Category Archives: Student life

July 30, 2015

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Sign up for the Community Service Weekly Bulletin

At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute’s best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.

As part of MIT’s Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities. Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here. News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.

July 27, 2015

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Ashdown Colombian Independence Event Jul. 27

Join us this Monday July 27, 6-8 PM at the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House to celebrate the Colombian Independence! Enjoy Colombian food and desserts and have lots of fun learning about Colombian culture and history. Contact: ashdown-events@mit.edu for any questions. Photo by Gabriel Britto

July 24, 2015

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Candlepin Bowling Jul. 24

Come bowling this Friday night and make new friends with grad students and their partners! Sign up at here! Meet at Eastgate (E55) at 7:15pm this Friday July 24; we’ll depart via nearby Kendall station at 7:30 sharp. Bowling is free; bring money for shoes ($2), pizza and drinks. Contact eastgate-cec@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by tyle_r

July 24, 2015

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LBGTQA Community Retreat to Provincetown Planning Group

We are in need of people who are around for the summer who can help to plan the 13th annual LBGTQA Community Retreat to Provincetown! This year the retreat will be held on September 25th-27th, and all are welcome to come help us organize this event! The trip is free for all MIT grad and undergrad students. Meetings are held weekly on Thursday evenings in Rainbow Lounge 50-005 at 5 pm through August 20th. E-mail afran@mit.edu if you would like to join in the planning, or just stop by to offer your input. Photo by Robert Linsdell

July 23, 2015

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

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

July 22, 2015

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Join Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) Graduate Student Advisory Board

PR (Violence Prevention & Response) is currently soliciting help for a small group of graduate students to sit on the Violence Prevention and Response Graduate Advisory Board (VPR-GAB). The commitment is a short 1 hour evening meeting every other week with an invitation to stay on for monthly meetings in the future. Their purpose will be to assist with VPR’s programming and outreach efforts within the graduate community. We are looking for MIT grad students who would be willing to share information about what being a grad student is like, give feedback on ideas, and help tweak and/or plan various initiatives. We are looking for 10-20 students. The participants will be gifted generously for their time. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you’re interested, let Amanda know directly. Thank you again for your continued support of VPR and all of our efforts!

Meetings are Biweekly on Fridays at MIT Medical
July 10th @ 5:30-6:30pm
July 24th @ 5:30-6:30pm
Aug 7th @ 5:30-6:30pm
Aug 21st @ 5:30-6:30pm
Sept 4th @ 5:30-6:30pm
**Dinner will be provided. Children are welcome.**

Contact info: Amanda L. Hankins, MSW, Education & Prevention Specialist, Violence Prevention & Response, MIT Medical E23-498, (617) 258-6948 VPR 24-HOUR HOTLINE 617-253-2300 Photo by Farbs01

July 21, 2015

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Conflict Management Training @ MIT – Apply today!

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

July 21, 2015

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GSC Sustainability Meeting Jul. 21

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

July 20, 2015

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SANGAM Indian Barbecue Jul. 26

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

July 17, 2015

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Dissertation Boot Camp Jul 27-Aug 5

Is the August 6th 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 July-August Dissertation Bootcamp! This will take place at Barker Library, 8th Floor from 10 am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays from 27 July to 5th August! 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! We are prioritizing the September List candidates for slots first! We definitely look forward to seeing you!

RSVP here now! Please email gsc-arc@mit.edu for any questions! Photo by andresmh

July 17, 2015

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Sidney Pacific Brunch Jul. 19

Come enjoy Sid Pac’s monthly Sunday brunch this July 19th, 12-1pm! Meeting at the SP Mark MP Room. We’ll have our usual array of delicious brunch food. Bring your own plate and utensils to win prizes and help keep SP green. As always, prep is from 8am to 2pm – come at any time to help out, and skip the line! Contact: sp-brunch-chair@mit.edu  Photo by Annie Mole

July 16, 2015

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Summer Grill Night in the Eastgate Backyard Jul. 16th

Join the Eastgate Graduate Apartments Community this July 16th, at 7-9 pm for a delicious Summer Grill Night. The event is at the Eastgate Backyard (E55) across the plaza from the Sloan School. Contact eastgate-spirc@mit.edu for questions! This event is sponsored by the Eastgate Community Association and the Graduate Student Council. Photo by woodleywonderworks

July 16, 2015

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Sidney Pacific Cultural Festival Jul. 18

Come & enjoy being immersed in a wide array of student cultures at MIT this Saturday, July 18th, 12-3pm! The Sidney Pacific Mark MP Room will have free food and drinks from many different cultures. Expect amazing musical and artistic performances and many cultural student groups to be featured. Contact: sp-cultural-chair@mit.edu Photo by yooperann

July 15, 2015

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Ampersand Concert Series: CUDDLE MAGIC/TOM GREENBERG Jul. 30

Ampersand, a collaborative concert series presented by WMBR & List Visual Arts Center, showcases contemporary music in Bartos Theater on MIT’s campus. This Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:30PM Ampersand is thrilled to host Cuddle Magic and Tom Greenberg for this rocking summer concert! Kick off your shoes and enjoy the music and the beats! Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Cash only. Cost: $3 with MIT ID, $5 general admission. Contact listinfo@mit.edu for any questions.

