Dean’s Notes 9-16-2019

September 16, 2019

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: Dean’s Notes for the week of September 16, 2019

I hope you all had a nice weekend! Now that we’ve settled in for the term, I want to draw your attention to the Academic Strategies Program – please make use of their workshops! I have heard from students from all years that these workshops are incredibly helpful. Make use of them! Every week, we include a list of the upcoming workshops – most of them are held right around the corner in the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

I also want to draw your attention to our Trumbull tutors: Adam Sexton (Writing) and Allie Nagelski (Math & Science). Please take note of their availability in the “Tutoring” section below and make use of these wonderful tutors who are conveniently available right here in Trumbull!

Have a wonderful week!

Meeting with me
To make an appointment, please visit the office or call/e-mail Leah at (203) 432-0722 (; when e-mailing, give Leah 2 or 3 times when you are free for ease of scheduling. Our hours are M-F 8:30-5:00pm and I have a set of office hours each day of the week. It is best to make an appointment, but feel free to stop by to see if I’m available. Keep in mind that we do not set up appointments during the evening/weekends. Please note that I teach on Wednesday mornings.


September 18 Blue forms (form to request to take a professional school course) are due to the TC Dean’s Office by 5pm

September 19 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term without the course appearing on your transcript

October 4 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term.

October 14 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the fall term.


A schedule with a course in a professional school requires an additional form, which is available in the TC Dean’s Office or here. Hand in the completed form with the syllabus attached by the deadline for your course schedule. [Note: SOM courses cannot be added to your schedule through OCS; they must be written by hand in the “include” section on your schedule.

Only four professional school credits can be offered toward the 36 credit requirement; however, students may enroll in more than four credits understanding that all courses will remain on the academic record and be included in the GPA even if not offered toward the 36 credit requirement.

Courses at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and at a professional school cannot elect the CR/D/Fail option.
Credit for these courses on your transcript: When you put a Professional School course on your schedule, zero (0) course credits are recorded for the course until you hand in to my office the form for the courses (syllabus attached) and the Registrar’s Office determines the course credits for that course after that. Some courses earn 1 course credit in Yale College and some earn 0.5 course credits (most commonly in SOM and EPH). Some do not earn credit.

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. Yale Degree Audit does not take the place of face-to-face advising, although you may wish to share your audit with your adviser. If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
Sc/QR 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!

Trumbull Mathematics and Science Tutor: Allie Nagelski is the Residential College Mathematics and Science tutor in Trumbull College. Allie, who is a 3rd year graduate student in Chemistry, is eager to start work helping undergraduates. Allie will start with the following schedule: TC Basement Rm 29 (near Entryway G); Sun 8.00 PM-9:30 PM

Language Tutoring:
Advising Resources;
Yale 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.

Most workshops are held in the Poorvu Center (the new name for the CTL). Room M104A is located on the Poorvu Center’s Writing Center mezzanine, just up the stairs near the 301 York St. entrance to Sterling Library. You are encouraged to RSVP via Yale OrgSync (

Time Management
Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.
Succeeding in Seminars & Lectures (incl. notetaking)
Monday, September 16, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Seminars and lectures make different demands on students. Learn preparation, participation, note-taking, and review strategies to help you succeed.
Strategies for Intro Math: Problem Sets & Exams
Tuesday, September 17, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Monday, September 23, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Struggling to complete your p-sets on time and with minimal errors? Want to learn how to prepare for exams? Our workshop explains the different expectations of college math courses and offers new approaches for success in your college math courses.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Monday, September 23, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
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!

Reading Effectively for STEM
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Topics of discussion include how to effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles, how to navigate jargon, data, and figures, and how to use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.

Strategies for Intro Econ: Problem Sets & Exams
Wednesday, September 18, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro econ problem sets and key strategies for studying for exams.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Project
Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Thursday, September 26, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis.

Strategies for Language Classes
Thursday, September 19, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Learn the daily habits and mindsets that can help you succeed in learning a language at Yale. This workshop offers an overview of how we acquire new languages and provides suggestions for study strategies and approaches that support this process.

Pathways for Sophomores
Thursday, September 19, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Sophomore year offers new challenges, including increased course loads, upper-level classes, and identifying a major. This interactive workshops helps students set goals and make long-term plans for the year.

Exam Study Strategies
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Tuesday, September 24, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro math problem sets and key strategies for studying for exams.

Pathways for First-Years
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
First years get a lot of advice from a wide variety of sources. But what do you really want to get out of your first year? This interactive workshop helps students identify goals and sources of satisfaction and offers strategies for avoiding common pitfalls like overextension and burn out.
Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
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.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center M104A
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

1-1 Mentoring
Our online schedule for mentoring appointments is now live! Meet with an Academic Strategies Mentor to help get organized for the semester. They 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.

Have questions? Please email us at

Academic Strategies Web Guides
Want to get the semester off to a good start? Check out our Academic Strategies web guides, including Starting Smart: How to Focus Your Academic Efforts from the Very First Class. and Academic Resources, our guide to finding the resources you need to support your academic work.

The Community Initiative: Empowering first-generation and low-income students at Yale
A partnership between the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning:

The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us
A talk by Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed
Thursday, September 19, 2019, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Room 120A-B
To sign up for the public talk and lunch with Paul Tough, please fill out this Google Form!

Career Clothes Closet
In partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center, the Community Initiative has developed the Career Closet, a source of professional clothing for students that need professional attire for interviews, receptions, and all other formal events. Students can check out multiple items of clothing for 2 weeks, all free of charge.

STEM Opportunities
Imposter Syndrome: Are You a Victim of the Confidence-Sapping Phenomenon?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 5-6 pm, Loria Center, 190 York St., Room 250
The Yale College Dean’s Office presents a talk on imposter syndrome by Darin Latimore, MD, Deputy Dean, Chief Diversity Officer, and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine.

