Category Archives: Professional Development

May 17, 2017

Graduate Women Explore a Path to Professorship

Every year, a  team of graduate students, postdocs, and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education organize a two-day workshop called Path of Professorship (PoP) for MIT’s graduate and postdoctoral women considering careers in academia. PoP is the culmination of over six months of planning and passion for the work and the opportunity to support the community.

Held since 2006, PoP allows attendees to enjoy talks and valuable one-on-one conversations with faculty and peers, transferring knowledge and fostering supportive academic networks. Throughout the process, you get to interact with amazing people—some 30 dynamic and generous faculty members and 70 accomplished and engaging graduate and postdoctoral women. Working with Dean Blanche Staton and administrative assistant Patty Glidden is enough to inspire anyone: Blanche embodies a combination of professionalism, grace, wisdom, and genuine concern for each individual. Each year, it’s a pleasure to watch Blanche proudly introduce former students on stage. Read more at Slice.

January 20, 2017

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

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

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

January 19, 2017

Festival of learning, Feb. 1-2

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

January 17, 2017

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

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

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

January 13, 2017

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

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

January 12, 2017

MIT European Career Fair Feb. 25

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


January 10, 2017

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

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

January 6, 2017

Apply for MITxMake Makerfest by Jan. 20

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

January 5, 2017

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

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

January 4, 2017

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

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

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

January 4, 2017

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship, Apply by Jan. 9

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

January 3, 2017

Apply for Conflict Management Training by Jan 20

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

December 29, 2016

GSC’s De-stress your Dissertation! January 9-13, 2017

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and MIT Libraries have again collaborated to provide a quiet writing space to graduate students working on their dissertations. To help you de-stress the process, we’ve reserved space in Barker Library, and will provide breakfast, lunch, and coffee to students who register! The space will be available from 9:30-5:30, Monday January 9th through Friday January 13th. Sign up here and indicate some (or all) of the days you plan to attend. Another week-long session will be held in April before the next thesis deadline.There will be a quiet space for writing, with large shared tables to spread out, an area to relax and lounge, and an area where the food will be located. There will also be resources available, including help from the writing center and tips on dealing with anxiety and stress. Please contact with any questions!

December 8, 2016

Novartis Open Framework symposium, Dec. 9

The Novartis Open Framework symposia are designed to stimulate discussions within the Boston community about the academia- industry interface, and how to optimize interactions between these environments in order to advance science and impact health. This session will focus on the Role of Academia-Industry Partnerships in Fostering Innovation. The speakers will be Jay Bradner, President of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Robert Urban, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Boston Innovation Center, and Randy King, Harry C. McKenzie Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. The speakers will draw upon their own experiences in academia-industry partnerships to highlight how these interactions can promote scientific breakthroughs. This event, which is open to the public and free, includes presentations starting at 2 pm, a panel at 3:40 pm, followed by a reception. Space is limited, and registration is required.

December 7, 2016

Immigration and the Entrepreneur, Dec. 7

Interested in starting your own business in the U.S.? Have you already started a start-up? Come and hear immigration attorney Elizabeth Goss, of Goss Associates in Boston, discuss visa options and considerations available to entrepreneurs. This presentation will be on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in 34-101.

November 22, 2016

Apply for the Engine Ad Hoc Working Groups by Nov. 28

MIT will be forming four ad hoc working groups related to MIT’s recent launch of The Engine, as streamlining MIT policies and procedures in these areas will be critical to The Engine’s success.

