Category Archives: Student life

November 24, 2015

personal Budgeting workshop

Personal Budgeting, noon workshop Dec. 1

The next workshop in the ODGE Financial Literacy for Graduate Student series is coming up. On December 1 from 12-1:30 pm, in W20-308 (Coffeehouse Lounge), you can learn about how to make financial goals for yourself. A lot of people have a small idea about what they want financially in both the short term and the long term. You should ask yourself questions such as: What are your financial goals for this semester? The rest of grad school? The rest of your life? Making a budget to answer these questions will be a focal point of the discussion.

The Financial Literacy for Graduate Students Series workshops are a part of an initiative aimed at providing new and better access to financial literacy resources for MIT’s graduate students. If you want to learn more about this or any other workshops in the series, join the mailing list. You can also sign up for online portal or follow us on Twitter. Photo StockMonkeys

November 24, 2015


Alumni Add “Heart” to MindHandHeart

Alumni and students joined together this fall to send the campus community a message—“Don’t struggle alone—It’s okay to ask for help.” That phrase served as a backbone for the two events at the Alumni Leadership Conference that focused on the MindHandHeart Initiative (MHH), a campus-wide effort to promote mental health and well-being and, over time, build a healthier, stronger MIT. Read more at Slice of MIT.

November 23, 2015

committed to caring awards

Grad students honor faculty through Committed to Caring Awards

Investing in students. Building an inclusive culture. Supporting mental health. Lending a caring ear. Wonderfully caring actions are more prevalent among MIT faculty than you might think! When a professor makes a positive impact on students’ lives, graduate students often share that information with other students informally. But in 2014, staff in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) saw an opportunity to create a low-barrier way for graduate students to give more official and widespread recognition to professors who have shown outstanding commitment to their students. The Committed to Caring (C2C) initiative creates posters of C2C honorees that line the walls of the MIT campus and flash on the screens of the Infinite Display. Details of each recipient’s accomplishments are shared on the ODGE’s C2C page.  Read more

November 19, 2015

power pizza movie night

POWER Pizza and Movie Night, Nov. 20

Come join the Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER) for a showing of Mulan on Friday, November 20, from 7-10 pm in E17-517. The Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER) aims to support the personal and professional development of women postdoctoral researchers at MIT. For more information about POWER, check out their Twitter.  Photo by jeffreyw 

November 19, 2015

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Organize for cycling, Nov. 20

Want to be part of a vibrant community of active cyclists? Are you entrepreneurial? Do you like helping out others? Join PN2K’s MIT chapter and help grow projects that are meaningful to the community from product design to kids’ education in bike safety. They are a committed bunch that loves having fun and going on bike adventures 3-4 times each month; some of them started biking only a few months ago. Come enjoy some snacks and meet the team in a casual setting; the meetings are conversational, productive, and team/goal-oriented. Learn more and sign up at Don’t forget to join their monthly bike safety events and upcoming bike rides (see calendar at The meeting is on Friday, November 20, from 6-7 pm in 1-132.  


November 18, 2015


Silent Walk Against Terrorism, Nov. 18

Our hearts are heavy with sadness from these last several days of violence all over the world. As a community who has been through the painful emotions terrorism brings, we want to gather in remembrance of all victims, in compassion for their families and friends, but also to reaffirm our rejection of terrorism. We will have a silent walk beginning from the Collier Memorial ending at Lobby 10 on Wednesday, November 18th at 7PM. We will carry lights and leave them on the stairs to the entrance of MIT as a symbol of hope and solidarity.

