Dean’s Notes 9-8-2020

September 8, 2020
TRUMBULL COLLEGE: September 8, 2020 Hope you had a relaxing weekend (sorry – I know you had class yesterday, but Leah and I were off)! A big thank you to our FroCos, who helped our TrumFrosh make it through Orientation during these unusual times!! The job is always difficult, but this year has brought new challenges – and I truly commend their efforts. Congrats, TrumFrosh, on making it through your first week of classes! Now that we’ve settled in for the term (earlier than usual), 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 – you’ll find them below. As students are trickling out of arrival quarantine, please be safe and please be mindful. I appreciate (and continue to learn about) the complexities we all face during pandemic times. Know that I’m here for you and here to listen. Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your week. Again, please note that if you simply click “reply” to e-mails from our office, Leah and I do not receive the e-mail (the address is and the e-mails are lost somewhere in cyberspace!), so please e-mail us directly! 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”. ACADEMICS A schedule with a course in a professional school requires an additional form, which can be found here: [Note: SOM courses cannot be added to your schedule through OCS; they must be included manually during the “add/drop” period. 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 submit your completed Blue Form 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. Instead, it provides an easy-to-read summary of requirements, allowing you and your adviser to spend more time discussing course selection and academic goals. Do not rely solely on your degree audit when planning your courses; continue to use Yale’s standard systems for schedule planning, and employ YDA as an additional tool. More features will be added to YDA in the future, including the ability to track progress toward major requirements. If you have suggestions, general observations, or questions that are not answered by the FAQs, send them to using the subject line “Degree Audit.” If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office. UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINES September 14 All students planning to complete degree requirements at the end of the fall term must file a petition by this date. Final Deadline to apply for a Fall Term Leave of Absence. September 21 Last day to withdraw from a fall first-half term of the course without the course appearing on the transcript. October 6 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first-half of the fall term. TUTORING Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:; Sc/QR Tutoring: Language Tutoring: Advising Resources; SENIORS Senior Fall Term Completion: All students planning to complete degree requirements at the end of the fall term must submit a petition by September 14th. See Special Arrangements. ACADEMIC STRATEGIES PROGRAM 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. Get Connected! Join an online Academic Strategies Peer Mentoring Group! Led by experienced Academic Strategies Mentors, our peer mentorship groups meet biweekly via Zoom and are organized by class year and general area of academic interest (STEM, arts & humanities, social sciences). Peer mentorship groups will be begin meeting the week of September 14. Please sign up by Thursday, September 10. To register, click the link below: General Peer Mentorship Group Sign up For First-Years: College Transition Videos Did you know that diving into your syllabi can help you succeed in your classes? What to learn the keys to performing well on p-sets? Learn about these topics and more through our college transition videos: Individual Mentoring Get organized for the semester by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors 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. Our online mentoring schedule goes live Monday, Sept. 14. If you’d like to schedule a meeting before then, please email us at Workshops Our famous workshop sessions will all be online this academic year. Register via YaleConnect to access Zoom links: Get the Most Out of Your Reading Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 4 pm 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. Motivate Your Online Learning Tuesday, Sept. 8 @7 pm It’s hard to stay focused and on task while learning online. Learn how to get motivated and keep engaged with your academic work. Supercharge Your Seminars & Lectures Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 4 pm Learn preparation, participation, note-taking, and review strategies to help you succeed in these two very different learning environments. Get the Most Out of Your Language Classes Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 4 pm Learn the daily habits and mindsets that can help you succeed in learning a language at Yale. Fresh Start: Positive Change for Your Academic Life Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7 pm Refresh your approaches to your academic work through a series of activities that identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the challenges of this semester. Essentials for STEM: Exam Study Strategies Monday, Sept. 14 @ 9 pm 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 Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Project Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 4 pm 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, and juniors planning for the following year.) CIPE THE ONGOING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) SITUATION 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. RESOURCES 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 us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! OCS EVENTS Designing Your Career @ Yale Programs: 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. Acceptance and Life Vision Creation, Wednesday, September 25, 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn more about the “Acceptance and Life Vision Creation” module and apply in Yale Career Link by Wednesday, September 16, 11:59pm. 