Category Archives: Student life

September 17, 2014


Sangam Orientation Social Sep. 18

MIT Sangam welcomes all new graduate students. Join them Thursday, September 18th at 7PM in the Stata R&D Commons (Bldg. 32-G401) to meet fellow graduate students, old friends, and make some new ones! Find out about upcoming events and how to get involved. Dinner will be served. For more details, visit here. Contact with any questions.

September 15, 2014

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Meet with President Reif

Come talk with President Reif about any issue you feel is important to you or the MIT community! Throughout the semester, Reif is setting aside time for 15-minute meetings with students, faculty, and staff. Apply to schedule a meeting to discuss whatever you would like, from research you find captivating to what you would most like to know about the President of MIT! President Reif’s time is of course limited so apply as soon as possible. Photo by Presidencia Perú.

September 12, 2014

Eastgate BBQ

Eastgate Welcome BBQ Sep. 13

Eastgate Community Association welcomes the MIT community to join them for a delicious BBQ feast on Saturday, September 13 from 1-4PM at the Eastgate Courtyard (E55). Please bring your own utensils to reduce waste. Contact with questions. Photo by Thomas van der Weerd.

September 11, 2014

MIt Maker Fairee

MIT Mini Maker Faire calling for Makers: Apply by Sep. 15!

MIT is hosting its first Mini Maker Faire, an event to celebrate all makers! The mission of Maker Faire is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. Have something you want to share in the spirit of the greatest show (and tell) on earth? All projects are welcome, including academic/research projects and hobbies; applications are due by September 15. Want to get inspired? Check out the history of Maker Faire. The Mini Maker Faire will be on October 4, at the North Court and Stata Center. For more information and to sign to volunteer as a helper, visit the MIT Mini Maker Faire website. Sponsored in part by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

September 2, 2014


Dental plan enrollment open through Sept. 19

Enrollment in the MIT Delta Dental PPO Value Plan is now open, and will continue through Friday, September 19th. This plan is also known as the MIT Graduate Student Dental Plan and is administered by Crosby Benefit Systems (Crosby) on behalf of MIT. The plan subscriber must be enrolled in a graduate program at MIT at the time of enrollment; re-enrollment each year is not automatic. The coverage period is 10/1/14 – 9/30/15. Read the full details on this plan and alternate coverage plans, and find the enrollment link on the dental information page. Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom.

August 26, 2014


Israeli Dancing Aug. 27

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, August 27th, to take place 32-044, the Stata Center basement. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email with any questions. Photo by Embassy Tel Aviv

August 25, 2014


Join the GSC Green Team

Have you seen the GSC Green Team in snazzy shirts at brunch? Become a member to get your own shirt, work with event organizers to help make more sustainable events, and educate attendees on how to do their part. Other benefits include eating first, meeting new people, and helping promote sustainability across campus! If interested, contact for more information or to join.

August 21, 2014


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Aug. 22

Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with fellow MIT grad students on Friday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm. RSVP to the event by sending an email to Isaac Oderberg at The dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Julie.

August 19, 2014


Submit your questions to Dear Kate

Each month, the GWAMIT mentors answer questions anonymously posed by students on Dear Kate, the GWAMIT Mentoring Committee’s advice blog. Questions are now being accepted for next month’s edition. Submit yours for next month’s edition! If your question is chosen, it will be submitted to a panel of GWAMIT mentors and their replies will be featured in the GWAMIT blog. The namesake of the Dear Kate advice column is Katharine McCormick, a 1904 graduate from MIT. She was also a suffragist and a philanthropist. GWAMIT hopes to continue her legacy and dedication to the advancement of women through this advice column. Photo by Monty

August 15, 2014


Indian Independence Day Celebrations Aug. 16

MIT Sangam is inviting the MIT student body to join them in celebrating the Indian Independence Day on Saturday, August 16th, beginning at 11:30 am. Meet the organization at 11:30 am at the Student Center steps for the flag hoisting ceremony. Free lunch and a discussion led by the Association for India’s Development (AID-MIT) will follow afterwards at 12:00 pm at 1-190. If interested, signup for the event and and contact MIT Sangam at with any questions. Photo by T. A Joseph.

