Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 31, 2016

Research Advising Survey Info Session, Nov. 1

You are invited to a special information session regarding the new end-of-semester assessments of research advising that academic departments will begin rolling out in a pilot program this year. Please join the GSC Officers and Michael McClellan (2015-2016 GSC President and main point-of-contact for the rollout of this program) at a special information session, on Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM in 32-124. In order to expand this initiative—which has broad support from students, faculty members, and MIT administration members—we would like to build interest in all departments of the Institute. Below is some background information on this initiative. Read more

October 31, 2016

Workshop on Personal Budgeting, Nov. 2

What are your financial goals for this this semester? The rest of grad school? The rest of your life? We’ll discuss how a budget can help you achieve those goals – and how you can actually enjoy doing it! On Wednesday, November 2nd from 12:00-1:30 pm in 68-181, the ODGE’s Financial Literacy for Graduate Student initiative will be offering a workshop on Personal Budgeting. There will be a multimedia presentation and a demonstration of online budgeting resources as well as plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Interested students should RSVP here (Free pizza!).  Get more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative. The workshop schedule is as follows: November 16 – Planning for Retirement; November 28 – Building a Portfolio for Any Weather; December 12 – Navigating Credit and Debt: From Student Loans to Credit Cards. All workshops will be held in 68-181.  There is a completely free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). It is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including budgeting, emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc. It is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. More information can be found here. Remember to sign up and check it out!

October 27, 2016

Apply to be an MSRP Program Assistant by Nov. 14

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education has opened a call for Program Assistants for the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) and you’re invited to apply! Program Assistants (PAs):

  •  Work as team and with the MSRP staff to provide mentorship outside of the lab and facilitate a positive summer experience for approximately 45 summer students.
  • Participate with a time commitment of 20 hours per week from June 4 to August 6, 2017.
  • Receive a $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks (9 week program + training/meetings), paid weekly.

MSRP is a 9-week summer research experience for talented, underrepresented minority and underserved undergraduate students from other institutions who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus conducting research and participating in academic, professional development, and community building events and activities. You can find more information about the program here. Please find a full job description attached. Online applications must be completed by Monday, November 14th at 5:00pm. Please contact Gloria Anglón or Sasha Susman at msrp@mit.edu with any questions.

October 25, 2016

MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches

Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students! Sign up and get more information here.

October 21, 2016

Making Feminist Fitna: A half day conference on Islamic Feminism, Oct. 22

Making Feminist Fitna is a half-day event bringing together local Muslim feminists and allies from academia, activist and art spaces to share, discuss and celebrate Islamic feminist thought. Come to W20 Lobdell (W20-208) on Saturday October 22nd from 12 pm to 5:30 pm for panels and breakout group. Open mic will be from 7 pm to 9 pm at W20 Mezz (W20-307).This event features Dr. Kecia Ali (Department of religion, BU), Saadia Yacoob (Department of religion, Williams college), Dr Zahra Ayubi (Department of religion, Dartmouth college), Dr Elora Chowdhury (WGS, Umass Boston), and Naila Baloch (Associate chaplin and Muslim advisor, Middlebury college). Lunch will be provided. Register today!

October 20, 2016

ICC info session: Cross-Cultural Communications, Oct. 21

Back by popular demand: Information session on cross-cultural communications, sponsored by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC).  MIT’s global activities continue to grow, as does the size and diversity of our international community. This information session offers background and practical examples– as well as raising awareness to help us work together in this increasingly global and multi-cultural environment. We are fortunate to have a few experts among us who will be leading the session on this very important topic: Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of Professional Education, and Bernd Widdig, Director of International Activities. This information session will take place on Friday, October 21 from 10:00 am to 11;30 am at Chipman room, 6-104. RSVP at tammyg@mit.edu.

