Category Archives: Events

September 30, 2014

active minds

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Oct. 1

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month – please join Active Minds@MIT for their upcoming QPR training session on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:45 AM in the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307). QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Register here.

September 30, 2014


Cultrunners Workshop, Symposium & Lecture Oct. 1-6

CULTURUNNERS is an artistic expedition seeking to promote empathy across borders. Private workshops on October 1-3. Public symposium is on October 5 and a public lecture on October 6. Over the next three years, artists and curators from MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), the Freer & Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute, and Edge of Arabia (EOA), in partnership with Art Jameel, will set out to explore, communicate, and archive interconnected cultural histories between the Middle East and the United States.  These artistic journeys and institutional collaborations will allow for grassroots encounters, linking creative individuals across physical and psychological borders. The development of innovative cultural technologies to support artists in exploring and communicating alternative, and often unofficial, histories across cultures will be at the heart of the project. For more details, visit here.

September 30, 2014

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Introduction to Creating Websites Using WordPress Oct. 1

Learn the basics of WordPress and build your own website in 3 hours on October 1st at 7:30 PM at E62-250. Bring your laptops — this session is interactive. This introduction is best suited for people with little or no programming experience. A MIT Kerberos account required. If you do not already have a WordPress account through MIT, please come at 7:00 and we will help you set this up. RSVP here. If you have questions, please contact


September 30, 2014

Community Picnic

Community Picnic for Mary Rowe Sep. 30

Come help us honor Ombusperson Mary Rowe for more than 40 years of service to the Institute on Tuesday, September 30th at noon in Killian Court. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a picnic celebrating MIT’s culture of service. Donations of non-perishable food, school supplies, and books will be accepted at the picnic and will benefit our neighbors in Cambridge. For questions, please contact Rebecca Tyler at

September 29, 2014


MIT Community: All Doors Open Sep. 29

Over the last six months, our community has experienced many painful losses, at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. MIT is a big, busy, distributed place, and there is no hall that will hold all 23,000 of us. So we invite you to participate in something that we have never tried before. We are calling it All Doors Open: Monday, September 29th at noon, we ask that everyone at MIT stop what they are doing and take 15 minutes or so to remember those we have lost, reflect on how their deaths have affected us and think broadly about how we as a community should respond. We urge you to open your doors, literally. Gather together – or get up, walk around and engage the people nearby, those you know already and those you don’t. If you prefer, we hope you will take the time for focused private reflection. If you wish, Community Wellness at MIT Medical is offering a special session of Meditation for Your Wellbeing; a guided meditation will focus on reconnecting with each other and finding balance in our busy lives. All are welcome. So that we can capture the wisdom, ideas and energy of the whole community, we also encourage you to share your insights at the following address:

September 29, 2014


Teach for America IAP Info Session Sep. 30

The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting opportunity for IAP 2015. Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America’s education system, and make a difference for kids — all expenses paid. Please join us for an info session September 30, 7-8 pm, Building 4-231. Ever wonder what it is like to teach in a small, rural school or a big inner-city classroom? Want to inspire kids about science and math? Want to learn about educational change and policy? Or, have you wondered what Teach For America is like, and do not want to wait to find out? If you have questions, please contact

September 26, 2014

Jeffrey Grossman

Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Grossman Oct. 1

The GSC proudly hosts a student-faculty dinner which will be held on Wednesday, October 1st featuring Professor Jeffrey C Grossman. The dinner will be at 6PM, location TBD. Professor Grossman is in Department of Materials Science and Engineering and working on theoretic physics and energy applications.  He has appeared on a number of television shows recently to discuss new materials for energy including the Fred Friendly PBS series and the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel. This will be an excellent chance to talk with Professor Grossman about his research, your interests, employment, or MIT matters in general in an informal setting. As seating will be limited, we will need to restrict attendees to those meeting several of our qualifications. Sign up here! If you have any questions, please contact

September 26, 2014

Indian Dance

MITHAS presents Poetry in Motion Sep. 28

MITHAS presents: Poetry in Motion, an array of Indian Dance forms with dancers from the Greater Boston Area, on Sunday, September 28 at 3PM in the Kresge Auditorium. Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors: $10. Please check here or contact us at for final listings as changes may occur. Photo by Brendan.

