Category Archives: Student life

May 28, 2015

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Share with others what stresses you out

Are you stressed at MIT? Do you want to share what’s stressing you out and receive support? You are NOT alone, and you don’t have to feel that way. Share your burden and lighten the weight on your shoulders. Please join the stress-relief community online to share what is stressing you and receive love and connection in return! Share with others anytime, from anywhere. Photo by Anna Gutermuth.

May 26, 2015

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MIT CONNECT (Recreation Edition)

Would you like to ‘connect’ with random pairs of MIT members and take part in friendly, informal, and recreational activities? Through MIT CONNECT you can schedule any activity you would like to enjoy with others – tennis, squash, you name it! MIT CONNECT will connect you with other once a week, every week. All you need to do is sign up, identify your availability, and recreational interests and MIT CONNECT will do the rest. This social activity will take place throughout the 2015 year. Email tuka@mit.edu if you would like to learn more. Photo by Brittany

 

May 19, 2015

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Serve on an Institute Committee

Serving on an Institute Committee as a graduate student can provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to significantly impact decisions made by the Institute. You will become a voting member of a committee alongside other students, faculty, staff and administrators. Issues range from student life, education and curriculum, policy, health and community, and matters of the corporation. Whether you are considering an academic, professional or industrial career, the experience gained by serving on an Institute Committee will prepare you with a unique skill set and a network of diverse collaborators to take on broad challenges. To learn more about the Institute Committees, visit the MIT Committees Website. Applications will be sent out in late May. Please contact Daniel Smithwick at gsc-vp@mit.edu with any questions.

May 15, 2015

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Eastgate Rainforest Animal Show May 16

The graduate student dorm Eastgate will be hosting a Rainforest Animal Show on Saturday, May 16th, at 10:30 am on the Eastgate Courtyard (rain location: Eastgate penthouse). The show will feature turtles, parrots, amphibians, and much more! For more information, visit the Eastgate webpage. Photo by Danny Chapman.

May 14, 2015

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Acoustic BBQ May 15

The GSC Activities Committee has put together an Acoustic BBQ afternoon featuring The Cover Story, a popular Boston full service entertainment band! There will be free food galore: burgers (veggie and beef), hot dogs, pasta, and chips. In addition, there will be exciting music and free drinks (21+ ID required for alcohol). The BBQ will take place at the Stata Amphitheater (rain location: Stata Center – 1st floor) on Friday, May 15th, from 5 pm to 8 pm and is open to the whole MIT community. Photo by Jun Seita. 
 
 

May 12, 2015

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GAME Service Event with the Great Boston Food Bank May 13

Help GAME sort donated food that will get divided out to all regional food pantries on Wednesday, May 13th, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA). A group will be leaving together from 77 Mass Ave at 4:30 pm. The event is funded by the GCC-PSC Service Fund, so don’t worry about dinner or MBTA costs – they’ve got that covered! There are limited spots available and non-grad students will be considered if there is space available, so sign up if you’re interested in taking part in this community service event.  Photo by Martha Coakley.

May 8, 2015

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Tang Hall Brunch May 9

All MIT graduate students are invited to join the Tang Hall residents and enjoy the last Brunch of the semester on Saturday, May 9th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Who wouldn’t want to unwind with friends and fellow students near the Charles River while eating breakfast? Enjoy the nice spring weather outside with some delicious food comprising pancakes, eggs, grit, bacon, fruits, beverages, and much more! Try to bring your own plates and utensils to help Tang Hall go green. The event will take place on the Tang Hall Lawn (Rain location: Tang Hall 24th Floor Lounge). Email tang-government@mit.edu if you would like to learn more about the brunch. Photo by Joe Hsu

May 7, 2015

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ESD Spring Pizza at the Muddy May 8

Celebrate the end of a hard week and take a break before finals begin at the Muddy Charles. Join your fellow graduate students and eat some freshly baked pizza on Friday, May 8th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Don’t miss out on the fun! Email mhird@mit.edu if you have any questions pertaining to the event. Photo by rob_rob2001

May 7, 2015

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Social Science Happy Hour May 8

Take part in the Social Science Happy Hour on Friday, May 8th, at 6:00 pm in E18-202 with your fellow grads! Join other students and faculty and discuss social science research and meet other social science researchers. Food and beverages will be provided. All are welcome to attend. Email kluender@mit.edu if you would like more information. Photo by

 

 

May 6, 2015

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Seeking your input and sharing progress against sexual assault

Recently MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart sent a letter to the MIT community concerning MIT’s progress in minimizing sexual assault on campus. Last fall, students on campus were invited to take an extensive survey on their experiences and attitudes regarding sexual assault.  The Committee on Discipline (COD) is seeking suggestions and recommendations from the community in order to improve their disciplinary process on sexual assault cases. In addition, Barnhart discussed the progress the MIT community made toward attaining “a positive campus culture of sexual respect.” There are currently more sexual assault awareness campaigns, prevention trainings, and support for students who have experienced sexual assault. To read the letter Barnhart sent to the MIT community, visit MIT News.

