Dean’s Notes 4-22-24

April 22, 2024


The last week of classes is here, so this is the last issue of Dean’s Notes for the academic year.  I will start to send my end-of-term notices in the coming days, so please keep an eye out for those.  I know these next few weeks are going to be busy, but please know – I’m here – if you want to talk through anything. I have been popping in additional open Zoom hour blocks – they’re always listed at the top of my Calendly page (in the little note at the top).  See below, too, for this week – there’s one every weekday (in addition to in-person and Zoom appointments).

Also, feel free to pop into the office over the next few weeks – we have snacks (substantial, real snacks, thanks to Alice)!  We want you to be nourished (and rested), always, but particularly over the coming weeks.  Be kind to yourselves and to one another – we’ll get there.

Meeting with me
To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,  Please reach out to Alice with any scheduling issues.  For in-person meetings, please come to the office. We’re right here in Trumbull G104, which you can access across from Entryway A or through Entryway G. Zoom meetings (including open Zoom office hours) will be through my Zoom page:

My OPEN ZOOM office hours for each week are listed on the top of my Calendly page. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I will speak to students (one-on-one) in the order they “arrive”.  My upcoming open hours are Tuesday 4/23 (3:30-4:30pm), Wednesday 4/24 (4:30-5:30pm), Thursday 4/25 (9:30-10:30am), and Friday 4/26 (10-11:30am).

April 26     Classes end; reading period begins
April 26     Last day to convert from a letter grade to Cr/D/F option for a full-term course and/or a course offered in the second half of the spring term
April 26     Last day to withdraw from a full-term course and/or a course offered in the second half of the spring term
May 1         Applications for fall-term Leaves of Absence due, 5pm
May 2        Reading period ends, 5pm
May 2       Final examinations begin, 7pm
May 2       Deadline for all course assignments
, other than term papers and term projects. This deadline can be extended only by a Temporary Incomplete authorized by the student’s residential college dean.
May 8        Final Examinations end, 5:30pm
May 8       Deadline for all term papers and term projects. This deadline can be extended only by a Temporary Incomplete authorized by the student’s residential college dean.
May 9       Residences close for underclassmen, 3pm
May 10      Deadline for Yale Summer Session (Session A) application, 5pm
May 17       Registration closes for Yale College and Graduate School students, 5pm

Fall 2024 Registration Resources: Course registration deadlines, instructions, explanations of error messages, FAQs, and a growing library of system tutorials can be found at  The University Registrar’s Office has Zoom office hours on Tuesday, May 14, 2-3pmto answer your Fall 2024 registration questions.  Registration closes Friday, May 17th at 5pm.

Yale Degree Audit:  Access Yale Degree Audit through Yale Hub to check your progress toward the bachelor’s degree. Degree Audit displays the degree requirements that you have already completed and those that are still pending. The “Look Ahead” feature shows you how future course enrollment might apply toward your degree. Use the “Class History” (click in the upper right corner) to confirm the courses in which you are enrolled. If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.

Enhanced Support for Data Science Literacy:  Visit as you think about ways to meet your academic goals in data-intensive courses and opportunities– whether that’s simply fulfilling your QR requirement or something else.

Undeclared Class of 2027: The deadline to submit the Sophomore-Year College Advising Form by May 1st at 5pm.  All first-year students without a declared major received an email last week with a personalized link to the form. More details at Students with a declared major are exempt.

Advising Resources

Sc/QR Tutoring

Language Tutoring

Yale College Writing Center
Whether you are working on a reading response, research paper, application essay, or a creative piece, the Writing Center offers one-to-one consultations to help you at any stage of the writing process.

Professional Writing Tutor:  Adam Reid Sexton at Trumbull.  Adam teaches three courses in the English department (The Craft of Fiction, Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, and Writing About Music) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art.  During summer 2022 he taught Writing About Music for Yale in London.  Adam is also a writer; his next book, Difficult Listening, is due to be published soon.
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 7am on the day of your appointment.  Include the instructor’s prompt, your focus for the meeting, and when the paper is due.  Adam looks forward to working with you!

Writing Partners. Writing Partners are Yale College or graduate students who are talented writers who love helping others. Writing Partners can meet with you to talk through ideas or give feedback on your draft on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-In hours are in-person at Poorvu or over Zoom.  You can also schedule a Zoom appointment.