September 26, 2014


2014 European Short Film Festival Sep. 26 – 28

Please join us for the 10th Anniversary of the European Short Film Festival at MIT from September 26 to 28 in Room 10-250. There is a good reason to celebrate: For the past 10 years, the European Short Film Festival at MIT has offered a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe – most of them screened for the first time in the US. Whether it’s ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries or tense dramas, it’s all part of the wide-ranging programming for the ESFF’s much-anticipated weekend with screenings starting on Friday at 7:00 pm, an all-ages program on Saturday at 3:00 pm, adult themes on Saturday night at 7:00 pm and experimental films on Sunday at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit here.

September 25, 2014

ODL open house 2014

MIT Office of Digital Learning Open House Sep. 29

Join the MIT Office of Digital Learning for their Open House on September 29th from 11AM to 1PM in the Bush Room (10-105). Stop by to explore MITx and OCW, meet the Director of Digital Learning and the ODL team, and learn how to get involved. For more information, visit here.

September 25, 2014


Engineering Systems Division Fall BBQ Sep. 25

Join the Engineering Systems Division for our Fall BBQ at Thirsty Ear – Ashdown BBQ Pits on September 25 at 6PM. This event is organized by the ESD and TPP student societies and sponsored by the GSC Funding Board. If you have questions, please contact Photo by Allen Chu.

September 24, 2014


IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet Challenge: Apply by Oct. 1

IBM and IEEE are in search of creative team-based student projects that can help students at any level learn about applying engineering, science and other disciplines to solve real world problems. It’s a great opportunity to put your engineering skills to use and earn cash prizes too! The competition is open to college/university students from all geographic locations. Student teams should have three to five team members in any year of university study. At least one team member must be an IEEE member. The application deadline is October 1st. To learn more, visit here or email

September 24, 2014

Grad Arts

GSC Fourth Annual Natural History Gala Sep. 26

Join the MIT GSC and Grad Arts Forum for the year’s first graduate gala at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 PM. Hor d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served and a live jazz band will perform. Try out the new Grad Rat! This event is 21+ only and you may bring a guest who is also 21+. Kids under 10 are also welcome. Dress to impress! If you have any questions, please contact For more information and to register, visit here.

September 23, 2014

Energy and Resources in the Wider Boston Area Sep. 25

Are you new to Boston and looking to get plugged in, or maybe just getting closer to graduating and considering jobs or internships in the energy field? Are you working in energy and want to meet others who are as well? Then don’t miss this introduction to the Boston clean energy ecosystem! On Thursday, September 25th at 7:30 PM in MIT room 6-120, important experts and members of this area of interest will guide you through the resources and events that make Boston one of the most vibrant energy communities in the world. Look forward to speakers Alicia Barton, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); Peter Rothstein, President of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC); and Martha Broad, Executive Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)! This event is part of Energy Week. Photo by Trey Ratcliff.

September 23, 2014


Technology and Policy Program Social Sep. 24

The Technology and Policy Program will be having a social at the Muddy Charles Pub in Walker on Wednesday, September 24 at 4:30 PM. Come hang out with TPP after classes and enjoy great conversation and delicious food. There will be pizza and other refreshments provided. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact

September 22, 2014


Dronological: The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems Lecture Sep. 22

The MIT program in art, culture and technology presents Dronological: The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems – A Tactical Transect across a Complex Techno-Social Domain by Marko Peljhan on Monday, September 22nd at 7PM in the Bartos Theater (E15-070). Unmanned aircraft systems have recently been rediscovered due to their use in the so-called “war on terror,” but are an invention more than 100 years old. The lecture will explore the histories and interconnectedness of these systems with geopolitical, scientific, techno-social, tactical media and conceptual contexts. It will also present cases of their real and imagined appearances, uses, and disappearances in order to track the potential future vectors of utilization and concurrent reflection. The lecture is free and open to the public.