May 5, 2015

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Handling Personal Tragedies Around You

In academia, as in any workplace, you encounter the personal tragedies of the people around you. Colleagues experience illness, divorce, death, and more. As much as anything I’ve written about in this series, those traumatic events interrupt the life of the mind. Academics lead uniquely solitary work lives. Yet at the same time, we are uniquely tied to our work — and therefore to our colleagues. For example, we form long-lasting relationships across time and space: We stay in touch with our advisers and fellow students long after leaving graduate school behind. Our fields tend to be closed universes in which relationships grow across institutions, states, and national borders.

All of which means that, in many ways, academia is like an extended family, not just a job. For the sake of our extended academic families, I decided to learn more about how to react better to personal tragedies in our midst. I reached out to two academic professionals who have experienced significant personal tragedies during their careers. It’s normal to have trouble saying the right thing when someone near you is suffering. These colleagues have given some simple guidelines to help make things easier. To read these guidelines columnist Katie Rose has put together, visit Vitae. Photo by Kevin Dooley

May 4, 2015

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Off-Campus Housing Fair May 5

The Sidney-Pacific HVAC Committee, GSC HCA Committee, and MIT Housing has gotten together create an Off Campus Housing Fair for grad students looking for off-campus housing for next year. Students will have the opportunity to meet landlords early, schedule viewings, see housing offers, and learn about community resources. The fair will take place on Tuesday, May 5th, from 4-6 pm at the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Xynn Tii

May 1, 2015

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May Dissertation Bootcamp May 4-8

Is the May 8th deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the May Dissertation Bootcamp! Located in the Hayden Library Basement, this will be everyday from May 4th through 8th from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating. RSVP now! Photo by PJ R.

May 1, 2015

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GSC Battle of the Bands! May 2

Come rock out this Saturday, May 2nd at the GSC Battle of the Bands! Four bands enter, and only one band shall leave victorious. The show will feature Jill McCrakin and the Misadventures, Slim Overdrive, The WangStars, and Love and a Sandwich. Come join your fellow rockaholics with music and refreshments! Find out which of your fellow MIT community members are secretly rock legends! The night begins in Morss Hall (50-140) at 7pm. A 21+ ID is required for the cash bar. Original photos by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and alonis.

April 29, 2015

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Join us at the Collier Memorial dedication Apr. 29

In honor of Sean Collier, an MIT Police Officer who lost his life protecting the community in the week of the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, MIT has created the Collier Memorial. On Wednesday, April 29th, a ceremony for Collier will be held at noon at the memorial, and afterwards there will be a picnic for the MIT community at North Court. Photo by Lorianne DiSabato

April 21, 2015

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Before You Sign the Lease: Laws, Landlords, and Living with Roommates Apr. 21

On Tuesday, April 21, the MIT Work-Life Center will be hosting a presentation on renting apartments in the greater Boston area. Presenter Linder Jason (J.D. , M.Ed, and real estate lawyer and educator) will help you explore the important legal and relationship facts you need to know about renting an apartment in the greater Boston Area. Many people do not know their basic rights and responsibilities as tenants when renting an apartment. What do you do when your heat isn’t working? How do you know if someone will make a good roommate? In this seminar, you will learn about all the do’s and don’ts of the renting process, including what to look for in a landlord, a broker, roommates, and the condition of the apartment. You will also learn about moving in, moving out, and budgeting for savings, utilities, and parking, as well as important health and safety codes and laws. The seminar will take place in 76-156 (David H. Koch Institute) from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Remember to register for this event if you’re interested in attending. Photo by Jeremy T. Hetzel 

April 16, 2015

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Edgerton Coffee House: Request for Performers Apr. 19

Edgerton will be hosting a Coffee House on Sunday, April 19th, from 6-7pm in the Edgerton Large Lounge. Sushi and desserts will be served. In addition, if you like to sing, read poetry, dance, play the guitar, play the piano, or play in a small band, consider performing in this event. Email prmindell5@gmail.com by April 5th if interested in performing. Photo by Sameer Vasta

