Category Archives: Student life

April 16, 2014


Seeking Graduate Reps for the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee by Apr. 17!

Join the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee, and have an impact on the future of MIT Campus Planning!  The first meeting in on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the Aruba Conference room inside MIT Building NE49.  Email your resume and a short statement to by Thursday, April 17th, 2014.  MIT has agreed to conduct a study of the feasibility of allowing a regional bicycle and pedestrian path on the property it owns along the Grand Junction railroad track, focused on the land from Main Street to W59.  The City of Cambridge has been interested in this for some time, but MIT has had a number of unanswered questions about the compatibility and safety of such a pathway in this location.  MIT is hoping that this study can provide a shared understanding of the nature of the opportunity and the associated challenges.  MIT plans to have faculty and student representation, along with Cambridge residents and officials, on a small advisory group to respond to the study as it is performed by a consultant yet to be selected.  There will be approximately six meetings of the advisory group, starting with a review of the consultant RFP, proposal review, and then providing reaction to study progress and the draft report.  The final report is to be submitted to the Cambridge City Council no later than September 2014.  Have an impact on the future of MIT!

April 11, 2014


Kids Clothing and Toy Exchange on Apr. 14!

Take part in the MIT Kids Clothing and Toy Exchange on Monday, April 14th, 2014, from 9:30am to 1:00pm in the Student Center, Room 491.  The exchange will include kids clothing, outerwear, shoes, toys, and books for children ages 0 to 5.  Items will be organized by gender and size so particular items can be found easily.  You do not need to bring clothes to participate!  Drop off will commence for the first hour and a half.  Pick up begins at 11:00am.  Contact for more information.

April 10, 2014


Congratulations to the 2014-15 GSC officers!

The Graduate Student Council has elected a new officer team for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The incoming officers will begin their terms on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.  The new officers are:

  • President: Kendall Nowocin (EECS) Pictured top right
  • Vice-President: Francesco Bellei (EECS) Pictured top left
  • Secretary: Christopher Aakre (Biology) Pictured bottom Left
  • Treasurer: Shabnam Raayai Ardakani (MechE) Pictured bottom Right

Congratulations to the new team!

April 10, 2014


CAMIT Grants Deadline Extended to Apr. 11!

MIT students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply for Council for the Arts Grants to support arts projects in all disciplines.  Awards range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.  The Grants Committee supports projects that offer MIT community members opportunities to create, participate in, and learn about the arts.  The next application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 11th, 2014.  Any student currently receiving academic credit from MIT, or current MIT staff and faculty are eligible to apply for Grants Program funding.  Applicants may submit proposals individually or on behalf of a group or organization.  See the website for more information.

April 9, 2014


Family and friends recall graduate student Hadi Kasab

When Hadi Kasab was a boy in Lebanon, he went through a phase of carrying a small briefcase to school. “He already knew that he wanted to be an engineer,” Kasab’s younger sister, Jana, recalls — and the young Hadi thought that carrying a briefcase was something all engineers did. Her brother never lost his sense of wonderment at the world, Jana Kasab says: “He was really always a 5-year-old on the inside.”

“He was very quiet most of the time,” Jana Kasab says. “We used to say that he lived in his own world.” At a kindergarten graduation ceremony, her distracted but driven brother marched straight across the stage, without even stopping to receive his certificate.

He was also humble, Jana Kasab says: “My mother was once chatting with Hadi via Skype. She was telling him about people’s reactions when they found out that her son is in MIT. Hadi hated that. He didn’t like to gloat about it — but Mom, as a proud parent, did. So he promised Mom that he’d buy her an umbrella with the MIT logo on it, so that she’d stop telling people that her son is in MIT, and instead people would take the initiative to ask her.”

Read the article on MIT news.

April 2, 2014

girl writing

Submit an article for “The Graduate” by Apr. 11

Submit an article for next issue of “The Graduate” and earn $100! Article submissions are sought from students for the upcoming “Health & Wellness” issue of The Graduate. Give your best advice and personal stories about maintaining your physical and mental health in the midst of the stresses of academic life. Profile articles on graduate student groups are also accepted. If your article is selected for publication, you will receive a $100 Giftcard! The submission deadline is Friday, April 11th, 5pm. Send article submissions to

March 31, 2014


Blog about science on eMIT! Kickoff event Apr. 7

Do you like to write about science?  Submit to eMIT, the GSC’s new science outreach blog.  You can repost an article from your own blog.  Or a published article, if the publisher agrees.  Don’t know where to start? Attend “How to write a science blog” workshop with Prof. Tom Levenson, Director of the MIT Science Writing Program, on Monday, April 7th, 5 – 6:30pm in W20-491. Send article submissions to eMIT is a project of the Graduate Student Council.  Contact for more information.

