Category Archives: Events

October 9, 2015


The Revere Piano Quartet on Oct. 11

The Revere Piano Quartet currently include: Jin-Kyung Joen, violin; Ronald Gorevic, violin/viola; MIT Emerson Instructor Eugene Kim, cello; and Tae Kim, piano.

Featured on this program is the rarely heard Suite for 2 Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand, by Erich Korngold, and the Fauré, Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 45. The performance will take place in Killian Hall on October 11 at 7 pm.

Photo By: esc861

October 8, 2015

African wax-print cloth

Edoh: Intricacies of African print cloth, Oct. 8

MIT PhD candidate Amah Edoh will present the intricacies—historical, political, cultural, and technical—of African print cloth, October 8 at 4 pm in Bldg. 2-105. In this talk, Amah Edoh traces the trajectory of wax cloth (also known as “African print cloth”) from Holland to Togo to elucidate how African-ness is being imagined and produced visually and materially in the present historical moment.

Edoh’s research interests focus on the interplay of place and expertise in the politics of knowledge production, with a particular emphasis on Africa and material culture. She was a 2004 Fulbright Scholar to Zambia and holds a Masters in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Edoh is currently a PhD candidate in MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society.

MIT Global Studies and Languages

October 7, 2015

ideas challenge fall dinner

IDEAS Fall Generator Dinner 2015, Oct. 8

Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don’t yet have an idea?

Join MIT IDEAS Global Challenge for dinner on October 8, 7-9 pm, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall to pitch an idea and find a team for the challenge.

During the event, there will be openings for 20-30 sixty-second pitches from attendees. You must sign up in advance to request a slot.

Sign up to pitch an idea or your skills when you register for this event. Those selected to pitch will be contacted before the event with instructions on the process.

Note: Pitching is optional! If you don’t want to pitch, just attend to mix and mingle, meet potential teammates, or hear about some of the exciting projects already underway.  Photo by MITChallenge

October 7, 2015


Aeronautics guest speaker on Oct. 8

The lectures “Current Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Research at the FAA” and “Aerospace Medicine Implications of Exponential Medical Technologies” will be coming to MIT on Thursday, October 8 from 9:30–11am in room 1-190.

Photo by Oliver Holzbauer

October 6, 2015

Professor Miyagawa, Faculty Talk

Professor Miyagawa shares his Alabama roots, ed-tech career, Oct. 6

Want to know how your professors made their academic and career choices?  Come hear their stories at the new faculty talks series.

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm in 3-133, come hear Professor Shigeru Miyagawa share his journey from growing up in Alabama as a Japanese-American, to an academic career bridging Japan and America, linguistics and culture, and education and technology at MIT.

Dates and speakers for the rest of the series:

  • Maria Zuber, Oct. 14, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Paula Hammond, Oct. 28, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Will Broadhead, Nov. 10, 5:15 pm, 3-133
  • Robert Langer, Nov. 30, 4:15 pm, 6-120

October 6, 2015

re:making life discussions

MIT Museum “Re:Making Life” series, Oct. 7, 14, 21

Beginning on Sept 30, the MIT Museum is offering a series of discussions about synthetic biology (“Re:Making Life”), with short presentations by MIT and Harvard researchers and opportunities for conversations by all attendees.  Explore what “synbio” is, how scientists are using innovative techniques to modify organisms, and for what purposes.  These events are free, and light refreshments will be served.

All talks will be held at the MIT Museum (265 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA)

From DNA to Designer Genomes: Wed., Sept. 30 from 6:00-7:30 pm

Breaking the “SynBio” Barrier: Wed., Oct. 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Customizing Nature: Wed., Oct. 14 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Who Needs Rules?: Wed., Oct. 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm

For more information, please visit this site.

Photo by Mehmet Pinarci

October 6, 2015


One-Day NSF/NIH Grant Workshops at UMass Boston, Oct. 8–9

The Writing/Designing NSF Proposals workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston on October 9, 2015. This one-day comprehensive workshop is geared for those who wish to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is taught by experienced faculty who have received various NSF grants and serve as evaluators on NSF review panels.  Additionally, a Writing/Designing NIH Proposals workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston, on October 8, 2015.

Space is limited and since this class fills up quickly, registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Workshop Fee: $375.00 (including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)

In order to register, please visit this site.  Contact: (866) 704-7268  Photo by Ramiro Ramirez

October 5, 2015

keith ellenbogen underwater photography seminar series

Keith Ellenbogen on underwater photography, Oct. 7, 21, and ongoing

Please join us on October 7, 5pm in Physics’ Cosman Seminar Room, 6C-442 for The Art of Underwater Photography, the next seminar in MIT CAST visiting artist, Keith Ellenbogen’s underwater photography series:

Visualizing Marine Conservation
featuring Caleb McClennen, Executive Director, Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society Merry Camhi, Director, New York Seascape Program; Wildlife Conservation Society Keith Ellenbogen, Photographer and MIT CAST Visiting Artist

Upcoming seminar dates (all 5 PM, Cosman Seminar Room, 6C-442):

A Window into the Underwater World: Framing Fish at the New England Aquarium
October 21, 5pm
Presentation and Discussion by:  Steve Bailey, Curator of Fishes New England Aquarium and Keith Ellenbogen