November 18, 2015


GSC ski trip 2016, purchase tickets, Nov. 19–20

The MIT GSC and MIT Snowriders are once again bringing you three amazing days of skiing, boarding, and fun at Jay PeakSki Resort in Vermont!  The Ski Trip will take place from January 8-11, 2016 and is open to all MIT graduate students, post-docs, and alumni. Ticket options include driving yourself ($305) or riding the bus ($365). Ticket sales will occur in two rounds:

  • Round 1: Thursday, November 19, starting at 10am
  • Round 2: Friday, November 20, starting at 10am

Sales will remain open until tickets sell out.  For more information please visit the Ski trip site.  Contact:  Photo by Daniel Hoherd

November 17, 2015


The Costco Shuttle is back, starting Nov. 18

The GSC’s Housing and Community Affairs committee is happy to announce that the Costco shuttle will be back in service starting November! The shuttle will run on alternating Sundays beginning on November 18. Please refer to for card availability, route map, dates, and times. Go to, or email to lear more about this. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the survey from last week!

November 16, 2015


Conflict Management Workshop, Nov. 17

Do you find it difficult to talk to your advisor with the challenges you are facing in your research? Do you find it difficult to express the problems you are facing to your roommate? To help you navigate through the various conflict situations, Tang Hall presents a conflict management workshop. Titled “Conflict Styles and Strategies”, it will be conducted by Libby Mahaffy, the assistant director of conflict resolution at MIT. The workshop will be followed by dinner, limited seats, please signup: It will be on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. It will be in Tang Hall on the 24th floor lounge. Contact to learn more.

November 16, 2015


Canadians Club Poutine Night, Nov. 17

Come out and meet your friendly MIT Canadians at the Thirsty Ear Pub! The Thirsty will have all the comforts of a classic Canadian pub, with plenty of free poutine! Poutine is a Canadian delicacy consisting of fries, cheese curds, and hot gravy. The event will take place on November 17, from 8-10PM. Please contact

November 13, 2015

warehouse coffeehouse performance

Warehouse Coffee House Performance, Nov. 15

We welcome all performers: singers, musicians, comedians, poets; soloists or ensembles to take part in the Warehouse Coffee House on November 15, 5-6:30 pm in The Colbert Room, The Warehouse (NW30, 224 Albany Street, Cambridge MA).  Sign up here by Wednesday, November 4 if you would like to perform.  Contact:  Photo by Sergiu Bacioiu

November 10, 2015

dsl wellness fair

Wellness Fair, Nov. 13

Come to the Division of Student Life’s (DSL) Wellness fair on Friday, November 13, 2-5 pm, in the Z-Center front lobby and meet the MIT community members who will be there for you throughout the year.  You are welcome to bring your questions and concerns.  DSL focuses on stress awareness, stress management, and stress relief.  Photo by Livin’ Spoonful

November 6, 2015

p2nk bike trivia

PN2K Bike Trivia Event, Nov. 8

Stop by the PN2K Bike Trivia event on Sunday, November 8 from 2-5 pm in the MIT Z-Center (Johnson Lobby), for $15 bike lights, $20 helmets, $40 high-vis shirts, and PN2K membership (tax-deductible). Bring your bikes for free minor bike repairs, pressure-washing, registration, bike trivia (for a chance to win prizes), free food, music, and to learn more about joining PN2K.  For information, visit the Facebook Event Page.  Photo by Richard Masoner

November 5, 2015

vp student life search forum

All-Graduate Student Forum for VP-Student Life Search, Nov. 5

The GSC is hosting an open forum on Thursday, November 5, 5:30-7 pm in 3-270 for graduate students to learn about the Vice President for Student Life search.  The Chair of the Committee (Prof. Krishna Rajagopal) and the two graduate student reps on the committee will be there to answer questions and take notes on feedback from the graduate student community.  If you cannot attend, you can always provide feedback here.  Contact:  Photo by Albertine Feurer-Young

November 5, 2015

MIT Sangam Annual Diwali Celebration

Diwali Night, Nov. 8 at MIT Kresge Auditorium

This coming Sunday, November 8, at 6 pm MIT Sangam  invites you to the Annual Diwali Celebration, co-sponsored by the GSC. There will be a Diwali Dinner in Lobdell, from 6–7:30 pm, activities and stalls at MIT Kresge Auditorium, between 6–8 pm, followed by a Cultural Show, performance, at Kresge, from 8–10 pm. For tickets and program visit the event site.

