Category Archives: Events

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

July 15, 2014


Contra Dance with live music Jul. 15

On Tuesday, July 15th, take part in some contra dancing with live folk music by Autumn Rose Lester (fidde) and Max Newman (guitar, banjo, mandolin). Contra dancing is a high-energy dance, directed by caller and accompanied by exciting live folk music. It’s easy to learn, beginners are welcome, and no partner is necessary. The event will take place from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm in lobby 13 and is open to the public. The event is free for all MIT students, but a $3 donation is suggested at the door. Contact the MIT Folk Dance Club at if you would like more information. Photo by Joanna


July 14, 2014


Dart Night at Thirsty Ear Pub Jul. 14

Come out for Dart Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub every Monday starting on July 14th. Doors open at 7:30 pm, darts are from 8:00 -10:00 pm, and the kitchen closes at 11:00 pm. Free food will be provided, and a 21+ government ID and an MIT ID are both required to attend! Contact with any additional questions. Photo by Manuel Noah Angeja.

July 11, 2014


Academia, Industry or Both? Academic Careers Series Jul. 14

The Graduate Student Council’s Academic, Research, and Careers (ARC) committee has put together a panel of professionals that will help you figure out what type of career path you should choose after graduation. Would you prefer working in an industry or teaching in academics? You will get to hear stories from Charles Cooney, a professor in MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department, Jack Turner, an Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office, and David Weitz, a professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard when these professionals were once in your shoes. Learn how they made this huge decision on July 14th at 2:30 pm at 32-123 (Stata). Email if you have any questions regarding the event.  Photo by IDS

July 11, 2014


Family Day at the List: Peculiar Portraits Workshop Jul. 12

On Saturday, July 12th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the List Visual Arts Center (E15 Upper Atrium) will be open to the public for free. Enjoy a day of artmaking and exploration. You’ll even be able to create your own deconstructed self-portrait collage to take home. See how contemporary artists explore identity in the 9 Artists exhibition and go on a family-friendly tour of the exhibition at 2:00 pm. No registration is required. Email with questions regarding the event.

July 11, 2014


Indian Barbecue Social Jul. 12

MIT Sangam and the Graduate Students Council have organized an Indian Barbecue to take place on Saturday, July 12th. There will be paneers, chicken kebabs, burgers, and hot dogs! The event will begin at 6:00 pm at the Kresge BBQ Pits. Email if you would like more information. Photo by Jun Seita

July 10, 2014


Tanglewood Trip: All Dvorak Program Jul. 11

The MIT Friends of Art club has organized a trip to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on July 11th. The show begins at 8:30 pm and will include an All-Dvorak Program featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Remember to RSVP if you’re interested, or contact with questions. To stay updated with other activities planned by MIT Friends of Art be sure to join their mailing list. Photo by Stephen A. Wolfe

July 10, 2014


Egyptian Annual Iftar Jul. 11

On Friday, July 11th, MIT’s Egyptian Club will be hosting their annual Iftar at 8 PM at W20-208! Join in on a night filled with fun, live music, great company, and free Egyptian food and dessert! Contact for more information. Photo by vipez

July 9, 2014


An Evening of Painting Jul. 10

The Cambridge Community Art Center will be hosting a fundraiser led by an MIT art instructor on Thursday, July 10th starting at 6:00 pm. The event will take place on the lawn of E15, and art supplies, drinks (21+), and refreshments will be provided for the evening. Make sure to sign up if interested and contact if you have any questions. Photo by Diamond Farah

July 8, 2014


Weekly Wednesday Wings at the Muddy Charles

FREE wings and veggies will be provided to MIT graduate students between 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Muddy Charles Pub in building 50 on July 9th and every Wednesday until May 27th, 2016! Don’t miss out! Photo by jeffreyw


July 7, 2014


GWAMIT Leadership Conference – Info Session Jul. 9

Want to help involved with planning the Graduate Women at MIT Fall Leadership Conference? Learn about this exciting annual event at the kick-off meeting on Wednesday, July 9th at 2:00 pm at the Stata Center cafeteria. If you are not able to attend the meeting but are interested in participating, email Mallory Bounds or Emily Mackevicius.