March 28, 2014


Get out and row with the MIT Rowing Club! Season starts Apr. 1

The MIT Rowing Club encourages people at all skill levels from the MIT community to join.  Those who are new to rowing can join the summer and fall programs for complete beginners.  The season starts on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, with practice Monday through Friday, 6:00am to 8:00am on the Charles River.  Coxswains are highly encouraged to join.  The Rowing Club overs full coach-supervised training for novice coxes throughout the year.  Find out more at and join the mailing list.

March 26, 2014

Buddhist Meditation

Silent Meditation on Thursdays

Are work and studies becoming too overwhelming? Get away from the stress and pressures of daily life every Thursday from 6 to 7 PM with Silent Meditation in the MIT Chapel. Sponsored by the Buddhist Student Club, it is open to all. Cushions are provided. Photo by holisticgeek.

March 20, 2014


Turkish Tea TODAY

It’s time for Turkish Tea!  Enjoy ruby red tea on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Bush Room (MIT 10-105).  Ruby red tea is produced in the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey.  There will also be traditional Turkish bagels (simit).  Contact for more information.

March 18, 2014


Apply for a public service fellowship/internship by Mar. 20

Still don’t know what to do this summer? Consider doing a public service internship or fellowship! The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and even for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses. Applications for summer Fellowships and Internships are due Thursday, March 20, at noon. Visit the MIT Public Service Center site for more information on the programs and applying. Photo by USAID_IMAGES.

March 13, 2014


YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Happiness Workshop Mar. 14-18

The YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Happiness Workshop will take place from Friday, March 14th to Tuesday the 18th, 2014 with timings 7:00pm to 10:00pm (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday) and 10:00am to 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday).  The first day’s workshop will take place in MIT Room 4-261.  This is an opportunity to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and to get closer to achieving one’s full potential.  Participants will de-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games.  Trained faculty from the international non-profit organization, The Art of Living Foundation, will run the workshop.  Tuition is $250.  Register online.  To attend an information and experience session, visit this website.  Contact for more information.

March 7, 2014


GCF Veritas Dinner TODAY

The Graduate Christian Fellowship invites students to come enjoy a light dinner and friendly discussion about entrepreneurship and faith on Friday, March 7th, 2014, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Student Center, W20-307.  After dinner, the group will head to the annual Veritas Forum.  For more information, contact

March 5, 2014


From the classroom to the operating room

A native of Egypt, Dr. Emad Eskandar knew just two words of English—“box” and “cat”—when he arrived in the United States with his family at the age of 9. Today, he is a neurosurgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

He’s also a student in the MIT Executive MBA (EMBA) program and will graduate in 2014. The MIT EMBA program is a 20-month, executive schedule MBA program for mid-career leaders with an average of 16 years of work experience.

“I’ve been doing medicine and neurosurgery for a long time, and I love it, but I think it’s good periodically to get a fresh perspective,” Eskandar said of his decision to return to school. He chose MIT Sloan because, “I thought if I’m going to do this, I want to be surrounded by top-notch faculty and, just as importantly, students.” He is one of a handful of medical doctors pursuing advanced degrees at MIT Sloan right now.

Continue reading on MIT Sloan.

March 3, 2014

CRD Grant

Committee on Race and Diversity’s Grant Program (Deadline Mar. 4)

The Committee on Race and Diversity offers grants to help offset the costs of events and programs that promote diversity and inclusion at MIT. CRD grant proposals are organized along five core themes that are intended to provide a diversity of event options, offer learning opportunities for all those involved, and ensure that the grantees and CRD learn from the experience. These five core themes include career development, collaborative immersion, community-based initiatives, expanding outlooks, and leading outward. Each funding proposal is due Tuesday, March 4 and must indicate the core theme to which the activity pertains. A group or office can submit only one proposal per core theme per academic year. For more information and the application form, visit the CRD Grants Program site. For any additional questions, feel free to contact the CRD co-chairs at Photo by OregonDOT.