Fellowship Writing Partners. Planning to apply to a scholarship or fellowship program and would like to team up with a Writing Partner as you prepare your materials? Fellowship Writing Partners have been through the process themselves and will meet with you at least three times to help plan, revise, and polish your materials! Request a Fellowship Writing Partner here.

Weekly Writing Partners. Taking a writing intensive course or working on a long-term writing project and want to meet with the same Writing Partner each week? Request a Weekly Writing Partner here!

Office of Educational Opportunity
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 hope to provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

STEM Navigators.  Want to learn the best practices for succeeding in introductory STEM Courses? Join STEM Navigators, a mentoring network that provides you with information, events, and support to guide you through these crucial first courses. Sign up via this link: STEM Navigators sign up

Disability Peer Mentorship Program (DPMP).  DPMP pairs students with peers of similar backgrounds to create networks of support for people with disabilities at Yale. The diverse experiences of disability in our community include physical & mobility disabilities, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses & psychiatric disabilities, neurodiversity & learning disabilities (including ADHD, dyslexia, autism), sensory disabilities & processing disorders (including vision impairments, blindness, and d/Deafness), and other conditions. You do not need to have a formal diagnosis to participate. Disability Peer Mentors help individual students develop critical self-advocacy skills, connect them to institutional resources, and find community around disability identity. Request a DPMP Mentor here.
First-year students can also request mentorship and guidance about Student Accessibility Resources through the SAS Peer Liaison Program.

Meet with our Learning Specialist.  Have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you accomplish your academic work? We can talk with you about new approaches for meeting Yale’s academic challenges. Contact Karin Gosselink ( for an appointment.

Individual Mentoring.  Get organized for the semester by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for prepping for those first exams. To request a mentor please email at

Workshops.  Our famous workshop sessions are available in person and online! Register via the YaleConnect links below. FYI: Poorvu CTL M104A is upstairs from the York Street Entrance to Sterling Memorial Library. Poorvu CTL 120 A, B, C, and 121 are the classrooms on the first floor. Poorvu North is a collection of rooms in Kline Biology Tower accessed down the stairs opposite Steep Café.  Questions?  Contact us at

Organize Your Time!  When is the last time you asked yourself “How am I going to get all of this done??” You are not alone! This interactive workshop offers evidence-based strategies and the opportunity to start figuring out what will work best for YOU: you will not only to learn about ways to make the most out of your time, but also do some actual work toward your own scheduling and planning needs.  Tuesday, April 23, 8-9pm, Online Event (register for link)

ADHD Discussion Group.  Share strategies and support with peers who understand your experience. This is open to both undergraduates and graduate students.
Next Thursday, May 2, 3-4pm, Poorvu CTL Room 118A
Next Thursday, May 2, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 118A

Chronic Illness Discussion Group.  Share strategies, experiences, and support with peers who understand your experience. This is open to undergraduates and graduate students.  In Two Weeks:  Thursday, May 9, 5-6pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120C

The Office of Career Strategy (OCS) offers career advising, professional school advising, employment and internship opportunities, and career development resources. The office works with students and alumni to clarify career aspirations, identify opportunities, and offer support at every stage of career development. Check out OCS events, opportunities, and services at

OCS Upcoming Events
Deloitte Consulting - Information Session.  We will present on life at Deloitte, what we do (e.g. apply cutting-edge technology and analytics such as AI and ML to address public sector problems), and summer internship and full-time employment opportunities.  Tuesday, April 23, 10:30-11:30am, 17 Hillhouse Ave, Rm. 101

Consulting 101 Panel | Road to Kearney Webinar.  As a global consulting partnership in more than 40 countries, our people make us who we are. We’re individuals who take as much joy from those we work with as the work itself. Driven to be the difference between a big idea and making it happen, we help our clients break through. Hear firsthand experiences to explore the daily life of a Business Analyst and learn recruiting tips to set you on the path to success.  Wednesday, April 24, 6-6:45pm, Online Event (Register for link)

Yale and outside funding options can help support research, study abroad, public service, unpaid internships, and self-designed projects, in New Haven and around the globe. Postgraduate fellowships support independent projects, graduate study, and much more. The Office of Fellowships and Funding helps students identify funding opportunities and navigate the application process.  Visit to learn more.
Not sure where to begin the fellowships process? Refer to this step-by-step guide on How to Apply for Fellowships.  The first step in planning a strong fellowship application is to identify your short-term or long-term personal and academic goals, which will help you determine the kind of project you want to pursue. Read about Yalies who have previously won fellowships.