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 Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59pm. Eight 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”! APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINES Check out Preferred Yale Partners positions in Yale Career Link. These opportunities include full-time positions and internships posted by Yale alumni and other affiliates. 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 experiences can help you develop professional skills, connect with employers across a variety of industries, and explore career paths. International students must receive work authorization to complete a project through Parker Dewey; see OISS. Yale Babysitting and Tutoring Website: Looking for a part-time job during the term or while on LOA? Check out this new resource connecting Yale student babysitters and tutors to the Yale community who require assistance with childcare and tutoring (in person and virtual opportunities are available). RESOURCES 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”! STUDY ABROAD While Yale Study Abroad’s physical office space will remain closed during the fall 2020 semester, advising appointments and events will continue to be available and conducted via Zoom. APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINES October 15 – Credit for Spring 2021 Term Abroad Application Deadline* * Students’ health and safety abroad is our top priority, and we aim to partner with students to make well-informed decisions about studying abroad. At this time, we cannot guarantee that spring study abroad will be possible, but we are allowing students to move forward with the application process. Students considering a Spring 2021 abroad option should visit our Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates Page for guidance. RESOURCES Search the Study Abroad Calendar for information sessions and other study abroad events throughout the academic year. Browse the website, explore possible program options, and get to know our staff. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS During the fall 2020 semester advising appointments and events will continue to be available and conducted via Zoom. EVENTS Light Fellowship Information Session 1 of 6 Friday, September 11, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Zoom Link: Light Fellowships Information Session 2 of 6 Wednesday, September 16, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Zoom Link: Oxford/Cambridge Funding Information Session Thursday, September 17, 12:30pm- 1:30pm Zoom Link: Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Information Session 1 of 4 Thursday, September 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Zoom Link: APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINES **October 13, 5pm ET - Fulbright US Student Grants National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni September 22, 1pm ET - Luce Scholars Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students September 22, 11:59pm ET - Schwarzman Scholars Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni 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 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, 2020 at 1:00 PM 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 RESOURCES Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events and deadlines. Review recently recorded workshops and info sessions in our Webinar Series. Search for Yale funding and campus information for external awards on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB) Explore the filterable list of External Awards for Yale Students Contact Fellowships with questions or comments. Make an appointment with an adviser directly from the fellowships website. YALE SUMMER SESSION 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. @YaleSummerSession OTHER Activities for Students in Quarantine from The Museums and Libraries 12 Ways to Connect with Yale Library Anywhere Live Content: Thursday, Sept. 3, 11:00 am, Virtual Tour of the Yale Peabody Museum Dioramas Zoom link Friday, Sept. 4, 4:00 pm, “Tree hugging lemurs: a cool way to deal with heat”, research spotlight presentation by Chloe Chen-Kraus (PhD ’20) Zoom link Recorded Content: Peabody Youtube: Beinecke YouTube: Yale Center British Art YouTube: Yale Art Gallery YouTube: Walden Peer Counseling 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 Are you an undergraduate interested in topics related to European, Eurasian, and Russian studies? Would you like to be part of a close-knit interdisciplinary community, access additional funding support, and have unique opportunities to work with graduate students, affiliated faculty and prominent visitors, such as scholars, politicians, and ambassadors from throughout Europe and Eurasia? If so, you may be interested in the new European Studies Undergraduate Fellows Network initiative, which is launching this Fall. As a counterpart to our existing European Studies Graduate Fellows Network, the Undergraduate Fellows Network will offer a forum for intellectual and social exchange for Yale's students from a wide variety of disciplines. Possible activities include: academic and networking and professional development events, graduate/undergraduate mentoring, socials, and funding for research or other academic travel. We are looking for your feedback to guide the Network's development. Please help us shape the program by answering a few questions here by September 21. We will be putting out a call for applications to join the network once we have a better understanding of what our undergraduate students are looking for later this fall semester. If you would like to know more about the fellowship, please get in touch with us at The American Red Cross at Yale is hosting a blood drive this month at the ES Harkness Hall. The drive will be on Monday (9/14), Tuesday (9/15), and Thursday (9/17) from 7:00AM - 5:00PM, and Friday (9/18) from 11:00 AM - 04:45 PM. We'd love to have you make an appointment here, if you haven't done so already. If you have any questions, please email Cecilia Chak (, our Donor Outreach Coordinator.