Dean’s Notes 3-29-2021

March 29, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: March 29, 2021

I wish you all the best as we approach the official midterm date tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30th. I am happy to meet with you (see below) if you want to chat this week. I will also have two blocks of open office hours TODAY (3:00-4:30pm) and Thursday (9:30-10:30am). These are for quick meetings (5-10min) – you can find me here: Along with booking appointments through Calendly, my open office hours are listed there, particularly if they diverge from my usual open hours (10-noon on Fridays).

I cannot emphasize this enough – I am here for you. I am thankful that my role includes time each week that is specifically designated for one-on-one conversations with Trumbullians. It is the most important and most fulfilling aspect of my role. It is the primary reason I pursued this position in the first place.

Wishing you all a good week.

Please declare your housing intent:
1. Navigate to the StarRez housing portal –
2. Access the housing intent page of the portal by clicking the Fall 2021 Room Draw tab in the top navigation bar.
3. Click the blue “Begin Room Draw” button to begin your housing intention.

The intent page is open until Monday, April 5th at 11:59pm ET. Until then, you can log in and change your intent. Housing availability and configurations are based on intent numbers, so more information will come after intent closes. Thank you for your patience!

*Should you have any problems with the housing portal link, please note the following: First, confirm that you are in the Yale student housing portal. StarRez recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are not compatible. Second, confirm that your CAS credentials are entered correctly, and you can connect through two-factor authentication if off-campus. Third, confirm popup blockers are disabled.

For First-Year students, please e-mail Dean Chandhoke and Leah directly (before April 5th) if you have formed a gender-neutral suite group. (Please don’t “reply” to this email, rather email and and copy all the members of the suite group.)
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:

My OPEN office hours for each week are also listed on my Calendly page – this week: TODAY, Monday, March 29th from 3:00-4:30pm and Thursday from 9:30-10:30am. 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.

Please note: this Friday is Good Friday – a staff holiday (all Yale offices are closed) but classes still meet.


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 29 Deadline to request to enroll in a professional school course that meets in the second half of the term.
March 30 Midterm.
Last day to withdraw from a spring full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript (by 5pm EST).

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.

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 29 @ 7 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.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Monday, March 29 @ 9 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.

Getting the Most Out of Mentorship
Tuesday, March 30 @ 4 pm ET
Join Yale undergraduates for a conversation on how to make the most of any mentorship opportunity, including peer, graduate student, faculty, and alumni mentorship.

Reading Effectively for STEM
Tuesday, March 30 @ 7 pm ET
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Topics of discussion include how to effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles, how to navigate jargon, data, and figures, and how to use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Wednesday, March 31 @ 7 pm ET
Reading literature presents special challenges. 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
Wednesday, March 31 @ 9 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.

Get the Most Out of Your Reading
Thursday, April 1 @ 4 pm ET
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essays, and exams.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Thursday, April 1 @ 7 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!



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.

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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.
Watch the Planning for Summer 2021 Study Abroad and/or Planning for Fall 2021 or Full Year 2021-2022 Abroad Webinars for the latest policies and planning considerations.
Schedule a virtual appointment with a study abroad adviser

If, after applying by the April 1st deadline, you receive Yale approval for summer study abroad, you will gain access to the (ISA) request form. This ISA request form is due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 1. Update: Starting summer 2021, ISA funding can be used to support approved study abroad programs in a student’s home country, as long as the home country is outside the U.S. and all other eligibility requirements are met.

EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (4 of 6)
Wednesday, March 31, 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Fulbright Info Session (1 of 5)
Friday, April 9, 3:30 - 4:30 ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar

March 30 - Freeman Asia National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
April 5, 11:30pm ET - Tetelman Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
April 16 - Millennium Fellowship 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.
To apply for ISA funding, eligible students must first receive Yale approval for a summer study abroad program.
May 1, 3:00pm ET - MacMillan Center Academic Year Fellowships for Language Study Campus Deadline| Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, & Graduate Students
May 15 - Rotary Peace Fellowship District Deadline| Eligible: Seniors
May 15 - Einstein Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Graduates aged under 35
May 28, midnight GMT - Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Graduates who are citizens of Canada, India, Japan, USA, Pakistan, or China

Check the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB) for all other deadlines

Search for Yale funding and information for external awards requiring application through Yale on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB).
Review funding options that are outside Yale on an External Fellowship Database.
Read the Fellowships and Funding Summer 2021 FAQ for guidance about summer projects.
Schedule a virtual appointment with a Fellowship Adviser directly from our website.


Funding Yale Summer Session 2021 | March 29, 7pm-8pm | Join Yale Summer Session and the Yale Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid for an info session with Q&A about how Yale students can fund their 2021 YSS study.

CPSC S115 Info Session | March 31, 12pm-1pm | Join Yale Summer Session and the Flatiron School to learn about the Yale x Flatiron School Web Development Bootcamp (CPSC S115), a two-credit course with a QR distributional requirement. During 10 intensive weeks, students take a deep dive into the intellectual enterprises of computer science and learn to think, and build, like a software engineer. Students learn Ruby and JavaScript and learn both back-end and front-end programming in a course designed to give lots of hands-on, project-based learning experiences.

Ivy+ Just in Time Career Fair
Wednesday, April 7, 1:00pm-5:00pm ET, Virtual (TalentSpace)
Register here:
Learn more:

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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Students in the Public School Internship Program serve in a critical role as liaisons between a New Haven public school and the Yale community by making a two-year commitment to one institution, learning the needs of the community and directing resources from Yale and Dwight Hall in support. In contrast to much volunteering that often begins with the volunteers deciding what to provide, PSIs ask what schools need and think creatively about how the Yale community can support them. We are seeking current first-years and sophomores to join our 2021-2023 cohort! For more information, check out our website here. Applications can be found here, and are due Sunday, April 4th at 11:59 PM ET. Feel free to reach out to Courtney Nunley or Nandan Patel, the PSI Co-Coordinators, at and with any questions!

The Yale College Dean's Office & The Office of Gender & Campus Culture are hiring two Student Affairs Fellows (SAF)! Interested applicants (this is a post-grad position) should apply online here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A SAF's core role is to collaboratively lead and manage Communication & Consent Educators (CCEs), Project Coordinators (PCs), & oversee Project Teams. Additionally, they're responsible for planning, preparing, and facilitating hundreds of workshops across campus for undergraduate students & organizations. In this capacity, they'd also have the opportunity to contribute to the office's long-term plans (including significantly shaping the emergent 5 yr. vision) through staff meetings, professional development, and university-wide committee membership.

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