July 3, 2014


Ashdown BBQ Jul. 4

Celebrate the United States’ birthday with your fellow graduate students by eating some savory BBQ on the Ashdown House Courtyards on Friday, July 4th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm! There will be hot dogs, burgers, vegetarian options, and desserts. The Declaration of Independence will be recited and trivia with prizes will follow after. Email with any questions regarding the event. Photo by PaulD

July 1, 2014


MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Jul. 1

When was the last time you had a good laugh? On Tuesday, June 10th, the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC) will have an MIT Comedy Night featuring headliner Tim Mclntire from the Boston Comedy Festival. The show starts at 8:00 pm and will be hosted by Andrew Durso, Ethan Marsh, Alingon Mitra, Scott Oddo, Christa Weiss, and Jeffrey Wiles. Snacks and soda will be provided by the TEEC. This event will take place at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35) and a 21+ government ID and MIT ID are required to view the performances.  Contact the TEEC at with any questions. Photo by TheeErin

June 30, 2014


Canada Day BBQ Jul. 1

The MIT Canadian Club will be hosting a celebratory BBQ for Canada’s 147th birthday on Tuesday, July 1st, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard. The BBQ will also include Canadian treats and a costume contest so make sure to sport some red and white at the event! Prizes will be given out to the best designed costumes. For more information email Photo by Phalinn Ooi

June 28, 2014


Ashdown brunch Jun. 29

All graduate students are invited to the Ashdown June Brunch on Sunday, June 29th from 12:00 pm – 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 weather! Please bring your own plates and utensils to reduce waste and receive an extra food item as incentive. If you want to help out or have any questions, contact All volunteers should show up at 10:00 am in the Hulsizer room to set up. Photo by Jaime Olmo.

June 28, 2014

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Take an Art on Wheels Tour of MIT campus Jun. 29

Sunday June 29th, all graduate students and their friends are invited to participate in the Art on Wheels Tour. The group will meet at the List Visual Arts Center (E15) at 2:00 pm and embark on a bike/skateboard/scooter tour around the MIT campus to learn about public art installations. Cooling refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon. If interested, sign up online or contact with further questions. Photo by Scott Beale.


June 27, 2014


Kayaking Social Jun. 28

MIT Sangam has arranged a kayaking expedition with Charles River Canoe & Kayak scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 28th, starting at 11:00 am. The ticket price is $7 per person and only 40 spots are available. If interested, sign up online. Once you have registered for a spot, MIT Sangam will send you the link to purchase the ticket. Any questions regarding the weekend kayaking social or MIT Sangam can be emailed to Photo by Paolo Lottini

June 27, 2014


One Night in the Tropics, Ballroom Social Dance Jun. 28

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team is hosting its first summer ballroom social! Come escape to the tropics on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 pm in Morss Hall. Admission is free for MIT students, $6 for non-MIT students, $8 for MIT Affiliates, and $10 for the general public. Everyone in attendance receives a free beginner Samba lesson and lei with admission. Please direct any questions to mitbdt-ec@mit.eduPhoto by Stig Nygaard.

June 27, 2014


LSC presents: The Breakfast Club Jun. 27

On Friday, June 27th, at 8:00 pm the Lecture Series Committee (LSC) will be showing ‘The Breakfast Club’ in 26-100. It’s open and FREE to the general public so don’t miss out! Before the showing be sure to get your tickets in lobby 16. For more information email Photo by theleetgeeks

June 26, 2014

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Informal faculty dinner with Prof. Dava Newman Jul. 7

On Monday, July 7th at 7:00pm (location TBD), Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) and the Graduate Student Council (GSC) are sponsoring an informal student-faculty dinner with Professor Dava Newman. Professor Newman is a professor in the Aero/Astro department working on multidisciplinary research that combines aerospace biomedical engineering, human-in-the-loop modeling, biomechanics, human interface technology, life sciences, systems analysis, design and policy.