February 27, 2014


Apply for the GSC-PSC Joint Service Fund (Deadline Mar. 2)

The GSC Funding Board is now accepting applications for student group funding, for the new GSC/PSC Joint Fund for public service, and for the new sustainability fund.  The cycle begins on Friday, March 14th, and ends on Saturday, June 14th.  The application deadline is Sunday, March 2nd, 2014!  Fill out the application here.

February 26, 2014

MIT Strong 2014

Azzarelli, among others from MIT, run Boston Marathon for Officer Sean Collier

An MIT Police Officer running for a fallen comrade.  An undergraduate student who came to know Officer Collier, became his friend, and climbed mountains with him.  A staff member who had just crossed the finish line when the first bomb exploded.  The MIT Strong marathon team has come together with 35 runners — and as many motivations for taking on the 2014 Boston Marathon on behalf of the MIT community and in honor of murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

Dogs are very effective at sniffing out bombs because their noses are astonishingly sensitive. Graduate student Joseph Azzarelli says running the marathon will inspire his research to improve public safety with technologies that mimic dogs’ natural ability. His vision, he says, is of networks of low-cost sensors that could make attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings more difficult to carry out.

“With the help of my colleagues, I aim to enable widely distributed, wireless, real-time explosives detection in cities, parks, and major metropolitan throughways,” says Azzarelli, a PhD candidate in chemistry in the laboratory of MIT professor Timothy Swager, a pioneer in sensors to detect explosives. “Perhaps we can create a future where incidents like those that occurred at the Boston Marathon can be mitigated before they manifest themselves.”

Read the rest of the article on MIT news.

February 19, 2014


A response to “Breaking Silence”

President Rafael Reif had these comments to make regarding the story of a sexual assault at MIT:

Last week in the pages of The Tech, a young MIT graduate shared her anguished account of being raped as an undergraduate at MIT by someone she thought she could trust — her friend, coworker and research colleague, a man ten years her senior.

The suffering she describes breaks my heart. And — as we know from years of campus reporting about sexual assault and from the comments posted on her letter — she is not alone. That such betrayals occur in our community makes me profoundly sad and angry. Nothing could be further from our ideal of a community founded on respect, decency, sympathy, and kindness.

I admire her bravery in breaking the silence for all rape survivors in our community. Just as important, she has brought this topic to the center of our public conversation.

Continue reading the letter in The TechPhoto by sandra.scherer

February 12, 2014

cooking – Learn, teach, and meet MIT grad students

Interested in learning new things, sharing what you love, and meeting other MIT graduate students? Visit to sign up to teach and learn. You can already sign up to learn cooking, programming, tennis, and much more. This opportunity to meet other MIT graduate students and simultaneously do something fun is completely free to use. Photo by Kenneth Lu.

February 11, 2014


Black History Month Reception with Prof. Craig Wilder Feb. 26

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education invites you to join us for a Black History Month Reception on Wednesday, February 26, 5 – 7pm in the Wong Auditorium (E51-115).  We will enjoy fellowship, hors d’oeuvres, and a presentation by special guest speaker Professor Craig Wilder, Chair of the MIT History section and author of Ebony & Ivory: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Prof. Wilder has just received a 2014 Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Literary Award in the Nonfiction category for his book. Please RSVP here.

Craig Steven Wilder received his BA from Fordham University and then went on to complete his MA, MPhil and PhD at Columbia University. He studies American urban, intellectual and cultural history. Prof Wilder began his career as a community organizer in the South Bronx. He provides curricular and professional development workshops with public school teachers in low-income areas of New York City. He also advises community and social organizations in New York City.

Additionally, Prof Wilder is a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative, where he has served as a guest lecturer, commencement speaker, academic advisor, and visiting professor. For more than a decade, this innovative program has given hundreds of men and women the opportunity to acquire a college education during their incarcerations in the New York State prison system. Prof Wilder is the author of three books, several articles and has advised and appeared in numerous historical documentaries. He has directed or advised exhibits at regional and national museums. In 2004, Columbia University awarded him the University Medal of Excellence.

February 10, 2014


MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Feb. 11th

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night on Tuesday, February 11th at 8 PM in the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35) with headliner Al Park (Boston Comedy Festival). Hosted by John Baglio, featuring Caitlin Durante, Misha Han, Wes Hazard, Tim McIntire, Kevin Seefried, and Andrew Turco. Snacks and soda provided. 21+ govt ID & MIT ID required for entry. Please have ID ready to show at the door. Presented by the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee. Sponsored by GSC Funding Board, Peter de Florez ’38 Humor Fund, and GradRat.