April 10, 2015

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Sloan Health and Fitness Club hosts yoga and boot camp classes

The Sloan Health and Fitness Club will be hosting yoga classes on Sundays at 11:00 am (bring your own mat) and boot camp classes on Fridays at 10:00 am. The classes are free for MIT Sloan Health and Fitness Club members and SWIM members. Non-Club members must pay $5 per class. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Sloan Health and Fitness Club, they are currently accepting new members. There is a biennial $30 membership fee. For more details on the organization or the fitness classes, email HFofficers@sloan.mit.edu for more information. Photo by lyn tally

April 7, 2015

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How 5 Grads Got Their Groove Back: A Panel on Student Stress

On Wednesday, April 8 from 5:30 – 7pm in 34-101, come hear How 5 Grads Got Their Groove Back!  As part of National Graduate Student Appreciation Week, current grad students share some successful techniques they’ve used to cope, and invite audience questions and discussion. Panelists include:

  • Leilani Battle from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Anna Rose from the Institute-wide REFS program
  • Rachael Harding from the Departmental REFS program
  • Krishor Nayar from the Art of Living @ MIT group
  • Jacqueline Kory from the Addir Interfaith Program

The panel will be moderated by Zan Barry, Senior Program Manager at MIT Community Wellness and followed by pizza.

April 7, 2015

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Community Wellness classes at MIT Medical

Community Wellness currently has open spaces in various classes and sessions offered at MIT Medical in CPR, health coaching, meditation, pilates, tai chi, weight management, and yoga. Classes are offered in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and taught by knowledgable instructors. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience! Visit the MIT Community Wellness page to learn more about the different available programs and how you can get started. Photo by Jean Henrique Wichinoski

April 6, 2015

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Meditation Sessions for MIT Community Building

The MIT community is invited to mediation sessions hosted by the MIT Art of Living organization. Meditation sessions will be held weekly on Mondays at 5:45pm in 56-180 and Thursdays at 6pm in 56-162. Come and build connections and community through destressing and mediation. You’ll also learn some simple yogic breathing techniques for stress-management. RSVP here for the Community Building sessions if you’re interested in participating in the mediation sessions or contact artofliving-officers@mit.edu to find out more information about the organization. Photo by Ian Burt

 

April 3, 2015

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Feel the love: Appreciation Week April 6 – 10

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) is thrilled to sponsor events for National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week!

  • Monday, April 6: From 2 – 4pm, stop in to ODGE headquarters at 3-138 for coffee and light refreshments.
  • Tuesday, April 7: From noon – 2pm in Lobby 10, we want to hear from you! Pick up some chocolate, and tell us what stresses you out and what brings you joy at MIT.
  • Wednesday, April 8: From noon – 2pm at the Vest Student Street in the Stata Center, we want to hear from you! Pick up some chocolate, and tell us what stresses you out and what brings you joy at MIT.
  • Wednesday, April 8: From 5:30 – 7pm in 34-101: How 5 Grads Got Their Groove Back: A Panel on Student Stress. Pizza will be served.
  • Thursday, April 9: From noon to 2pm at the Vest Student Street in the Stata Center, visit the Graduate Student Resource Fair and find out about everyone at MIT who’s here to serve you.
  • Friday, April 10: From 9:30 – 11:30am, stop in to ODGE headquarters at 3-138 for coffee and light refreshments.
  • All week: Check out just some of the incredible things that MIT grad students do!
  • This week and every week: Follow MIT GradLink on Twitter, Facebook, or Google + for daily wellness resources for MIT grad students.

Follow the love at #GradLove… because grad students are AWESOME.

March 26, 2015

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Daniel creates detailed maps out of wood

Phillip Daniel, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has found a new talent: creating intricate wooden maps of areas such as our very own homely Cambridge, Massachusetts. Starting as a birthday gift for a friend, Daniel went on to perfect his art and sell his works. The method he uses to make such beautifully crafted maps involves a multi-step process that takes geographic vector files of a particular location and his own modification of the files for use with a laser cutter. What follows consists of staining the multiple layers of thin wood and joining everything together.

March 26, 2015

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Join the MIT Rowing team

Get out and row with a great team on a majestic river! The team is open to all MIT community members, and all levels. New to rowing? Join the program for complete beginners. Coxswains are also needed! Full coach-supervised training for novice coxes is offered all year. Practice is Monday through Friday in the Pierce Boathouse on the Charles River between 6 am and 8 am. Choose your own practice days! The season begins on March 30th. Find out more at the MIT Rowing website and get on the (low volume) mailing list! Photo by Tom Stohlman.