August 14, 2014


GSC Summer Harbor Islands Day Trip Aug. 16

Spend the day outdoors and enjoy the harbor islands with your fellow grad students on a day trip planed by the GSC activities co-chairs. You’ll take ferry rides to George’s Island and Spectacle Island and get to explore the areas. Barbecue and games will be provided, and the event is also opened to families! The day trip will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students need to meet at Long Wharf by 9:30 am that morning. Tickets go on sale soon, so sign up to be notified when ticket sale information becomes available. Email if you have any concerns or would like more information. Photo by Beverley Goodwin

August 14, 2014


MITaly Ferragosto BBQ Aug. 15

The GSC Funding Board is sponsoring a BBQ in celebration of Ferragosto, a traditional Italian holiday. The BBW will take place on Friday, August 15th, starting at 5:00 pm at the Tang BBQ pits.  On Ferragosto, people gather together on the beach, grill food, and play soccer and volleyball on the sand. The Mitaly organization will be recreating that same atmosphere outside of Tang for the evening. Contact if you would like more information about the event. Photo by Beniamino Baj

August 13, 2014


The worst advice grad students get

During my last year of grad school I participated in a professional-development workshop on crafting academic book proposals with A Real Editor. As long as we submitted our proposals in advance, she’d read them and offer a critique. We were all very excited—and scared. If she liked our work, we could’ve had an “in” at one of the best presses around; if she didn’t, it could’ve meant a pass from the press for years to come. Continue reading this article on Vitae.

August 13, 2014


Torah & Tonics Aug. 14

The Graduate Hillel will be sponsoring a dinner and Torah study on Thursday, August 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Sidney-Pacific courtyard. Enjoy some grilled food and listen and take part in a discussion with guest speaker, Rabbi Fisher, as he talks about his studies in Israel these past few weeks. For more information about the event email Photo by Michael Maslin

August 12, 2014


GSC BBQ hosted by GAME Aug. 12

The Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (GAME) organization will be hosting a BBQ on August 12th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kresge Pits. Burgers, hot dogs, sodas, chips, and juice will be provided! Join in on the good company and email if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by Luke Jones

August 11, 2014


Mega Muddy Monday Aug. 11

The MechE and Chemistry departments are hosting a dinner at the Muddy Charles on Monday, August 11th at 5:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available. Summer’s almost over, so take a break from your research, satisfy your hunger, and meet new people after a long day of working in the lab. Email if you have any questions. Photo by Frank Hebbert

August 8, 2014


Singapore’s National Day Celebration Aug. 9

The MIT Singapore Students Society (MITSSS) will be hosting Singapore’s National Day Celebration on Saturday, August 9th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Singaporean food and drinks will be provided, so spend Saturday evening trying out new ethnic entrees, meeting new people, and celebrating with MITSSS. The event will be located in ‘The Warehouse’ (NW30) in the Colbert Room. Contact if you have further questions about the event. Photo by avlxyz

August 7, 2014


Elitzer founds MIT Bitcoin Club and kickstarts bitcoin interest at business schools worldwide

An MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management helped kick-start a bitcoin storm at business schools across the globe. Dan Elitzer, founder and president of the MIT Bitcoin Club, along with sophomore Jeremy Rubin, raised $500,000 for a project to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate student at MIT this fall. Plans for the MIT Bitcoin Project involve a range of activities – including working with professors and researchers to study how students use the bitcoin they will receive, as well as spurring academic and entrepreneurial activity within the university in this burgeoning field. Continue reading about Elitzer and bitcoin on BusinessBecause.

August 7, 2014


MIT Water Club Summer BBQ Aug. 8

If you’re interested in learning more about the MIT Water Club and want to meet individuals in the Boston water sector from industry, policy, and academia then celebrate summer by barbecuing with the MIT Water Club. At the event, you can network, meet new friends and colleagues, and enjoy food from the grill in the close proximity to our own Charles River. All are welcome. The event will take place on August 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the MIT Water Club. Photo by Jun Seita.

