Dean’s Notes 9-23-2019

September 23, 2019

I’m sending one of my regular wellness reminders a little early this year! You’ve probably noticed a lot of sniffling and coughing in your classrooms already. Don’t forget: Getting rest is very important and Vitamin C is your friend (orange juice is a great source!)! Stay well and get well soon if you already got sick.

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.

Class of 2023: Remember that I’d like to meet with each of you for a brief 1-on-1 appointment this term (preferably before the end of October). Please schedule one (see below)! 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.


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.

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. 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

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 (

Strategies for Intro Math: Problem Sets & Exams
Monday, September 23, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Struggling to complete your p-sets on time and with minimal errors? Want to learn how to prepare for exams? Our workshop offers new approaches for success in your college math courses.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Monday, September 23, 7:30 PM, CTL M104A
Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 PM, CTL 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!

Exam Study Strategies
Tuesday, September 24, 4:00 PM, CTL M104A
Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 PM, CTL M014A
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.

Time Management
Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Monday, September 30, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

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

Reading Effectively for STEM
Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 PM, CTL M104A
Thursday, October 3, 4:00 PM, CTL 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.

Pathways for First-Years
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Monday, September 30, 4:00 PM, CTL 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 it offers strategies for avoiding common pitfalls like overextension and burn out.

Strategies for Language Classes
Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 PM, CTL M104A
Learn the daily habits and mindsets that can help you succeed in learning a language at Yale. This workshop provides suggestions for study strategies and approaches that support this process.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 PM, CTL M104A
Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 PM, CTL 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.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Project
Thursday, September 26, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
Tuesday, October 1, 4:00 PM, CTL M104A
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis. For full-year and 1-semester senior thesis writers.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM, CTL M104A
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 PM, CTL M104A
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Seminars & Lectures: Notetaking and Participation
Monday, September 30, 7:30 PM, CTL M104A
Seminars and lectures make different demands on students. Learn preparation, participation, notetaking, and review strategies to help you succeed.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 PM, CTL M104A
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.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Thursday, October 3, 6:00 PM, CTL M104A
This workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. Participants will get practice with these strategies in our interactive session.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Thursday, October 3, 7:30 PM, CTL M104A
Reading literature presents special challenges. How do we read deeply without running out of time to complete the reading? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.

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.

Yale College Writing Center
• Residential College Writing Tutors available:
• Peer Writing Partners available daily, Poorvu CTL tutoring mezzanine
• Writing Study Halls (Sundays 2-5 pm, Wednesdays 7-10 pm).
See for more detailed information.

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:

Meet with an FGLI Ambassador
Do you have specific questions about some of the initiatives or resources we offer? Do you have any questions about your professor’s office hours? Are you from the West Coast and want to know more about Winter in New Haven. Then visit our team of ambassadors during their office hours! We are located at the front desk of 55 Whitney Avenue, 2nd floor.

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
STARS II Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 25 @ 11:30 pm
STARS II is designed for Yale College women, minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and other historically underrepresented students to pursue studies and careers in the sciences and engineering. STARS II provides an intensive research experience for juniors and seniors. Beginning in the fall semester of their junior year and continuing through the senior year, STARS II scholars receive a stipend to support up to ten hours per week of laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty mentor and graduate student(s). *If you are taking research for credit, you cannot receive a stipend and credit simultaneously for the same hours of work. However, you may receive the STARS stipend for up to 10 additional hours beyond those received for credit. During the intervening summer, the program provides stipend support for students to continue their research full-time for up to ten weeks. In the spring semesters of their junior and senior years, STARS II scholars conduct a formal presentation of their research, in the form of a poster or a talk, at the STARS II Research Symposium. STARS II students participate in workshops designed to develop their scientific skills. They are encouraged to present their research at regional and national scientific conferences/meetings, and submitting their research for publication.

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:

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

Yale Library Resources
StatLab workshops: Using a new stats program? Get help from StatLab! Visit their website for workshops on LaTex, R, Stata, and other common programs:

Tours of Sterling Memorial Library for students begin September 30th and continue through mid-October. Tours are an hour-long overview, designed especially for undergraduates, of Sterling Memorial Library, with special focus on the arrangement of collections, where and how to get research help, and the intellectual rewards of browsing. All students are welcome. Registration required:


CIPE Night
October 1, 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Old Campus
Come out to Old Campus to catch this quadruple feature on the big screen! Featuring Fellowships, the Office of Career Strategy, Study Abroad, and Yale Summer Session, hear from fellow Yalies how CIPE can help you get the experiences you're looking for to get you where you want to be, at Yale and beyond. Also, free popcorn!

