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ONEXYS for Physics (Summer 2018)

ONEXYS for Physics is designed for those students who (1) are planning to enroll in introductory physics on Fall 2018 and (2) may have weak mathematics skills.

What is ONEXYS for Physics?

Each year a small number of sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who enroll in introductory physics struggle significantly with some of the basic high school-level mathematics used in these classes.  In a number of cases, a lack of mathematics skills prevents students from keeping up with the pace of the class, so that they fall behind early in the semester. Often, even the additional resources that the Physics Department has in place, such as peer tutoring, are not sufficient for them to be fully successful.
To provide help to these students, the Physics Department is again offering an online program in Summer 2018, modeled on the ONEXYS (Online EXperiences for Yale Scholars) program for incoming first-year students. 
ONEXYS for Physics is aimed at current Yale students planning to take physics in Fall 2018. Over the summer, participants in this program will receive access to online content, including videos, real-time discussions with other students in the program, advice and mentoring from math-savvy Yale students who serve as coaches, and a variety of problem sets, quizzes and other assessments, to help them enhance their mathematics skills in preparation for introductory physics in the fall.
Students occasionally avoid or delay asking for needed extra help (perhaps because they are concerned about what their instructors will think), but the Physics Department would like to emphasize that participation in this program will only be viewed positively by the introdoctory physics instructors.
Any students who may be interested are asked to register their interest via this formMore information is available on the ONEXYS for Physics web page.
Interested students will be asked to take an online diagnostic before admission into the program in order to ensure a proper match between the program and students’ mathematics skills. The program  will run for 6 weeks from late June through early August, and will involve between 5 and 10 hours of work per week for participating students.
Students can participate from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.

►Major Roadmaps

The Yale College Deans Office in consultation with the Directors of Undergraduate Studies has undertaken a project designed to help students compare majors and navigate their ways through them. They have created a series of “roadmaps” or visual representation indicating how students go through that major as well as a typical course sequence, in some cases. Many majors offer multiple paths, and the maps are designed to facilitate comparison. The roadmaps and typical course sequences are visually uniform so that students may easily compare one major with another at a glance. 

The YCDO and DUSes are currently working with Yale’s largest majors, but are adding roadmaps regularly, so please check back for additions

  1. American Studies
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
  5. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  6. Economics
  7. Environmental Studies
  8. Global Affairs
  9. History
  10. History of Art
  11. History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
  12. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  13. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  14. Neuroscience 
  15. Physics
  16. Political Science

More detailed descriptions of the requirements for each major can be found under Subjects of Instruction in the Yale College Programs of Study.

Art Major Peer Advisers

Students interested in the Art major are encouraged to consult the Art major peer advisers, as well as Prof. Lisa Kereszi, the DUS:

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry “Quick Facts”

All students who desire information about the MB&B major, including faculty advising, the curriculum, working in a research lab, and MB&B activities are invited to click here for the MB&B “Quick Facts about Majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry.”

►CUREs: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Undergraduate students are now able to participate in an HHMI Campus Grant initiative intended to increase hands-on research experiences for first-year students and sophomores via lab courses that have no prerequisites. Such courses are abbreviated as CUREs: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences. Currently, there are several such courses, in departments ranging from Anthropology to Biomedical Engineering, to Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (see poster below). 

First-years and sophomores who seek additional information about CURES are advised to contact Prof. Paul E. TurnerInterim Dean of Science and Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

►Yale Undergraduate Research Association Database

The Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA)  released a new version of the Research Database (RDB), a cross-disciplinary, searchable, integrated database of 1400+ professors across all undergraduate departments and fields of study. It was built to help fellow undergraduates find potential mentors for research and beyond, and learn more about their professors.

The database can be found at https://yura.yale.edu/database.

Questions or inquiries can be addressed to yura@yale.edu.

►Changes to the Architecture Major and Courses Offered for Spring 2018

The Architecture Department has changed the required courses for sophomores who wish to major in Architecture.

Majors are now required to enroll in Arch 200b, “Scales of Design,” and Arch 280b, “American Architecture and Urbanism.”

In addition, Arch 154b, “Drawing Architecture,” taught by Victor Agran, is now an elective course in Architecture and is open to all students, including first-years.  In previous years, it was a required course for sophomores only.

The Architecture Department also has a new Urbanism course, Arch 362b, “Urban Lab II, City Making,” taught by a visiting professor.

Departmental FAQs [2018-2019 FAQs coming in August]

Psychology Web Page with Major Information Specifically for Freshmen and Sophomores

Your attention is directed to the Psychology page for First-Years and Sophomores. It contains sections such as

  • FAQs
  • How would I decide whether to major in Psychology?
  • What should I take after Introduction to Psychology and when should I take each course?
  • What can I do with a Psychology major when I graduate?
  • I am trying to decide between majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science. What are the differences?
  • Where can I find information about the Neuroscience Track within the Psychology Major?

If you have questions about the psychology major that are not covered by the above sections, first check the FAQ section. If your questions are still not covered there, contact DUS of Psychology, woo-kyoung.ahn@yale.edu

Center for Teaching and Learning

Read a Guide to CTL Academic Support Services:

  • Academic Strategies
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Science and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing

Additional information is available at the tutoring web page and the advising tutoring page.


►What Influences International STEM Students’ Decisions? 

British Council survey of 1,348 international undergraduate and graduate students studying in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States asked about factors affecting their decision making in choosing a country and course of study. The report found that undergraduates tend to choose U.S. universities with the goal of increasing their career prospects globally. Graduate students are drawn by perceptions of rigorous education and high-quality research, and affordability.

“The U.S. perhaps has the most well-rounded value proposition to international STEM students: it is a country where students perceive they can engage in high-quality education and gain skills and research experience to apply to work either there or in their home countries; post-study work experience in the U.S. has expanded and STEM students can now spend 29 months working – though there remains debate about the future sustainability of this policy,” the survey report states.

The survey found that while significant numbers of international students hope to stay in their destination countries to work after graduation, a comparatively small proportion (15 percent) hope to migrate permanently.

Inside Higher Ed Quick Take.

►Goals for All Yale College Majors

The Yale College Dean’s Office launched the “Intensive Majors Project” with, as its top priority, the goal of helping to advise students about their courses of study.  Other goals centered on the faculty, the departments, and Yale’s national accreditation requirements.

It is expected that roughly fifteen majors will conduct self-reviews each year, allowing all majors to undergo review in a four- to five-year cycle, at which point — because major requirements and goals change over time — the self-reviews will begin anew.

You can now read the goals for each Yale College major, as approved by undergraduate departments and programs. 

Sophomores on Sophomore Year

“Sophomore year, and especially the summer after that, should be a time to explore different fields.”

“Look ahead to junior and senior years because there are some provisions like studying abroad and class load in senior year that should be taken into account.”

“You can still join extracurricular groups in sophomore year. It’s a great time to try something new.”

“It’s OK if you don’t have your entire life planned by now. Most will change their minds anyway.”

“The best advice I can give about ‘sophomore slump’ is just to stick it out. Don’t drop anything you’ve previously liked just because you’re feeling down. Chances are, when your situation improves, you’ll appreciate it even more. Be careful about making major decisions (changing a major, quitting an activity, etc.) when you know you’re not really at your best.”

“Don’t be afraid to have fun! People get stressed out, but you should have a few nights when you just stay up watching movies with your friends. Make sure that you leave time for yourself in addition to all of your commitments. Also, sleep is good.”