Packed with back to back cultural performances by members and students within and outside of MIT, the organizers promise “unrestrained entertainment with Bollywood jhatka-matkas, folk dances, filmy gaane, classical krithis and a cappella music!” There’s also a three-course dinner before the cultural show starts, along with fun evening activities, such as henna making.


November 4, 2015

ventureships midterm social

Midterm Social with the Ventureships Club, Nov. 4

Come to Ventureship midterm social on November 4 at 6-8 pm in 3-270 and listen to the projects our selected startups are working on and mingle with like-minded entrepreneurs. Please RSVP for the social here.  If you would like to pitch or share your startup ideas at the social, please register here. Contact:  Photo by Gvahim

November 3, 2015

cynthia banhart mit progress

Cynthia Barnhart on progress to prevent sexual assault at MIT

On Oct. 27, 2014, MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart released the findings of the Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault (CASA) survey, detailing MIT students’ experiences with a variety of unwanted sexual behaviors. In the year since, students, faculty, and staff have come together to raise awareness about what constitutes sexual misconduct, how to prevent it, and resources that can help. Barnhart spoke with MIT News on progress to date, and new efforts to combat sexual assault at MIT. Read more

November 3, 2015


“Don’t Tell Anyone” film screening Nov. 5

On Thursday, November 5, from 7-9 pm in 3-133, the MIT Urban Planning Film Series will feature a screening and panel discussion of Mikaela Shwer’s Don’t Tell Anyone (No Digas a nadie).  After the film, please join us for a discussion with special guests Justin Steil (Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT) and Cristina Jo Perez (Visiting Scholar, MIT Department of Women’s and Gender Studies). Visit this site for more information.

Summary: Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women. Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) follows Rivera’ss remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.  Visit this site for more information.

October 30, 2015

mit convoy boston halloween bike ride

MIT Convoy to Halloween Boston Bike Ride, Oct. 31

Boston’s most anticipated and spookiest bike ride is back! Join PN2K and 400+ other cyclists on the annual Halloween Boston Bike Ride on October, 31 at 6:30 pm!  On Halloween evening, meet our convoy at the MIT Student Center front steps; we depart at 6:45 pm sharp. Don’t be late!  Check out the facebook event for MIT convoy here.  Be ready with your own bike, bike lights, helmet, costume, and make sure to dress warmly!  To learn more about what PN2K does (and donate to get a helmet) visit this site.  Contact:  Photo by William Warby

October 28, 2015

macbeth ensemble

MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents Macbeth, Oct. 30–Nov. 7

Macbeth has a noble goal—or does she? All she wants is power, . . . by any means necessary, including the sword. A prophecy that she shall rule the kingdom sets in motion a bloody chain of events. All hail Macbeth!  Come see the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of Macbeth (performance dates below), directed by Edward Eaton.

Performance Dates:

  • October 30, 8 pm
  • October 31, 8 pm
  • November 1, 4 pm
  • November 5, 8 pm
  • November 6, 8 pm
  • November 7, 8 pm

All shows are in the MIT Stratton Student Center in La Sala De Puerto Rico.

Reserve your tickets here.  Please arrive 15 minutes before the performance to claim your reservation. Seating is first come, first served.  ​Contact:​



October 27, 2015

Paula Hammond faculty talks chemical engineering

‘Getting from Here to There’ faculty talk: Prof. Paula Hammond, Oct. 28

Want to know how your professors went from being students to accomplished MIT faculty members? On Wednesday, October 28, at 5:15 pm in 6-120, come hear Prof. Paula Hammond talk about her journey from MIT undergrad to leading a nanotechnology lab that devises new drug delivery systems, to heading MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

October 27, 2015

joan jonas lynne cooke discussion list

A conversation with Joan Jonas & Lynne Cooke, Oct. 28

Join us on October 28 at 6:30 pm in the Bartos Theater (E15-070) to hear Joan Jonas reflect on her work in the 2015 Venice Biennale. She will be in conversation with Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. For more information, visit this site.