The White Sharks of Cape Cod: Science, Art and the Public Imagination
November 18, 5pm
Presentation and Panel Discussion:  Dr. Greg Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Scientist, MA Marine Fisheries, Great White Shark Researcher and TV Personality (shark week) and Keith Ellenbogen

Seeing the Invisible Ocean: Art at Technology’s Cutting Edge
December 9, 5pm
Presentation and Discussion: Keith Ellenbogen and Allan Adams, Associate Professor of Physics

500 P.S.I. Exhibition of Photographs by CAST Visiting Artist Keith Ellenbogen
Through May 1, 2016
Location: 6C 4th floor, Center for Theoretical Physics exhibition space

October 2, 2015

mit solve hubweek boston october 2015

HUBweek and Solve, Oct. 5–8

During the first week of October, there will be two huge events:

  • HUBweek (October 3–10), a first-ever weeklong celebration of the arts, science and innovation culture of Boston, co-sponsored in locations throughout Boston and Cambridge by MIT, Harvard University,The Boston Globe and Massachusetts General Hospital, and
  • Solve (October 5–8), the launch of an ongoing program on the MIT campus to bring together a global group of creative thinkers, doers and influencers to explore, model and test new solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

There are public sessions of Solve:

  • Monday afternoon, October 5, Kresge Auditorium: Solve’s opening convocation, featuring a keynote address from Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs and roundtables on Solve’s “Cure” and “Make” pillars
  • Tuesday evening, October 6, Bartos Theater: Roundtable on the “Fuel” pillar, with Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons Ltd.
  • Wednesday evening, October 7, Bartos Theater: Roundtable on the “Learn” pillar, with Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder, Emerson collective
    You must register in order to attend, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that any of these sessions become sold out, you can watch the live stream here.

At locations throughout Greater Boston, HUBweek will showcase the region’s strengths in art, science and technology through more than 80 events, most of which are free and open to the public, including “Inside Kendall Square,” on Thursday, October 8 – a day for celebrating the most innovative square mile on the planet. Registration for HUBweek is now open.

Additional details on HUBweek and Solve are available here.


October 2, 2015

How iGrad Works video

Where do I go? Who do I ask? Financial literacy talk, Oct. 6

The ODGE has recently partnered with the MIT Federal Credit Union to make an online financial literacy platform available to the entire MIT community including our graduate students!

The iGrad platform (link can be found at been customized for MIT and includes videos, articles, games, a 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.

To help roll out this exciting new tool, the ODGE is happy to announce a fall semester workshop (and pizza) series for graduate students on various financial literacy topics as part of the ODGE’s larger financial literacy initiative (an MIT news article will be out shortly providing more details on this initiative).

RSVP is required and spots are limited (free pizza!) so RSVP here.

  • 12:00-1:30 on Tuesday, October 6 (68-180): Financial Resources on Campus: Where Do I Go, Who Do I Ask?
  • 12:00-1:30 on Tuesday, October 20 (68-180): Securing Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • 12:00-1:30 on Monday, November 16 (W20-308): Navigating Credit and Debt: From Student Loans to Credit Cards
  • 12:00-1:30 on Tuesday, December 1 (W20-308): Personal Budgeting for the Uninitiated and Overwhelmed

Read more.

October 1, 2015

art studio visit

Field trip to an artist’s studio, Oct. 3

The List Visual Arts Center wants you to meet artist Lina Viste Gronli in her Somerville, MA studio! Visit the studio of a contemporary artist and see works in progress while enjoying light food and drinks with other arts enthusiasts from MIT.  The bus leaves from outside of the List Center (Bldg. E15) at 1 pm, on Saturday, October 3, returning just after 4. The exhibition “List Projects: Lina Viste Gronli” is on view at the List (Bldg. E15) until October 25.  LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. Sign up here.  Contact:  Photo by cgc76

October 1, 2015


Fifth annual graduate arts gala at Harvard MCZ, Oct. 2

Join the MIT GSC and Graduate Arts Forum for this fall’s graduate arts gala on Friday, October 2, from 7:30–10 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Mix and mingle amongst stuffed mammals, birds, and paleolithic-era fossils, while enjoying live jazz, complimentary wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Space is limited and you must be 21+ to register. Students are permitted to bring a guest (who must also be 21+).  RSVP here or contact:  Photo by: Chris Devers

October 1, 2015

open mic lewis music library

Open mic lunch hour at the Lewis Music Library, Oct. 2

Open mic will be held in the Lewis Music Library, 14E-109, on Friday, October 2, from 12–1 pm.  Come jam, perform, or just listen.  This is your chance to play our piano or your own instrument.  Everyone is welcome. Free audience supplied for all performers. Light refreshments will also be provided.  Contact: 617-253-5636  Photo by Nic McPhee

September 30, 2015


Research paper submissions for IAAC due Nov. 30

The 6th IEEE International Advance Computing Conference (IACC- 2016) is accepting research papers for their conference on February 27–28. The deadline to submit is November 30, and the conference listing at IEEE can be viewed here.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full and original research papers in the areas of: High Performance Computing, Advances in Communication and Networks, Advanced Algorithms, Image and Multimedia Processing, Databases and Data Management, and Teaching and Learning Systems. For a detailed list of topics please visit the conference websitePhoto by Ivan Walsh

September 30, 2015


MIT MTA concert: Jeremy Huw Williams, Oct. 2

MIT Music and Theater Arts is hosting a concert by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan featuring music by Shadle, Child, Harbison, and Alwyn on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8pm in Killian Hall (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge).  Admission is free.

Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan will present the world premiere of Primordia: A Song Cycle to Early Poems of Wallace Stevens by Charles Shadle; the premiere of a new version of The Great Panjandrum by Peter Child; the US premiere of  William Alwyn’s Nocturnes, and John Harbison’s The Flute of Interior Time.

Visit this site for more information.  Photo by Christina Raphaelle

September 29, 2015

it's alive

“It’s Alive!” play reading on Oct. 1

Its Alive! play reading series presents an Homage to Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) the late British neurologist and author.

On Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm, in the Rinaldi Building (E33), there will be a free reading of The Man Who by Peter Brook, English theater and film director. The play is based on the 1985 Oliver Sacks book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a best-selling collection of case histories about some of his neurologically impaired patients. Photo by C. Mario del Río

September 28, 2015

effectCV writing for academic jobs

Effective CVs for the Academic Job Search, Sep. 29

The CV is used for the academic job search and in some cases for PhDs seeking a research position in other settings. This workshop will be held on September 29, 2015, 1:30-3 pm in 5-217 and will cover the important elements of a CV, including strategies for how to showcase your particular knowledge and experiences effectively. We will also discuss some aspects of the academic job search – such as writing a research or teaching statement, or obtaining letters of recommendation. It’s helpful to bring a copy of your CV or a draft with you to refer to as we go through the material in the workshop.  Please register here in advance.  Photo by desiitaly

September 28, 2015


“Getting from Here to There” faculty talks, Sep. 30

Want to know how your professors made their academic and career choices?  Come hear their stories at the new faculty talks series.

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5:15pm in 6-120, Professor Emery Brown will share his journey to becoming a renowned neuroscientist, anesthesiologist, statistician, and MIT faculty member.

Dates and speakers for the rest of the series:

  • Shigeru Miyagawa, Oct. 6, 5:15 pm, 3-133
  • Maria Zuber, Oct. 14, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Paula Hammond, Oct. 28, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Will Broadhead, Nov. 10, 5:15 pm, 3-133
  • Robert Langer, Nov. 30, 4:15 pm, 6-120

September 28, 2015

water pollution mit water club

Water Pollution Control Overview from Len Miller, Sep. 29

Leonard Miller, one of the Co-Founders of the US EPA, will be giving this month’s MIT Water Club Lecture Series talk on Tuesday, September 29, at 4:30pm in 1-150.  The lecture will provide an overview of the historical evolution of the US EPA, and the regulation of wastewater in the United States.  While discussing regulation development from the 60’s until now, relevant policy/engineering issues and some short case histories will be presented.  Not only does Len have extensive experience in government, but also in private practice as one of the leading environmental lawyers in the US.  The lecture is open to everyone, and snacks will be served!  Contact: Photo by Wilfredo Rodríguez

September 25, 2015

Game Controller

Dr. AnnMaria De Mars: as diverse as tech gets, Sep. 28

An informal discussion with a judo world champion on the psychology of success in the tech industry.

AnnMaria De Mars is the CEO and founder of 7 Generation Games, a startup that develops educational video games in which students learn about math and Native American history. She is also the president of The Julia Group, a consulting firm offering software development for statistical analysis and psychometrics. The mother of four daughters, she was the first American to win the world judo championships. In 2013, she was listed as one of Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40.

On Monday, September 28 Mars will host an informal discussions in Building 3-270 from 1–2 pm. Light refreshments will be available and it is recommended that you preregister using this form.

September 24, 2015


Sep. 24: Jim Crow and Segregation Outside of the South

Police shootings and the Black Lives Matter campaign have shone a spotlight on how different the everyday experiences are of white Americans and Americans of color. While much attention has been paid to these seemingly daily occurrences, the historical forces that led to our current situation have been less discussed: Is the de facto segregation that exists in many Northern cities a result of the lack of forced integration of the type that took place in the South? And is the mass incarceration of and police brutality inflicted on black Americans a result of these same forces?  The Communications Forum will be hosting a discussion, “Jim Crow and the Legacy of Segregation Outside of the South,” this Thursday, September 24 at 5 pm, in 3-270.


Melissa Nobles, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at MIT

Tracey Meares, the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Moderator: Seth Mnookin, director of the Communications Forum and the associate director of the Graduate Program of Science Writing at MIT

For more information, please visit this site.  Photo by Tina Leggio

September 24, 2015


Scott: Code Wars lecture, Sep. 24

This lecture by Felicity Scott on Thursday, September 24 at 6 pm in the Long Lounge (7-429) will address the Open Land communes which emerged in Northern California during the late 1960s, focusing in particular on the escalating “code wars” and attempts to abandon private property rights, normative forms of life, and other trappings of modernity and capitalism elicited from the State.

September 23, 2015


Design Biennial at Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston

The Design Biennial is well underway, with a host art pieces to see in the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The park itself serves as a stage to highlight the art and enhance the experience for the viewer. Many of the pieces are also interactive. A new mural, Lawrence Weiner’s “A Translation from One Language to Another,” is going up in Dewey Square Park. Permanent installations include Ross Miller’s “Harbor for Sculpture” and the animal sculptures on Jeff Briggs’s Greenway Carousel. The fully functioning carousel is open daily until October 12 and weekends until December 20. Many of the other featured works are leaving in late September or early October.