October 20, 2016

GWAMIT Leadership Conference “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship” Oct. 24-28

GWAMIT is proud to announce the dates for the 2016 Fall Leadership conference! Events will be held during the week of October 24th, and will be geared towards this year’s conference theme of “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship”. Events include:

  • Entrepreneurship Without Borders: A Keynote by Christine Souffrant Ntim
  • Movie Night: Makers, a double-feature
  • Succeeding in Male-Dominated Fields: A Panel
  • Taking Control of a Meeting
  • Negotiating Your First Job Offer
  • Designing the World Through Entrepreneurship: A Panel
  • MIT Student-Alumnae Mixer
  • Spitfire: Engineering + Entrepreneurship
  • Strictly Strength Training Class

There is an amazing lineup of speakers and events scheduled, and we hope to see you there! Keep yourself updated through the GWAMIT website. Please contact this year’s committee at leadership2016@mit.edu with questions.

October 17, 2016

Failures in Grad School: A Discussion with Prof. Robert Langer, Oct. 18

Feeling overwhelmed with classes or research? Are you terrified of failure? Join MindHandHeart and Dr. Robert Langer on October 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm  at the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House for the first discussion in our monthly lecture series on “Failures in Grad School”. RSVP for dinner with Professor Langer. 10 -15 Dinner attendees will be selected by lottery. This event will be photographed and/or filmed.

October 14, 2016

Financial Literacy Workshop on Fellowships, Oct. 17

On October 17 from 12 pm – 1:30pm in 68-181 there will be a second presentation on applying to Graduate Fellowships. In most cases this will be the same presentation offered on September 30 with a little more emphasis on the NSF GRFP as the deadlines are at the end of the month. During this presentation we will be going over the reasons why fellowships are great, how to find them, the application process, tips on personal statements and research proposals, the types of resources. This presentation will be mainly geared towards those interested in applying in the fall and winter of 2016/17 for funding during the 2017-2018 academic year, but it is never too early to think about this process! It is suggested that interested students RSVP here (Free pizza!).  Find more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative. Remember that there is a free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). Customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. More information can be found here. Please sign up and check it out!

October 13, 2016

Four Weeks for America info session, Oct. 17

Want to make a difference in the STEM education or medical fields while learning first hand from practitioners? Want to inspire kids from small rural areas or big inner cities about science and math? Want to help individuals families with their local healthcare needs? Come to the information session on Tuesday, October 176 pm at 5-233 and learn about Four Weeks for America, an IAP program that partners MIT students with practitioners in education and medicine. We collaborate with Teach for America teachers across the country and practitioners at Boston Medical Center. Note that the application deadline for this program is  Friday, October 21 at 5 pm. Email 4foramerica@mit.edu with questions. Learn more about Four Weeks for America.

October 12, 2016

Annual Path of Professorship (POP) workshop; Apply by Oct. 15

This is a 1.5 day workshop that provides women who are considering academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math with insights, tools, strategies and insider information that will help them to be successful in their job search and on the tenure track. Over the course of the workshop, participants will hear from more than 20 extraordinary women faculty from diverse institutions, and they will have an opportunity to network with approximately 70 women with similar aspirations.This year, we have the honor of hearing from former MIT President Susan Hockfield, who will be our reception speaker on Friday evening. Preference for participation in the workshop is given to graduate women students who are within 2 years of degree completion.  Applications open on October 1 2016 and are due by October 15 2016.  The workshop will run from Friday, November 18 to Saturday, November 19.

Attendees learn: key strategies for applying and interviewing for academic positions,the importance of networking and how to manage networking with peers and superiors, what to negotiate for once you have the offer,  things you can do now and during your hire to make your tenure-track years as smooth and successful as possible, characteristics of different types of universities, and how to maintain a balanced life in light of the rigorous demands of a career in academia

October 12, 2016

Nominate a speaker for the 2017 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony by Oct. 20

Are you inspired by an MIT Doctoral alum? MIT students currently pursuing a PhD or ScD are invited to nominate Doctoral alumni as guest speakers for the 2017 ceremony. The guest speaker not only inspires the Doctoral degree candidates, but demonstrates a professional path in the chosen realm, whether academe, public service, non-profit, or the private sector. Submission deadline for the current cycle of review is 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016. See all criteria.