February 6, 2014


Turkish Cultural Night Feb. 9th

The Turkish Student Association would like to give you a firsthand experience of the Turkish culture! Come to Turkish Cultural Night on Sunday, February 9th at 8 PM in Morsss Hall, Walker Memorial Building. There will be authentic Turkish food, music, and dancing! FREE for MIT students. $10 for others, paid at the door. RSVP needed for everyone! Please RSVP or find the MIT Turkish Student Association on facebook for more information.

February 5, 2014

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Apply to become Graduate Resident Advisor (Deadline Feb. 7)

The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups is accepting applications for FSILG Graduate Resident Advisors for the 2014-2015 academic year. GRAs serve to provide a safe, supportive, and positive environment for undergraduates while residing in one of the 37 MIT fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Steven Ojeda, GRA of Theta Chi, said, “I enjoy being an GRA because nothing beats fostering brotherly love, fueling each others passion, and the smell of Sunday morning bacon.” Applications are due by February 7, 2014. To learn more or apply for the position, visit the website. Contact Ian Miller at with any questions.

February 4, 2014


MIT Women’s Chorale seeks singers by Feb. 5

The MIT Women’s Chorale, open to all women in the MIT community, welcomes new members for the spring 2014 semester beginning on January 22. Come join women of a wide range of cultural backgrounds and ages in experiencing the joy and benefits of singing together. Under the direction of the talented Kevin Galiè, the spring concert will feature a beautiful 18th century Stabat Mater with chamber orchestra and opportunities for soloists. Prospective members are asked to join by the third rehearsal on February 5 and contact Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 7:15-9:30pm in 10-340. For more information, visit the websitePhoto by Vancouver 125.


February 3, 2014


GradRat Valentines Ring Delivery Social Feb. 4

Come pick up your GradRat or order one on February 4th at the Bush Room (10-105)! There will be valentine-themed desserts: chocolate fountains, various treats, and free wine, beer, and cider (21+). There will also be various goodie giveaways!

January 31, 2014


BGSA Community Lunch on Feb. 1

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is hosting their Monthly Community Lunch on Saturday, February 1, 12:00pm-1:30pm in the Bush Room (10-105). The entire MIT community is welcome to attend this free event with food. Take the opportunity to make connections with your fellow MIT students and alumni. Please RSVP here. Contact for more information.

January 30, 2014


MITG&SP present new musical comedy “The Forest of Eoren” Jan. 31st – Feb. 2nd

The MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players proudly present The Forest of Eoren by Matthew Pinson. This new one-act musical comedy, written in the style of Gilbert & Sullivan by MIT graduate student Matthew Pinson, tells the story of the dryads of Eoren who have kept their forest closed to all invaders for centuries. The arrival of a band of ruggedly handsome lumberjacks, however, turns the dryads’ world sideways! Will the dryads lose their home? Or their hearts?

FREE Admission! Put it on your calendar now; no reservation necessary, but seats are first-come, first-served. Showtimes are Friday, January 31st at 8:30pm; Saturday, February 1st at 8pm; and Sunday, February 2 at 2pm. All Performances are held in Twenty Chimneys, located on the 3rd Floor in the MIT Stratton Student Center (MIT Building W20) at 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

January 28, 2014


Oil and gas social on Jan. 29

The Tech Geophysical Society is hosting a get-together with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This is an opportunity for everyone interested in the oil and gas industry to meet and socialize. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at the Muddy Charles. Members from TechGS and SPE will be around between 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event is GSC sponsored but alcoholic beverages will not be provided. Please remember to bring your ID. Contact for any questions. Photo by Reto Fetz.

January 27, 2014

Folk Music

IAP World Folk Music Jam Session Jan. 27

Learn to play in time signatures you’ve never heard of! The MIT Folk Dance Club presents an open jam session on Monday, January 27 8:00 – 9:30 PM in 66-144, featuring traditional folk dance music from a variety of countries, led by Skorosmrtnica, a local folk dance band with its roots at MIT. Tunes will be from the Balkans (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Greek, and others) and a variety of other genres (klezmer, Romanian, Armenian, Israeli, Breton (the Celtic part of France), Russian, German, Scottish, Swedish, Quebecois, English, and American old time). Sheet music will be provided. Bring an instrument, or come to listen. No folk music experience necessary! Free for everyone! For more information, see the MIT Folk Dance Club website and the Facebook event page.