August 6, 2014


Karaoke at the Thirsty Ear Pub Aug. 7

Serenade your friends and sing like a rock star at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Thursday, August 7th! The event will begin at 9:00 pm and a 21+ I.D. and MIT photo ID are required for entry. Karaoke night is free and only open to MIT. Email for more information.  Photo by Ed Schipul  


August 1, 2014


‘She’s So Schizophrenic!': How Not to Alienate Your Colleagues with Psychiatric Disabilities

Dr. Joseph P. Fisher, a learning specialist at the Office of Disability Support Services at George Washington University, has worked throughout his career helping students with disabilities. One time he was working with a student earning a graduate degree in education. The student told him – in an offhand fashion, during a work session on a writing project – that her special-education professor kept using an acronym unfamiliar to her: “FLK.” When the student asked the professor what “FLKs” were, the professor told her: “Funny Little Kids” – that is, kids with learning or developmental disabilities. “The professor in question was being horrible about disabled children in front of a disabled adult with an invisible disability,” Joseph told me. “Someone was saying this in an instructional setting at the graduate level.” Someone should have known better. Continue reading at Vitae.

July 31, 2014


Win $250 by entering the MIT Global photo contest

As recently announced by MIT News, providers of global opportunities for MIT students (GECD, MISTI, and D-Lab) have partnered for a campus-wide international photo contest! Current students, staff and faculty can submit pictures of their MIT-related travel and win Amazon gift cards of $250 value. See the GECD web site for contest details. View submissions at their tumblr and by following the hashtag #etmundus, and email with any questions. Photo by Worapol Sittiphaet.

July 30, 2014


GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee meeting Jul. 31

On Thursday, July 31st at 5:30 pm, join the GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee (LASC) outside of 50-220 to discuss political issues concerning MIT graduate students. Learn about going to Washington DC with LASC to advocate on Capitol Hill for MIT graduate students, and contribute to op-ed articles on political issues! This meeting, LASC will also be discussing how negative data affect the scientific community. New members are always welcome and free food will be provided at the meeting. For more information, see the LASC website or contact with any questions.

July 28, 2014


Heber helps protect marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle

When Kelly Heber goes snorkeling in Bali, she’s not exactly vacationing. In a few minutes, she’ll be onboard a nearby boat, asking the captain if he’s seen any comeback in his fish stocks in recent years. She’ll ask how he decides if a coral reef is healthy enough to support daily visits from boatloads of tourists, and if littering and pollution pose threats.

As a PhD student in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning working in the Science Impact Collaborative, Heber performs her environmental policy fieldwork in rural villages in Indonesia that are fringed by vibrant coral reefs. These reefs suffered during the period from the 1950s to the 1990s, when fishermen commonly exploded cyanide bombs in the water to kill and harvest all the fish in an area at once. Still in recovery, these “post-blast” coral reefs now attract thousands of tourists a year, generating the main source of income for village communities.

Learn more about Heber’s fieldwork on the Oceans at MIT website.

July 25, 2014


Eastgate Summer Grill Night Jul. 26

Enjoy a scrumptious, finger-licking good  BBQ on Saturday, July 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Eastgate Courtyard. You bring the meat, and they’ll provide the heat. Sides and drinks will be provided by the Eastgate Community Association. Photo by xeeliz

July 25, 2014


MIT Ballroom’s 2nd Annual Live Music Social Jul. 26

Join MIT’s Ballroom Dance Team for their 2nd Annual Live Music Social on Saturday, July 26th from 7:00 pm to midnight in the Walker Memorial building. Beginner Waltz and Swing lessons will start at 7:00 pm, and the band will begin playing for social dancing at 8:00 pm. Presale tickets are available online and cost $5 for MIT students, $10 for MIT affiliates, and $15 for the general public. Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $5. Contact with any questions.