October 27, 2015

no mas bebes film screening

“No mas bebes / No more babies” film screening, Oct. 27

MIT GSL and WGS  present the “No mas bebes” film on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm in 32-155.  It is a story about forced sterilization, women of color, and the medical sciences.  The screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker, Renee Tajima Peña.

Summary: They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.  View the trailer here.

October 26, 2015

student committee openings

Rolling Applications for Institute Committees: deadline Oct. 31

Serving on an Institute Committee as a graduate student provides 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. This is also an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional development that goes beyond your lab, department, and school. 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.

The following committees have openings this month:


Visit this page for more information on the committees.

To apply to be a graduate student representative on an Institute Committee, please fill out an application form on the GSC website. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Oct. 31.  Photo by Matylda Czarnecka

October 22, 2015

ask for help mit

Make an “Ask for Help” sign in Lobby 10, Oct. 22

Drop by to make a poster of your own Asking for Help Message.  For a minute or 5, this Thursday, October 22 from 10 am-2 pm in Lobby 10, use your mind, your hands, and your heart to write MIT a message that it’s okay to ask for help—any time! We’ll be making posters to add to a growing body of #askforhelpMIT messages. We’ll have student reps from various wellness groups.  Please come say hi! We are stronger together!

October 22, 2015

Community Service

Community service work-study jobs

Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) connects Federal Work-Study (FWS) eligible undergraduate and GRADUATE students to paid off-campus community service with public and private nonprofits; it’s not necessarily “direct” service. Some examples include designing a new website for a community organization, developing a PR campaign, doing environmental research, helping a small agency with fundraising events, and assisting with a GIS mapping project.

Some benefits of CSWS include being connected to diverse cultures and communities, other students, potential employers, professional networks, and people who share your passions and interests. It makes you feel good as you give back and make a difference, to pay for your education and have fun! It helps you build your career by developing skills, exploring careers and job fields, reflecting on interests and values, applying problem solving skills to real-life issues, and getting references. It’s an opportunity for personal growth, reflection on values and beliefs, and embracement of flexibility and change.

FWS eligibility is listed as part of your financial aid package. Not all students with financial aid are FWS eligible. International students do not qualify for FWS. To find out if you are eligible, contact

October 22, 2015

Eastgate and Westgate Childcare Providers

Eastgate/Westgate childcare provider sessions, Oct. 22, 23

Of particular interest to residents of Eastgate and Westgate, and especially to spouses and partners, four information sessions coming up in October address “Becoming a Licensed Family Childcare Provider” in the new MIT Campus Family Childcare network.

Once providers have taken the training and become licensed, planned for about January 2016, the childcare network will host infosessions for MIT grad students in need of affordable campus childcare options.

The October sessions are for anyone interested in the process of becoming a provider.

  • Wed. Oct. 14 at 10 am, in Westgate Lounge
  • Thu. Oct. 15 at 3 pm, in Eastgate Lounge
  • Thu. Oct. 22 at 3 pm, in Westgate Lounge
  • Fri. Oct. 23 at 10 am, in Eastgate Lounge

Licensed MIT Childcare providers in the network will run their own business and set their own fees and contracts, earning about $8-10 per child per hour. The sessions will explain the financial assistance available for start-up costs and technical assistance provided to you to help you through the licensing process with the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care (EEC). You will also learn about the professional trainings, marketing materials, and referrals that this program can provide. There will be ongoing assistance and networking with other Family Childcare Providers. Bring all you questions to the session. RSVP to Nina Dickerman at: or 617-603-4644.

October 20, 2015

meet the mit emts

Meet the EMTs, Oct. 22

Come to meet the EMTs that staff and work the MIT Ambulance on Thursday, October 22, 8-9 pm in 5-134! Learn about the service and how you can receive your certification for free through MIT-EMS. Food will be provided.