October 11, 2016

Public service fellowships: proposal writing workshops Oct. 13 – 19

As a Public Service Fellow, you have the opportunity to develop and implement a service project of your own design. You also have the option of interning with a service-focused organization to learn about how they operate and help them meet their mission. The PKG center will be hosting workshops on proposal writing at W20-555 on the following dates: Thursday, October 13, 12 pm–1 pmFriday, October 14, 2 pm –3 pmWednesday, October 19, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm. In these workshops we will learn how to structure a proposal, describe what the PKG Center is looking for, and avoid common mistakes in proposal submissions. Applications are due by Friday, October 21 ,12 pm. Learn more about the Public Service Scholarships.

October 7, 2016

Free weekly MIT Belly-Dancing Classes on Sundays

Wanna learn to belly-dance like a pro? Looking for a fun workout? Well it doesn’t get any more fun than this! Shahd, the founder of MIT belly-dancing Club, started belly dancing at the age of 5, and has regularly performed in various festivals in France, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Czech Republic since then. Currently, Shahd is a graduate student here at MIT, performing in various events on or off-campus and teaching belly-dancing every Sunday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the McCormick Dance Studio. Anyone is welcome to be a part of this amazing experience, no previous experience necessary and you don’t have to commit to the performances! Apply for this class here. Get more information on this class or contact shahdl@mit.edu if you have questions.

October 6, 2016

Therapy dogs at Hayden, Oct. 7 & Nov. 4

MIT Libraries continues Furry First Fridays, the popular therapy dogs program, for the fall term. On the first Fridays in October and November, 2-3:30 pm, you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES:Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall. No lines and no waiting! Furry First Fridays builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. All are welcome; no registration required. For those planning ahead: We expect dogs and their handlers will be also be available on Thursday, December 15, 2-3:30 pm, for the Cookies with Canines event during final exam week.

October 6, 2016

Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant by Oct. 14

Do you have an idea for an event to improve graduate student community at MIT? Do you need funding to make this idea a reality? Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant! Previous grants have funded dance workshops, video competitions,code lessons, social hours, and more. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is midnight on October 14, 2016. For more information, please see our website or contact gslg@mit.edu.

October 5, 2016

“She Started It” screening and panel discussion, Oct 6

Martin Trust Center presents a feature length documentary on women tech entrepreneurs that highlights successful role models for young women. Following the film is an interactive panel with four female founders sharing their experiences. She Started It is a feature length documentary film on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi & more, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman. We will be screening the hour long film, and hosting an interactive panel discussion focusing on the experiences of female entrepreneurs following the documentary. The screening will take place on Thursday, October 6  from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at MIT Stata Center Room 32-123. Panelists include Elsa Sze, Founder & CEO, Agora; Melissa James, President, Founder & CEO, The Tech Connection Inc.; and Alex Wright-Gladstein, C0-Founder & CEO, Ayar Labs. RSVP here to attend.

October 5, 2016

Free laptop tagging TODAY

MIT Information Systems & Technology is tagging laptops today in Lobby 10 from 10am to 2pm. You have a much better chance of recovering a lost or stolen laptop or tablet if you get it tagged with STOP Security Tracking plates. The STOP plate on a lost laptop or tablet can help return it to its rightful owner. The plate also works as a visual deterrent for thieves looking to quickly resell equipment. Laptop tagging and registration is a free service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) community members. See additional information.

October 4, 2016

Mental health & medical leave town hall tonight, 7pm

As graduate students may have heard, MIT Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis and Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart established a committee to consider our policies and processes regarding mental health hospitalization and involuntary medical leave for students because these are serious issues that warrant a comprehensive review by our community. The charge to the committee, which is being led by Professors Rebecca Saxe and Laura Schulz from the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is available here. Listen and lend your voice at a town hall tonight in Room 4-370 at 7 p.m.! Graduate students can discuss their experiences and any suggestions for change.

You can also contribute to this critical process in the following ways:

Enhancing our policies depends on as many graduate students as possible to engage with the committee in this important work.

October 3, 2016

Apply to mentor students in web design with #HelloWorld! by Oct. 8

Want to help get middle school girls interested in computer science and web design? Apply here to be a mentor for #HelloWorld! #HelloWorld is both a web programming class and competition for middle school girls. The program will meet on campus from 1 pm to 4 pm on the following Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, and December 3. It’s super fun and a great chance to connect with younger students interested in STEM! Apply by October 8.