This is a great chance to talk with Professor Newman about her research, your interests, or MIT in general, in an informal and uncrowded setting. A lottery will be held to select 8 students who sign up to attend the dinner. There will also be a wait list in case there are any last-minute cancellations. If interested, enter the lottery here. Please direct any questions to or

June 26, 2014


Grad Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 27

Enjoy a scrumptious, mouthwatering Shabbat dinner with your fellow MIT graduate students on Friday, June 27th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm! The Grad Hillel Shabbat dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Remember to RSVP to by Monday, June 23rd if you’re interested in attending the dinner. Photo by julie

June 26, 2014


Bangladeshi Students’ Assoc. kite flying and dinner Jun. 27

The Bangladeshi Students’ Association will have a night of fun on Friday, June 27th, at Tang Hall. Enjoy delicious Bangladeshi food, play board games with your friends, and fly a kite in the breezy summer air. Kites will be avaliable for use, but you are free to bring your own!  For more information email Photo by poissantfamily

June 25, 2014


MIT Museum Summer Kickoff Jun. 27

On Friday, June 27th, the MIT Museum will be free for all visitors!  Participate in fun activities with the museum staff and see new exhibits and innovative inventions designed by MIT’s very own students. The “Science in the Streets” van will also be visiting in honor of the summer kickoff. See all upcoming events on the MIT Museum calendar.

June 24, 2014

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Introduction to Finance seminar Jun. 25

On Wednesday, June 25th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in room 56-154, The Consulting Club at MIT presents a lecture for all students who are interested in the field of finance. The presentation will be given  by an alumni of Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, and MIT with a special focus on concepts and jargons frequently used in consulting. Hand-outs will be distributed at the beginning of the lecture. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. For more information, contact The Consulting Club at consultingclubmit@yahoo.comPhoto by Dave Dugdale.

June 24, 2014


MIT Snowriders End-of-Year BBQ Jun. 24

Do you like Blue Ribbon BBQ? Would you like to eat free food and meet new people? On Tuesday, June 24th, the MIT Snowriders club will be hosting a BBQ that will take place at Kresge BBQ pit #1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The organization will also be electing the club’s new board for next year. If you’re interested in getting involved in the club or want to meet members of the Snowriders club, mark your calendars for Tuesday afternoon and take your appetites! Contact if you would like to learn more.

June 23, 2014


Investment Basics 101 Jun. 24

The MIT Federal Credit Union will be hosting a free seminar on Tuesday, June 24th, for students and staff interested in learning more about investments. The seminar is geared to teach attendees how to identify financial goals and measure one’s risk tolerance. Attendees will also learn about the effects of inflation and get a better grasp of what stocks, cash equivalents, bonds, and asset allocations are in the field of finance! The event will take place from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm at MIT’s Lincoln Lab room AC-120. Register or call 617-324-7492 to reserve a spot in the seminar. Email or visit their website if you would like to learn more. Photo by 401(K) 2012

June 23, 2014


Japanese Tea Ceremony Lesson Jun. 24

On Tuesday, June 24th, come to McCormick Hall between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to be instructed in the traditional Japanese ceremony of serving and drinking tea by Mrs. Kyoko Wada. Each student receives 30-45 minutes of individual instruction, and students are guests when not being taught. Everyone in the general public is welcome, and the lesson fee is $10. For more information, visit the event page or contact Kyoko Wada at Photo by Nomadic Lass.