July 14, 2015

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The Professor Is in: What to Wear…

Dressing for interviews is always tricky. Academia doesn’t prioritize fashion, and a lot of students spend most of their grad-school years in the same ratty T-shirts and jeans. So when it comes to choosing more formal interview attire, they can be in foreign territory. Indeed, some grad students wonder why they should have to dress up for interviews at all, when faculty are so notoriously slovenly. But you do. It’s just a convention. While fields differ on how formal your interview outfit should be (political science is formal, art history is not) — as do regions (the South is the most formal, the Northwest is the least) — some degree of dressing up is necessary for all academic interviews.

The challenge of choosing an outfit is exacerbated by the weather in the far-flung areas of the country where you might find yourself interviewing. In a post on campus interviews during the regular hiring season, I touched on managing winter weather. Summer interviews are of course more rare, but they do pop up from time to time. I’ll answer your question as it pertains to women who present conventionally as women. Not everyone chooses to present according to cisgender conventions. Read the full article at Vitae. Photo by Nata Branttes

July 13, 2015

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MBA Class Of 2015: My Biggest Lessons From Business School

What a difference that two years make! That’s how most MBAs feel after graduation. Just ask them about their first day back at school. The consensus: It was pretty intimidating. For starters, cranking out 70-hour work weeks didn’t really prep them for the workload. Running at the speed of business was a gear short of B-school pace. As first years, they were deluged with choices where every club and event was a chance to make an impact – or miss out.

But the biggest lesson? Often, it was the humbling notion that they weren’t the most gifted or accomplished member of their class. Their peers were also valedictorians who had collected accolades and promotions–many prevailing over heart-breaking hardships in the process. In the end, the MBAs who excelled were the ones who quickly embraced their peers. Even more, they discovered the simple – yet often difficult — foundation for learning that was succinctly summed up by MIT Sloan’s Liat Kaver: “Don’t be shy to ask for help!” Read this inspiring article at Poets&Quants

July 7, 2015

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Surviving the Post-Dissertation Slump

“Post-dissertation stress disorder” and “post-dissertation depression” are real things. A friend introduced those terms to me when I was trying to find an explanation for my lack of productivity after finishing my Ph.D. Turns out, I wasn’t alone in experiencing a slump. As one blogger wrote of post-dissertation life: “If you are work- and project-driven, the adjustment takes time.” People who successfully complete dissertations are a disciplined cross section of the population. We are capable of working independently, sticking to self-imposed deadlines, and focusing on the big picture. We may have thrown ourselves into the study of best writing practices, kept a strict schedule, formed writing accountability groups, and workshopped parts of our dissertation during the process. We are not people who have trouble staying on task and self-motivating.

So when the blues hit – when well-meaning refrains of “Congratulations, Doctor!” result in a cringe rather than a smile – what is going on? As newly minted Ph.D.s know, we’re not supposed to be any less driven simply because we’ve graduated. If anything, the hustle is supposed to begin anew. But as one tenured professor said to me: “These days very few students can hope to line up [an academic] job while A.B.D.” See more at Vitae.  Photo: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

June 30, 2015

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A First-Timer on the Job Market?

I’m going on the academic job market for the first time starting this coming fall. What should I expect? 

That depends a lot on your field and your subfield, as well as on your own qualifications. But there are certain common features that hold true across the tenure-track market, which tends to be highly competitive in many disciplines and sub-disciplines, though far worse in some than in others. At any rate, let me try to enumerate some of the many things that you can expect as a first-timer on the faculty market:

You can expect the competition to be fierce. In many fields you may find very, very few tenure-track openings for which you can apply. In certain humanities fields, the number of positions advertised over the course of the entire job cycle in 2015-16 may be in the single digits.

You can expect to receive little or no acknowledgment of your applications from departments. You may well never be told that you have been removed from consideration.
You can expect to depend on the Jobs Wiki for information on the progress of searches. You can expect to be Googled, once you make the long shortlist…

Continue reading this entry of The Professor Is In at Vitae

June 29, 2015

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Submit your questions to Dear Kate!

Dear Kate, the Graduate Women At MIT Mentoring advice blog, is looking for more questions to answer! Each month, the GWAMIT mentors answer questions anonymously posted by students. The latest Dear Kate post is on the blog, where previous questions and answers can also be found. Please submit your questions for next month’s edition herePhoto by Abhishek Shirali

June 25, 2015

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How to Tailor Your Online Image

What should I do about social media and an Internet presence, while I’m on the job market?