More information on the Greenway and many of the art exhibits can be found on their site.

Photo by deborahlee713


September 23, 2015


Jherek Bischoff at Lewis Music Library Sep. 24

Bischoff is a composer, producer, performer & film scoring professional from the west coast. Bischoff has served as an arranger, producer and muse to a who’s who of “in the know” creators including internet phenomenon Amanda Palmer, legendary New York musician David Byrne, Australian pop star Missy Higgins and novelist Neil Gaiman.

He will be performing at the Lewis Music Library at 5 pm, Thursday, September 24. Admission is free.

September 22, 2015

brazilian food

Taste of Brazil, Sep. 22

The Graduate Student Council (GSC), MIT-Brazil (MISIT), and the MIT Alumni Association will be sponsoring a kick off for the “Taste of …” dinner series with Taste of Brazil.

Come to Morss Hall Tuesday, September 22 from 5:30–7:00 pm and enjoy several Brazilian dishes and beverages. There will also be information on Brazilian culture and visiting Brazil.

September 21, 2015

mit inspired startups

Innovation in the Built Environment: Sep. 21 panel on MIT-inspired startups

Technology startups are well known for disrupting and re-imagining the way we shop, share photos, and hail cabs, but what about the built environment? Taking place on Monday, September 21, at 12:30 pm in Long Lounge, 7-429, this panel features four speakers, all MIT alumni, from recent startup ventures that address key issues in building technology in new ways, from an innovative wearable device that adjusts thermal comfort to a community-driven web platform for urban planning discourse. The discussion with include insights from the panelists on both the details of their technological innovations and their experiences in founding and joining startup companies.  The panel will be moderated by Les Norford:

  • Jaime Gagne is the Principal Building Scientist at KGS Buildings, where she manages and develops KGS’s library of fault detection diagnostics for HVAC systems.
  • Sam Shames is co-founder of embr labs, where he is currently Head of Product.
  • David Quinn is a co-founder of coUrbanize, a startup that helps cities and real-estate developers communicate with residents.
  • David Warsinger is co-founder of Coolify, a national-award-winning startup providing cold storage to the developing world.

For more information on this panel, visit this site.

September 18, 2015


“Hacking Science Demos,” Sep. 20

There will be a “Hacking Science Demos” workshop on Sunday, September 20, 2–5pm at the MIT Museum. The workshop will focus on learning how to make science demos and teams will work together to make new designs, and the top five will be included in state science outreach initiatives. RSVP at this site.

September 18, 2015


LGBTQ Community Leadership Retreat to Provincetown Sep. 25–27

There are still spaces for about 10 graduate students in the LBGTQ Community Leadership Retreat to Provincetown. The goal of the retreat is to foster relationships and plan initiatives among LBGT and Ally students and organizations on MIT’s campus. All students are welcome on this fun weekend of community-building, planning for the year ahead, and enjoying Provincetown. This retreat is for new and returning undergraduate and graduate students, people who have or who might not have been involved in programs or planning, or for people who have questions, ideas, hopes, and energy for making the most of the 2015–2016 academic year.

There is no cost for you to attend, and meals and transportation will be provided.

Take a break from classes, hang out with other grad students and undergrads, and reflect on issues of sexual and gender identity and how they relate to life and leadership at MIT. The retreat is free of cost to students, although bringing some money for down time is advised. The bus leaves from Rainbow Lounge at 5pm, Friday, September 25, returning to MIT around 6pm, Sunday, September 27.

September 17, 2015

Water Drop

Water and data analytics ideation workshop, Sep. 18

In partnership with ImagineH2O, a Bay-Area-based water tech accelerator, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is excited to host a Water & Data Analytics Ideation Workshop on Friday, September 18 from 3–6pm in the Student Center W20-306.

Expert panelists from water tech, entrepreneurship, big data, and venture capital followed by breakout sessions. Reception and refreshments to follow.

You can RSVP at this site.

September 17, 2015

hubweek events october 2015

HUBweek festival and conference, Oct. 3–10

HUBweek, is an intellectual festival and conference showcasing art, science, and technology, offering 40 events in Boston and Cambridge, and running October 3–10. More than 150 companies, nonprofits, and universities will be in attendance.  In addition to sessions with speakers, there will be many areas designed to draw participants and stimulate fresh thinking.  Read more.

September 16, 2015


MIT-Africa Interest Group (MAIG) dinner, Sep. 16

The first MIT-Africa Interest Group (MAIG) meeting of the semester will be held Wednesday, September 16, 5–7 pm, in the Whitehead Institute Cafeteria, 9  Cambridge Center. Dinner will be provided through generous sponsorship from Associate Provost Philip Khoury.

This meeting, will be aimed at reconnecting the community and welcoming incoming students and others, hosting report backs from summer activities in Africa and discussing MIT-AFRICA plans for the semester.