Fellowships & Funding Upcoming Events
Fellowships & Independent Projects Online Pre-Departure Presentation. Learn how to prepare for a summer or postgraduate fellowship experience, from practical considerations and resources to making the most out of your time.
Tuesday, April 23, 2-3pm, Online Event (Click for Zoom Link)
In Two Weeks:  Thursday, May 9, 2-3pm, Online Event (Register for Zoom Link)

Workshop: Writing Essays for National Fellowships.  Thinking of applying this fall for national fellowships like Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, or Schwarzman–what about the Truman? Take a study break, and get a head start on your application essays with insights and advice from experts.  Next Thursday, May 2, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120A

Fellowships & Independent Projects In-Person Pre-Departure Presentation.  Learn how to prepare for a summer or postgraduate fellowship experience, from practical considerations and resources to making the most out of your time. 
Next Friday, May 3, 2-3pm, 55 Whitney Ave, Room 369
In Two Weeks:  Wednesday, May 8, 11am-12pm, Bass Library L06A/B

Yale Study Abroad helps students choose from hundreds of study abroad options including Yale Summer Session Abroad, Non-Yale Summer Abroad, and Year or Term Abroad.

International Study Award (ISA).  The ISA can help fund an approved study abroad experience for eligible students. To learn more…
  (1)  Watch a recording of a recent ISA info session (use your Yale netID at the SSO login option)
  (2)  The ISA website is a great resource to learn how the ISA is calculatedwhat it covers, what to do if you need to pay a deposit before you receive your ISA, and more.
  (3)  Contact with any questions about the ISA and using that funding to pay for your study abroad experience. 
Sign up for the ISA newsletter here to stay up-to-date on ISA deadlines and information.

Need to Get or Renew Your Passport?  Don’t wait to ensure you have the necessary travel documents! All passports should be valid at least 6 months beyond the end date of your anticipated study abroad program. Even if you are not yet sure that you will study abroad, you should have a valid passport at least three months in advance, if possible.
U.S. citizens should visit the U.S. Department of State’s website for information about applying for or renewing a passport.  You can apply at the Yale Station post office in New Haven or the New Haven Free Public Library. Get a passport photo at the Yale ID Center (55 Lock Street). 
The current estimated wait time for U.S. passport processing is 6-8 weeks. This process starts once the State Department receives your application and does not factor in mailing times. For additional information, visit our Travel Planning & Logistics page.

Yale Summer Session (YSS) offers a broad range of courses, taught by Yale faculty, for Yale College credit in New Haven, online, and abroad.  Visit to apply, browse courses, and more.  YSS-Session A application deadline is Friday, May 10th 5pm.

The 2024 Yale Sexual Climate Survey.  Yale is surveying students about their perceptions and experiences of the campus community, sexual misconduct, campus resources, and bystander intervention. This confidential survey will inform Yale’s prevention, education, and response efforts. Your response to the 2024 survey is critical: with everyone’s help, we can gather the fullest data possible. Please visit and fill out the survey now. The survey is open April 2-30, 2024.  Yale will report on the results in Fall 2024.  For more details about the survey and Yale’s resources, please see For information, advocacy, and support, contact SHARE (203-432-2000). 

Residential College Seminars Selection Committee. Residential College Seminars offer unique and innovative courses outside traditional departmental structures. Yale College students who serve as RSC Committee Members review and select residential college seminars, guided by a student coordinator who facilitates communication and leads meetings within their College. Committee members are expected to attend one training meeting at the beginning of the fall term and invest approximately 10-15 hours per term (primarily in the first three weeks). Questions? Email Interested undergraduates apply by May 1st

Yale Farm Workdays.  The Yale Farm welcomes you for the last workdays of the semester! See No RSVP required, but please arrive no later than 3pm:
  - Friday, April 26, 2-4pm
  - Sunday, April 28, 2-4pm

Walden Peer Counseling. Walden Peer Counseling is one of the oldest anonymous and confidential hotline and walk-in peer counseling services in the US. Staffed exclusively by Yale undergraduates, we are available to talk about anything that’s on your mind. We are open every weekday and weekend night during the academic year when classes are in session; the hotline operates from 8pm to 8am every night. Our office, in the Welch B basement, is open from 8pm to 1am Sunday through Thursday. The number for the hotline is (203) 432-TALK (203-432-8255).