September 22, 2014

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs at the Libraries this Fall

The MIT Libraries have a lot of new exciting events planned for the Fall. New homepage, resources and upcoming events including the first Friday of every month for therapy dogs! For more information, visit the Library news page. If you have questions, contact Courtney Crummett, the HST Librarian, at


September 19, 2014

ironnerd logoss

IronNerd: Super Sprint Triathlon Sep. 21

On Sunday September 21 at 9 AM, test your physical abilities at the 2014 IronNerd Super Sprint Triathlon! The race, hosted by MIT Triathlon, is on campus, starting at the Z Center Plaza with a 200 yard indoor swim, followed by a 4.8 mile bike ride along Amherst Alley, and finishing with a 0.9 mile run around West Campus. Preregister for only $10! Register for $15 on race day. The event is open to everyone, so invite your friends and see who is the true IronNerd! Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.

September 19, 2014

Tang Hall

Tang Hall Welcome Fall Equinox Brunch Sep. 20

Saturday September 20th, 11AM -12:30 PM, Tang Hall is welcoming back all graduate students with the Tang Hall Welcome Fall Equinox Brunch, the first brunch of the semester. Come join fellow graduate students in enjoying scrumptious breakfast foods outdoors with a wonderful view of the Charles River. Meet new residents and mingle with old. The brunch will take place out on Tang Hall Lawn (Rain Location: Tang 24th Floor lounge). Please bring your own plates and utensils to help MIT go green. This event is open to all MIT Graduate students. Photo by Adam Fagen.

September 18, 2014

MIT Bike Auction

Parking Office and MIT Police Bike Auction Sep. 19

The MIT Police and the Parking & Transportation Office will hold a bicycle auction of old or abandoned bicycles. The auction will be on Friday, September 19, at noon at 290 Albany Street in Cambridge (close to Fort Washington). The lot will open at 11:30AM for an opportunity to preview the bicycles that are up for auction. Proceeds from the auction go towards campus bicycle initiatives. MIT makes no representations as to the condition of the equipment to be made available for auction. In all respects, transfer of ownership of equipment is made from MIT to the assenting buyer in “as is” condition.

Note: A valid and current MIT ID is required to participate. Payment options include cash or local check, with proper ID. For more information about the bicycle auction, email

September 17, 2014


Sangam Orientation Social Sep. 18

MIT Sangam welcomes all new graduate students. Join them Thursday, September 18th at 7PM in the Stata R&D Commons (Bldg. 32-G401) to meet fellow graduate students, old friends, and make some new ones! Find out about upcoming events and how to get involved. Dinner will be served. For more details, visit here. Contact with any questions.

September 15, 2014

MIT canadians

MIT Canadians Club Research Symposium Sep. 15

Join the MIT Canadians Club on September 15, 6-9 PM in 1-190 at 6pm and building 32 location at 7:45pm for their first event of the term, the MIT Canadians Club Research Symposium! The night begins with an excellent guest lecture by Professor Gabor Fichtinger from Queen’s University, followed by a poster session showcasing the research of Canadians at MIT. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Come out to meet new friends and learn about what Canadians are up to at MIT! Everyone is welcome!

September 12, 2014

Energy Women

Evening with U.S. C3E ambassadors Sep. 15

The U.S. Clean Energy, Education, and Empowerment (C3E) Ambassadors will be gathering in September for the annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Join a select group of these ambassadors for a special night on September 15, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in Room 4-163 to learn about their careers – important decisions made, challenges overcome, as well as the trends they see in clean energy technology and policy that will influence tomorrow’s energy landscape. Panelists include Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and President of McKinney-James & Associates; Kim Saylors-Laster, VP of Energy for Walmart; Dymphna van der Lans, CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative; Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, and Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University with a long history of government service. Take a look at full bios of the panelists and learn more about C3E! Networking begins at 6:30, and the panel at 7:00. Snacks will also be provided! An RSVP is requested for this event.

September 12, 2014

Eastgate BBQ

Eastgate Welcome BBQ Sep. 13

Eastgate Community Association welcomes the MIT community to join them for a delicious BBQ feast on Saturday, September 13 from 1-4PM at the Eastgate Courtyard (E55). Please bring your own utensils to reduce waste. Contact with questions. Photo by Thomas van der Weerd.

September 11, 2014

MIt Maker Fairee

MIT Mini Maker Faire calling for Makers: Apply by Sep. 15!