Included in presentations are:

  • Michael Beeler, PhD, Operation Research, RARE Education, Kenya
  • Brandon Benson ’17, Physics, Market research for avocado oil extraction, Tanzania
  • Chukwunwike Iloeje, PhD, Mechanical Engineering & Babatunde Alawode, Graduate
  • Student, Mechanical Engineering, Impact Labs, Nigeria
  • Megan Mansfield, ’16, EAPS, South African Astronomical Observatory(SAAO)
  • Margaret Okobi, ’16, Biology, Early Infant Diagnosis, Nat. Health Laboratory, South Africa

RSVP here

Additionally, there will be courses offered this semester focused on Africa, particularly, Professor Clapperton Mavhunga’s STS.089 Technology and Innovation in Africa. Photo by Cristina Rigutto

September 15, 2015

MIT Museum Open Studio

MIT Museum open studio, Sep. 16

All MIT students are invited to come learn about the MIT Museum Studio’s projects. The Studio supports experimental projects in perception, interaction, expression and communication at the interface between MIT and the wider world.

An Open Studio with drop-in workshops will be held Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30–7:30 pm in Building 10-150. You can find out more at the MIT Museum Studio.

Photo by Alan Doyle.

September 15, 2015

MIT Soros Fellows

Soros Fellowship information session, Sep. 15

The ODGE is pleased to announce an informational session on the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans on Tuesday, September 15 from 2–3 pm in the Mezzanine Lounge in the Stratton Student Center (W20-307).

Craig Harwood, director of the Soros Fellowship, will be on hand to provide a brief presentation on the fellowship and to answer questions. More information on the fellowship can be found on their website. A MIT news article on last year’s recipients can be found here.

September 14, 2015

Prof. Bahr begins faculty talk series on "Getting from Here to There"

“Getting from Here to There” faculty talks debut Sep. 16

Each professor has a personal story of how they got into their position and career. The faculty talk series, “Getting from Here to There,” debuts with Professor Arthur Bahr sharing his story of going from student to professor. Prof. Bahr will kick off a fall series sponsored by Chancellor Barnhart’s Office and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Lorna Gibson, designed to give students new insights into how MIT faculty “got from here to there.” Prof. talk about an improbable journey from professional figure skater to MIT Professor of Literature.

Prof. Bahr’s talk takes place Wednesday, September 16, 5:15 pm, in Building 2-105.

September 8, 2015

MIT Sounding Performances

MIT Sounding announces upcoming performance lineup 2015–2016

The new music series, MIT Sounding, has announced its 2015 and 2016 schedule of innovative performances by some of the world’s leading artists. This year’s diverse offerings run the gamut, from Bach to Led Zeppelin and Morton Feldman, and from acoustic recitals to electronic manipulations of the human voice.

The fall season begins on Sept. 25, when classical cellist Maya Beiser reinterprets the rock canon in “Uncovered,” a treatment of music from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, and others. October brings the first performance of a new opera, Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib’s reinvention of Ingmar Bergman’s classic 1966 film “Persona,” as well as a large-scale reprise of violinist Johnny Gandelsman’s single-evening performance of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas. Next winter and spring, FLUX Quartet will present the long-awaited Boston premiere of Morton Feldman’s uninterrupted, six-hour String Quartet No. 2; and electroacoustic songstress Pamela Z will combine vocal virtuosity and technology in a solo performance of her own works. Read the full story at MIT News.

September 4, 2015

SUTD East Coast Campus.

Recruitment event, Sep. 22: Careers with Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

Learn about faculty and research careers with Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) established in 2012. SUTD in collaboration with MIT, invite you to join them at the following information and recruitment event: Tuesday September 22, 7–9 p.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott 6 Cambridge Center. (Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

SUTD is offering faculty opportunities in the following academic pillars: Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD).

Register for the event by sending your latest CV to (You can still submit your CV for SUTD’s consideration even if you are unable to attend the event.) Or contact Jake Livengood, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services Building E39-305. Photo by smuconlaw

September 3, 2015


Radcliffe Institute Women in Biotech Symposium, Sep. 18

Why are women underrepresented as leaders in the biotech industry? It’s a perplexing issue which warrants examination and discussion. The Radcliffe Institute Women in Biotech Symposium, held Friday, Sep. 18, 1 to 5 pm, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St. in Cambridge, brings together scientists, industry and venture capital leaders, and academics, to explore the divide between the large number of women who pursue advanced degrees in related scientific fields and their representation in leadership positions in biotech firms.

Speakers will share new research, experimentation, and promising models that may help industry, universities, government, and private capital improve the current system. To gain a deeper understanding about this situation, register online and view the full schedule.

September 2, 2015


Student Registration Now Open For MIT Fall Career Fair

Are you looking for exposure to top companies in your field? Are you looking for a full time job or summer internship? Registration is now open for the MIT Fall Career Fair that will take place on September 25th at the MIT Johnson Athletics Center, 10am-4pmRegister online (using your MIT email), upload your resume, browse the 380+ participating companies, and drop your resume with companies that interest you. For more details, please visit the Fall Career Fair website or contact: Photo by muffett68

September 2, 2015

GSC secretary Eva Golos and GSC treasurer Janille Maragh

McLellan, Golos, Maragh: Hacking for Solve

The first-ever hackathon for Solve has laid solid groundwork for some promising ideas and for more “Solve-a-thons” to come.

Over two days recently at MIT, members of the Institute’s community teamed up to work on this challenge: Design a wearable device to significantly improve targeted health care to a majority of the world’s population.