Student Employment Opportunity: Undergraduate Research Assistant, STEM Education Team, Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

The Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking a motivated undergraduate Research Assistant to help our vibrant STEM Team during the Fall of 2019. The STEM Education Team leads national faculty development initiatives that promote excellence in undergraduate STEM Education such as the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching ( The Research Assistant will work closely with the STEM team to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the Summer Institutes data, manage routine website maintenance, and more, with the potential to contribute to ongoing research projects. The Research Assistant will receive training in a range of skills and programs relating to data management, STEM education, and evaluation. Learn more about the responsibilities:

For Dean Sandy Chang’s Guide to STEM at Yale and other useful information for STEM-interested students, please visit:


2020 CIPE Calendar Photo Contest
Submit your photos by October 6th
Each year since 2007, CIPE has sought the best photos taken by students who participated in CIPE sponsored programs internationally and domestically for the CIPE calendar. The calendar is distributed to offices around Yale's campus, and the first place winner receives their photo professionally framed. We want YOUR amazing photos to feature! See the contest website for more details and to submit your photos.


Oxford/Cambridge Funding Information Session: Gates, Churchill, Cambridge Trust, Keasbey…..
Thursday, September 19, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Bass Café Fellowships and Funding Q&A
Thursday, September 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Bass Cafe

Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships: Information Session
Friday, September 20, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


September 17, 1:00pm EST- Richard U. Light Fellowship Early Fall Preliminary Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
September 17 - Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
September 24, 1:00pm EST - Luce Scholars Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students
September 24, 11:59pm - Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
September 26, 11:59pm EST - Schwarzman Scholars Program (U.S and Global applicants) National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
October 3, 1:00pm EST - Churchill Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 7, 1:00pm EST - Keasbey Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 9, 12pm UK Time - Gates Cambridge Round 1 National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 10, 1:00pm PST - Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 23, 1:00pm EST - Michel David-Weill Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 23, 11:59pm PST – The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 21-25 (depending on field), 5pm - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & First-year Graduate Students
November 1, 2:00pm EST - The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students
November 11, 1:00pm EST - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
November 18, 1:00pm EST - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 21, 1:00pm EST - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors


Visit the Fellowships Calendar for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Contact Fellowships with questions or comments.
Explore the filterable list of External Awards for Yale Students

Fellowship Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, September 20, from 2-4PM.


OCS Industry-Specific Recruiting Events/Career Fairs
For details, list of employers attending and to sign up: Yale Career Link (under Events-Career Fairs/Networking Events). Business casual dress for all events. Prior to attending, submit your resume for review in PDF format to

Fall Semester Grad School 101 Workshops
Wednesday, September 25, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Morse Fellows Lounge
Wednesday, October 2, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Franklin Common Room
These are the first two workshops in the Grad School 101 series, designed for students at every stage of the grad school (MA/MS/PhD) application process. Students may attend a workshop even if it’s outside of their college. See the Yale Career Link (Events Tab) for more information.

Diversity at Work Panel: Being LatinX in the Workplace
Tuesday, October 1, 5:30pm-6:30pm
La Casa Latino Cultural Center


NEW Yale OCS podcast series: Take This Job And Love It!
Job search got you down? Does the process seem too vague? OCS advisors and featured guests tackle an array of career search topics through this low key, relaxed conversational series. If you are just getting started or you know exactly what you want, this series is for you! First 2 episodes are available now, and new episodes will be released every other week. Listen and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

OCS Drop Ins: Drop-ins are available when classes are in session, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.

Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events. Log in to Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity under Events/Employer Events to RSVP.


Are you considering Yale Summer Session next year but worried about the cost? Yale Summer Session offers financial assistance for tuition to Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year.

Financial assistance covers 50% of the tuition of one course. Students may receive financial assistance for a maximum of two credits each summer. Some courses also include all-expenses-paid trips to museums, neighboring cities, and events.

Summer 2020 course offerings will be posted in December. Sign up for email updates from Yale Summer Session so you hear first when classes are posted.



October 15 – Credit for Spring 2020 Term Abroad Application Deadline


Study Abroad Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, September 20, from 2-4PM at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor.

Search the Study Abroad Calendar for information sessions and other study abroad events throughout the academic year.

Interested in majoring in Applied Math? Check out the new Applied Math website for lots of helpful advice on picking classes and planning for the major! Unique for its combination of liberal arts variety and quantitative rigor, the Applied Math major at Yale lets students apply their interest in mathematics to multidisciplinary courses across the university, and build advanced quantitative skills in areas as diverse as data science, machine learning, AI, CS, physics, geology, and econ.

Tsai CITY events
Pitch Slam (9/18, 7:00-9:00 PM)
Nick Chapel Theatre, Trumbull College
Share your brilliant idea with the world—whether you need team members, feedback, or you just want to practice presenting and test out a nascent idea risk-free. All ideas are welcome and wanted, regardless of how fleshed out, feasible, or funky they are. Test the concept for your someday TED talk, share your secret theory, pitch your unfundable-but-the-world-needs-it business ideas, found a support group, bare your soul—get creative.

From Purpose to Performance: The Essentials (9/20, 3:00-4:30 PM)
Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (254 Elm Street), 3rd Floor
Join Peter Boyd for From Purpose to Performance: The Essentials: a free, 90-minute workshop that will help you clarify your purpose, identify your priorities, and link all of this with simple day-to-day tools for maximizing your time here at Yale. No background or preparation is needed, and students from all schools and fields are welcome. You’ll finish the session with (the start of) a complete picture of your life that fits on one page — and gets you on the way to realizing your potential for the long-term.