January 27, 2014

Coat Hangers

MIT’s Open Style Lab designing clothing for people with disabilities

We’ve all had one of those days. You’re wearing slippers to work, but it’s not Wear Slippers to Work day. Now imagine having one of those days every day. Welcome to the world of the disabled, who because of physical limits and health complications are stuck cobbling together whatever clothing works and leaving fashion, professionalism, and pride behind.

With the launch of the Open Style Lab, however, that may be changing. Grace Teo, a graduate student in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), and co-chair Alice Tin are bringing the minds and skills of fashion designers together with engineers to design clothing solutions for a group of 10 disabled clients. The Open Style Lab, a 10-week innovation challenge slated to run from June 6-August 9, 2014, has already identified a full slate of clients and is currently accepting applications from designers and engineers who wish to participate. Continue reading this article on HST News.

This project is funded in part by an ODGE Graduate Student Life Grant. If you are interested in applying for funding, learn more and see guidelines here. Photo by garryknight

January 27, 2014


Hockey night at the Thirsty Ear Jan. 27

Come out for hockey night to watch the Boston Bruins face the New York Islanders. The event will be on Monday, January 27, 7:00pm at the Thirsty Ear Pub (NW35). Dave Hunter, head coach of the MIT Hockey team, will be present for a talk and Q&A. Additionally, a special of 10 wings for $2 will be offered. 21+ government ID required. Contact for any questions. Photo by Bridget Samuels.

January 24, 2014

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MIT Institute Diversity Summit 2014 Jan. 27-29

From January 27-29, MIT will hold the 2014 Institute Diversity Summit: Demystifying Diversity: Challenge, Expand, Broaden your Perspective. This collaborative effort of faculty, students and staff offers an open forum for sharing data, experiences and ideas on this intriguing, difficult subject that has relevance to every one of us at MIT.

Monday, January 27, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Registration. At 1:30 p.m. the welcome address from Edmund Bertschinger, Institute Community and Equity Officer. Keynote Speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, followed by Summit Keynote Reception beginning at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workshops

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m. A showing of the film Brother Outsider: The Story of Bayard Rustin. Come join us for an exciting and compelling film featuring the life and work of Bayard Rustin—a visionary strategist and activist, mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., as well as architect of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

For more details and registration, please visit the Summit registration site.

January 24, 2014


Whitehead Concert Series Jan. 27

The 2013-2014 Whitehead Concert Series presents traditional Chinese music played by Hui Weng on the guzheng (Chinese Zither) and Sanwei Zhang on the piano. Music will include The Sorrow of Linan Town by Zhanhao He and At Night On the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge by Wang Jianmin. Hui Weng is the first guzheng player to study at the New England Conservatory (NEC). She is devoted to exploring a distinctive, personal style of guzheng performance that maximizes the potential of the instrument and generates its unique expressive tension on stage. Sanwei Zhang won the China National Piano Competition for young musicians at the age of eight and has performed on numerous stages since. She is currently also pursuing her master’s degree at the NEC. The concert will be held on Monday, January 27, 12:00-12:45pm at the Whitehead Auditorium. All concerts in this series are free for the Whitehead Community and friends. Refreshments will be served and discount lunch tickets will be available at the door on the day of the concert.  Photo by USDAgov.

January 23, 2014


The Great Gatsby reading marathon TODAY

The Literature Section hosts its annual IAP mobile reading marathon of a crowd-pleasing work of literature. For IAP 2014, you are invited to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925). MIT Community members will each take turns reading from the novel until it is finished in its entirety. The reading will be followed by a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film adaptation of the novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The event will be held on Thursday, January 23, 10am-8pm. Drop in, and excuse yourself at any time. The event is mobile, so it will be in four different places throughout the course of the day. For more information, visit the website or contact Sandy Alexandre at for any questions. Don your flapper dress, felt fedora hat, or something 1920s appropriate if you have it! Photo by RhonsTopModel.

January 22, 2014


Learn to dance Rueda Jan. 25

Rueda is a form of salsa danced in a circle with a single person calling out the moves to be done. All skill levels are welcome to attend the workshop on January 25, 5pm-8pm in Lobby 13 hosted by MIT Rueda. If you have never danced before, come learn! If you have danced Rueda before, come brush up on your skills. For more information about Rueda and MIT Rueda, visit the website or contact Photo by aracelota.

