Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 20, 2017

Using Improv to Help With Public Speaking and Leadership, Jan. 23

That awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question. A student in class who poses an off-the-wall idea while you are presenting. Fear of what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense. Wondering how to define leadership. This improv workshop will help develop skills to respond to such situations and will also explore aspects of responding to the unexpected that come up when giving a talk.

This improv comedy exercises aims to develop a comfort with engaging others. These activities will also connect to aspects of effective leadership. Participants should expect to participate in improv comedy exercises with attendees. 20 Student Limit; Open to graduate students. Advanced Registration is requested via CareerBridge (sign-in required). This workshop is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD). Workshop is facilitated by Jake Livengood at GECD. (If registration limit has been met, please email Jake Livengood to be added to the wait list at The workshop will be on Monday, January 23 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at E25 – 117. Lunch will be provided at noon.

January 19, 2017

Festival of learning, Feb. 1-2

Join the MIT Office of Digital Learning for two days of feasting on learning: national thought-leaders, MIT innovators, student hackers, food, fun, and more. Experience the catalyzing power behind initiatives which transform the way we look at education and revolutionize how we teach and learn. The festival is FREE, but registration is required at all events. Chancellor Barnhart will make the opening remarks and Satya Nitta of IBM Watson will give the Keynote address. The schedule includes practice teaching sessions with the Teaching & Learning Lab and a hackathon! Registration opens early January, 2017. Click here to register and get more information on schedule, dates, and locations. If you want to showcase your teaching & learning projects with a table or poster in the Learning Expo or are interested in participating in the hackathon, please email Other inquiries/questions also welcome.

January 18, 2017

Tuesdays in the Chapel: Spring 2017

Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., the Chaplains at MIT invite all members of the MIT community into the Chapel for an interdenominational gathering to reflect, pray and meditate. The service, known as Tuesdays in the Chapel, features musical selections and guest speakers of all faiths. Each gathering is followed by coffee, donuts and conversation next door in W11. The theme for Spring 2017 is “How do I find balance and joy in the midst of change?” The spring schedule starts on February 14.

Spiritual but not religiously oriented, the gatherings feature different perspectives from the community and center around a broad theme. “Tuesdays in the Chapel offers people the opportunity — at the beginning of the day, early in the week — to reflect and pause,” says Robert Randolph, former Chaplain to the Institute, who has founded the weekly gathering in September 2009. “One of the things I’m aware of, having been here for a long time, is that MIT people do not pause very often, so this is an institutionalized way to do that.” Read more

January 17, 2017

“Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others,” Jan. 19-Feb. 2

Are you interested in developing professional skills that can amplify your impact in today’s high technology environments? If so, then consider investing in your future by completing the new IAP series on leadership development. Join the inaugural series of workshops designed specifically for MIT graduate students who are interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in leadership research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments. Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program. The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Advanced registration is required and contact to enroll. Visit the workshop website to see the schedule and get more information about the program.

The workshop instructor is David Niño. This series is sponsored by the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, Graduate Women at MIT, and the Graduate Student Council.

January 13, 2017

Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching (ELS) Jan. 23-27

ELS is an intensive workshop for international teaching assistants. It covers special problems in teaching when English is a second language and the USA a second culture. Practice sessions are videotaped for feedback. There are individualized programs to meet different needs. The workshop is limited to 14 students, and graduate TAs have priority.  No listeners. The instructor for the workshop is A.C. Kemp. The workshop is scheduled to run during IAP from January 23 to January 27, 2017, 4 pm to 6 pm at 14N – 225. Students are expected to attend all sessions. Questions? Email

January 12, 2017

MIT European Career Fair Feb. 25

The registration for the MIT European Career Fair (ECF) 2017 is now open. This career fair will take place Saturday, February 25 in the MIT Johnson Track (W4) and provides opportunities to connect with European recruiters in the research, finance and technology sectors. You can find summer internships – entry levels and advanced advanced levels. Register now so that you can browse the job list and the recruiters can schedule meetings and interviews with you on MIT campus.  Early access jobs will be listed on January 15. Contact for questions.


January 11, 2017

Distinctive brain pattern may underlie dyslexia

A distinctive neural signature found in the brains of people with dyslexia may explain why these individuals have difficulty learning to read, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. The researchers discovered that in people with dyslexia, the brain has a diminished ability to acclimate to a repeated input — a trait known as neural adaptation. For example, when dyslexic students see the same word repeatedly, brain regions involved in reading do not show the same adaptation seen in typical readers. Former MIT graduate student Tyler Perrachione, who is now an assistant professor at Boston University, is the lead author of the study, which appears in the Dec. 21 issue of Neuron. Read more at MIT News.

January 10, 2017

Convert your CV to a 2-page Resume for Industry, Jan. 12

If you are considering exploring industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss the process of converting your 4-6 page CV into a 2-page resume for industry, and creating a document that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Actual MIT PhD/Postdoc resumes will be provided as handouts. Then workshop will be on Thursday, January 12th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at 4-270. Pre-registration requested via CareerBridge.

January 9, 2017

Joint GSC-PDA Social, Jan. 11

Kick-off IAP with a joint social for grad students and post-docs! The event will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Twenty Chimneys (student center, 3rd floor). Come  Mingle with friends or meet new people! Free food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Invite your classmates, labmates, and officemates! The event is open to all MIT grad students and post-docs. Come anytime during the event period! For more information, contact


January 6, 2017

Apply for MITxMake Makerfest by Jan. 20

MITxMake is MIT’s student-led makerfest to celebrate maker culture. We connect, educate and entertain attendees with a showcase of innovation, creativity and technology from MIT students, regional makers and tech companies. Showcase your project to the MIT and Boston community at MITxMake on April 16th, 2017. Apply for a booth at the MITxMake Makerfest. Deadline to apply is January 20th, 2017. Contact for any queries.

January 5, 2017

Hack your potential: using a growth mindset to succeed at MIT and beyond, Jan 10 -20

Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you been in a challenging class where you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound “smart” enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this course, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The course will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. This course is limited to 20 students. Please send a brief description of who you are and why you would like to take this course to Lourdes Alemán at You will be notified via e-mail to confirm registration. Registration is open until 1/8. For more information click here.

January 4, 2017

ASL class for graduate students, Jan. 9 – Feb. 1

The ASL and Deaf Culture @ MIT is proud to announce that we will be offering a beginner’s ASL class during IAP. A series of 8 classes will be held on-campus (location TBD) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, starting January 9, 2017. The list of dates are: Jan. 9, Jan. 11, Jan. 16, Jan. 18, Jan. 23, Jan. 25, Jan. 30, Feb. 1.

Enrollment is limited and we are requiring that ASL students pay $20 (once) to participate in the course. If this cost prevents you from being able to join the class, please get in touch with This ASL class will be taught by a Deaf instructor who has taught ASL at MIT several times in the last few years. Please sign up here. This class is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

January 4, 2017

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship, Apply by Jan. 9

This is an external fellowship. Each graduate program may submit one nomination and accompanying application materials to the ODGE for consideration in the internal MIT competition for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship. The ODGE will evaluate, select, and submit three applications for nomination to the Liebmann Trust on behalf of MIT.  Internal applications must be submitted as single, consolidated PDF files to Scott Tirrell ( by 5 pm on Monday, January 9th. Read more

January 3, 2017

Apply for Conflict Management Training by Jan 20

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates throughout the year. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels. Apply and get more information here! The deadline to apply is Friday, January 20th at midnight. The dates, times, and tier descriptions for the spring training are as follows: Read more