June 20, 2014


YouKu Night Part 2: Fun Glimpses into China Jun. 22

Trivia and food? To promote their culture, China Crossroads will be hosting a session in which a series of interesting videos are shown. After each video, trivia questions and discussions will be brought up. Chinese Dimsum will also be provided. If interested, show up to Tang Hall’s 24th Floor Lounge on Sunday, June 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm! If you would like to learn more, email Photo by Pockafwye

June 20, 2014


Learn International Cha-Cha Jun. 21

On Saturday, June 21st, learn International Cha-Cha in a beginner-friendly Dance Camp! The camp will be taught by guest instructor Yulia Bobovick from Dance Fever Studio in four 45-minute sessions in Lobby 13, and the entire MIT community is welcome. If interested, find more information and register online at the MIT Ballroom Dance Club website, or contact with any questions. Photo by Ailura.

June 19, 2014


Decorate your Flip-flops Jun. 20

Summer is finally approaching and to celebrate the beginning of the sunny season, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Funding Board will be hosting an event on Friday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm where you can decorate and personalize your flip-flops! Bring your flip-flops, old or new, and the GSC will provide some yummy ice cream and fruits. Be prepared to learn techniques to make your flip-flops the talk of the town! The event will be held at the Westgate BBQ area (rain location: lounge). Be sure to sign up! Contact for more information. Photo by Chewy Chua

June 17, 2014


Retirement Income Planning Seminar Jun. 18

The MIT Federal Credit Union is hosting an event that will go through the “how-to’s” of retirement on Wednesday, June 18th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Learn how to design your retirement income plan, get the most from your Social Security and pension, and generate income after your retirement! The event will be located in Building 56 in room 154. Contact for more information and register here if interested. Photo by 401(K) 2012

June 17, 2014


Participate in MITOC’s Circus trip Jun. 21-22

Join the MIT Outing Club (MITOC) for their June Circus, a weekend of hiking and climbing trips based out of MITOC’s Camelot cabin in Groton, New Hampshire. Everyone is welcome to join the community, meet fellow lovers of the outdoors, and explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire. You can find more information about the trip and sign up at the MITOC website, and the Circus will be over the weekend of June 21st-June 22nd. If interested, check out the page soon because trips can fill up quickly! Contact with any questions.

June 12, 2014


Screening of BOMBAY TALKIES and dinner Jun. 13

MIT Sangam will be screening “Bombay Talkies,” a movie consisting of four short films which show how Indian cinema has evolved over the years. The movie is known for including one of the first mainstream films to take on the taboo of homosexuality in present-day India. “Bombay Talkies” was also created as a tribute to the centennial anniversary of Indian cinema. The film will play on Friday, June 13, in 6-120 at 7:00 pm and a short discussion will follow after the showing. Take your appetites, invite some friends, and spend Friday night watching a movie with good company! For more information email Photo by mlanghans


June 11, 2014


Lavine Lecture: Hito Steyerl Jun. 13

Join Hito Steyerl, one of the exhibiting artists in the List’s current exhibition 9 Artists, for a special talk presented as part of the Leroy and Dorothy Levine Lecture Series on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7pm in the Bartos Theatre (E15 Atrium level). The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the artist.  This program is FREE and open to the general public.

Hito Steyerl’s films and essays explore the impact of the proliferation and dissemination of digital images on our everyday lives. Steyerl often looks to how digital images constitute a new reality whose politics are determined by their being embedded in a specific economic regime, a new reality which may only be understood through other forms of moving or still images. In her recent film How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File, on view in the 9 Artists exhibition, Steyerl introduces a series of lessons on how to avoid being seen, how to escape either physical or mental forms of surveillance. How Not To Be Seen playfully instrumentalizes the methods of the digital world, exploring the potential of images that arrive already coded, inscribed with a variety of disparate, sometimes contradictory meanings. As Steyerl recently wrote, “images are not objective or subjective renditions of a preexisting condition…They are rather nodes of energy and matter that migrate across different supports, shaping and affecting people, landscapes, politics, and social systems.”