Access to MIT equipment and facilities:
Building on the MIT Mobius platform, we are launching the Engine Room to enable the Institute and the surrounding regional entities to make space, equipment and specialized expertise available to local entrepreneurs, with the goal of drastically improving access for early-stage endeavors. The Engine will work with partners/hosts to establish terms of access as opposed to each startup needing to negotiate individual terms. The Facilities Access Working Group will work through issues surrounding access to specialized equipment and services at MIT. These may include establishing a system to certify that startup personnel have the qualifications and training needed to use requested equipment; determining how startup use of equipment is prioritized among internal MIT needs; reviewing fee structures for outside usage in comparison to internal users; and considering questions surrounding intellectual property. This may also include evaluation of opportunities to create an open access consortium, similar to the one created at Western University, for participating universities. Read more

November 22, 2016

Professional Development Exploration Grant, Apply by Dec. 1

The Professional Development Exploration (PDE) Grant is designed to support MIT graduate students from all schools and departments in their pursuit of local professional development opportunities outside their area of study or research. Specifically, this fund is allocated to cover registration fees that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other funding sources. Registration would be covered, up to the $200 cap, for professional development activities including but not limited to seminars, workshops, conferences, and meetings.We hope to facilitate your exploration of alternative career options beyond what MIT currently offers! For more information and to submit an application, visit the PDE grant website. Contact us with questions or concerns at

November 21, 2016

Apply for iREFS by Nov. 27: Become a resource to support peers

iREFS is a low barrier, informal, confidential peer-support group for graduate students across the Institute. iREFS are available to their fellows to support, informally mentor, and mediate during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. Applications for iREFS to join can be found here and are due by November 27th. Successful applicants will receive a free 40 hour training in conflict management. Get more information about the program.

November 17, 2016

New Video Resources for Teaching Assistants at MIT

The User-friendly Classroom, a free, video-based resource for TA training, is now available online on MIT’s OpenCourseWare site. These videos are used in the subjects 21G.217 (Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching/ELS) and 21G.232 (Advanced Speaking and Critical Listening Skills/ELS), both of which help International Teaching Assistants to succeed at MIT. Designed for International Teaching Assistants, they can be useful to all TAs. The five videos include advice from MIT undergraduates and experienced International TAs, as well as examples of those TAs teaching classes, all with interactive transcripts:

The site also includes assignments for the videos and suggestions for teacher trainers. Questions or comments? Please write to

November 16, 2016

Ethical Community-based engagement workshop, Nov. 18

We may have the best of intentions when we want to work for a better world and undertake projects that will have a positive social impact, but what does it take to actually work wisely, effectively, and ethically when doing community-based research? In this session we’ll cover theory of change, visualizing how innovations fit into complex contexts, and hands-on stakeholder analysis tools.This session will be held at MIT D-lab (N51-310) on Friday, November 18 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Lunch will be served!  RSVP is required.


November 15, 2016

Basics of Grant Writing, Nov. 16

Dr. Sonal Jhaveri’s talk on “Basics of Grant Writing” will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing. The talk will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002. Register for the talk here. Dr. Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University, has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations, has co-authored 60 professional articles, and has consulted on a number of science and medical writing projects. She teaches Science Communication and Language Skills to graduate and medical students as well as to postdocs at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

November 10, 2016

Apply for the The Marvin E. Goody Award by Dec. 5

The Marvin E. Goody Award of $5,000 is awarded to an MIT graduate student in any department at MIT who is expecting to complete his or her Master’s* thesis in June 2017. The aims of the award are to extend the horizons of existing building techniques and use of materials, to encourage links between the academic world and the building industry, and to increase appreciation of the bond between good design and good building.To be appropriate for the Goody Award a thesis proposal must address one or more of the stated aims. Submit an application form, resume, two-page thesis proposal, a budget indicating the proposed use of funds, and two letters of recommendation. The application deadline is December 5, 2016. The winner will be announced on December 22, 2016. Apply and get more information here. Questions? Please contact Cynthia Stewart at The Award was established in 1983 by Joan A. Goody in the name of Marvin E. Goody (1929-1980), an MIT alumnus and faculty member.

November 7, 2016

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative, Nov. 16

Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university. MIT Students, to register you will need to log in CareerBridge, select Career Fair/Events Tab and Search for Event. This event is sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. This event will take place on 17 November from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at  Sheraton Commander Hotel.

