Financial assistance covers 50% of the tuition of one course, and you may receive financial assistance for a maximum of two credits each summer (a maximum award of $4,350 for summer 2020). Students typically use this financial assistance for New Haven courses or for Yale Summer Online courses. However, students may also use this financial assistance for a Yale Summer Session Program abroad if they have already used their International Summer Award (ISA) in a previous summer.

Yale College students on financial aid during the academic year will automatically receive this assistance by answering the relevant question on the application. No separate application is required.

Students on financial aid during the academic year may also be eligible for Summer Pell Grants and for low interest loans to cover the remaining cost of YSS courses. You’ll find more information at Yale Financial Aid.

Summer Session A: May 25 - June 26, 2020
Summer Session B: June 29 – July 31, 2020



Credit for Fall Term Abroad | Application Deadline: April 1
Credit for Academic Year Abroad | Application Deadline: April 1
International Summer Award | Early Action Deadline: April 1
Final Deadline: May 1


International Students & the International Summer Award (ISA) Info Session
Wednesday, March 4, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OISS, 1st Floor Lecture Area

Financial Aid Info Session for Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 Abroad
Thursday, March 5, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm 305


Study Abroad Drop-In Hours: Will be held on Friday, March 6, 2pm - 4pm at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor. Drop-in Hours will NOT be held on March 13 & March 20, during Spring Break. Drop-ins will resume on Friday, March 27.
Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser – Schedule an appointment directly from our website.
Search the Study Abroad Calendar for information sessions, deadlines, and other study abroad events throughout the year.


The Yale College Dean's Office, in partnership with the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, is offering prizes to students who propose innovative approaches to improving life at Yale. Proposals can address:
• Academic Innovation (enhancing learning at Yale)
• Belonging at Yale (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on campus)
• Campus environmental issues (sustainability, food waste, energy efficiency, etc.)
• Student wellness issues that such as mental, emotional, physical, social or professional health
• 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 and must include students from at least two different majors. Teams will be selected and notified by April 1st.
Teams must present their ideas in under three minutes to a panel of judges at the Chun Challenge Pitch Off Event on April 14th, 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 11:59AM on March 25th. For questions regarding the Chun Challenge application, please e-mail Zoe Hunter (

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 and to apply, please visit

The 2020 Spring Accelerator application is open! For those unfamiliar, CITY’s Accelerator, which runs every fall and spring semester, guides students and teams with innovative ideas through the process of building effective organizations, projects, and ventures through workshops, mentorship, and funding. At the end of the Accelerator, participating teams will receive a grant to continue their work.
Click here to learn more about the Accelerator and to apply to the Accelerator program.

Apply for upcoming opportunities at Tsai CITY: The Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY) has a number of program deadlines coming up, and students from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply! Offerings include hands-on learning opportunities in healthcare innovation; grant funding for prototyping; and the Tsai CITY Summer Fellowship, a full-time summer accelerator that supports students building companies, nonprofits, creative projects, and more through resources like workshops, mentoring, and $15K of funding. Learn more here.

Interested in sharing your passions with 7th-12th graders? 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 a wide range of topics 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! On April 11th, we will be holding a program called Splash, where you can teach a one-hour class. Teacher registration for Splash is currently open, and the deadline is March 1st. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website or email us at If you make an account on our website, you’ll also be added to our mailing list. Hope to see you at Splash!

2020 Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program
Urban Fellows dedicate six to eight hours per week working in either a community organization or a government agency. Fellows gain professional skills and insight through direct supervision of existing projects, and they build the capacity of their host organization through the creation of a unique project designed in collaboration with a community partner. In addition to community work, Urban Fellows enhance their collective experience through a series of regular community-building activities, such as dinners, speaker series, group service opportunities, and planned reflections with other Fellows.

Dwight Hall Urban Fellows are committed individuals dedicated to working collaboratively with their community towards solving urban challenges. Urban Fellows will:
Commit a minimum of one academic year to the program.
Dedicate six to eight hours per week to their placement site/project.
Attend group meetings with other Fellows.
Submit weekly updates to co-coordinators and the program manager.
The application can be found here: Applications are due March 6 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions about the application, feel free to reach out to any of the three student co-coordinators, CJ Irsfeld, Hannah Kiburz, and Nick Randos.