Also make sure to apply online for the free IAP class.  The deadline is October 31. For other questions, vist the EMT site.  Contact:  Photo by Colleen Lane

October 20, 2015

improv comedy public speaking

Improv comedy workshop to improve presentation skills, Oct. 22

Have you had that awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question?  Do you fear what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense?  This improv workshop, held on October 22, 3-4:30 pm in 4-153, will help develop skills to respond to such situations and think on your feet.  We will be doing improv comedy exercises to develop a comfort with engaging others. Participants should expect to participate actively.  Please sign up here.  Contact:  Photo by John Morrison

October 19, 2015

mit canadians research symposium

MIT Canadian Research Symposium , Oct. 20

The Canadian Club is hosting a research symposium on October 20, 6 pm to bring together Canadians and all friends of Canada! Everyone is welcome!  The event will begin with a keynote talk by Dr. George Kenney (3-333), board member of the Canadian Entrepreneurs of New England.  Following the talk, students will showcase their work during a poster session mixer (5-234)! Refreshments will be served.  Poster presenters will be invited early to enjoy dinner before the keynote!  Please RSVP to attend and let us know if you are bringing a poster here.  Contact:  Photo by Steve Richardson

October 15, 2015

red flag domestic violence awareness month

Red flags for domestic violence prevention, during October

This October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the UA in collaboration with Violence Prevention and Response is bringing the Red Flag Campaign to campus to raise awareness of intimate partner violence (encompassing physical, sexual, and/or psychological harm), abusive relationship warning signs, and existing support resources.  The UA is in search of a graduate student who would like to help bring the campaign to life for the graduate student population on campus. It involves contributing to graduate logistics, most specifically with regard to targeted marketing and publicity.  Contact:,  Photo by Rutger van Waveren

October 14, 2015

wooden sulpture of an ear

LIST piano performance, Oct. 16

Join the List Center on Friday, October 16, 6 pm in the Lower Atrium Level of Bldg. E15 (20 Ames Street) when artist Lina Viste Grønli and Peter Child, Professor, Music and Theater Arts, MIT, will perform an original work using a ninety-seven key Bösendorfer grand piano.  The performance will be held in conjunction with the exhibition List Projects: Lina Viste Gronli.

October 13, 2015

committed to caring: Professors Solomon and Smith

Two new “Committed to Caring” professors, Solomon and Smith

The final two rounds of MIT “Committed to Caring” faculty honorees for 2014–2015 are being posted on the infinite display and on posters around campus: October 13 and December 7. Meanwhile, the Committed-to-Caring call for nominations for 2015–2016 stays open until Dec. 7 at 11:59 pm.

Each year, graduate students nominate MIT “Committed to Caring (C2C)” professors, who go above and beyond expectations to make a positive impact on the lives of graduate students. A selection committee chooses the top nominees, and ODGE has the pleasure of showcasing each professor’s work and the student testimonials to the professor’s impactful teaching.

Tuesday, October 13, Eboney J.N. Hearn, Assistant Dean of Diversity Initiatives in the ODGE, announces and congratulates two new Committed to Caring (C2C) professors.

  • Frank Solomon, Biology
    “Talk to Frank”
    Professor Frank Solomon cares about and respects students. He truly listens, and he understands. For these reasons, when someone in Course 7 is having trouble, be it academic, professional, or personal, they are advised, “Go talk to Frank.” One such student recalls, “That single conversation was more helpful to my professional life than any other I have ever had.” Frank Solomon’s caring and effective style of teaching has been recognized before, with the School of Science Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, in 2011. What makes Frank’s impact unique is that students come to him with the big issues. Solomon believes it is very important to ask, “How are we training people, and for what?” 
  • Kord Smith, Nuclear Science and Engineering
    A door always open
    In addition to Professor Kord Smith’s commitment to helping his students academically, he takes an interest in their personal development and well-being. Despite the norm of continual research throughout the summer, Kord encourages his students to pursue internships outside of MIT, and he has personally facilitated many of these connections. Smith relates to his students’ MIT experiences, having attained his PhD here, and he often shares stories of his own path. Additionally, he plans and organizes retreats for his students, to help them experience a balanced work life. According to his nominators, “His door has always been open to students,” even on some Saturdays.