March 24, 2015

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Job Market Mentor: The Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

“I am struggling to find the best fit on the academic job market, mainly because my interests have always been crossdisciplinary. So each job I apply for matches some of my interests and not others. I spend hours on applications trying to figure out how to fit myself into the position as posted. None ever really fit. So I cast a very wide net, applying for some positions that are not necessarily a perfect fit but have at least some crossdisciplinary leanings, and other positions that fit one aspect of my interests. If fit is a difficult criteria for my search, is there a different strategy for me?” To see advice from multiple professionals who made their crossdisciplinary interests work for them continue reading at Vitae.  Photo by Duncan Hull

 

March 14, 2015

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Yoga Classes Sundays at 11 am

The Health and Fitness Club will be hosting yoga classes on Sundays at 11:00 am at E51-063. The classes are free for members of the Health and Fitness Club and SWIM and $5 for Non-Club Members. If you would like to do yoga with the Health and Fitness Club on Sundays remember to take your own mat. In addition, the Health and Fitness Club is accepting new members ($20 membership fee for 2 years)!  Any questions should be emailed to HFofficers@sloan.mit.edu. Photo by Lyn Tally

March 13, 2015

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Tax workshops for domestic and international students Apr. 1

The Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF) in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), the Office of the Dean for Graduate education (ODGE) and the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) will be hosting tax workshops for MIT students and international scholars on Wednesday, April 1st. The workshops are not intended to provide individual tax advice but to provide guidance to students and international scholars on the process of filing 2014 US and MA tax returns. The workshops will take place in NE30 in the Broad Institute Auditorium.

  • From 10 am to 11 am the workshop will be geared towards international students who have lived less than 5 years in the US.
  • From 1 pm to 2 pm the workshop will be geared towards international scholars (non-students).
  • From 2:30 pm to 3:30 the workshop will be for US resident students, international students who have lived more than 4 years in the US, and international scholars.

March 10, 2015

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Launch of the Institute-wide REFS program

The Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) organization is an umbrella term for one-on-one peer support programs in MIT. One section of REFS, iREFS, serves as a resource to students across the Institute, regardless of departmental affiliation. iREF staff come from a variety of backgrounds and are chosen for their commitment to graduate student wellness and abilities to support their fellows during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. If you’re ever feeling stressed out or want to talk to someone who knows how to listen, get in touch with REFS. Contact REFS at gsc-hca-refs@mit.edu if you’d like to meet with a REFS affiliate.

 

February 27, 2015

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Love to Velo Feb. 27

MIT PN2K presents Love to Velo, an afternoon all about bikes! The event will consist of bike clinics (flat tires, brakes, etc.), bike registrations, and free food and music. Free minor bike tune-ups/repairs will be done courtesy of Bike Boom, who will also have (student-priced) tires, tubes, cables, and other bike necessities. The event will take place in the front steps of the Student Center between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015. Photo by Juan Jose Aza

February 17, 2015

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GSC Institute Awards: Nominate by Mar. 16

If you know of someone who deserves to be honored for their services to the MIT graduate class, consider nominating this individual for the Institute Awards Convocation! Every year, the Graduate Student Council gives input in the decision-making process of four Institute Awards to be presented at the Institute Awards Convocation. These awards are given out to students and faculty who have made significant contributions for the graduate class. The four GSC Institute Awards include: the Graduate Teaching Awards (for each school), the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, the Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award, and the Irwin Sizer Award for Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. The application will be live from through March 16th.

February 17, 2015

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Volunteer to tutor English in MIT ESL Program

Have a good command of English and an interest in helping people who would like to as well? The MIT English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for one hour each week or to serve as a substitute when needed. No experience is required. The goals of the program are to build student confidence, help them become more productive employees, and open up an opportunity to advance their positions. Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 pm to midnight, beginning on Tuesday, February 17th. Please contact the ESL administrators for more details. Photo by Jonathan Kim.

February 13, 2015

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Guy Consolmagno at the MITSFS Library Feb. 15

The MIT Science Fiction Society is bringing Guy Consolmango to MIT on Saturday, February 15 at 6:30 pm! Consolmagno was an MIT course 8 and MITSFS alum and is now the Vatican astronomer. He published the book The Heavens Proclaim in 2009 and received the Carl Sagan Medal in 2014. Conosolmango has also been on Comedy Central’s late night talk-show “The Colbert Report” and has spoken at numerous science fiction conventions and at commencement at Georgetown College. He will be visiting this weekend in W20-473, the MITSFS Library. Contact mitsfs@mit.edu for more information.

