Dean’s Notes 9-28-2020

September 28, 2020

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: September 28, 2020

I know that your academic work is really starting to pick up and believe it or not, midterm season has begun. I strongly encourage you to carve out some time for the upcoming Academic Strategies workshops, which are tailored to what you might need right now: Exam Study Strategies, Managing a Heavy Reading Load, Time Management (!), etc – check them out below.

Please know that I’m here for support, so don’t hesitate to set up a meeting, or visit my Friday morning open office hours (more info below).
Get your flu shot if you haven’t already! We went to the family flu clinic yesterday – Sahej left Yale Health with some tears, but also with two Elmo stickers, which helped! ;) Flu shot info here:, which includes the Find Your Flu Shot Tool.
Including this note again about e-mail: For most queries, it would be very helpful if you would copy Leah on your question. That allows us to triage better. Also, if you find yourself coming up with a series of questions, know that it might be faster (for you and us) to clear things up with a virtual meeting. Also, please refrain from replying to e-mails from the message system, and/or that have “message” in the e-mail address – we do not receive them. Please e-mail us directly. Thank you for your understanding.

Class of 2024: Remember that I’d like to meet with each of you for a brief 1-on-1 appointment before the end of the fall term. Please schedule one over the coming weeks (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: Keep in mind that we do not set up appointments during the evening/weekends. Please also note that I teach on Wednesday mornings.

OPEN office hours are on Friday mornings from 10am-noon. 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”.

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.


October 13 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first-half of the fall term.
Last day to convert a fall first-half term course from a letter grade to Cr/D/F.
October 14 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the fall term.
October 15 Deadline to apply for a spring 2021 Term Abroad.

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;

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 hope to provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

Individual Consultations: Sundays through Thursdays, 7-9 pm ET and by request
Our Academic Strategies Mentors will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and plan for your midterms. Make an appointment to meet 1-1 with a peer mentor through our online scheduler. Students residing in Asia or Europe may find our Friday 5 am ET time slot helpful. Can’t meet at these times? You can also request a mentor by emailing us at

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Do you have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you approach your learning? 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. And learn more about the resources available to students via Sarah’s welcome video.

Our workshop sessions will all be online this academic year. Register via YaleConnect to access Zoom links:

Exam Study Strategies
Monday, Sept. 28 @ 4 pm 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

Strategies for Intro Math: Problem Sets & Exams
Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7 pm ET
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro math problem sets and key approaches for studying for exams

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Monday, Sept. 28 @ 9 pm ET
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!

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 4 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Time Management
Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 7 pm ET
Time management is key for lowering stress at Yale. 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, Sept. 29 @ 9 pm ET
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro econ problem sets and key strategies for studying for exams.

Essentials for STEM: Reading Effectively for STEM
Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ 4 pm ET
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles; navigate jargon, data, and figures; use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.

Pathways for First-Years
Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ 7 pm ET
Monday, Oct. 5 @ 4 pm ET
What do you really want to get out of your first year? This interactive workshop helps students identify goals and sources of satisfaction while avoiding common first year pitfalls.

Get the Most Out of Your Language Classes
Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ 9 pm ET
Learn the daily habits and mindsets that can help you succeed in learning a language at Yale.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 4 pm ET
Identify the sources of procrastination and pursue productive habits that can get you back on track.

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Project
Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 7 pm ET
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis.

Writing Emails, Presentations, and Reports: Academic & Professional Communication for Undergrads
Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 9 pm ET
Need to write to faculty or employers about recommendations and summer opportunities? Need to present your ideas effectively to different kinds of audiences? This workshop helps you identify how to tailor your writing to your audience and communicate with confidence.

Essentials for First-Years: Get the Most Out of Your Reading
Friday, Oct. 2 @ 12 pm ET
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essays, and exams.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Monday, October 5 @ 7 pm
How do we read deeply and completely without running out of time? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.

Writing Center Resources:
Working on a midterm paper? These resources can help!
Residential College Writing Tutors: Professional writers, editors and teachers connected with your residential college.
Peer Writing Partners: Single sessions with undergraduate and graduate students trained to offer feedback and positive support for your writing.
10-Session Writing Tutoring: Meet up to ten times with the same Writing Partner over the course of the semester. Sign up here or email with questions.
And check out our online library of writing handouts, model papers, and senior project resources!


Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the fall 2020 term. This decision is final for the fall term and will not change even if circumstances should change in the destination country.
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’s over. Start thinking about summer! In Yale Summer Session, focus on difficult classes, try out a new subject, or ease your course load in future semesters. With over 200 courses in New Haven, Online, and Abroad from a range of disciplinary fields, every Yale College student can find a course that meets their needs and helps them succeed.

Summer 2021 course offerings will be posted in early 2021. Sign up for email updates from Yale Summer Session so you hear first when classes are posted. Reach out to with any questions.


Designing Your Career @ Yale
Learn to apply design thinking tools and ideas to: explore your possible career futures, take proactive steps to test your career interests, moving from contemplation to action, and become a part of a growing community of life designers. Design thinking can help you create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of background and identity, or what your interests might be. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Unlock the Power of Brainstorming, Wednesday, October 7, 3-5pm. Learn more about the “Unlock the Power of Brainstorming” module and apply in Yale Career Link by Friday, September 25 at 12pm.

Select OCS Workshops
• Behavioral Interviewing Workshop, Tuesday, September 29, 12-1pm
• Job & Internship Search Strategies, Thursday, November 12, 4-5pm
Virtual Industry-Specific Career Fairs/Networking Events during Fall 2020: For the list of employers attending and to sign up, visit Yale Career Link (under Events-Career Fairs/Networking Events). A video with a quick tour of what to expect when you attend a virtual networking event can be found with each event listing. Steps for how to successfully navigate these events can be found under the Career Library, Resources tab of Yale Career Link., powered by Symplicity. For easier access don’t forget to download the Symplicity App now called “Symplicity Jobs and Careers”!

Fall 2020 OCS FAQs: Throughout Fall 2020 the Office of Career Strategy is open and completely operational; however all staff will be working remotely.

Virtual Advising Available - Until further notice, all career advising appointments will be held by phone or video (Zoom or Skype). Please request appointments through Yale Career Link and select one of the remote location options.

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 sign up. For easier access don’t forget to download the Symplicity App now called “Symplicity Jobs and Careers”!


Visit our Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates Page* for guidance if considering a study abroad experience.
* We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available for spring 2021 and summer 2021 abroad.


Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser - Schedule a remote appointment directly from our website!
Search the Study Abroad Calendar for information sessions and other study abroad events throughout the academic year.



Truman Scholarship Information Session and Q&A with Previous Winners
Tuesday, September 29, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Zoom Link:

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations Information Session
Tuesday, September 29, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register here

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Information Session with Dean Sandy Chang
Wednesday, September 30, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Zoom Link:

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Information Session with Dr. Alexia Belperron
Friday, October 2, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Zoom Link:

Information Session - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships (2 of 4)
Tuesday, October 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Zoom Link:

Barry Goldwater Scholarship: Hear from Recent Winners
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Zoom Link:


September 30, 1pm ET - Richard U. Light Fellowship Early Fall Competition Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
October 2, 1pm ET - Churchill Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 13, 5pm ET - Fulbright US Student Grants National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 14 - Gates Cambridge Round 1 National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 14, 1pm PT - Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 14, 11:59pm ET - Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 19-22 (depending on field), 5pm local time - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & First-year Graduate Students
October 21, 11:59pm ET - Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 21, 1:00pm ET - Michel David-Weill Scholarship at Sciences Po Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 23 - The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 29, 2:00pm ET - The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students
November 11, 1:00pm ET - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 11, 1:00pm ET - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 12, 1:00pm ET - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15 - Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15, 11:59pm CST - Project Horseshoe Farm National Deadline (Fall) | Eligible: Seniors & recent graduates
November 17, 8:00pm ET - Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) National Deadline


Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines.
Review recently recorded workshops and information sessions in our Webinar Series.
Search for Yale funding and campus information for external awards on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB).
Learn more about fellowships on the Fellowships and Funding FAQ webpage.
Contact Fellowships and Funding with questions or comments.
Make an appointment with an adviser or Schedule a Drop-in Session directly from the fellowships website.


Would you like to learn the skills of a top-tier strategy consultant, while working in service of a client you know and love: Yale University?
If so, we invite you to apply for the Yale University Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis program. Positions are currently available for summer internships as well as full-time positions following graduation from Yale College or Yale graduate and professional programs. Full-time positions are planned for two years, though longer-term commitments are possible in the case of exceptional performance. Summer internships are for 10 weeks.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and transcript to Zeshan Gondal (TC’19 and former FroCo!) at Please indicate whether you are applying for the full-time or summer position.