As you spot the newest C2C professors this week, we’re hoping it reminds you to recognize someone who’s shown a commitment to caring! Nominate your professors here. Who’s gone above and beyond to create a supportive and positive working environment? Who’s check in on your well-being, or provided stellar opportunities for networking and professional advancement? Who’s helped you or your fellow students professionally with outstanding formal or informal mentoring?

Over the course of the C2C campaign, we have been delighted to showcase many individual styles of teaching and caring at MIT! 

October 13, 2015

PhD movie 2 film screening

“PhD Movie 2” screening and Q&A, Jorge Cham of PhD Comics, Oct. 15

The PhD Movie 2 film screening will take place on Thursday, October 15, 6 pm in 26-100.  The PhD Movie 2 looks at themes of competition in research, overcoming writer’s block, and finding your voice.  Those of you who are fans of the comic are in for a rare treat – Jorge Cham will be with us for the screening and there will be a live Q&A with him following the movie.  Please pre-register for this event here.  This event is open to MIT only.

Film synopsis: Winston is now an integral part of Prof. Smith’s Lab. However, the current economic situation has put the lab in peril as research funding levels are at an all-time low. The group must travel to an important academic conference and square off against a rival research group as they compete for results and grant money. Meanwhile, Cecilia’s advisor declares he is going on sabbatical, which means she has to finish writing her thesis or be stuck in grad school another year.

For more information about the film, visit this website.  Contact:  Photo by PhDcomics


October 9, 2015

mit connect free lunches for graduate students

MIT Connect offers free lunches, dialogue

Are you interested in having multiple free lunches with fellow MIT graduate students across campus this semester?  Connect arranges for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between assigned pairs of graduate students—and some surprise guests—from all over campus, and all walks of life.

MIT Connect pairs members of the graduate student community based on a few questions that algorithmically help match you with others who share your interests—and schedule. If you are selected for the lunch program, you will receive $10.00 in TechCash for food and non-alcoholic drinks, per person. After the lunches have completed, you will be sent a questionnaire to gauge your experience of the program.

Given the incredible interest last semester, spots are limited and will be assigned via lottery so sign up and get connected here! Questions? Contact:  Photo by Grant Hutchinson



October 7, 2015

Language Conversation Exchange

Interested in practicing a new language? Join Language Conversation Exchange

Do you want to practice a new language or share the love of your native language with a fellow MIT community member?  Or, do you just want to make new friends and learn about a new culture?  Come join this community of 500+ members and share your love of languages. Contact:,

October 6, 2015

Let's chat drop-in counseling

“Let’s Chat” drop-in counseling Tues. thru Fri.

“Let’s Chat” offers a drop-in counseling office two hours daily, Tuesday through Friday each week, in MIT Building 8-316 from 1-3 pm. This drop-in service provides easy access to informal, free, confidential consultations—and no advance appointment is necessary.  Students who want a low-energy-barrier way to talk to someone can sign up for one of several 20-minute sessions by simply marking an “X” on one of the designated times on the daily schedule, which will be posted outside the door to 8-316.  Some common concerns include stress, sadness, anxiety, difficulty adjusting, family problems, or relationship issues.

This service will be staffed by clinicians from MIT Mental Health and Counseling, and is open to ALL students —graduate, undergraduate, any department.  For more information please visit this site.

