(DUS message sent out on Aug 27th, 2017)
Dear Seniors in Psych major,
This is your DUS and this message is only for those who plan to complete their senior essay this term.
If you are writing a senior essay this term (i.e., the so-called “substantial paper” with more than 5,000 words) through either a senior seminar or Psyc 499 (see below for details), the deadline is December 8 (Fri) 4:30pm for students who are not seeking Distinction.
For students who are seeking distinction, it is due December 1 (Fri) 4:30pm (it is sooner because we need to assign it to a second reader).
Instructions on how to submit your senior essay will be send out sometime before Thanksgiving break.
If you plan to write a senior essay through a senior seminar, please make sure you talk to the instructor and seek permission, especially when you are seeking distinction. If the instructor is willing to give comments on earlier drafts, you should also set up a due date for that.
If you plan to take a second Psyc 499 in the spring, you may submit your substantial paper by the due date set out by your advisor rather than the above dates.
(DUS e-mail sent out on Aug 22nd, 2017)
Dear students majoring in Psychology,
This is your DUS and I would like to explain how to receive advising during shopping period and to get your schedule signed. All students majoring in Psychology must receive approval on their schedule (or major worksheet) from the DUS or the NS track advisor, and you may not get your schedule signed by the registrar at the Psychology office without the DUS or the NS track advisor’s approval.
1. If you filled out a Psychology Major Worksheet last semester, update it (i.e., the courses you took last semester should have Spring 2017 listed under “the term”, and add the courses you plan to take this term). If you have not filled out a Psychology Major Worksheet or cannot find it, d
ownload a Psychology Major Worksheet from here, and fill it out following the instructions on the form.
2. STANDARD PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR:
- If your schedule is straightforward, e-mail the major worksheet to DUS, and she will review, sign, and e-mail it back to you typically within 24 hours; you can then bring it to our registrar (Andrea Chamba; office hours shown here) and get your schedule signed without waiting in a long line.
- If you have questions and would like to see the DUS in person, the DUS office hours are shown here. Your meeting will be more efficient if you have your major worksheet filled out before the meeting.
3. NEUROSCIENCE TRACK:
- If your schedule is straightforward, e-mail the major worksheet to the neuroscience track advisor, and he will review, sign, and e-mail it back to you; you can then bring it to our registrar (Andrea Chamba; office hours shown here) and get your schedule signed without waiting in a long line.
- If you have questions and would like to see the NS track advisor in person, his office hours are shown here. Your meeting will be more efficient if you have your major worksheet filled out before the meeting.
- In addition, we have difficulty tracking who is in the neuroscience track, so please fill out your name, e-mail address and class in this form. This will take 1 minute, so please do it now.
4. If you have long/open-ended questions, it would be best to come see the DUS or the NS track advisor during the first week of the shopping period or after the shopping period. The office hours are on a walk-in basis.
5. If you plan to take Psyc 493 (Directed research, 1 credit), 495 (Directed research 0.5 credit), or 499 (Senior essay), you must submit a tutorial form (downloadable here) by September 6th 5pm by e-mailing it to me. In the tutorial form, you need to explain your plans, topics of research, etc., and obtain the advisor’s signature (or Cc your advisor when submitting the form via e-mail). This can take some time to complete, so make sure you start working on it as soon as possible. These courses are locked and once the DUS approves your tutorial form, she will issue permission to take the course. Also, please read Yale’s guideline about tutorial courses carefully before filling out the form. Many forms have been rejected because they do not meet this guideline.
6. Please utilize our undergraduate web page as much as you can. Most of the questions you have may have been answered under FAQ.
7. We also have senior mentors. If you are a Junior or Sophomore, please do not hesitate to ask them questions for advising.