MIT is hosting its first Mini Maker Faire, an event to celebrate all makers! The mission of Maker Faire is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. Have something you want to share in the spirit of the greatest show (and tell) on earth? All projects are welcome, including academic/research projects and hobbies; applications are due by September 15. Want to get inspired? Check out the history of Maker Faire. The Mini Maker Faire will be on October 4, at the North Court and Stata Center. For more information and to sign to volunteer as a helper, visit the MIT Mini Maker Faire website. Sponsored in part by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

September 10, 2014


Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Reception Sep. 19

The Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Reception, one of the largest Alumni Leadership Conferences held at MIT, is coming up on Friday September 19th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Student Center. Come meet and network with MIT alumni in various leadership positions at MIT and share your research with them! Sign up for one of a limited number of positions as a graduate student presenter and show off your poster full of your cutting edge research! The Alumni Association will be giving each presenter a $10 Amazon gift card. The deadline for signing up is September 12th at 5 PMPhoto by Benjamin Golub.

September 9, 2014

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Water Opportunities Workshop (Sep. 12)

Come to the Water Opportunities Workshop this Friday September 12th2:30-6:00pm in room 34-101. The workshop is an annual event hosted by MIT Water Club and Imagine H2O (iH2O), a San Francisco-based non-profit. It is historically well-attended and comprised of three segments: a panel discussion, a business ideation session, and a reception. The panel discussion is moderated by iH2O COO Scott Bryan and consists of four panelists from academia, industry, startups, and government. The panel lineup so far for this year includes Karen Golmer from New England Water Innovation Network, Justin Buck from Cambrian Innovation and Christina Chase from The Martin Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. The business ideation session allows the audience to split into roundtable groups to discuss concepts and share ideas on Infrastrucutre in Water, the theme for this year’s iH2O challenge. The event will end with a catered reception. RSVP for this event.

September 8, 2014


2015 MIT Global Startup Workshop info session Sep. 10

Interested in entrepreneurship with a global impact? Apply to be a part of the organizing committee for the 2015 MIT Global Startup Workshop! MIT GSW is a student-led initiative that is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural connections and building entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the world. The annual Workshop brings together hundreds of international attendees and features three days of panel discussions, networking, cultural activities, and elevator pitch and business plan competitions. MIT GSW is currently recruiting conference committee members for the MIT Global Startup Workshop to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala over the spring break in March 2015. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the 2015 organizing team! To learn more, come to the MIT GSW information session on Wednesday September 10th at 7pm in 32-G449. Dinner will be provided!

September 8, 2014

t=0 stata

t=0 Fesival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Sep. 8-13

An event and exhibition that brings together MIT student clubs, startups, organizations, projects and labs, t=0 is hosting a variety of famous MIT professors and other speakers who have gathered to discuss some of the compelling innovations they are working on right now. Monday through Thursday, September 8-11, come to Innovation Nights to learn about the most innovative technologies and get to know some rockstar MIT startups in specific industries! The Innovation Expo will be on Saturday September 13, and it will be an entire day dedicated to showing off innovation taking place across MIT from clubs, startups and organizations. Also, there is free food! For more information and to RSVP visit the event website. Photo by Nietnagel.

August 29, 2014


Fun with flower arranging Aug. 31

Join Westgate residents on August 31 at 2pm to make a flower arrangement! No experience necessary; children 5 years old and up are welcome to participate. Participants will meet in the Westgate BBQ Area, or Westgate Lounge in case of rain. Register here to attend. Contact with any questions.

August 26, 2014


Israeli Dancing Aug. 27

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, August 27th, to take place 32-044, the Stata Center basement. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email with any questions. Photo by Embassy Tel Aviv

August 21, 2014


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Aug. 22

Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with fellow MIT grad students on Friday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm. RSVP to the event by sending an email to Isaac Oderberg at The dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Julie.

August 15, 2014


Free weekly yoga and meditation on Saturdays

Join the Art of Living at MIT every Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm for some fun, relaxing yoga and meditation. These sessions are held year-round in 24-121 and feature group dance warmups, sun salutations, the lotus yoga sequence, pranayama, and meditation. In addition, the group participates in fun mindfulness games on days prior to the ‘YesPlus’ happiness workshops. If interested, please RSVP online or contact with any questions. Photo by Tucker Sherman.

