Thanks to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences [GSAS] Dean’s Office, there is such a thing as a free lunch at Yale for GSAS graduate students and their faculty members. There are 2 programs to support mentoring and teaching - Meals for Mentoring [M4M] for students and faculty mentors, and FEAST for Teaching Fellows/PTAIs and their faculty course supervisors.
The GSA student government also offers Common Grounds, a free-coffee coupon program for grad students to meet informally with faculty for mentoring.
GSAS Dean Cooley invites graduate students to Dine with the Dean for lunch and informal conversation several times a term - signup if interested.
Meals For Mentoring [M4M]
The Graduate School’s Meals for Mentoring program promotes informal discussion over lunch between graduate students and their faculty advisors and faculty mentors regarding research, academic goals, career options, and personal and professional development.
All students enrolled in a degree program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and ladder members of the Graduate School faculty each can request two Meals for Mentoring dining cards per term. Each card provides a free lunch for one faculty member and one Graduate School student at Durfee’s, Divinity Refectory (Divinity School), Café Med (Medical area), the KBT Cafe (Science Hill), Thain Family Cafe (Bass Library Cafe), Evans Hall Café (SOM) and Charley’s Place (SOM) & Kosher Kitchen at the Slifka Center, or any campus dining hall where the faculty member has ID access.
Students and faculty can get their M4M dining cards at the Graduate School Information Desk, 1st floor, Warner House (1 Hillhouse avenue), from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Present your Yale ID card to claim your meal cards. Please call 203.432.2770 for more information.
FEAST for Teaching
The Graduate School’s FEAST (Free Eating Attracts Students & Teachers) program allows faculty course supervisors and their teaching fellows or part time acting instructors (PTAIs) to discuss teaching issues over lunch at Durfee’s, Divinity Refectory (Divinity School), Café Med (Medical area), the KBT Cafe (Science Hill), Thain Family Cafe (Bass Library Cafe), Evans Hall Café (SOM) and Charley’s Place (SOM) & Kosher Kitchen at the Slifka Center, or any campus dining hall where the faculty member has ID access. Each group of faculty and teaching fellows is eligible to meet and eat once a month, or up to four times per term through this program.
Please complete the Feast Webform to request meals or call 203.432.2770 for additional information.