You should have a curated Internet presence for the job market. The fact is, you will be Googled. That is not usually because search committees are trying to dig up dirt on you, or derail your candidacy. Rather, they just want to know more about you, and get a sense of your intellectual communities, of where and how you are active, and of your “style” of communication (lively, reserved, direct, blunt, tactful, supportive, combative, and so on).

So be aware that your Internet footprint will be examined. And be proactive in getting out in front of it, so that you know — and control, to the extent you can — what viewers will see. First off, search for your name (on a variety of different search engines, perhaps using several different search strings attached to your name). Then take steps to deal with what you find. Read the full article on Vitae to find out more. Photo by State Library and Archives of Florida

June 24, 2015

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Be a MiTRI Scholars Mentor! Start Jun. 28

GSC Activities in collaboration with MIT TRI is proud to launch a new mentorship program called MiTRI Scholars! Come serve as a Mentor to Inner City Boston High School Students in both an academic and athletic setting. The program will take place Sundays, June 28th to August 23rd, over the summer from 2-4 pm on MIT’s campus. Please contact ehkelley@mit.edu to get involved! Meet some great high school students and volunteer alongside other graduate students and MIT TRI team members. Photo from Singapore Sports Council

June 23, 2015

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The Personal Touch: Using Anecdotes to Hook a Reader

Interested in writing op-eds or short essays for places like Slate, the Huffington Post, or The Wall Street Journal. You may already have a terrific idea and a topical subject. Because of your credentials and research, you’re probably the perfect person to write it. The only trouble: Op-eds and short essays are likely to get turned down in today’s saturated market. Competition is fierce and a lot of professional writers are your direct rivals for space.

One of the biggest reasons that an editor will pass on a scholar’s submission is – and prepare yourself for some tough love here – it’s more than a little boring. The writing is too dull, too dry, too navel-gazing, too “academic,” or it’s all four of those things put together. In other words, it’s not for a general audience. Editors can usually tell if they’ll accept your piece after reading your lede alone. It’s that important.

So if you have a timely topic for an 800-to-1,200 word nonacademic piece, and you want to grab an editor’s attention, the first thing you should be thinking about is the “hook” for your “lede”. To learn more read the full article from Vitae. Photo by Ciaran Dunsdon

June 23, 2015

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S&P Featured on Crowdfund MIT this June

On a Thursday afternoon, in room 441 on the forth floor of building E23, three spouses, Irena Stojkov, Marija Simidjievska, and Barbara Lipohar Staples, along with Senior Program Manager Jennifer Recklet Tassi, sat with Thom Dunn from MIT Annual Fund in front of a video camera. They were shooting a video clip for the Crowdfund MIT website, a pilot crowdfunding platform similar to Kickstarter, to garner funding for MIT spouses&partners’ Career Connect program. Irena, Marija, and Barbara, all from Europe, are active participants in S&P, especially Career Connect. They wanted to learn the etiquette of approaching the US job market. Resuming career or engaging in personal growth is a major pursuit among the spouses and partners at MIT. Read the full blog entry to see how your support will help.

June 22, 2015

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now free for all MIT!

 MIT students, faculty, and staff are now all a part of the Institutional Membership at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that is underwritten by the Council for the Arts at MIT.  All you need to do is show your valid MIT ID card to receive free admission. If you want to bring your spouse or a friend, or if you are an alumnus, MITAC sells discounted passes for the museum: http://web.mit.edu/mitac

The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) was founded in 1972 by president Jerome B. Wiesner, and is an international volunteer group of alumni and friends established to support the arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With its enthusiastic advocacy for all the arts at MIT, the Council’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the development of a broadly based, highly participatory program in the arts, firmly founded on teaching, practice, and research at the Institute, and to conduct arts-related fundraising activities on behalf of MIT. The Council’s programs are funded entirely by the annual contributions of its members. Photo by Smart Destinations

June 19, 2015

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Duanwu Festival Social and Game Night Jun. 20

Enjoy a social event based on the Duanwu Festival celebration this Saturday June 20th, 6-10pm at the Ashdown Hulsizer room. We will show some of the interesting traditions to the attendees of this festival. Food will be provided, especially rice dumplings. We will also introduce some traditional and modern Chinese games to the audience. Contact qydu@mit.edu with any questions. Sponsored by GSC. Photo by P Bibler

June 16, 2015

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Setting Boundaries on Your Workload

It seems that, like death and taxes, we cannot escape increasing demands on our time in the workplace. Although some employers are starting to recognize the unsustainability of the “more, more, more” approach to work, it still falls mainly to each of us to manage an ever-growing workload. That can be particularly tricky in an environment where total devotion to work is seen as a prerequisite for success.

