Dean’s Notes 5-3-2021

May 3, 2021


And now for the final stretch of the term! The last week of classes is here, but I think we’re all ready, right? Tomorrow, I will start to send my usual end-of-term notices. I know these next few weeks are going to be busy, but please know that I am here – to cheer you on and to support you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I also know that many of you will be getting your second vaccination shot soon if you haven’t already gotten it. My husband and I got our 2nd Pfizer shot on Friday afternoon. I will share with you that it completely knocked me out. I’m much better today, thankfully. I share this not to scare you, of course (Thankfully, Dr. Singh was better off and Sahej enjoyed more screen time than usual!). I share this because the vaccinations affect people differently (fascinates me from a biological perspective even though I felt lousy) and it is a very busy time of the year. Even if you simply want to talk through what you have going on with your academics soon after that first or second shot, please know: I’m here. (see below for meeting info)

Course Registration for Fall 2021: Today, Registration Worksheets Opened and you can begin adding courses to your schedule during this Early Registration Period (until June 4th). Please keep in mind: this system is new for all of us. I’m using this site a lot myself, particularly the “During Registration” section and the FAQs on the right (which are being updated regularly). If you have a technical issue that is not addressed on the site, you can e-mail Please also know that if you have questions, Leah and I are here (see below).

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.

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, May 7th from 10am – noon, but I plan to add additional OPEN times, so just check the Calendly page. 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 May 7, 2021 (deadline extended from April 30). 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 (


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.

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!

Understanding Your Upcoming Senior Thesis: For Juniors
Tuesday, May 4, 7-8 pm ET
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior project.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, May 5, 9-10 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.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, May 6, 7-8 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.



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


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

How To Pivot When You Don’t Get That Offer
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00pm-8:00pm ET
Zoom Link:
Chances are everyone will apply for many more opportunities than one will receive throughout a career, but it’s still hard to receive a rejection. Join a panel of Yale College peers who will share their insight and reflections from their own application experiences and how they persevered.

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.

EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
How to pivot when you don’t get that offer
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Zoom Link

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Information Session
Friday, May 7, 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Fulbright Information Session (5 of 5)
Tuesday, May 11, 3:30pm - 4:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (7 of 7)
Thursday, May 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar

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)
September 3, 1pm ET - Fulbright US Student Grants for Graduating Seniors Campus Deadline | Eligible: Class of 2022 are strongly encouraged to participate in campus review process; Class of 2021 and alumni although eligible to apply, will not participate in campus review process
September 21, 11:59pm ET - Schwarzman Scholars Program for U.S. And Global applicants | Eligible: Juniors, Seniors, and recent graduates

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 Institute in Bioethics (4-Week Intensive)
Now in its 16th year, the program is known for its engaging faculty, enthusiastic alumni network, & participants from all over the globe. During COVID-19, the program is virtual.
Topics will include climate change, racial equity, ethics of migrant workers’ care, end-of-life, COVID-19 (including its impact on indigenous communities), neuroethics, ethics of dementia, global ethics, policy analysis, ethics of technology, clinical ethics, pediatric ethics, ethics & law, ethics of caring for patients with disabilities, animal ethics,ethics & psychiatry, neuroethics, and more. Applications encouraged by May 21; rolling admissions will continue through late spring. Visit: or contact us:

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