November 4, 2016

2016 MIT water summit: Sign up for the poster presentation session by Nov 7

The MIT Water Club and its sponsors are thrilled to announce the fifth edition of the MIT Water Summit, a gathering of students and faculty with leaders from industry, finance, and government to explore current problems and potential solutions surrounding water resources.  The theme of the summit  is Water Utilities of the Future. Turn on your faucet: clean water flows out, and wastewater disappears down the drain. Essential, yet not guaranteed. How do we create efficient and sustainable water cycles for our future, adapting to a changing climate and urban population growth? What role will new technologies and designs play? What’s the current economic landscape, how do we finance the future water utility, and what policy issues must be resolved? How do we increase the flow of ideas between academia and industry through markets, to ultimately reach water-taps. Early bird tickets are on sale till November 2nd and can be purchased here! Key highlights include panel discussions, a poster presentation session (sign up here), and technology showcase (contact us). More details about the program and the speakers can be found on our website. Please write to us at if you have questions! Remember to sign up for the Poster Presentation Session by Nov. 7th! The summit will take place in November 17-18 at Wong Auditorium, MIT.


November 1, 2016

MIT Hult Prize Challenge Info Session, Nov 2

Interested in entrepreneurship or launching a start-up taking on the world’s most pressing social issues with $1M in seed capital? Join or create a team and compete for a chance to win $1M seed capital through the Hult Prize Challenge. The 2017 challenge, introduced by President Clinton, is on building sustainable, scalable social enterprises that rest the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022. If you have an idea, want to join a team or just learn more, come to our info-session. Take advantage and meet other people within the MIT community who are also committed to social change. RSVP to attend the information session on Wednesday, November 2 from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Martin Trust Center, room 175 / 175 A. If already have a team, register here. If you have any questions, contact Gabriela Werneck ( or Marisa DeAngelis (

October 31, 2016

Workshop on Personal Budgeting, Nov. 2

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

October 27, 2016

Apply to be an MSRP Program Assistant by Nov. 14

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

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

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

October 20, 2016

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

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

October 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

October 14, 2016

Financial Literacy Workshop on Fellowships, Oct. 17

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

October 13, 2016

Four Weeks for America info session, Oct. 17

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

October 12, 2016

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

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

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

October 11, 2016

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

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

October 5, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

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

September 29, 2016

Grant for women working in science & humanities intersection, Apply by Oct. 11

A new grant program at MIT will encourage and support projects at the intersection of science and the humanities. The Ada Lovelace Grant is sponsored jointly by MIT’s Program in Science, Society, and Technology and the MIT Libraries and generously funded by donors. Each year, one recipient will receive up to $10,000 to support a project using technology to make historical materials accessible and engaging to people outside the academy. Given the enormous gender gap in technology in general and sciences in particular, this grant will be reserved for women enrolled in graduate programs at MIT. The deadline for the 2016–17 academic year is October 11, 2016. Read more

September 28, 2016

Workshop on Fellowships, Sep. 30

Interested in applying to graduate fellowships? Attend the workshop on applying to fellowships on September 30th from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in building 68-181.This presentation will go over the reasons why fellowships are desirable, how to find them, the application process, tips on personal statements and research proposals, the types of resources available and generally be available to answer any questions students may have. The fall is a major deadline season for fellowships including the NSF GRFP. This presentation will be mainly geared towards those interested in applying in the fall and winter of 2016/17 for funding during the 2017-2018 academic year. It is never too early to think about this process! For those who will not be able to make this workshop, the same workshop will be running again on Monday, October 17th from 12 pm -1:30 pm in 68-181 (more information will go out closer to the workshop). Interested students RSVP here (Free pizza!). Read more

September 26, 2016

Apply for the Ada Lovelace Grant by Oct. 11

The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support projects at the intersection of science, technology, and the humanities, using technology to make historical materials accessible and engaging to people outside the academy. Such historical materials may include archival holdings, manuscripts, government documents and records, oral history recordings, and other “primary source” material, broadly defined. Given the enormous gender gap in science and technology, this grant is reserved for women enrolled in graduate programs at MIT. The end result of the project should be a website or digital exhibition of some kind.  Successful applicants will also be expected to deliver a final report and give a public presentation upon completion of the project.