February 3, 2015

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Student Art Association (SAA) Spring Term Registration Open

Create your own work of art this semester with the Student Art Association (SAA)! Reserve a spot in the SAA’s traditional arts classes in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and more! Enrollment is only confirmed with full tuition payment.  To learn more about the SAA organization and their policies visit their webpage. If you have any questions or would like to confirm your enrollment email Stacy Pyron at stacyp@mit.edu.

 

January 30, 2015

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Experiencing: How “the other” worships Jan. 30

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue program and learn more about the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian by attending their services! On Friday, January 30th at 12:00 pm, the group will leave for Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center/Mosque. Women are requested to wear long sleeves and bring a head scarf. On Friday, January 30th at 4:00 pm, the group will leave for two very different Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) services in Brookline. Participants may not use electronics in the first synagogue, and women must wear long sleeves and long skirts. On Sunday, February 1st at 10:15 am, the group will leave for St. Paul’s AME Church. Register with Ora Gladstone by email at ora@mit.edu or by phone at 617-610-1060 if you’re interested in taking part in this opportunity.

January 29, 2015

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Sing with the Meridian Singers, rehearsals begin Feb. 3

Directed by Todd Beckham, Meridian Singers, an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community, is seeking new members for the spring  season, as they prepare for their May concert. Music for the spring will include a 16th century Mass by the English composer, John Sheppard. Rehearsals: noon to 1 PM, Tuesdays, beginning February 3, 2015. Most rehearsals, are in room 13-1143. Prospective singers should contact meridians-www@mit.edu to make arrangements to meet with the conductor and learn the location of the first rehearsal: Visit the Meridian Singers’ website for additional information. Photo by Sara Nelson.

January 26, 2015

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Volunteer reviewers needed for IDEAS Global Challenge Jan. 29 & Feb. 3

From 6-8 pm, Thursday, January 29 and Tuesday, February 3 the IDEAS Global Challenge is requesting volunteer reviewers for the Round 2 Scope Statements submitted by teams working on innovative projects to help benefit the world. No prior experience is required, just good critical thinkers interested in helping teams strengthen their projects! Great opportunity to use your skills and knowledge for social good, with a minimal time commitment. Reviewers would be responsible for reading and commenting on about 4 brief proposals and attending two meetings in person (Jan. 29 and Feb. 3). Contact Keely at globalchallenge@mit.edu to arrange a quick training or with questions.

January 23, 2015

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Family Day Sculpted Paper Workshop Jan. 24

Explore the art of paper sculpture on Family Day with your children on Saturday, January 24 at the Westgate Lounge (W85). Families can work together to create a hands-on artwork and take it home. The morning session from 10-11:30 am is for children under 5 years old, and the afternoon session is from 1-2:30 pm for children over 5. The event is free and open to all! Emaili cklemens@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Wellsbring 

January 23, 2015

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Graduate ice skating social Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24, from 2-4pm enjoy ice skating, at the Johnson Ice Rink, with other graduate students on campus. Free hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Skate rentals at Johnson Ice Rink is subsidized, but limited to 50, first come first serve. Contact tang-government@mit.edu  for more information.

January 20, 2015

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Fixit Clinic Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24 from 12:00-3:00 pm, fix your broken stuff — Or at least learn more about it disassembling it. Bring your broken, non-functioning things — electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc.– to the third floor of building N51 for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited! The event is free, but preregistration is required. Register here. More information on the event here.

January 14, 2015

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Multicultural conference Feb. 6-7

The mission of the Multicultural Conference (MC^2) is to bring students together across race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of cultural identity. The conference offers a provocative day and 1/2 of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond.

At the conference, we will facilitate an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. As MIT’s mission statement clearly promotes a diverse campus community, it is crucial for students to discuss the role of diversity and inclusion in education and campus life. Find more information or register.

January 12, 2015

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GetFit 2015 registration now open

It’s that time again. Time for what’s become an annual wintertime tradition at MIT. You know, the one that keeps us stronger, healthier, and better looking than Harvard, Wellesley, and Boston College combined? Well, okay, maybe just stronger and healthier? That’s right! Register now for MIT Medical’s annual fitness challenge, getfit@mit! Get your team of five to eight members registered before the end of the day on January 29, and get ready for all the fun, camaraderie, perks, and potential prizes that come with participation. The challenge begins on February 2. Looking for teammates? Connect with others in the find-a-team forum. More info here. Get ready, get set, get fit!