The Graduate Student Council, which organized and hosted the event, focused on the Cure pillar of Solve. “We tried to pull together expertise from all five schools at MIT in one event,” said GSC president Michael McClellan. “So, science people can think about sensors and what’s feasible to measure, engineers can help design what a device could look like and what pieces could go into it, while people from design, urban planning, and architecture can work on schematics and designs. As well, those from humanities and social sciences can contribute ideas on how the device could be targeted for certain populations, locations, or issues, and business students can work on the finances, marketing, and distribution aspects of the proposal.” Read more. Photo by GSC (Left to Right: GSC secretary Eva Golos, and GSC treasurer Janille Maragh, two of the Solve-a-thon organizers)

September 2, 2015


Hellenic Students Association (HSA) Welcome BBQ! Sep. 4

The Welcome BBQ is held by the HSA, to welcome newly admitted students to MIT and introduce them to the multi-cultural environment of the Boston area. Of course, the BBQ is open to all of the MIT community, not just the newcomers and not just Greeks. The event is at the MIT Sailing Pavilion where you can do one of the nicest extracurricular activities at MIT: sailing! Join us September 4th from 4pm-7pm. This location is also ideal because it reminds some of the new students of the Greek sea, curing some of their homesickness! Our members, new and old, see this as one of our most cherished traditions. Contact: Photo by Doc Searls

September 1, 2015

First all-digital MIT orientation

Graduate Student Orientation 2015

 Last year’s MIT Graduate Student Orientation was the largest student-run graduate school orientation in the country. This year’s event has many new features, including all-digital orientation packs, to reduce paper consumption and waste.The detailed Graduate Student Orientation schedule of events and activities, running from Aug. 30 to Sep. 16, is posted. Visit the growing collection of digital fliers to get this year’s handouts.

September 1, 2015


Volunteer at the Fresh Pond Reservation, Cradles to Crayons or CASPAR! Sep. 12

The GSC orientation committee is organizing a Volunteer Day event on Saturday September 12th, which is open to the entire MIT community. Come join us to meet incoming students and also to get further involved with volunteering opportunities in the Boston area! Events will be in Cambridge and Brighton. Volunteers can choose to work at the Fresh Pond Reservation (12 pm-4 pm), Cradles to crayons (1:30 pm-3:30 pm), or at CASPAR (2 pm to 5 pm). Brunch/lunch will be provided before the events begin. Find more information about each event and sign up! Contact: Photo by Barb Hoyer

August 31, 2015


Singapore Student Society Welcome BBQ Sep. 13

MITSSS welcomes all new students to MIT this Sunday September 13! Come and enjoy delicious BBQ food and mingle with other fellow students. We will be setting up the pit from 5pm at the Kresge BBQ. Contact: Sponsored by GSC FB and ASA LEF. Photo by John Liu

August 28, 2015


Sid-Pac Cultural Festival 2015 Aug. 29

Enjoy delicious food, music, dance, arts, and more from different cultures! Great opportunity to learn about the heritage and society of many different cultures. Come to the Sidney Pacific Mark MP Room between 12pm-3pm on Saturday August 29th. Many student groups will be present. Sponsored by ASA ARCADE LEF. Contact: Photo by Casper Zoethout

August 28, 2015


HST Faculty Poster Session Sep. 24

Students and faculty are warmly invited to participate in HST’s annual Faculty Poster Session–designed to inform MD and PhD students about research opportunities and to allow faculty to recruit new students to their labs. This year’s session will take place: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 5-7pm at Harvard Medical School, TMEC Atrium. Refreshments will be served. Posters may take any form in a 4′ by 4′ format, ranging from an overview of an entire research portfolio to sample results of a recent research project. Faculty and students may register a poster. If you have any questions, please write to Learn more here. Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim

August 27, 2015

MIT Alum and Zip Car founder, Robin Chase

MIT alum and Zipcar founder, Robin Chase, book talk at Orientation Sep. 14

Robin Chase, co-founder/ex-CEO of Zipcar and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, illuminates the potential of the collaborative economy to address broader issues such as climate change and income inequality.

An MIT alum, Chase will give a book talk, with Q&A and signing of the book Peers Inc., open to current MIT students, alumni, and friends, Monday, September 14, 6–7 pm, in Building 10-250.

Admission is free, and will be followed by an intimate dinner with Robin at 7:30 pm, for which admission is by lottery at the event.

Contact: Alex Hamilton Chan

August 27, 2015


Tang Hall Orientation Olympics Sep. 3

Come join new and old grad students from Tang and other grad dorms to play different sports in teams in a relaxed atmosphere. Events will include Soccer, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton, Volleyball, Waterballoon fights. The date of the event is Thursday September 3rd from 2pm to 7pm. The primary location is the Z-center.  Sign-up here so we can contact you to get your T-shirt size and indicate your sports preferences. Contact: Photo by Dee’lite

August 26, 2015


Volunteer at Graduate Orientation 2015!

Be a part of the largest student-run orientation in the nation! Have fun, make friends and meet future colleagues. Volunteer at one of many events running from Monday, Aug 31st to Saturday, Sep 12 all over campus. Questions? Email Sign up now!