For further information on the program, feel free to contact any of our current team members:
o Tabish Azeem GRD’19
o Zeshan Gondal TC’19
o Sarah Malkowski, GRD’20,
o Sanelma Heinonen, SY’20,
o Sooyong Kwon, BK’21 (summer intern),

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is now accepting applications for its year-long seminar focused on politics, social change, and geopolitics.

Studies in Grand Strategy is the flagship course for the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. Beginning in January, the two-semester course explores how to achieve large ends with limited means, whether in military conflict, foreign policy, domestic politics, or social movements. The course also engages security questions from a wide range of perspectives, including national security, global security, and social security. It emphasizes interaction between academics and practitioners, and between participants of differing political views. Grand Strategy aims to develop students’ capacities not only to analyze the past and present, but to act as responsible, thoughtful leaders and citizens of the future.
To apply, please clink the link here:

Matriculate: Did you know that over 50% of our nation's high-achieving, low-income students don't apply to a single school that's an academic match for them? You can make this change — Join Matriculate! We are a national fellowship program and community of Yale students who advance equity by helping smart, under-resourced kids apply to college. Given the barriers that COVID-19 has exacerbated, our work is more important now than ever. Plus, our organization has hardly changed despite the transition to remote learning! Submit an eligibility form today at to get started!

Walden Peer Counseling
Walden is traditionally an anonymous and confidential hotline and walk-in peer counseling service staffed by Yale undergraduates. Given the constraints of the upcoming school year, Walden Peer Counseling will be unable to continue our walk-in services, and instead, we will offer Zoom counseling every night from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in addition to our hotline service, which will be available every night from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m, beginning September 8th. Our hotline phone number is 203-432-8255, and the Zoom link is More information about Walden Peer Counseling can be found on our website at

Directed Independent Language Study: The Yale Center for Language Study is now accepting applications for fall 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 at 1:00pm.
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).
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)

Seed Grants
The organizers of "Order of Multitudes: Encyclopedia, Atlas, Museum," a Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Yale University, seek applications for seed grants from Yale undergraduate and graduate students. We would like to help sponsor student research that dovetails with the goals of our seminar, which you can find out about here. Applicants can propose projects leading up to a dissertation, a senior thesis, a self-standing article, or other research outcomes, including public-facing writing. Depending on the global health situation, the funding can be used for travel to archives as well as to defray the cost of obtaining electronic copies of non-digital sources, to support born-digital research tools and methods, and to purchase electronic equipment that your work requires. To apply, please send us your CV, a brief budget narrative, and a research proposal (one single-spaced page for undergraduates, two single-spaced pages for graduate students). The proposal should outline your research plans as well as explain how your project relates to the themes of our Sawyer Seminar. We will also need one letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor.

The deadline for the first round of applications is October 30. Undergraduates can request up to $1,000; graduate students, $3,000. Applications should be submitted to Mary Jane Stevens at, with the subject line "Sawyer Seminar Seed Grant Application." Questions about the application process and selection criteria should be directed to Marta Figlerowicz at

The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies is looking to launch an undergraduate fellows network this semester. The Latin American & Iberian Studies Undergraduate Fellows Network will strengthen intellectual exchange and innovation within Yale’s undergraduate student community, and provide undergraduates with connections to and guidance from graduate students in the CLAIS Graduate Affiliates Network. This new network seeks to promote cross-disciplinary projects through the support of academic research and social gatherings. Members of the network will have access to some project and travel funding support, as well as opportunities to work with affiliated faculty and prominent visitors, such as scholars, politicians, and ambassadors from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Any inquiries should be sent to

Students electing to vote within their home state via an absentee ballot will likely need the ballot witnessed and signed by a notary public. There will be a notary public offering services for free Wednesdays and Fridays in October 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. outside of Ezra Stiles College – just ring the buzzer on the gate and ask for the notary. Please bring your valid photo ID (Yale ID is fine). You can find more information about registering to vote and voting out-of-state from Yale here: and here

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. Please contact the hosts via email for the Zoom information.

4:00pm – 5:00pm Constance Sherak
12:30-1:30pm Lauren Pinzka
12:30-1:30pm Candace Skorupa