In fact, from a strictly practical standpoint, total devotion to your job may well lead to lower quality work, particularly if what you do involves creativity and problem-solving. Research now supports what many of us know to be true: Our best creative insights and breakthroughs often come when we are not at work. For instance, students who were given a task known to encourage mind-wandering performed better on a subsequent task requiring creative thought than students who were given no task or a task that demanded their entire attention. I suspect this is why my best ideas come to me when I’m out for a walk or a jog — I let my mind wander and it finds the solutions I need. See full article at Vitae. Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard

June 16, 2015

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Apply for 1st round of Summer/Fall cycle funding before Jun. 20

Student Group Leaders: The GSC is now accepting applications for the first round of the Summer/Fall cycle for the following funding opportunities.

Funding Board
GSC-PSC Joint Service Fund
Sustainability Fund
GSC Collaboration Award
Student Group Start Up Fund

The application deadline for all the applications is June 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm, and the funding cycle is for events occurring between July 1st and September 30th. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Please submit any post-event reports that might be pending as soon as possible (see end of email for instructions). All applicants must adhere to the GSC Funding Board Guidelines. All applications can be found here. The rest of the applications are still under development, so please ignore the rest of the applications on this page. Read more

June 15, 2015

Dispute Training

Participate as a Disputing Party in MIT Conflict Mgmt. Training Jun. 18 & 19

Interested in participating in MIT conflict management training as a disputing party? Learn conflict management skills via role play in short mediation simulations this June 18th and/or 19th (9-11am and/or 11-1245am) at the Stratton Student Center. Apply here today! Questions? Contact conflictmanagement@mit.edu Photo by Benny Daon

June 12, 2015

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Join the VPR Graduate Student Advisory Board

Become a grad student member of the Violence Prevention and Response Graduate Advisory Board (VPR-GAB)! The commitment is a short 1 hour evening meeting every other week throughout the summer. The purpose will be to assist with VPR’s programming and outreach efforts to the grad community. Contact Amanda Hankins at MIT Medical (hank@med.mit.edu) for more information. Photo by Ted Eytan

June 11, 2015

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Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 12

Want to enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students on Friday June 12th at 7:30pm? RSVP by sending an email to oderberg@mit.edu. The gathering will be at the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room
This event is sponsored by Hillel at MIT and the MIT GSC. Photo by Noel Hidalgo

June 10, 2015

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Grad Orientation Needs You!

Be a part of the largest student run orientation in the nation! Graduate orientation welcomes new grad students and introduces them to MIT and the Boston/Cambridge area. Coordinators take the lead on each of orientation’s events – the boat cruise, presidential welcome, ​and ​the list goes on! Find more information about the events. Which events are you interested in coordinating? Let us know! Questions? Contact gsc-oc@mit.edu

June 5, 2015

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Become a tutor for the MIT ESL Program

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1 hr/wk or to serve as substitutes as needed.
No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement. Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 – midnight beginning Tues., June 16. Summer session runs through the week of July 27 (No classes July 7 & 9). This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Please contact ESL administrators to sign up! Photo by Observatorio Ocupacional UMH

June 4, 2015

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GAME Service Event with the Greater Boston Food Bank Jun. 10

Enjoy a summer evening in a volunteer service event this Wednesday June 10th, 4:30-8pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA). Help sort donated food which gets divvied out to all the regional food pantries. There will be Pizza ordered for dinner. If you travel with the group, transportation via the MBTA will be covered. The group is leaving together from 77 Mass Ave at 4:30.  All grad students are welcome. Sign up today! Contact GAMEServ_Chair@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Sterling Communications

June 2, 2015

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Sign up for summer Community Wellness classes

Join a Community Wellness class and begin to nourish your path to more balance and acceptance. Classes are welcoming to all ability levels. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Featured Offerings:

  • Change for Good: Creating the Life You Want
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • iDiet (web based weight loss program)

To learn more about all classes provided visit Community Wellness at MIT.

 

June 1, 2015

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Register now for traditional arts classes

Are you interested in figure drawing from a live model or learning how to develop your own color photographs in a darkroom? Have you always wanted to learn how to throw a vase on the potter’s wheel or further your understanding of color theory in an oil painting class?Look no further—the MIT Student Art Association offers classes in all of the above and more. Classes start June 15 and will fill up quickly—register here today! Photo: MIT SAA

May 29, 2015

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Congratulations to the 2015-16 GSC officers!

The Graduate Student Council has elected a new officer team for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The incoming officers began their terms in May, 2015.  The new officers are:

  • President: Michael McClellan (EAPS) Pictured top right
  • Vice-President: Dan Smithwick (Arch) Pictured top left
  • Secretary: Eva Golos (EAPS) Pictured bottom left
  • Treasurer: Janille Maragh (MechE) Pictured bottom right

Congratulations to the new team!

 

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 is no longer live.

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.