August 25, 2015


GAME Water Day Aug. 27

This Thursday, August 27, 4-7 PM at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard (NW86), join us for free food cooked fresh on the grill and sweet snacks. Participate in Water balloon battles, Sponge relays, and Slip-n-slide races against your friends and enemies alike. Expect good company! Questions? Contact: Photo by Gordon Tarpley

August 21, 2015


TED Talk Social with REFs Aug. 24

What keeps us motivated in life, grad school and careers? Join the REFs for a fun and relaxing social where we reflect on these important questions! The event is this August 24, 5:30-6:30pm, building 32-124. Food and snacks will be provided! Contact: with any questions. Photo by JD Hancock

August 21, 2015


Celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day with ROCSA Aug. 22

Chinese Valentine’s Day is coming! ROCSA is going to celebrate this special day with you.
Join us for a chill-out dinner party at the Sidney Pacific Seminar Room (NW86) from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday August 22 with delicious Taiwanese food from Dolphin Bay Boston. Please RSVP Contact: Photo by Shuwn Hsu

August 20, 2015


Grad Hillel Shabbat Dinner Picnic Aug. 21

Want to enjoy a delicious Shabbat picnic dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students on Friday August 21st at 7:00pm? Join us at Killian Court. RSVP by sending an email to This event is sponsored by Hillel at MIT and the MIT GSC. Photo by feministjulie

August 18, 2015


Quantitative Research Roles at Jane Street, Deadline Aug. 19

Jane Street is a quantitative trading firm that uses innovative technology, a scientific approach, and a deep understanding of markets to guide our business. We are a global liquidity provider and market maker, operating around the clock and around the globe, out of offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. The markets change rapidly, and we need to change faster still. Every day, we come to work with new problems to solve, new systems to build and new theories to test. We’re always looking for people to join us and help come up with that next great idea.

We’re going to be at MIT on August 24 to interview PhD candidates for positions at Jane Street. The interviews will primarily focus on our Research role, but our Researchers often walk the line between Quantitative Trading and Software Development as well. You can learn more about Research, Quantitative Trading, and Technology at Jane Street on our website. If you’re interested in interviewing for a position at Jane Street we encourage you to apply through CareerBridge by August 19th! Photo by dirkcuys


August 14, 2015


Indian Independence Day celebrations Aug. 15

Celebrate the Indian Independence day with friends this 15 of August at 10:30 AM! We will have a flag hoisting and an address by the chief guest at the Student Center, Sala de Puerto Rico. This will be followed by Indian lunch and I Day trivia games! Contact: Photo by Sanyam Bahga

August 13, 2015


How to Find an Impactful Postdoc: A Panel Discussion Aug. 14

This Friday, August 14, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:30 at 34-101, find out more about the skills required to land a postdoctoral position in academia or industry. Learn about the search process, interviewing and tips for how to be most successful. Bring along your questions and friends. Co-sponsored by the MIT Graduate Student Council, MIT Global Education & Career Development and the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research. Refreshments will be provided. Register here!

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August 12, 2015


Outing to Greater Boston Food Bank Aug.12

Help sort donated food that at the Greater Boston Food Bank, which supplies all the regional food pantries this Wednesday Aug. 12, 4:30–8:00 pm. This is an fun outing that we (GAME, SidPac and TBP) lead once a month (usually on the first or second Wednesday) at the Greater Boston Food Bank @ 70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA. There will be free pizza for dinner, and if you travel with the group, transportation via the MBTA will be covered! Sign up today! Contact: Photo by

August 11, 2015


Contra Dance with live music by BiCoastal Aug. 11

Contra dancing is a high-energy dance, directed by a caller and accompanied by exciting live folk music. It’s easy to learn, and you’ll get to twirl your partner and everyone else’s! Tonight’s dance features live folk music by BiCoastal: Julia Hartman (fiddle), Jean Monroe (piano), & Bonnie Insull (flute). Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Time: 8:00p–10:30pm Location: W20-Lobdell, Dining Hall, Student Ctr 2nd floor. Visit our website! Event is open to the general public and the cost is free for MIT and Wellesley students. Optional suggested donation $3 other students, $6 general. Sponsored by the Folk Dance Club. For more information, contact: MIT Folk Dance Club Photo by macguys

August 7, 2015


Spain@MIT world cup BBQ Aug. 9

Join us for a BBQ to celebrate the end of our very own MIT world cup and to congratulate the winners.The event is co-sponsored by Spain@MIT and the GSC Funding Board. The BBQ is this August 9th, 5-8pm @ the Sailing pavilion Contact: with questions. Photo by Marcus Buchwald

August 7, 2015


Singapore National Day Celebrations Aug. 9

Come and celebrate Singapore’s 50 years of independence! The event will be held at the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307) this August 9th at 7pm. The celebration is sponsored by GSC Funding Board. Contact: See you there! Photo by Mike Behnken

August 3, 2015


MASS AWIS Annual Potluck Picnic at Raymond Park Aug. 9

Join MASS AWIS as we soak up the sun during our annual potluck picnic. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Please bring a food dish to share as well as chairs and/or blankets for you and your guests. We’ll provide the beverages and tableware. Challenge your fellow AWIS members to a friendly competition during our scheduled games! Win prizes and bragging rights. The picnic is at Raymond Park located at 112 Raymond St between Upland Rd and Walden St in Cambridge, 02140 The event goes from 12:00pm – 3:00 pm, 1:00 pm Three-legged race, 2:00 pm Cornhole tournament. Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Red Line to Porter Square T or Fitchburg Line. Driving: All street parking will be free on Sunday in Cambridge. The event is free, but please register here to help us plan accordingly. Photo by Julie