July 24, 2014


MIT-BSA Iftar and pre-Eid celebration Jul. 26

On Saturday, July 26th, MIT’s Bangladeshi Students’ Association (BSA) will be hosting their annual Iftar and pre-Eid celebration in the basement lounge of Westgate. The organization will provide a wide variety of pre-cooked, unique, spicy, and colorful Bangladeshi food for MIT students to try. The event begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Contact if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by vipez

July 24, 2014


Join the Eastgate community for a water party Jul. 26

On Saturday, July 26th at 4:00 pm, come to the Eastgate Courtyard (E-55) for a water party open to MIT families and kids. This fun afternoon party will have a lot of water activities, so come with clothes that can get wet and a bit dirty! If it rains, the event will be postponed to Sunday, July 27th or Saturday, August 2nd. For more details contact eastgate-pc@mit.eduPhoto by Reggie Alvey

July 22, 2014


Sign up for the International Student Mentorship Program by Jul. 25

Interested in mentoring first year international graduate students? Give them an opportunity for cultural exchange and to learn more about Cambridge, Boston, and the MIT culture. Mentees and mentors will be matched up based on national/regional origins, mutual interests, and similar considerations. The deadline to register as a mentor is Friday, July 25th, and the sign-up link and more about the program can be found online. Should you decide to participate in the program, you have to be in e-mail contact with your mentee throughout August. During Fall Orientation, the new student will have the opportunity to meet his/her mentor at the Mentorship Mixer and International Dance Festival. Direct any further questions to

July 22, 2014


Israeli Dancing Jul. 23

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, July 23rd, to take place at the Student Center in room 491. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students, but there is a suggested donation of $1. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email with any questions. Photo by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv


July 21, 2014


Burgers and beers with LGBTQ students and allies Jul. 22

Come hang out with your fellow MIT LGBTQ graduate students and allies on Tuesday, July 22nd at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hotdogs are subsidized, so your dinner will be cheap! A group will be leaving Lobby 7 at 6:45 pm, or you can meet everyone at Tasty Burger at 7:30 pm. Don’t forget your ID and MIT student ID! RSVP online if you’re attending, although you can show up without RSVPing, and contact with any questions. Photo by Jennifer

July 17, 2014


eMIT Science Outreach Meeting Jul. 17

If you find science or engineering intriguing and would like to teach and inspire other people then check out eMIT, a student group for science outreach. You can learn more about eMIT at their next meeting on July 17th at 6:00 pm. There will be free food and good company. RSVP if you would like to attend their upcoming meeting. The location is still to be determined. Photo by Martin Cron

July 17, 2014


Tang Hall BBQ and movie night Jul. 19

All MIT graduate students are invited to take a break from research to chill out over some delicious barbecue food and a movie with some friends on Saturday, July 19th. The event will take place on the Tang lawns and BBQ pits with food from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:15 pm. If weather is bad, the rain location is the Tang 24th floor lounge. Please bring your own utensils to go green and contact with any questions.

Photo by Håkan Dahlström.

July 16, 2014


Isabella Stewart Gardner Gala Jul. 18

Sip chardonnay, enjoy the company of other MIT graduate students, and get a look at the breathtaking artwork at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Friday, July 18, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Art historians will be available at the museum to answer students’ questions that evening. Tickets are $10 (single) or $18 (with a guest) and include the price of one drink ticket.  Remember to purchase your ticket online, and send additional questions to Photo by Maitri

July 15, 2014


Dear Kate: Understanding feminism and how to respond to misogyny

What should you do if a close friend offhandedly says a misogynistic comment like “when women smile when they say no, they’re really just saying ‘try harder'” or “women falsely accuse men of rape all the time”? And how do you navigate the conversation to avoid being negatively branded as an overzealous feminist? The latest edition of the GWAMIT Mentoring advice column, Dear Kate, addresses the nationwide debate on misogyny, male privilege, and feminism.

Kelley Adams at the Violence Prevention and Response office at MIT Medical, rather than the usual mentor/volunteer Kates, responds to these concerns in a two-part column. Part I discusses the idea of “rape culture,” and how feminism historically has — and likely will continue to have — negative connotations. Part II suggests multiple strategies for responding to misogynistic comments such as asking where that belief came from or cultivating empathy. Even though violence and beliefs that foster it are prevalent throughout our society and culture, every individual has the ability to change this by starting discussions and getting more people to think critically.

