Dean’s Notes 4-19-2021

April 19, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: April 19, 2021

Well – one thing is out of the way – Housing! Thank you for your patience last week, particularly as we piloted the new (to us) StarRez software. Huge thanks to our FroCos, who helped immensely with TC’24 housing and our Housing Reps, for their helpful feedback and questions throughout the process. I’m delighted that everyone fits in Trumbull!

As we look forward to the end of the term, please know that I’m here if you’d like to talk. If you’re thinking about your academic work in the coming weeks, your summer/postgrad plans, your classes this fall, or you just want to say hi – I’m here.

A friendly reminder about e-mail: As many of you know, it’s very helpful to copy Leah when reaching out with questions. That allows us to triage better. Also, if you find yourself coming up with a series of questions, please set up a meeting or visit our open hours. Finally, particularly when you’re waiting on a reply, make sure “message” is NOT in the e-mail address – we do not receive messages when students reply to Dean’s Notes or other notices (unfortunately). Please e-mail us directly. Thank you.

Course Registration for Fall 2021: Again, this site should be your guide: Preference selection closes on Wednesday – this is for some courses where early registration is managed centrally. This advising calendar is also a helpful resource, particularly to see when major departments are holding info sessions. Please know that if you have questions, Leah and I are here (see below).

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 listed on my Calendly page – this week: Thursday, April 22nd 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”. Please note that I’ll be out of the office on Friday’s Break Day.

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.


The Sophomore-year College Advising Form is due on April 30, 2021. This form is only for first-years without a declared major. For more information, please visit the following webpage: Sophomore-Year College Advising Form | Advising Resources (


April 21 Preference selection closes at 5pm EST.
April 23 Classes do not meet.

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: Sign up online!
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!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, April 19 @ 4 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Exam Study Strategies
Tuesday, April 20 @ 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, April 21 @ 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.


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. Starting with summer 2021, sponsored travel for Yale College students will be governed by the Yale College Travel Policy, but should public health concerns require, further restrictions may be imposed at any time.

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


EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (5 of 6)
Wednesday, April 22, 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Fulbright Information Session (3 of 5)
Friday, April 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Zoom Link

Schwarzman Scholars Virtual Session – Yale University
Monday, April 26, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Register Here

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar

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
June 1, 1:00pm ET – Women in Government: Advanced Policy Internship 2021 Campus Deadline / Eligible: Sophomores and Juniors who previously received a WIG Fellowship
June 11, 1:00pm ET - Global Rhodes Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: International Seniors & Recent Graduates who are not citizens of existing Rhodes Regions
August 16, 1pm ET - Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Common Application Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates 9 (NOTE: Preliminary deadline: August 2, 1PM)

Search for Yale funding and information for external awards requiring application through Yale on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB).
View Archived Webinar Information Sessions and hear from advisers as well as current and recent winners of multiple fellowship opportunities.
Review funding options that are outside Yale on an External Fellowship Database.
Schedule a virtual appointment with a Fellowship Adviser directly from our website.


The application closes on Wednesday, April 21 for the 2021 Yale x Flatiron School Web Development Bootcamp (CPSC S115)! This 10-week intensive course offers two credits with a QR distributional requirement. Students receive hands-on, project-based learning experiences in Ruby, JavaScript, and more.
Read our Student Ambassadors’ testimonials about the program. Apply to the program by April 21!



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

Designing Your Career @ Yale: Testing Your Way Forward
Friday, April 30, 2-4pm.
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
It’s easy to get lost in plotting the ‘perfect’ roadmap at Yale and beyond, but it’s also important to think outside the box and visualize other possibilities, ones that go beyond your major, current extracurriculars, and past internships/jobs. After allowing these possibilities to come forward, let’s work together to develop multiple low-risk and efficient ways to prototype these options so that they’re no longer just possibilities, but accessible pathways for your life! During Designing Your Career @ Yale: Testing Your Way Forward, you’ll engage with a community of your peers to:
• Identify and craft three versions of your future life
• Explore design thinking principles, especially in relation to prototyping and building your way forward to your visions
• Engage with other career designers and crowdsource ideas on how to move forward with one of your plans
APPLY in Yale Career Link (deadline to apply: April 23).

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.


Advising appointments continue to be available virtually. Schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser to learn more about study abroad opportunities, discuss your interests, and plan for the future.
Review Yale Study Abroad’s COVID-19 Updates page for detailed information and guidance on study abroad and related resources. Check back regularly for updates.


The 9th Annual Marina Keegan Award for Excellence in Playwriting
In 2013, an award was established to honor the memory of Marina Keegan ’12, a gifted playwright who died in a car accident five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale.
Graduating seniors in English and Theater Studies, as well as seniors in other departments who have studied playwriting at Yale, are invited to submit a portfolio of dramatic writing for consideration – two plays, at least one of them full-length.
On the title page, include your name, your residential college, your Yale class, your email address, and your phone number. Save your document with a filename that includes your last name. Upload your submission via email attachment using this link or email it to, by noon on Friday, April 30, 2021. The award is jointly sponsored by the English and Theater Studies departments.

Annual Spring Teaching Forum: Looking Back and Looking Forward: Reflecting on Yale’s Year of Online Learning
Join the Yale Poorvu Center for the Annual Spring Teaching Forum on Friday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.! This year’s forum will bring together the Yale community to reflect on the challenges and successes of online learning as we approach the upcoming year with anticipation and uncertainty. A panel of professors from across the disciplines will share their experiences during an introductory discussion. Participants will have the chance to think together about how this year has reshaped their approach to teaching and learning. How did we attempt to forge community at a distance? How did we confront existing and emerging issues of inequity? What positive changes will we take with us into next year? Register on Yale Connect for the Zoom link.
Link to Yale Connect:

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