August 15, 2014


Indian Independence Day Celebrations Aug. 16

MIT Sangam is inviting the MIT student body to join them in celebrating the Indian Independence Day on Saturday, August 16th, beginning at 11:30 am. Meet the organization at 11:30 am at the Student Center steps for the flag hoisting ceremony. Free lunch and a discussion led by the Association for India’s Development (AID-MIT) will follow afterwards at 12:00 pm at 1-190. If interested, signup for the event and and contact MIT Sangam at with any questions. Photo by T. A Joseph.

August 14, 2014


GSC Summer Harbor Islands Day Trip Aug. 16

Spend the day outdoors and enjoy the harbor islands with your fellow grad students on a day trip planed by the GSC activities co-chairs. You’ll take ferry rides to George’s Island and Spectacle Island and get to explore the areas. Barbecue and games will be provided, and the event is also opened to families! The day trip will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students need to meet at Long Wharf by 9:30 am that morning. Tickets go on sale soon, so sign up to be notified when ticket sale information becomes available. Email if you have any concerns or would like more information. Photo by Beverley Goodwin

August 14, 2014


MITaly Ferragosto BBQ Aug. 15

The GSC Funding Board is sponsoring a BBQ in celebration of Ferragosto, a traditional Italian holiday. The BBW will take place on Friday, August 15th, starting at 5:00 pm at the Tang BBQ pits.  On Ferragosto, people gather together on the beach, grill food, and play soccer and volleyball on the sand. The Mitaly organization will be recreating that same atmosphere outside of Tang for the evening. Contact if you would like more information about the event. Photo by Beniamino Baj

August 13, 2014


Torah & Tonics Aug. 14

The Graduate Hillel will be sponsoring a dinner and Torah study on Thursday, August 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Sidney-Pacific courtyard. Enjoy some grilled food and listen and take part in a discussion with guest speaker, Rabbi Fisher, as he talks about his studies in Israel these past few weeks. For more information about the event email Photo by Michael Maslin

August 12, 2014


GSC BBQ hosted by GAME Aug. 12

The Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (GAME) organization will be hosting a BBQ on August 12th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kresge Pits. Burgers, hot dogs, sodas, chips, and juice will be provided! Join in on the good company and email if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by Luke Jones

August 11, 2014


Mega Muddy Monday Aug. 11

The MechE and Chemistry departments are hosting a dinner at the Muddy Charles on Monday, August 11th at 5:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available. Summer’s almost over, so take a break from your research, satisfy your hunger, and meet new people after a long day of working in the lab. Email if you have any questions. Photo by Frank Hebbert

August 8, 2014


Singapore’s National Day Celebration Aug. 9

The MIT Singapore Students Society (MITSSS) will be hosting Singapore’s National Day Celebration on Saturday, August 9th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Singaporean food and drinks will be provided, so spend Saturday evening trying out new ethnic entrees, meeting new people, and celebrating with MITSSS. The event will be located in ‘The Warehouse’ (NW30) in the Colbert Room. Contact if you have further questions about the event. Photo by avlxyz

August 7, 2014


MIT Water Club Summer BBQ Aug. 8

If you’re interested in learning more about the MIT Water Club and want to meet individuals in the Boston water sector from industry, policy, and academia then celebrate summer by barbecuing with the MIT Water Club. At the event, you can network, meet new friends and colleagues, and enjoy food from the grill in the close proximity to our own Charles River. All are welcome. The event will take place on August 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the MIT Water Club. Photo by Jun Seita.

August 6, 2014


Hi-Story sharing and discussion on “business and knowledge” Aug. 9

Three entrepreneurs, including Chinese famous entrepreneur Yue Yuan, will be here at MIT to share their stories and discuss their experience with “business and knowledge.” Attendees will be allowed to ask the speakers questions and join in their discussions. The first 20 people to register will be guaranteed to attend, so register by August 6th if you’re interested. The event will take place on Saturday, August 9th, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and will be held in 1-246. Email if you have any questions concerning the event. Photo by velkr0

August 6, 2014


MIT Grad Life Hackathon Aug. 8

What would you build if you had 24 hours? The MIT GSC is hosting a hackathon from Friday, August 8th, at 8:00 pm to Saturday, August 9th, at 8:00 pm. The coding contest will take place in the Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Room and food a drinks will be available throughout the 24 hours. The event will give students an opportunity to network and win prizes! Register at if interested and email if you have any questions regarding the event. Photo by Michael Himbeault