July 31, 2015

Ramadan End

Celebrate the end of Ramadan at the Eid-ul-Fitr BBQ Aug. 1

Come celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with MIT BSA in a outdoor setting. We will do BBQ and have some fun time. We are meeting Saturday, August 1, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM at the Edgerton House Courtyard, 143 Albany St, Cambridge, MA 02139. Contact: Spots are limited, so sign-up is required. Organized by the Bangladeshi Students Association. An Eventbrite ticket will be required for admission, get it here! Photo by woodleywonderworks

July 31, 2015

Westgate Picnic Grads

Westgate Summer Picnic-Brunch Aug. 1

Join us this August 1st, 12:00 pm, at the Westgate Playground area to celebrate summer with a get together picnic-brunch with bagels, muffins, croissants, fruits, etc… and of course lots of ice cream!! Register here! All MIT graduate students and their families are welcome! Please bring your own plate to help reduce waste. Contact: for questions. Photo by jeffreyw

July 29, 2015

PN2K Bikes

Update your bike! MIT PN2K presents: Island in the Sun Jul. 31

 Bring in your bicycle Friday, July 31, 3:00pm-7:00pm for a safety check and free minor repairs. Wash off the salt and other residues to help maintain the quality of your bicycle with our free bicycle pressure washer service. Join us at the MIT Student Center Plaza/Front Steps to learn about bicycle safety, mingle with the bicycle community, and clean your U-lock while waiting in line. Register your bicycles with MIT Parking and Transportation Office (from 3-5pm). Support us by donating and purchasing our PN2K bicycle accessories, including bike lights, helmets, T-shirts! Contact: Photo by Kyle Van Horn

July 24, 2015


Sign-up for Solve-a-thon Aug. 10–11

In October, MIT will convene extraordinary people to work on extraordinary problems facing our world in the areas of Cure, Fuel, Learn, and Make. Join us August 10th and 11th for a Solve-a-thon to put MIT’s collaborative and cross-disciplinary problem-solving approach into action and see how your ideas could impact future generations for the better! The two-day event allows team of 3-6 to work on a Solve-inspired challenge: design “wearable technology” to significantly improve targeted healthcare to a majority of the population. Register as a team or individual here!

August 10, 2015 | 5:00-9:00pmSala de Puerto Rico, W20-202: Meet other student Solvers over dinner and refreshments and gather with your team to begin to explore the problem and identify a solution.

August 11, 2015 | 5:00-8:30pm, social afterward, Wong Auditorium, E15-115: Present your proposal to a panel of judges from academia and industry, who will assess the potential success of your idea. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Dinner provided! Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development

July 23, 2015


Apply to Organize the 2015 GWAMIT Leadership Conference

GWAMIT is currently recruiting conference co-chairs, event leads, and committee members for the annual Fall Leadership Conference to be held in October 2015. Apply here. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the 2015 organizing team! There are many different ways you can get involved depending on your interests and schedule. Please contact the GWAMIT Executive Board at if you have questions. We also encourage you to read more about previous leaders and events!

July 23, 2015


MIT-WHOI Summer Picnic & Beach Day in Cape Cod Aug. 8

Grad students of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography invite you to a summer picnic in Cape Cod on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 09:00am to 04:30pm
at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA. Grilled burgers/hot dogs (with vegan options), snacks, fruits and beverages will be provided. Enjoy the free food, play soccer/volleyball, swim in the ocean, ride on the bike path (bring your own bike), or stroll on the beach. Transportation via chartered bus ($10 per person) for MIT communities and their families can be purchased before Aug 5. Follow this link to sign up and get more information! Photo by Steve Newfield

July 21, 2015


Conflict Management Training @ MIT – Apply today!

Interested in conflict management and how to resolve conflicts? Apply today for conflict management training! Sessions will take place at the MIT Stratton Student Center, August 3 – August 14, 2015. Training is free for MIT graduate students. Space is limited. Training is divided into 3 tiers. More information here! Contact: Photo by Nicola Corboy

July 21, 2015


GSC Sustainability Meeting Jul. 21

Are you interested in promoting, improving, and increasing sustainability efforts at MIT? Come learn about how we’re reducing move-out waste, greening Grad Orientation 2015, and making the Student Center more sustainable. Join the group Tuesday, July 21, 5-6PM at 50-220 (GSC Office) where fresh fruit and snacks will be provided! Please RSVP now! Photo by neetalparekh

July 20, 2015


GWAMIT & Intel Women PhD Engineers Luncheon and Career Development Discussion Jul. 30

Intel will be in town this week, and we’d like to invite members of GWAMIT to join our women PhD engineers for a casual lunch and career development discussion. The event is on Thursday, July 30, 12:00 – 1:00 PM and lunch will be provided. Location still to be determined, check event page soon. RSVP now! The topic is open to anything of interest to GWAMIT members, and we encourage questions around work/life balance, working in a male dominated field, value of graduate degree, etc. This is your time to ask whatever is on your mind! Photo by Josh Bancroft

July 20, 2015

indian bbq

SANGAM Indian Barbecue Jul. 26

Enjoy the Summer with an Indian Barbecue evening this July 26, 6 pm at the Kresge BBQ Pits! Indulge yourself in a variety of Indian spices and sauces. We will have vegetarian options as well. Contact: for questions. Photo by woodleywonderworks