Dean’s Notes 4-26-2021

April 26, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: April 26, 2021

I hope you’re all hanging in there. I realized a couple of weeks ago that I needed to take my own advice and take a break – I was running on empty and those closest to me called me out on it. We went to Niantic for a little retreat over the weekend (including Break Day #5) – stayed in an Airbnb, went to the beach (it was cold, but who cares), caught up on sleep and ate lots of ice cream. It was much needed, and there’s a picture at the end of this newsletter if you scroll down.

Now, of course, many of you might be thinking to yourself – “We don’t have time for that right now, Dean C”, “I am already behind” etc etc. I get it – but breaks, however short, are important. Sleep is incredibly important. We’re almost there – 2 more weeks of classes and then Reading Period & Finals. I know you can do it!!!

If it’s any comfort to those of you who haven’t met with me in a while, my office hours tend to pick up between now and the end of finals. In the spring term, I also see an uptick in seniors who want to meet. Please don’t hesitate to check in (see below), particularly if you’re having a tough time – 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: 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: Friday, April 30th from 9:30-11:30am. 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.

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 30 Students are notified of application results for Fall 2021 limited enrollment courses
May 7 Classes end, 5:30pm, reading period begins
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Cr/D/F option for a spring full term course or a course offered in the second half of the spring term.
Last day to withdraw from a spring full term course or a course offered in the second 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.

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.

Being Minoritized in STEM
Monday, April 26 @ 5:30 PM ET
Register Here
Join us for an open community discussion on being a minority in STEM on Monday, April 26 at 5:30 PM ET! This will be a chance to build community with other individuals from minoritized backgrounds involved in the STEM fields. This will be an open space that will cover topics such as imposter syndrome, identity exploration, and interpersonal connections. Registration link can be found here.

Five things I Wish I Knew as a College Student:
A discussion about Money and Finances with Tara Falcone '11
Thursday, April 29, 7-8 PM ET
Come learn about financial literacy for college students with Tara Falcone '11. Tara is a Certified Financial Planner pro, a CFA charterholder, former hedge fund analyst, first-generation low-income Yale graduate, and the founder of ReisUp. At her core she is a blue-collar girl from small-town America, and because of that, she has a unique perspective on money and is committed to helping you achieve your financial goals.

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!

Exam Study Strategies
Tuesday, April 27 @ 4pm 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.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, April 28 @ 7 pm ET
Professors are increasingly asking students to engage in public speaking, from leading class discussion to more formal presentations. This workshop suggests preparation and performance strategies to help you do your best.

Academic and Professional Communication: Writing Emails, Presentations, & Reports
Thursday, April 29 @ 4 pm ET
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.



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

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.

EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Schwarzman Scholars Virtual Session – Yale University
Monday, April 26, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Register Here

Fulbright Information Session (4 of 5)
Wednesday, April 28, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Zoom Link

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Info Session
Wednesday, April 28, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Zoom Link

Making the Most of the Fellowship Process
Wednesday, April 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom Link

Writing Essays for National Fellowships
Thursday, April 29, 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (6 of 7)
Friday, April 30, 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Zoom Link

How to pivot when you don’t get that offer
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom Link

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.

Interested in receiving credit for research this summer? Check out IDRS S300, Independent Research in the Summer! Be sure to read the program requirements as the program requires a faculty adviser and the application process is different than other Summer Session courses. The Session A deadline is May 4 and the Session B deadline is June 8.


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

Customize Your New OCS Weekly Newsletter: Customize your OCS newsletter by choosing among our career communities and affinity/identity communities, to receive updates about events, new jobs, and helpful articles/blogs. OCS strongly recommends that everyone take just 2 minutes to update your preferences to ensure you receive the most relevant content. Visit the OCS site for more information, and sign up today!


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