January 22, 2014

Chinese Lantern

Chinese Spring Festival Party Jan. 24

Eat delicious Chinese food and celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival on Saturday January 24 7pm-10pm in W20-208 (Lobdell’s Room) with MIT-CAST. All MIT students are welcome!

January 21, 2014


Register for the Multicultural Conference Feb. 7-8

The Multicultural Conference (MC^2) will take place February 7-8 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts. The mission of the Multicultural Conference (MC^2) is to bring students together across race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of cultural identity. At the conference, partake in an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. As MIT’s mission statement clearly promotes a diverse campus community, it is crucial for students to discuss the role of diversity and inclusion in education and campus life. There will be workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond. Free for all MIT students! Register for the Multicultural Conference (MC^2). MC^2 is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Student Activities Office. For more information, email:

January 20, 2014


Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Feb. 6; Register by Feb. 4

MIT’s 40th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Thursday, February 6, 7:30am at Morss Hall in Walker Memorial. All members of the MIT community are invited to attend the celebratory breakfast. Keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson will present “Should human rights be determined at the ballot box?”. Dyson is an author, scholar, and cultural critic. Register here by 5pm on Monday, February 4Photo provided by the Committee on Race and Diversity.

January 17, 2014


Celebrate TIM the Beaver’s 100th birthday TODAY!

MIT’s beloved mascot, TIM the Beaver, is turning 100 and that requires lots of MIT friends to come out and wish TIM a happy birthday. Come take a break and enjoy cupcakes, giveaways, live music, and photos with TIM on Friday, January 17, 11:30am-1:30pm in Stratton Student Center Lobby (W20). This event is open to anyone in the MIT Community. For more information, visit the website or contact Jennifer Smith at

January 16, 2014


Take a survey for the “Innovation Initiative” through Jan. 18

MIT’s Innovation Initiative team wants your input. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the survey in an effort to map out entrepreneurial activity happening around campus. Take the survey in only 5-8 minutes between January 13 – January 18. If you have more ideas to share, visit the website or contact Mariana at Photo by Paul Hocksenar.

January 15, 2014

GRTs in Burton-Connor

Apply to be a Graduate Resident Tutor by Jan. 31 (Info session Jan. 21)

The Department of Residential Life and Dining has officially started the process of recruiting Graduate Resident Tutors for the 2013-2014 academic year. GRTs play an integral role in the undergraduate community by fostering a supportive, safe, and positive living environment in MIT residence halls. (Photo: GRTs Lisa Burton, Christy, and Jamie Teherani at the annual Burton-Conner Apple Fest.) The online GRT application is available now. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. A final information session will be held on January 21, 7pm at W20-491. Read more.

January 14, 2014


GetFit – Register for the challenge by Jan. 30!

Join MIT Medical in celebrating the 10th anniversary of getfit@mit, a 12-week, team-oriented fitness challenge open to the entire MIT community. Make a team of five to eight members or find teammates online to contribute to this year’s challenge goal: a grand total of 10 million minutes of exercise. Register here before the end of the day on Thursday, January 30th. The challenge begins on Monday, February 3rd.

Enter the following contests today hosted by getfit@mit:

  • Two getfit@mit participants will have a chance to try 12 weeks of new fitness activities absolutely free. In exchange for classes, you’ll write a weekly blog post about your experience learning to dance the Lindy Hop or killing it in fighter-fitness classes. Learn more and enter this contest.
  • Like getfit@mit on Facebook to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Photo by Calibe Thompson.

January 13, 2014


Primack seeks to raise awareness, understanding of transgender population

Willow Primack, LGO ’15, like many MIT Sloan graduate students, is here because she’s transitioning between careers.  Primack is also transitioning between genders, with the support of her classmates in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program.  Born the middle of three sons to a suburban Massachusetts family 27 years ago, Primack today identifies as a transgender woman.  She is only the second openly-transgender student to attend MIT Sloan, according to School officials.  Primack’s transition from living as male to female has been a difficult one, but she wants to share her story so that others will understand her journey.  “I am confident and outgoing, and think that the transgender community needs more professional role models.” Continue reading about Primack here.

January 13, 2014

Mailboxes with wigs

Dear Kate: Accepting questions now (Submit by Wed. Jan. 15)

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 by Wednesday, January 15 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. Read the most recent edition of Dear KatePhoto by Vilseskogen

January 8, 2014


Grad students mentor minority high schoolers through MITES

Growing up in southern Florida, AJ Perez was an accomplished student with dreams of attending an elite college. The schools he heard most about, however, were the local options: University of Miami, Florida State. Then, in 2008, as a high school junior, Perez applied for and was accepted to MIT’s Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science — or MITES — program. He spent a month and a half that summer immersed in university-level classes, learning about math, physics, and robotics and, it turned out, reshaping his plans for the future.