August 6, 2014


Karaoke at the Thirsty Ear Pub Aug. 7

Serenade your friends and sing like a rock star at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Thursday, August 7th! The event will begin at 9:00 pm and a 21+ I.D. and MIT photo ID are required for entry. Karaoke night is free and only open to MIT. Email for more information.  Photo by Ed Schipul  


August 5, 2014


Service Outing with the Greater Boston Food Bank Aug. 6

Help end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts by sorting donated food on a service outing with the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (GAME)! On Wednesday, August 6th at 5:00 pm, join the group leaving from 77 Mass Ave to the Greater Boston Food Bank at 70 S. Bay Ave in Boston. T/MBTA transportation will be provided for those who travel with the group, and there will be a pizza dinner provided during a brief orientation. While all grad students are welcome, there are limited spots, so sign up online or contact with any questions. This event is funded by the GSC-PSC Service Fund.

August 4, 2014


YesPlus: Stress Management and Happiness Workshop Aug. 7-11

On Thursday, August 7th through Monday, August 11th, join the Art of Living Foundation to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving your full potential. Trained faculty from this international non-profit will be leading classes from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Thursday, Friday, and Monday) and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on de-stressing and powerful breathing techniques. These include Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games. These classes will take place in rooms on MIT campus (to be announced), and tuition is $250. If interested, register online and contact with questions. Photo by Le Batteur de Lune

August 4, 2014


MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Aug. 5

On Tuesday, August 5th, join us for another MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub, with headliner Gary Petersen (Boston Comedy Festival). The night will be hosted by Adam Langlois and feature Jenny Chalikian, Casey Malone, Micky McCauley, Kevin Seyfried, and Sean Sullivan. Doors will open at 8:00 pm and the show will start at 8:30 pm. Please have your 21+ government ID and MIT ID ready to show at the door. Snacks and soda will be provided, as the event is presented by the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee and sponsored by the GSC Funding Board, Peter de Florez ’38 Humor Fund, and GradRat. Any questions can be e-mailed to

August 1, 2014


GAME Service Event with the Red Sox Green Team Aug. 2

Join the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (GAME) on Saturday, August 2nd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a service event promoting recycling while enjoying baseball. Watch a free baseball game (Red Sox vs. Yankees) and get a hot dog, soda, and a free t-shirt! This event is in collaboration with the Red Sox Green Team, a corps of volunteers who spread throughout the stadium during inning breaks to gather plastic recyclables and educate fans. All grad students are welcome to participate, and this event is funded by the GSC-PSC Service Fund. There are limited spots, so if you are interested, sign up online or contact with any questions.

July 30, 2014


GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee meeting Jul. 31

On Thursday, July 31st at 5:30 pm, join the GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee (LASC) outside of 50-220 to discuss political issues concerning MIT graduate students. Learn about going to Washington DC with LASC to advocate on Capitol Hill for MIT graduate students, and contribute to op-ed articles on political issues! This meeting, LASC will also be discussing how negative data affect the scientific community. New members are always welcome and free food will be provided at the meeting. For more information, see the LASC website or contact with any questions.

July 30, 2014


Chinese Valentine’s Day movie and game night Aug. 1

Come and celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day! On Friday, August 1st, join members of the MIT community in the Ashdown House Hulsizer room at 6:00 pm for a dinner of Chinese food and drinks. After dinner is served, everyone is invited to choose a romantic movie to watch and board games to play. If interested in attending, please sign up online. Contact with any additional questions. Photo by Garry Knight

July 28, 2014


Nuts & bolts of an academic job search panel Jul. 29

Are you considering an academic career? Wondering how to mount a successful job search in a highly competitive academic job market? Come and hear how others have done it on Tuesday, July 29th, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in 32-123. Faculty panelists who successfully landed a position will outline an effective search strategy and discuss important elements of the process – finding opportunities of interest, preparing a strong application, the role of your advisors, interviewing, negotiating, and how the increasingly competitive job market is changing the faculty search process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!  Sponsored by the GSC Academic, Research and Careers Committee. Photo by Bluefield College

July 28, 2014


MIT Museum Summer Hours

The MIT Museum is typically open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but during July and August, the MIT Museum will be open until 7:00 pm on Thursdays and until 8:00 pm the second Friday of each month.  Visit the MIT Museum Calendar to see what activities will be going on throughout July and August or sign up for a workshop that interests you. Take advantage of the new summer hours and don’t miss out on the incredible exhibits!