June 9, 2014


MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Jun. 10

Get ready for a night of laughter and fun! On Tuesday, June 10th, the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC) will have an MIT Comedy Night featuring Dan Boulger, known for his acting on the television series “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” The show starts at 8:30 pm and will be hosted by Rob Crean, Ryan Donahue, Scott McLaughlin, Arty P, Ted Pettingell, and Guitler Raphael. Snacks and soda will be provided by the TEEC. This event will take place at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35) and a 21+ government ID and MIT ID are required to view the performances.  Contact the TEEC at with any questions.

June 6, 2014


Dragon Boat Festival social and game night Jun. 7

Saturday, June 7th, MIT’s Chinese Scholars and Students Association (CSSA) will be hosting a social and game night at the Ashdown House Hulsizer Room from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Come and eat some scrumptious Chinese food and Zongzi (rice dumplings) and learn more about the Dragon Boat Festival. The CSSA will also be providing lessons on making your very own Zongzi! Game night will start at 8:00 pm and multiple board games will be available for you to play! If interested, register online or email with further questions. Photo by Stephen Rees.

June 5, 2014


The MIT-vs-Harvard Musical: We’ll Get it Right Jun. 7 and 9

We’ll Get It Right is a romantic musical comedy produced by a few members of MIT’s class of 1954 that has been reproduced for the summer of 2014 in honor of its 60th anniversary! Follow the story of Claire, an undergraduate music major at Harvard dating Harvard’s football team quarterback, and Joe, an undergraduate engineering student at MIT, as the two begin to fall for one another even through the rivalry between the two schools. Who will Claire chose? Does true love win? Attend the musical and find out! One showing will take place on Saturday, June 7th, at 3 pm at Kresge Little Theater; it’s free but tickets are required and will available at the door. The second showing will take place on Monday, June 9th, at 7:30 pm at Kresge Little Theater; it’s free and open to the public with no tickets required.

May 30, 2014


MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest deadline Jul. 25

The MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CHIEF) is holding a business plan contest with $20,000 in cash rewards for finalists.  Gain valuable feedback from prestigious judges and utilize mentorship services (for semifinalists).  Achieve direct access to accelerators, incubators, investors, industrial parks, and other valuable resources.  Submit your business idea online by Friday, July 25th, 2014 to enter this global competition!  Contact or visit the website for more information.

May 28, 2014


MIT-CHIEF China Trip – Apply by Jun. 30

The MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CHIEF) is sponsoring a trip to China for entrepreneurs who are interested in building connections in China.  Up to 12 teams will be selected to join this trip, which will include visits to Guangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Beijing from Saturday, August 9th to Sunday, August 17th, 2014.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Apply online by Monday, June 30th, 2014.  For more information, email

May 27, 2014


Student Invention Showcase May 30

Come to Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase, opening Friday, May 30th, 2014 at the MIT Museum, and see various student inventions developed across MIT.  This exhibition taps into MIT’s value of creativity, ingenuity, and practical problem-solving for real-world issues.  Take the first look at the ideas, research, and students developed in courses, clubs, and labs across MIT.  From the SproutsIO smart-phone application to air quality sensors, to an interface that converts everyday objects into musical instruments, this exhibition will cover a range of participatory concepts that will shine a light into our future.

May 23, 2014


Explore the Franklin Park Zoo May 24!

Explore the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 11:00am.  The group will meet at the zoo entrance at this time to start an unforgettable journey through the animal kingdom!  Registration is open.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for children ages 2 to 12.  Children younger than 2 years old are free.  Contact for more information.

May 22, 2014


Out of this World with Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Hicks May 23 & 24

Guest conductor Sarah Hicks, Principal Pops Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, makes her Boston Pops debut leading an “out of this world” program on Friday May 23rd and Saturday May 24th 8 PM at Symphony Hall in Boston. Featuring music inspired by outer space, it will be hosted by the legendary original Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy. Music will include Holst’s The Planets (performed alongside a film by astronomer Jose Francisco Salgado, PhD, featuring NASA visuals), the theme from Star Trek, the classical works (Also Sprach Zarathustra and Blue Danube Waltz) popularized in 2001:A Space Odyssey, and John Williams’s music from Star Wars, E.T., and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

College Card tickets and $20 under 40 tickets ($20 tickets for patrons under 40 years of age) are available. To learn how to purchase and redeem these tickets or to learn more about the performance, visit the BSO event website. Tickets are also available at the Box Office and through SymphonyCharge (888-266-1200).

