Dean’s Notes 3-8-2021

March 8, 2021

I hope you all had a nice weekend. The air has been crisp lately here in New Haven, but spring is definitely in the air! Fun fact: On this day 14 years ago, I defended my PhD! That summer, I started my postdoc with Prof. Mooseker in MCDB…and I never left! Not so fun fact, but I’m hopeful that things are looking up: One year ago, this week was crazy. Usually, this day falls within Spring Recess, when we don’t send out Dean’s Notes, so I figured I’d share some nostalgia. ;)

I strongly encourage you to take some time to decompress tomorrow. I appreciated Dean Chun’s e-mails about the Break Days last week, both to students and faculty. Leah and I will be taking this 2nd Break Day off, so please make note of that. I will also be in an all-day meeting on Friday, so I have moved my 10-noon open office hours to Thursday morning (you can find me here:

Please also make note of the Housing Sessions on Wednesday night and today’s deadline for medical accommodations with SAS.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – via Zoom
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):

These sessions will not be repeated/recorded, so please make every effort to attend. Detailed e-mails will be sent as we progress through housing season. If you’re currently on a leave of absence (or off by a term/year due to a leave), please attend the session of your original class, unless you wish to be housed with your “new” class year. Thank you.

The annual medical housing accommodations approval deadline is TODAY 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”. This week, my open hours will be on Thursday (not Friday) morning from 10am-noon.

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 Break Day #2 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.

Apply to serve as an Academic Strategies Mentor!
We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Mentors lead workshops, offer 1-1 meetings, and facilitate peer mentorship groups. Eligible students must have completed 4 semesters at Yale (2 semesters for Eli Whitney and transfer students) by the beginning of the Fall 2021 term. For more information and a link to our application, visit Applications due by Monday, March 22 @ 11:59 pm.

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. You can also contact to sign up via email.

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!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, March 8 @ 4 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Monday, March 8 @ 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!

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, March 10 @ 7 pm ET
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.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Wednesday, March 10 @ 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.

Time Management
Thursday, March 11 @ 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.

So You Don’t Feel Like Doing Your Work? Getting Motivated for Online Learning
Thursday, March 11 @ 9 pm ET
In these times of pandemic and other crises, it’s hard to stay focused and on task with your academics. Learn how to get motivated and keep engaged with your online academic work while giving yourself the time you need to be healthy and grounded.



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.

Yale students have a free subscription to the Daily Chatter, a great resource for keeping up with global news presented from a non-partisan perspective.
Follow CIPE on Instagram and Twitter to keep informed


Apply Today! Designing Your Career @ Yale: Unlock the Power of Brainstorming
We may think there is one way to explore a career path, or one specific track required to accomplish our goals. As a primary tool of design thinking, brainstorming can help us to free up our minds and leave room for the less familiar choice. It’s time to get “unstuck” in how we approach exploring career interests, trying new experiences, and learning new skills. During Designing Your Career @ Yale: Unlock the power of brainstorming, you’ll engage with a community of your peers to:

Explore design thinking principles and how they can be used for life and career decision making;
Examine adventurous problem-solving approaches;
Exercise and strengthen generative brainstorming skills;
Apply these newly sharpened tools to the expansion of personal and career interests.

Program Date: March 19, 2021. 1-3pm ET.

APPLY in Yale Career Link (deadline March 12). Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Class of 2020 Class List & Summer 2020 Peer List Now Available: Search and contact thousands of recent Yale graduates and current Yale students who have volunteered to discuss their post-graduate roles and summer employment experiences! Prior Class Lists and Summer Peer Lists are also available. Search by major, employer name, city, state, country, and more.


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

WeRepresent 2021 Virtual International Exchange Conference
Wednesday, March 10 – Friday, March 12
Conference details available here

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.

Schedule a virtual appointment with a study abroad adviser


EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, March 8, 4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Register here

Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (2 of 6)
Wednesday, March 10, 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar


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

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

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.
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

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.


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, with the first round of virtual interviews beginning March 11th, 2021.

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 Energy Studies program is hosting its Spring Reception and Information Session on Tuesday, 3/9, from 4-5pm. All students interested in the program are welcome to attend. Please click here to register for the event.

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:

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