July 25, 2014


Eastgate Summer Grill Night Jul. 26

Enjoy a scrumptious, finger-licking good  BBQ on Saturday, July 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Eastgate Courtyard. You bring the meat, and they’ll provide the heat. Sides and drinks will be provided by the Eastgate Community Association. Photo by xeeliz

July 25, 2014


MIT Ballroom’s 2nd Annual Live Music Social Jul. 26

Join MIT’s Ballroom Dance Team for their 2nd Annual Live Music Social on Saturday, July 26th from 7:00 pm to midnight in the Walker Memorial building. Beginner Waltz and Swing lessons will start at 7:00 pm, and the band will begin playing for social dancing at 8:00 pm. Presale tickets are available online and cost $5 for MIT students, $10 for MIT affiliates, and $15 for the general public. Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $5. Contact with any questions.

July 24, 2014


GSC Dissertation Bootcamp Jul. 28 through Aug. 8

Are you preparing your thesis to meet the summer thesis submission deadline? GSC is here to help! We will provide you with a quiet place in Hayden Library to work on your thesis with other graduate students, where breakfast & coffee will be provided everyday! This bootcamp will run from Monday, July 28th through Friday, August 8th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and you can choose to attend any day that works best for you. If you are interested, please sign up online, or contact GSC ARC at with any additional questions.

July 24, 2014


MIT-BSA Iftar and pre-Eid celebration Jul. 26

On Saturday, July 26th, MIT’s Bangladeshi Students’ Association (BSA) will be hosting their annual Iftar and pre-Eid celebration in the basement lounge of Westgate. The organization will provide a wide variety of pre-cooked, unique, spicy, and colorful Bangladeshi food for MIT students to try. The event begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Contact if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by vipez

July 24, 2014


Join the Eastgate community for a water party Jul. 26

On Saturday, July 26th at 4:00 pm, come to the Eastgate Courtyard (E-55) for a water party open to MIT families and kids. This fun afternoon party will have a lot of water activities, so come with clothes that can get wet and a bit dirty! If it rains, the event will be postponed to Sunday, July 27th or Saturday, August 2nd. For more details contact eastgate-pc@mit.eduPhoto by Reggie Alvey

July 23, 2014


Mind-body yoga dance party Jul. 24

On Thursday, July 24th, join other MIT community members for a mind-body yoga dance party in the Stratton Student Center (W20-491) at 7:00 pm. This event will begin with mingling and eating snacks, some light music and warm-up dance games, partner yoga, and guided meditation. At 8:25 pm, the music will start up again for anyone who wants to dance the night away! If you have any questions,  email or kgnayar@mit.eduPhoto by Tucker Sherman

July 22, 2014


Israeli Dancing Jul. 23

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, July 23rd, to take place at the Student Center in room 491. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students, but there is a suggested donation of $1. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email with any questions. Photo by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv


July 21, 2014


International Care Critical Data Marathon: Register by Jul. 31

In collaboration with Hacking Medicine, the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology is holding the second International Critical Care Data Marathon at the MIT Stata Center on September 5th7th. The event will bring together nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and physicians with data scientists to address clinically relevant questions in a large clinical database over the course of a weekend. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a large, open-access ICU database called MIMIC (created in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), MIT, and Philips Healthcare).  In 48 hours, teams of clinicians and data scientists will generate novel questions to address which will hopefully result in lasting relationships and clinically relevant projects. Be sure to register for the data marathon if you’re interested. The deadline to register is July 31, 2014.

July 21, 2014


Burgers and beers with LGBTQ students and allies Jul. 22

Come hang out with your fellow MIT LGBTQ graduate students and allies on Tuesday, July 22nd at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hotdogs are subsidized, so your dinner will be cheap! A group will be leaving Lobby 7 at 6:45 pm, or you can meet everyone at Tasty Burger at 7:30 pm. Don’t forget your ID and MIT student ID! RSVP online if you’re attending, although you can show up without RSVPing, and contact with any questions. Photo by Jennifer

July 18, 2014


Ashdown brunch Jul. 20

All graduate students are invited to the Ashdown June Brunch on Sunday, July 20th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Hulsizer room of Ashdown House. They will have pancakes, chocolate croissants, sausages, scrambled eggs, yogurt & granola, home fries, and fruits, so come to enjoy some great food and the summer! Please bring your own plates and utensils to reduce waste and receive an extra food item as incentive. Also, don’t forget your brunch punch card if you received one last time.  If you want to help out, contact, and direct all questions to All volunteers should show up at 10:00 am in the Hulsizer room to set up. Photo by Brian.