Prize Opportunities
The Office of the Secretary compiles lists of types of prizes for which undergraduates are eligible. As our office is alerted about specific ones, we will include them in the Dean’s Notes.

Elizabethan Club Essay Prize. The Elizabethan Club awards a monetary prize for the best undergraduate student term paper and/or senior thesis/project on a subject of interest to the Club, e.g. outstanding work:
  - on literature, arts, or culture of the Renaissance
  - on interpretations, adaptations, or criticism relating to literature, arts, and culture of the Renaissance
  - work based on research done in the Elizabethan Club Collection (at the Beinecke Library).
Work from any department is eligible and nominations can come from faculty, advisors, or the students themselves. You do not need a member of the Club.  Essays must be submitted by today, Monday, April 22, 4pm. More information and submission instructions are at  Questions?

Yale College Speech Competition.  The Yale College Speech Competition takes place Monday, April 29, 2024. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for prizes of up to $1000 for delivering a short speech of their own composition. Please use this link to sign up—the sign-up deadline is today, Monday, April 22, 11:59pm. After you sign up, you’ll be assigned a two-hour block between 9am and 5pm on April 29 (you must be available for the entire two hours)
   The Buck-Jackson Prize: Awarded to a Sophomore for the best original oration on a subject of a patriotic nature. [Note that this does not need to be on an American subject.]
   The Henry James TenEyck Prize: Awarded to orators among the Junior Class on a subject of the speaker’s choice.
   The David C. DeForest Prize & Townsend Premiums: For the Senior[s] “who shall write and pronounce an English oration in the best manner.” [Note that there are no special requirements for an “English oration.”]
Please contact with questions.

From YC3
YC3’s “Seamless Transitions” series, designed to help students who are making a transition (graduating, moving off campus, studying abroad etc), continues this week. If you attend 2 of the 8 “Seamless Transitions” workshops you will receive a limited-edition sloth t-shirt (while supplies last). Please note you must attend the entire workshop to be entered for a T-shirt. If you need to request an accommodation for one of the “Seamless Transition” workshops, please email

Seamless TransitionsNutrition Workshop.  Are you graduating this semester or thinking of moving off campus and not sure how to meal prep or what delicious meals you can cook? Want to learn new, healthy, and budget-friendly recipes to make while juggling a summer internship or life after graduation?  Join Lindsey Nerbonne, Registered Dietitian, for an engaging and informative workshop and learn how to eat well on a budget!  Tuesday, April 23, 7-8pm, Online Event (click for Zoom link)

Seamless TransitionsNavigating Insurance and Mental Health Resources.  Join us for a 45-minute workshop to learn how to navigate your health insurance, learn insurance terminology, and discuss skills and tips on how to connect with a therapist. Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.  Wednesday, April 24, 6-6:45pm, Online Event (register for link)

Accountability Café.  Need some help getting work done before Finals? Need an accountability partner to finish up your lingering tasks? YC3 will be taking over the Silliman Acorn to offer an Accountability Café. Come and get a free drink and tell Angie Makomenaw, Community Wellness Specialist, your goal and how long you need to be there for (minimum of 1 hour). You decide how often Angie should check in with you and what level of encouragement you would like!
Friday, April 26, 10am-1pm, Silliman Acorn (4th Floor of Byers Hall)
Next Monday, April 29, 10am-1pm, Silliman Acorn (4th Floor of Byers Hall)

Next Tuesday, April 30, 2-5pm, Silliman Acorn (4th Floor of Byers Hall)

From the Yale Library
Next Steps with Zotero.  Learn how to get the most out of Zotero’s advanced research management features for your unique needs, including removing duplicate citations, filtering citations with tags, creating annotations, and integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word and Google Docs.
Monday, April 22, 8pm, Online Event (register for link)
Thursday, April 25, 10am, Online Event (register for link)

Tour: Hidden Treasures In Sterling Library.  Learn how to get around to find what you need and discover lesser-known special collections hidden in plain sight!  Thursday, April 25, 12pm (noon), meet in SML Nave

RECHARGE with Yale Library during Reading Week.  Yale Library will be hosting wellness events and study breaks during Reading Week, including button making, (not quite) midnight breakfast, free cookies, coffee, and cocoa, and much, much more! Friday, April 26 – Thursday May 2