January 9, 2015

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Stay warm this winter

As the temperatures continue to drop this week, we seek your help in keeping our campus warm and trouble-free with these cold weather tips:

USE REVOLVING DOORS
Please use the revolving doors whenever possible to keep warm air in the buildings and cold air out. Use of revolving doors conserves energy and keeps our buildings warmer than use of swing doors that lets heat and energy escape.

CLOSE WINDOWS AND DOORS
Before you leave each day, please make sure that all windows and doors are shut securely. This will help avoid problems such as freezing and broken pipes.

REPORT BROKEN WINDOWS OR DOORS
If you notice any door or window that cannot close properly, please report the location via one of these methods:
1.) Contact our Customer Service Center at 617-253-4948
2.) Visit Atlas and submit a Service Request
3.) Use the MIT Mobile app and select the “Bldg Services” icon
4.) Send a text message with the location and a photograph to txtdof@mit.edu

Find more info on the Facilities website. Photo by Tom Burke.

December 31, 2014

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OneMIT takes off

MIT Sloan students and administrators are collaborating on a new Institute initiative. In his 2012 inaugural address, MIT President L. Rafael Reif challenged the Institute to work together as “One MIT” to address the world’s greatest challenges. MIT Sloan students — working with administrators and other graduate students across campus — have taken up the gauntlet with the launch of the OneMIT initiative, a multifaceted effort to connect graduate students across all five schools.

“It’s very much a joint initiative, backed not only by MIT Sloan but the Institute, and supported with groundwork being done by the students,” says Jake Cohen, who oversees student services as MIT Sloan’s senior associate dean for undergraduate and master’s programs. “We strongly believe that the world’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by one discipline alone.” Read more at MIT News.

December 30, 2014

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The Foundry at MIT

Within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering lives a place where students can come and put their materials knowledge into practice. The Foundry at MIT provides a space for students, like second year grad student, Zachery Cordero, faculty and staff to come innovate, create and get their hands dirty in the process. Photo by Stephen Scott Jenkins

December 29, 2014

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IAP MIT Flute Ensemble: “The Institooters!” Jan. 5 – 29

Jan. 5 to Jan. 29 on Mondays and Thursdays in room 4-160 join “The Institooters” Flute Ensemble. Improve your flute playing skills, whether rusty or not! Perform fun, beautiful music from the 16th-21st centuries, in a variety of styles. Bass flute, alto flutes and piccolos will be made available. Intermediate to Advanced Levels. Preferably prior experience in a music ensemble. Contact suellen@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Michael Coleman

December 17, 2014

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How curiosity saved Keating’s life

MIT Mechanical Engineering PhD student Steven Keating shares how his innate curiosity shaped his personal experience as a cancer patient before, during, and after his 10-hour awake surgery to remove a baseball-sized IDH1-mutant brain tumor.

December 17, 2014

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Nominate for the MLK Leadership Awards by Dec. 19

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award is annually given to individuals or groups who embody his ideals and spirit in service to the community. Here, “service to the community” is defined broadly to include academic, research, religious, and secular contributions with integrity, leadership, creativity, and positive results. If anyone you know falls under this description, consider nominating them for the award. MIT alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, groups, faculty, and staff are all eligible. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 19th. Please submit nominations to mlkawards@mit.edu or to Tobie Weiner in Room E53-484. Members of the MLK celebration subcommittee of the Committee on Race and diversity will select awardees. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust.

December 3, 2014

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Winter Bike Fest Dec. 5

On Friday, December 5th, come to Winter Bike Fest 2014! Starting at 2pm, say hello to PN2K, meet other cyclists, and enjoy a variety of perks and activities brought to you by PN2K in the first floor of the Student Center. Get free minor bike repairs and tune-ups from Bike Boom, learn about bike safety (especially on winter cycling), and take advantage of a pressure washer to blast off grime and prepare your bikes for the winter. There will be music. There will be refreshments. It’s sure to be a good time, so make sure to stop by before the end at 6pm! Photo by O.Taillon.

November 21, 2014

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Survey: Grad Student Experience at MIT

The Baker Foundation and the Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) are working together to learn about student experiences at MIT.  Please take this survey for a chance to win up to $50.  One student will win a $50 gift card, and two students will each win a $25 gift card.  If you choose to enter the lottery for one of these prizes, your Kerberos ID will not be associated with your survey responses.