If you would like to submit any questions (pseudonymously) for a future column, go to the Dear Kate Google Doc. Photo by Kayla Sawyer

July 15, 2014


Contra Dance with live music Jul. 15

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


July 11, 2014


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

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

July 11, 2014


Indian Barbecue Social Jul. 12

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

July 10, 2014


Egyptian Annual Iftar Jul. 11

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

July 9, 2014


Keep your finances in order

The MIT Federal Credit Union has recently created a blog to help students with their future financing and banking investments. Learn how to improve your credit score or learn how to start your own nest egg! Follow the new blog to stay updated on tips, hints, and lessons to improve your financing knowledge. Photo by Alan Cleaver 

July 9, 2014


An Evening of Painting Jul. 10

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

July 8, 2014


Weekly Wednesday Wings at the Muddy Charles

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


July 3, 2014

MIT orientation

Orientation logo contest submissions due Jul. 7

If you like to draw, design, or create things, then this is your opportunity to represent MIT to incoming graduate students! The 2014 Orientation Logo Contest is now accepting submissions. Submit a logo that features elements distinctive to MIT, such as the letters MIT, the MIT Dome, or Tim the Beaver. Your entry should also feature the year 2014 and be restricted to 2 or 3 colors. If your entry is chosen, you will receive a $250 prize and the pleasure of seeing your logo across the MIT campus this Fall. The second and third best entries will receive a $25 prize.  Email all submissions to the Orientation Committee at by  Saturday, July 7. For more details, see the competition website.

July 3, 2014


Ashdown BBQ Jul. 4

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

July 2, 2014


MIT student group advocates for science funding on Capitol Hill

Joseph Azzarelli, president of the MIT student group Science Policy Initiative (SPI), describes “science for policy” and “policy for science” as separate but interrelated. By educating its members and advocating for science funding, he says, SPI is “connecting the dots between science and policy.” Scientific research informs government policy on a range of issues, from health care to climate change; lawmakers influence scientific progress through budgets and regulations. How many MIT students understand this relationship — or their potential role in it? Continue reading this article at MIT NewsPhoto by Len Reubenstein. Team members of the Science Policy Initiative include (from left): Arthur Yip, Erhardt Graeff, Dillon Gardner, Joseph Azzarelli, Yuly Fuentes-Medel, and Samuel Brinton.

July 2, 2014


Apply to be a Graduate Community Fellow

Graduate Community Fellows  are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the ODGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Fellows meet monthly to coordinate efforts, and to pool their observations and reflections. They have the opportunity to advise the Dean about the needs of the graduate student community, and serve as an important conduit for informing the Dean and staff about the graduate student experience. Open positions currently include:

To learn more and apply, visit the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. Photo by vandycft

July 2, 2014


Preregister for backup childcare

The pilot program for subsidized backup childcare has recently been approved for recurring funding. Don’t forget you must preregister your child once each year to take advantage of this service, subsidized at only $5 per hour.  If you are currently taking summer term courses you can preregister now. If you are not enrolled in summer term courses, you can preregister your child once you have registered for the fall term. Email with any questions. Photo by Greens MPs

July 1, 2014


MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Jul. 1

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

June 30, 2014


Canada Day BBQ Jul. 1

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

June 28, 2014


Ashdown brunch Jun. 29

All graduate students are invited to the Ashdown June Brunch on Sunday, June 29th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Hulsizer room of Ashdown House. They will have pancakes, chocolate croissants, sausages, scrambled eggs, yogurt & granola, home fries, and fruits, so come to enjoy some great food and the summer weather! Please bring your own plates and utensils to reduce waste and receive an extra food item as incentive. If you want to help out or have any questions, contact All volunteers should show up at 10:00 am in the Hulsizer room to set up. Photo by Jaime Olmo.

June 27, 2014


Kayaking Social Jun. 28

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

June 26, 2014


Grad Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 27

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

June 26, 2014


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

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

June 24, 2014


MIT Snowriders End-of-Year BBQ Jun. 24

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

June 20, 2014


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

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

June 20, 2014


Learn International Cha-Cha Jun. 21

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

June 19, 2014


Decorate your Flip-flops Jun. 20

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

June 17, 2014


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

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

June 12, 2014


Screening of BOMBAY TALKIES and dinner Jun. 13

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


June 9, 2014


MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Jun. 10

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

June 6, 2014


Dragon Boat Festival social and game night Jun. 7

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

June 5, 2014


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

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

June 4, 2014


First two faculty members honored as Committed to Caring!