“I didn’t know I wanted to go to MIT until MITES,” Perez says. “It wasn’t too often MIT came up in daily conversation.”

Perez, now 21, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also worked as a MITES teaching assistant the summer between his sophomore and junior years. Today, he is enrolled in a master’s program at the school and is a cofounder of New Valence Robotics, a startup focused on creating 3-D printers that can be used by science and math students in elementary, middle, and high schools. “Realizing the impact we’re having on people and realizing how excited the kids get — that’s what keeps me going every day,” Perez says.

Continue reading the article in The Boston Globephoto by Essdras M Suarez

January 6, 2014


Journal to the Self: Expressive Writing for Health and Wellbeing Feb. 3

Studies have shown that journal writing has many physical and mental health benefits including: decreased anxiety levels, better immune function, and feelings of greater psychological wellbeing. Journaling can be used to help us to clarify thoughts, process feelings, reduce stress, solve problem more effectively, explore creativity and to discover the writer within. In this experiential workshop, participants will practice a variety of journaling techniques, and learn meditation exercises that can be used as tools to center one’s self before writing or anytime, to cultivate a sense of ease. The workshop takes place on February 3, 2014, in E23-501. No writing experience necessary. Sharing is optional. Led by Lauren Mayhew, Certified Journal Instructor. Contact for more information. Photo by Nomadic Lass.

January 6, 2014


Rainbow Children: What Grad Students Should Know About Interracial Mentoring

I am a senior history professor specializing in immigration studies at an eastern research university. Immigration scholars study the movements of peoples of different racial groups throughout the world. We also study racial and ethnic identity. Students, I had assumed, chose me as a mentor because of my expertise in those topics.

But I began to think differently after further discussions with my graduate students. How, after all, did a white professor from a European immigrant background come to “mother” these rainbow children? Some of the conversations took me to places I had never before explored, with delicate lead-in questions like: “Well, would you have preferred to work with a professor of your own color? Of your own ethnicity? Do you think you would have done better with him or her?”

I remained puzzled by their answers. What seemed particularly paradoxical was the mix of students within my group. I soon realized that it is not simply a matter of their individual choices of a mentor, but the existence of these students as a collective—as a group reflecting what will at some point be the norm among doctoral students—that bears greater scrutiny. Despite their different racial and ethnic identities, I now believe that as a group these students share an agenda and specific needs. That is what drew them to the same mentor. As we face a vastly transformed American nation and student population, there is something encouraging and positive in that.

Read the article in Vitae.

December 31, 2013


Lab Coat Video Contest; Deadline Jan. 24

The Lab Coat Video Contest is open for registrations now until Friday, January 24th, 2014.  First place wins $1000, and second place wins $500.  The purpose of this contest is to make a video about lab coats and submit it to TechTV.  The rules are outlined here.  Also keep in mind that MIT has facilities where you can use advanced video editing software if need be.  The contest is open to the entire MIT community.  Contact for more information.

December 30, 2013


SEEK – Kickstart your spiritual journey during IAP

Want to explore faith in Jesus and connection with God? SEEK is a practical and experiential approach to connection with God for those new to faith or anyone looking for a fresh start with faith. Kickstart your spiritual journey Mondays and Wednesdays of IAP at 7:00 pm in W20-027. Includes dinner and informal conversation with similarly curious people. Contact for more information.

December 27, 2013


Info session on the Council for the Arts Grants Program Jan. 22

On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 1:00pm in MIT Room E14-240, Manager of Student Art Programs Sam Magee and Director of the Council for the Arts at MIT Susan Cohen will outline the steps involved in submitting a CAMIT grant application, give advice on other sources of funding, and describe the various permissions and processes necessary to put on an event.  No registration is needed.  First come, first served.  For more information on the grants program, visit this website.  Only currently registered MIT students, MIT faculty, and MIT staff are eligible to apply.  Alumni, retirees, and spouses are not eligible.  Now is the time to learn how the Council for the Arts at MIT can help you fund your arts project!  Also keep in mind that the next application deadline is Friday, February 7th, 2014.  Picture by Lian Zhen