Each year, one applicant will be selected by the grant committee to receive up to $10,000 to support her project.  These funds are available for any non-tuition/non-stipendiary expenses (e.g. the costs for creation of digital products). Read more

September 21, 2016

Workshop: Leveraging your international Experience, Sep. 23

Today’s employers want graduates with cross-cultural expertise and global competency. How do you let them know you have what they’re looking for? Learn how you can incorporate your global experiences into your resume, interviews, and other conversations with employers. Come to the GECD-MISTI workshop at W11 (Religious Activities Center) on Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 11;30 am. Please bring a sample job description and your resume. Light refreshments will be provided! Register here.This workshop is co-sponsored by MISTI and GECD.

September 20, 2016

Intel Lunch n’ Learn – Getting the First Job, Sep. 22

Join a panel of women engineers from Intel as they discuss their experiences working in industry, and dispense invaluable advice about getting that first job out of school. Be sure to stay around for lunch and networking after their talks! This event will be taking place at MIT building HST-119 on Thursday, September 22 at 12:00 pm. Register here to attend. GWAMIT’s Professional Development Lunch n’ Learn series is a monthly seminar devoted to helping MIT’s graduate students learn about careers outside of academia. If you have suggestions or ideas about this series,  please email. Food will be provided.

September 16, 2016

Career Paths for PhDs and Postdocs: A Panel Discussion Sep. 19

PhDs and postdocs will learn more about career options other than being a professor at this panel discussion on Monday, September 19 from 5:30 – 7pm in 32-123. Panelists are employers who have hired PhDs and postdocs and represent a range of career paths. Representatives will be present from various industries, including healthcare, startups, consulting and education. This discussion will also enhance understanding about the culture of various organizations that hire PhDs and postdocs. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge. Photo by Kajvin.

September 13, 2016

Pitch2Match, Sep. 14

Got 60 seconds to pitch yourself? Come to Stata Center, 32-123 on Wednesday September 14 from 6:30 -8:30 pm. This networking events brings together MIT and students from other Boston area schools to meet collaborators and make an impact. Sign up ASAP for your pitch slot here or contact

September 9, 2016

Part time educator, MIT museum

Are you interested in teaching or science outreach? Would you like some informal education experience on a part-time basis? The MIT Museum is seeking MIT graduate students to teach science, technology, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students from September 2016 to June 2017. The MIT Museum is seeking graduate students to facilitate STEM/STEAM workshops for middle and high school students. The ideal candidate should be flexible, interested in learning, teaching best practices, and available 1-2 days a week between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. Compensation of $15-18 /hour and training will be provided. To apply, please send cover letter, two references, and resume to Read more at the MIT museum website.

September 7, 2016

“In the Trenches” Seminar Series for new TAs

“In the Trenches” is 7-seminar series designed specifically for TAs who have limited teaching experience and who would like a regular discussion group that focuses on issues related to their teaching. Registration is open to TAs from any MIT department.  Sessions will meet every other Thursday during the semester from 2:30-4:00 p.m beginning on Sep. 8th and attendance is required at all sessions. TLL facilitators will briefly present background information on various teaching topics during meetings, but program content will be largely driven by participants currently teaching “in the trenches.”  Most of the meeting time will be spent discussing teaching situations encountered by TAs and options for applying research-based best-practices to support learning in these situations. General topics of discussion will include classroom presentation skills, strategies to encourage student discussion, tailoring recitation sections to meet the needs of students, and receiving and using student feedback to improve teaching. REGISTER for the seminar here: Registration for “In the Trenches”.