November 12, 2014

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“It’s on Us MIT” campus-wide kick-off Nov. 12-14

The “It’s On Us MIT” Kick-Off is your chance to learn more about sexual assault prevention and pledge to be a part of the solution. Part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign to promote awareness about sexual assault on college campuses, this three day event from Wednesday, November 12th through Friday, November 14th focuses on empowering individuals to lead by example and commit to being active bystanders. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come by Memorial Lobby on the first floor of building 10 anytime from 9AM to 5PM to take the campaign pledge.
For more information on the Kick-Off, please visit the campaign website. This event was developed by the Title IX Working Group consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and staff working to promote a safe, inclusive and supportive MIT.

November 11, 2014

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Clinton Global Initiative University: Apply by Dec. 1

The Clinton Global Initiative University 2015 will be hosted by the University of Miami and will take place from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2015. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.  Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or in a different part of the world. The early application and travel assistance deadline is Friday, October 17, 2014, and the final application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014. Students selected for CGI U 2015 may be eligible to receive travel stipends and seed funding to support their projects if they apply by the early decision deadline. To find out more, visit here.

November 11, 2014

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Chancellor’s forum on sexual assault survey results Nov. 12

Have questions about the survey results on sexual assault at MIT? Come to the forum Chancellor Barnhart is hosting next Wednesday, November 12th in 10-250! She will discuss the results of the survey as well as the multitude of ways to get involved and what’s already being done here on campus. This forum will also have food provided. Photo by Tom Woodward.

November 3, 2014

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Mentor middle school students one Saturday a month

Would you like to inspire highly motivated students from the Boston/Cambridge/Lawrence area right on campus? We are looking for mentors for middle school students. Commitment is low – only one Saturday per month for 3 hours. Activities would include hands-on workshops, field trips, guest speakers, bowling, and more. Make a difference in these students’ lives! Contact stem@mit.edu for more details. Photo by US Department of Education.

October 31, 2014

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More Bad Advice Grad Students Get

Really, the list of bad advice could be endless—there’s an unfortunate number of people who are spouting terrible things on this subject, all the time. Some of the lousy advice I heard myself, and some I heard from colleagues’ horror stories. Since I won’t ever have a tenure-track job, I feel it’s my moral obligation to put some giant, flashing warning signs around the bad advice that perfectly well-meaning people might offer to graduate students. Continue reading this article on Vitae.

October 29, 2014

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EMT applications due Oct. 31

Emergency Medical Technicians are the students who drive the ambulance and go to help people who are in need of emergency medical care!  Applications to become an EMT are due by Friday, October 31st, as the IAP class begins in January.  Contact sgoel@mit.edu or visit the website for more information.

October 28, 2014

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Student Loan Art Program allows students to “adopt” artwork

Visitors to MIT earlier this month may have spotted what looked like a slow — and highly participatory — art heist: Over the course of three days, from Sept. 10 to 12, 593 students entered the List Visual Arts Center and left with pieces of its collection. This year marks the 45th anniversary of MIT’s Student Loan Art Program: After viewing the collection, choosing their favorites, and participating in a lottery, lucky graduate students and undergrads are given the opportunity to bring home one of the List’s works of art. In this year’s lottery, Desi Gonzalez, a graduate student in comparative media studies, received her first choice, after trying for it last year and coming up short. She can’t wait to begin her relationship with Frances Stark’s “Untitled.” “Looking at a work over time changes how you see,” she explained in a blog post. “Having a work hanging on your wall for nine months — it allows you to experience art in a way you never could within a museum.” Continue reading on MIT News.

October 20, 2014

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SEEK dinner and conversation Mondays

SEEK welcomes you to kick start your spiritual journey Mondays at 7PM in W20-303. Have dinner and informal conversation with similarly curious people. Explore faith in Jesus and connection with God. This is for those new to faith or anyone looking for a fresh start with faith and desire a practical and experiential approach to connection with God. Visit here for more details and for questions, contact seek-info@mit.edu.

October 16, 2014

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Children’s Diwali Party Oct. 18

Come celebrate the Indian festival of light at the Children’s Diwali Party on October 18th at 4PM in Westgate lounge. There will be an Indian dance class, snacks, crafts, painting with colored salt, and lantern making. For questions, contact westgate-ipc@mit.edu. Register here. Photo by sowrirajan s.

October 15, 2014

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Costco cards available at Copytech

The GSC is proud to announce the launch of the Costco Card program, which allows any graduate student to borrow a Costco Card from Copytech for their personal use. Costco Cards can be picked up from Copytech (11-004) during normal business hours (weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Loan period is 6 days.  Cards are available on a first-come, first served basis. Take the Costco Shuttle on Saturdays! The Shuttle runs every Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. For more details, see here. For additional questions, please contact GSC HCA co-chairs at gsc-hca@mit.edu.