This past April, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) invited graduate students to nominate MIT professors who go above and beyond to make an impact on the lives of graduate students through a new Committed to Caring campaign (C2C).  We asked for stories about faculty members who, check in about a student’s well-being, who share their own struggles, who create a supportive and positive working environment and who provide outstanding mentorship. The response was moving.  Nearly 90 nominations came in for 40 faculty members, and the descriptions of support for graduate students made us even more proud to be part of the MIT community.

To honor these wonderful expressions of caring, we will profile two faculty members each month in an ongoing celebration. The first two honorees have just been posted on the ODGE web site and on posters across campus:

John Belcher, Physics
Supporting mental health

Kay Tye, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Building an inclusive culture

Our hope with this campaign is that we are able to come closer to the vision President Reif articulated at commencement one year ago, “that the family members of MIT become known for the way we treat each other: famous for sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.”  The nomination process remains open so that we may continue to receive these impactful stories from graduate students. Over the course of this campaign, we would love to highlight and acknowledge the many faces of caring at MIT!

June 3, 2014


Register for summer art classes at the SAA

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint, draw, or create ceramics or learn more about photography and printmaking? This summer the Student Art Association (SAA) will be hosting 2.5 hour weekly art classes for 8 weeks taught by professional instructors for a low cost! Classes begin on June 9th and will take place in the Stratton Student Center. If you’re interested in releasing your inner creativity and/or learning more about art please email to register.



May 29, 2014


Join the MIT Rowing Club! Season starts Jun. 9

Summer is coming, and that means it’s time to get out and row with a great team on a great river!  Join the MIT Rowing Club and practice from 6:00am to 8:00am starting Monday, June 9th, 2014 on the Charles River.  The club is open to all MIT community members at all skill levels.  There is even a program for complete beginners.  Coxswains are highly encouraged to join!  The club offers full coach-supervised training for novice coxes throughout the year.  Find out more on the website and get on the club’s mailing list (low volume) here.  Contact for more information.

May 12, 2014


MIT Chile Club aims to build a lasting network

The new MIT Chile Club has provided a great way for Chileans at MIT to meet one another during its first year of operation. But, according to outgoing president Augusto Ruiz-Tagle, MBA ’14, its purpose extends far beyond the social. One of the reasons he and several other graduate students formed the club in February 2013 was to create an enduring network to benefit their homeland and business activities there. Ruiz-Tagle is confident that the club is well on its way to achieving that goal.

“We created this community and this network of relationships to last when you go back to Chile,” he said.

Continue reading on the MIT Sloan website.

May 12, 2014

MIT Strong Signatures 150

Grad community supports MIT Strong team

The MIT Strong team, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, ran in the Boston Marathon on April 21 in honor of Officer Sean Collier. To support and cheer on the team, the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education provided a space for community members to leave messages for the runners. These messages, ranging from personal thank-yous to words of inspiration, represented the unity of MIT’s campus in encouraging the team and commemorating the life and legacy of Officer Sean Collier. Learn more about MIT Strong. Read more

May 6, 2014


“A Community Self-Portrait” opening reception May 8

“A community self-portrait” is a photography project exploring the personal adventures of being an MIT spouse or partner.  Individual portraits along with personal stories will navigate you through social expectations, cultural differences, and astonishing personalities.  This photography project will be on display at the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery in the Student Center (2nd Floor) from Wednesday, May 7th to Monday, June 30th, 2014.  More of Christelle’s work can be seen on her photography blog, An opening reception will occur on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  Learn more about MIT spouses&partners here.

April 30, 2014


Get support for your community service project! Apply by Apr. 30

The MIT Community Service Fund gives grants to support the public service initiatives of MIT faculty, staff, students, and retirees.  Apply by Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 for the spring cycle!  More information is available on the websitephoto by Alex Chan

April 25, 2014


Nominate a caring faculty member by May 7!

Do you know an MIT faculty member who goes above and beyond to demonstrate his or her commitment to others?  The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) invites graduate students to nominate a faculty member as being Committed to Caring by 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.  A number of the nominated faculty will be recognized through a broad campus poster campaign as well as the ODGE website.  Let’s celebrate the individuals whose daily actions of caring and support enrich the lives of others and the community as a whole!  Honorees will be determined by a selection committee made up on MIT graduate students and will be posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014.