September 6, 2016

Apply for the Fall 2016 MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute by Sep. 9

Supported by The MIT Leadership Center, Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, and Student Activities Office, the MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute (MIT GSLI) is a first-of-its-kind, peer-led collaboration across all MIT graduate schools to further develop the leadership skills, experience, and network of outstanding MIT graduate students who have already exhibited strong leadership capacity. Out of the hectic pace of studying at MIT, the program carves out dedicated time and space for purposeful, authentic reflection and connection across disciplines.

According to past participants, this is an intense and deeply rewarding program. A kick-off retreat on Cape Cod and six mandatory weekly meetings build strong friendships, leadership skills and reflections, and a peer network bolstered by alumni programming that continues after the MIT GSLI semester is over.

Come meet us! Please join past MIT GSLI fellows on Friday, Sept 9, from 10:00am to 11:00am in Killian Courtyard by the Institute steps, we will be hanging out for any questions and hoping for nice weather (otherwise we’ll be in Lobby 10!). Read more

August 22, 2016

Conflict Management Training, Apply by Sep. 2

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates.  Application deadline is Sep. 2 (apply here) and the class dates range from Sep. 13 to Nov. 22  (dates listed here).The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, with each tier building on the previous session. The tiers are as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours) Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with conflict.
Tier 2:
Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total) is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions.
Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total) adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Find more information on dates and apply.

April 20, 2016

How to Negotiate your First Job, Apr. 21

Join us on April 21st, 2016 in Sidney Pacific Seminar Room for an interactive conversation about job offer negotiations with Paul Levy and Farzana Mohamed about their book How to Negotiate Your First Job. Learn to navigate the first important negotiation when transitioning to the world of work. Paul Levy ’72 has led several complex organizations during a multi-faceted career and now advises corporations throughout the world on negotiation. Farzana Mohamed ’99 is founder and principal of a consulting practice that advises organizations on change management, employee engagement. RSVP today! Contact:

April 15, 2016

Pitch To the Public: 4 Session Workshop, Apr. 18 & 25

Join us for the last two sessions of Pitch to the Public! Pitch your research to the Public at the MIT Museum! Prizes for the people’s choice.

  • Session 3: The Art of the Talk with Practice Session (April 18th at 6pm)
  • Session 4: The Art of the Slide with Practice Session (April 25th at 6pm)

Both sessions will be in 4-237. Contact with any questions.


April 6, 2016

Faculty on Resilience: John Belcher‏, Apr. 12

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor Belcher about his path from the West Texas oil fields to a spacecraft going to the stars, and how going to the stars is a breeze compared to reforming freshmen physics. He has been clinically depressed and has been on anti-depressants for 27 years, and he will reflect on that experience. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, John Belcher was the Principal Investigator on the Voyager Plasma Science Experiment during the Voyager Neptune Encounter (“the end of the Grand Tour”), and is now a Co-Investigator on the Plasma Science Experiment onboard the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Professor Belcher has also been involved in the teaching of freshmen physics at MIT, and was awarded the 2016 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for that effort.

April 1, 2016

Workshop for International Students on US Financial Literacy, Apr. 5‏

On Tuesday, April 5 from 12:00-1:30 in 68-180, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) will be offering a workshop on Navigating the U.S. Financial System. This workshop is open to international graduate students only. Some of the topics that will be covered include choosing a bank, types of bank accounts, ATMs and debit cards, credit cards, transferring money, budgeting, apartment hunting, ways to plan financially if they are planning on staying in the US, and more. We will be offering a presentation with plenty of opportunities for discussion. Along with members of the ODGE team, we will also have Dana Reichman, International Student Programing administrator and Advisor from the International Student’s Office on hand as well as representatives from the MIT Federal Credit Union.  Free pizza!

For the purpose of ordering enough food, we request that interested students RSVP by 2pm on Monday, April 4th. Feel free to read more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative and the MIT iGrad Financial Literacy platform offered for free to the entire MIT community. Photo courtesy of Chris Potter