May 21, 2014


Future Faculty Workshop – Apply by June 2

The 2.5-day Future Faculty Workshop will seek to provide mentorship to aspiring underrepresented minority senior graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  The workshop will take place from Sunday, July 20th to Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 in the MIT Endicott House.  Applicants from chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science, materials science, and related departments are encouraged to apply.  The workshop attendance will be limited to 20-25 students.  Early submissions are welcomed, and the deadline for all applications is Monday, June 2nd, 2014Applications are available here.  For more information, visit this website or contact /

May 21, 2014


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner May 23

Come to the Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm in the Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Room.  Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students.  Please RSVP by sending an email to

May 20, 2014


Climate Change talk by Jiten Yumnam May 20

On Tuesday, May 20th at 7 PM in room 4-237, the Boston & MIT Chapters of AID (Association for India’s Development) present Climate Change: False Solutions & Impacts on Communities, a talk by Jiten Yumnam from the Centre for Research & Advocacy, Manipur (CRAM). CRAM promotes indigenous peoples’ self-determined rights and development over their land, resources, and territory for conservation and management of natural environments using a human rights based approach to development. Jiten Yumnam, a human rights and environmental activist and journalist will be sharing his experience of working in Manipur and across Northeastern India. He will also talk about land, forest, water and community rights over natural resources and discuss the impact to local communities and environments. This event is free and open to all. For more information, visit the AID website or the event page on Facebook.

May 20, 2014


Transportation Club BBQ May 22

Join the transportation community at MIT to celebrate the end of the semester!  Come to the Transportation Club end-of-the-year BBQ on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5:00pm at the Kresge BBQ pits.  This is also a chance to meet the new members of the Transportation Club executive board.  Start the summer off right with the Transportation Club!  Contact for more information.

May 19, 2014


Deadline EXTENDED to May 30: Present in the Grad-Alumni poster session

Would you like to share your research with MIT alumni?  Do you want to meet successful graduate alumni and learn about their experiences after MIT?  Come to the Grad-Alumni poster session and present your research at MIT!  You will be able to practice your presentation skills in front of a general audience, network with alumni, and even find someone who can give further insights on your projects!  All presenters will get a $10 Starbucks/Amazon gift card as well as feedback from attending alumni.  Free appetizers and an open bar will be provided for all the presenters and attendees.  If you are interested, please register as a presenter online before Friday, May 30, 2014.  Have your poster ready on time and take the opportunity to present it on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  For questions, email

May 19, 2014


Yoga and Kinetic Art at the MIT Museum May 22

Practice yoga with kinetic sculptor Anne Lilly in the galleries at the MIT Museum on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Explore movement and breathing and how it connects to kinetic art.  The event costs $10 and requires pre-registration online.  Also, please bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothing.  Contact for more information.

May 18, 2014


myIDP Career Planning Workshop May 19

Navigating toward your future can be daunting, but you can take one step at a time, starting with the myIDP Career Planning Workshop for Grad Students and Postdocs on Monday, May 19th, 2014 from 10:30am to 12:30pm in MIT Room 37-212.  This workshop will be taught by myIDP co-author Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD.  Register on CareerBridge, and prior to attending the workshop, take myIDP online.  myIDP is an online tool for helping you create an Individual Development Plan (IDP).  In this workshop, you will use the results from your myIDP self-assessments to evaluate your career options, customize your professional networking strategy to learn more about your top choice careers, and engage your mentors in career-related discussions. Learn practical strategies for how to set goals tailored to your own skills development and career advancement needs!