July 18, 2014


CAST summer outing for the sun and beach Jul. 19

Summer is the best time in Boston to enjoy the sunshine, the sea, and sports! On Saturday, July 19th join the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology on a summer outing to Revere Beach for the National Sand Sculpting Festival. A lunch box will be provided to all participants. The group will meet at the Kendall Square T station at a time that will be announced in an email following trip sign-up. If interested, sign up online. Contact with any questions. Photo by John O’Neil

July 18, 2014


MIT/WHOI Summer Picnic Jul. 19

Graduate students of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography invite you to a summer picnic and beach day in Cape Cod on Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be grilled burgers and hot dogs (vegan options included), fruits and veggies, light snacks, and drinks provided! The event will take place at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ballfield, minutes by foot to volleyball and basketball courts, a soccer/softball field, and the beach! Transportation will be via chartered buses for MIT graduate students and their guests, and tickets can be purchased online.

Contact with any additional questions, and the group would like to give a huge thanks to their co-sponsors: LEF, GSC MEF, MIT Biology, EGSAC, EECS GSA, and Off-Campus Housing. Photo by Abaconda Management Group

July 17, 2014


eMIT Science Outreach Meeting Jul. 17

If you find science or engineering intriguing and would like to teach and inspire other people then check out eMIT, a student group for science outreach. You can learn more about eMIT at their next meeting on July 17th at 6:00 pm. There will be free food and good company. RSVP if you would like to attend their upcoming meeting. The location is still to be determined. Photo by Martin Cron

July 17, 2014


Tang Hall BBQ and movie night Jul. 19

All MIT graduate students are invited to take a break from research to chill out over some delicious barbecue food and a movie with some friends on Saturday, July 19th. The event will take place on the Tang lawns and BBQ pits with food from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:15 pm. If weather is bad, the rain location is the Tang 24th floor lounge. Please bring your own utensils to go green and contact with any questions.

Photo by Håkan Dahlström.

July 17, 2014


Berry picking trip Jul. 19

On Saturday, July 19th, join the MIT CSSA in a trip to Russell Orchards farm in Ipswich, MA to pick farm fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries and try their famous cider donuts! Tickets are $13 when you register online, and include transportation and the entry fee. The trip will meet in front of Ashdown (235 Albany St.) at 9:00 am and return at around 2:30 pm, so consider bringing some spending money and a light lunch. Contact with any questions. Photo by Ray Bodden

July 16, 2014


GWAMIT and MITaly Networking Reception Jul. 17

Interested in pursuing a career in science and engineering? Would you like to know more about the bitter and sweet of the life of a scientist and learn how to face those situations? Join MITaly and GWAMIT in this networking session with Italian women in science and hear about the experiences of MIT Professors Paola Cappellaro and Paola Rizzoli and Harvard Professor Katia Bertoldi! The event will take place on Thursday, July 17th from 6:45-8:30pm in room 32-155 of the Stata Center. Pizza and desserts from Boston’s North End will be provided. Submit your questions for the speakers online, and contact with any inquiries about the event. Pictured: Cappellaro (left) and Rizzoli (right). 

July 16, 2014


Isabella Stewart Gardner Gala Jul. 18

Sip chardonnay, enjoy the company of other MIT graduate students, and get a look at the breathtaking artwork at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Friday, July 18, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Art historians will be available at the museum to answer students’ questions that evening. Tickets are $10 (single) or $18 (with a guest) and include the price of one drink ticket.  Remember to purchase your ticket online, and send additional questions to Photo by Maitri

July 16, 2014


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jul. 18

On Friday, July 18th join MIT Hillel for a delicious Shabbat dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students. The dinner will be held from 7:30 – 10:00 pm in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by sending an email to