October 14, 2014

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Comedy Night with Ken Reid Oct. 14

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Ken Reid (Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Riot LA Festival) on Tuesday, October 14 at 8PM at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35). Snacks and soda provided. 21+ govt ID & MIT ID required for entry. Please have ID ready to show at the door. If you have questions, please contact teec-comedy@mit.edu.

October 13, 2014

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De Florez Fund for Humor deadline Oct. 13

Think you’re funny? Prove it!  Apply for a grant from the de Florez Fund for Humor. That’s right, at MIT you can be funded for being funny. Each year, the de Florez Fund supports projects that pass the hilarity test. Are you funny enough to meet the challenge? MIT students, staff, and faculty can all apply for funding. Proposals for grants under $500 are considered on a rolling basis, throughout the year. Proposals for larger amounts are accepted once a semester, in fall and spring of each academic year. The 2014 fall due date is October 13, 2014. Get more information or apply now.

October 11, 2014

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Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades Oct. 11

Join us for Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades on October 11 at 7:30PM at the Sala de Puerto Rico. Come dressed as your favorite decade and participate in our costume contest! Free foxtrot lesson with admission at 7:30PM and general dancing begins at 8PM. This event is free for MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for others.

October 10, 2014

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One and One Less live Performance Oct. 10

MIT List Visual Arts Center presents One and One Less: A Spoken Word and Percussion Performance Installation featuring David Grubbs and Eli Keszler. This performance is part of the Open Tunings exhibition series. Join us on October 10 at 6PM at the List Visual Arts Center (E15). This event is free and open to all. For questions, please contact listinfo@mit.edu. Visit here for more information about the show.

October 10, 2014

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La Scala Chamber Orchestra Oct. 10

The La Scala Chamber Orchestra presents “The Eight Seasons,” a program featuring the music of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, on Friday, October 10th at 7PM in the Kresge Auditorium. All are invited but free tickets are required. Please register via Eventbrite. This program is presented by eni and MIT. MIT has a strategic alliance with the Italian energy company eni, a relationship forged when eni became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative, and it is through eni’s position as a corporate ambassador for the La Scala Chamber Orchestra that we are fortunate to host this concert. Please join on October 10 for a wonderful celebration of our partnership, our community, and the arts at MIT.

October 10, 2014

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Take Back the Night Oct. 10

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in an effort to give voice to the survivors of violence, their stories will be read on the steps of the Student Center on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:00pm.  If you would like to submit your story to be read, visit this page.  If you would like to read someone’s anonymous story, sign up here.

October 9, 2014

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Dussehra Celebration on Oct. 9

Join MIT Sangam on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Lobdell Dining Hall to celebrate Dussehra amidst fun activities, Indian snacks, and chai!  Auditions for Sangam’s flagship event, Diwali Night, will also be held in parallel.  Sign up is available here.  Contact sangam-request@mit.edu for more information.

October 9, 2014

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Opening Reception at List Visual Arts Center Oct. 9

Enjoy an opening reception for the List Visual Arts Center’s fall shows: “Thea Djordjadze” and “Opening Tunings” on October 9 at 5PM at E15.  Get to know your friendly, on-campus contemporary art museum! Enjoy free food and drinks while meeting art lovers from across Boston. Visit here to discover more about the exhibitions. For more information, please contact listinfo@mit.edu.

October 8, 2014

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Technology and Policy Student Society Pizza Night Oct. 8

Come join the Technology and Policy Student Society for pizza and conversation on October 8 at 4:30 PM at the Muddy Charles Pub (MIT Building 50). This event is co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and is open to all in the MIT community. For questions, please contact tpss@mit.edu. Photo by Robert Duncan.

October 7, 2014

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Prof. Susan Solomon: How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges Oct. 8

The MIT Sidney Pacific/Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series presents A Brief History of How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges and Why We Will Again by Professor Susan Solomon on Wednesday, October 8th at 6PM at the Mark Multipurpose Room at the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence. This event is open to all students. RSVP here. For questions, please contact sp-cosi-chair@mit.edu.

October 6, 2014

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STEM Teaching MOOC begins Oct. 6

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, an open, online course for those preparing for future faculty and higher education teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being offered by our colleagues in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The online course runs for 7 weeks from Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Detailed course description and registration information can be found here. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN MIT COURSE.  Course registration and management occurs through Coursera. If you have questions about joining the local learning community, please contact Leann Dobranski at leann@mit.edu.