CIPE Family Weekend Presentation and Panel
October 5, 11:30AM-12:30PM
SSS 114
Students and their families should attend this presentation and panel to learn about opportunities abroad and domestically through the offices of Study Abroad, Fellowships, Yale Summer Session, and Career Strategy. We'll tell you how to fund these experiences, how to get credit for them, and how they can help you meet your professional and academic goals.

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.


APA (Academic Programs Abroad) Information Session
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00pm - 3:00 pm
55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Financial Aid Info Session for Spring 2019 Abroad
Tuesday, October 1, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


October 15 – Credit for Spring 2020 Term Abroad Application Deadline


Study Abroad Drop-In Hours will NOT be held on Friday, September 27. They will resume on Friday, October 4, from 2-4PM.
Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser – Schedule an appointment directly from our website!

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



September 24, 1:00pm EST - Richard U. Light Fellowship Early Fall Deadline for recommendations & evaluations | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
September 26, 11:59pm EST - Schwarzman Scholars Program (U.S and Global applicants) National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
October 1, 1:00pm EST - Richard U. Light Fellowship Early Fall Deadline for remaining material | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
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 16, 2:00pm EST - Echoing Green Fellowship 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 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 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.
Look through the Student Grants Database for Yale funding and campus information for external awards which require application through Yale.
Explore the filterable list of External Awards for Yale Students.

Fellowship Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, September 27, from 2-4PM.



OCS Industry-Specific Networking Events
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

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


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

Check out micro-internships through Parker Dewey. Micro-internships allow you to work on paid, short-term, professional projects offered by employers around the country that can be completed remotely. These Micro-internships can help you develop professional skills, connect with employers across a variety of industries, and explore career paths.

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.


Earn Yale credit from anywhere in the world this summer with Yale Summer Online courses.

Here are the top 5 reasons to go online this summer.
You can earn Yale College credit in just five weeks.
Several courses are offered in the evening time, making it easy for you to earn a credit while working, completing an internship, or traveling.
Virtual classroom technology allows students and faculty to come together live--and "face-to-face"--each week to discuss course topics.
Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, distributional requirements, and class times to fit your academic needs.
Completion of an online course looks great on a resume (i.e. technical skills).

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.


Information Session for the BA-BS/MPH Program (
This year’s information session will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. in Linsly- Chittenden Hall, Room 211. We will cover the academic requirements, the concentrations of study and the admissions process. Program directors and current students will also be available to answer questions.

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) Program: The Yale Center for Language Study is now accepting applications for spring semester study for its Fields Program and its Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) Program. The deadline for applying to either program for spring semester study is October 1st.
The Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) Program gives students the opportunity to study a language that is not currently taught in a Yale classroom.
The Fields Program gives students the opportunity to pursue advanced-level language study within the context of their academic area of focus (generally in areas other literature if the language is taught at Yale, since advanced coursework in literature would likely be available).
Both are non-credit programs, open to all registered Yale students (undergraduate, graduate and professional). In each program, students work with a Language Partner—a native speaker of the target language (not a formal instructor)—in two 1-hour sessions for 12 weeks. The sessions aim to develop linguistic and cultural competence through active conversation and practice of what you are studying independently. With a limited number of slots available, a selection committee reviews all applications for their merit and appropriateness, and notifies students of its decisions within four to six weeks after the application deadline.
Details on each program and how to apply can be found at these links:
Directed Independent Language Study (DILS):
Fields Program:
Please note that all applications must be received by the application deadline (this includes applications for continued study from current DILS or Fields students).

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.

Tours of Sterling Memorial Library for students begin September 30th and continue through mid-October. Tours are an hour-long overview, designed especially for undergraduates, of Sterling Memorial Library, with special focus on the arrangement of collections, where and how to get research help, and the intellectual rewards of browsing. All students are welcome. Registration is required:

Calling all officers and members of student organizations! Help Yale students of the future understand and study your organization’s role in college life. The Library is hosting a workshop on Archiving Your Student Organization’s Records. The workshop will give an overview on best practices in selecting and preserving records of enduring historical value, and will cover steps for preparing materials for potential transfer and storage with University Archives. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Monday, October 28th, 2019, 5-6pm SML Lecture Hall

How to Succeed on the Medical School Interview Trail
Medical School Interview Prep Session
Monday, September 23 at 7-8 pm, WLH 207

Daniel Wiznia, MD – Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Julie Leviter, MD – Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Yale Ultrasound Fellow
Walter Hsiang, MD/MBA Candidate – Yale School of Medicine
Medical school interview season is here. Whether you’re seeking general interview advice or have specific questions, we will discuss methods and strategies you can use to succeed on the interview trial.

The session will:
- Give an overview of the medical school interview process from the mindset of the interviewer
- Discuss what you should know before you enter an interview
- Review common interview questions
- Examine frequent pitfalls interviewees should avoid
- Open Q&A