October 2, 2015

apple picking Russell Orchards

Apple Picking, Oct. 3

We will be visiting Russell Orchards located in Ipswich, MA on Saturday, October 3, at 9 am. The farm offers variety activities such as pick your own apples and petting barnyard animals. This will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and to have some fun.  Contact:   Photo by Jordan Confino

October 2, 2015

mit solve hubweek boston october 2015

HUBweek and Solve, Oct. 5–8

During the first week of October, there will be two huge events:

  • HUBweek (October 3–10), a first-ever weeklong celebration of the arts, science and innovation culture of Boston, co-sponsored in locations throughout Boston and Cambridge by MIT, Harvard University,The Boston Globe and Massachusetts General Hospital, and
  • Solve (October 5–8), the launch of an ongoing program on the MIT campus to bring together a global group of creative thinkers, doers and influencers to explore, model and test new solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

There are public sessions of Solve:

  • Monday afternoon, October 5, Kresge Auditorium: Solve’s opening convocation, featuring a keynote address from Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs and roundtables on Solve’s “Cure” and “Make” pillars
  • Tuesday evening, October 6, Bartos Theater: Roundtable on the “Fuel” pillar, with Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons Ltd.
  • Wednesday evening, October 7, Bartos Theater: Roundtable on the “Learn” pillar, with Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder, Emerson collective
    You must register in order to attend, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that any of these sessions become sold out, you can watch the live stream here.

At locations throughout Greater Boston, HUBweek will showcase the region’s strengths in art, science and technology through more than 80 events, most of which are free and open to the public, including “Inside Kendall Square,” on Thursday, October 8 – a day for celebrating the most innovative square mile on the planet. Registration for HUBweek is now open.

Additional details on HUBweek and Solve are available here.


October 2, 2015

china national day bbq

China National Day BBQ, Oct. 4

Come and join the CSSA to celebrate China National Day (which is Oct. 1st) with free BBQ!

The BBQ will be held on October 4, 12–2 pm in the Ashdown Hulsizer Room. Special Chinese style BBQ will be served. No registration is required. Contact:  Photo by boB Rudis

October 1, 2015

bulgarian independence day celebration

Bulgarian Independence Day Celebration, Oct. 4

Come celebrate the Bulgarian Independence. Enjoy delicious traditional Bulgarian food. Stop by Ashdown House Sunday, October 4 at 1 pm. If possible, let us know you are coming. Send your RSVP here or contact: Photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis

October 1, 2015


Fifth annual graduate arts gala at Harvard MCZ, Oct. 2

Join the MIT GSC and Graduate Arts Forum for this fall’s graduate arts gala on Friday, October 2, from 7:30–10 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Mix and mingle amongst stuffed mammals, birds, and paleolithic-era fossils, while enjoying live jazz, complimentary wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Space is limited and you must be 21+ to register. Students are permitted to bring a guest (who must also be 21+).  RSVP here or contact:  Photo by: Chris Devers

September 25, 2015

grad child care network

New graduate student child care network at MIT launching Jan. 2016

The MIT Work-Life Center, in collaboration with the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE), the Graduate Student Council (GSC), and the Division of Student Life (DSL), will launch a new Family Childcare Network pilot in Eastgate and Westgate campus housing this academic year. The MIT Family Childcare Network will support the training, state licensing, and program operations of child care providers, who will care for children of graduate students in the providers’ licensed homes located within Eastgate and Westgate. The Family Childcare Network is the product of ongoing efforts to support graduate student families and enhance their educational experience at MIT. It will launch as a two-year pilot.

The first phase of the pilot program will involve recruiting caregivers from among graduate student spouses and partners residing in Eastgate and Westgate. Only those spouses and partners eligible to work in the United States may become licensed to provide care in the network. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Office of Early Education and Care (OEEC) will license caregivers who meet the requirements, which focus primarily on home safety but also include some training and caregiving experience. Read more. Photo: Mim Adkins Photography

September 25, 2015

misti mexico conoces

MIT-Mexico Program alumni launch careers

“In just the past year I have published a book with the housing commission of the Mexican Senate and presented at international urbanism conferences,” says MIT alumna Jody Pollock. “I am not sure I would have been able to have such an impact if I had stayed in the US.” Pollock, who received her Master’s in City Planning in 2013, traveled to Mexico two years ago for a three-month internship and stayed for a career.

As a graduate student at MIT, Pollock interned with Mexico’s federal police through the MIT-Mexico Program, one of the 20 country programs that comprises the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). In Mexico City, Pollock researched forced internal displacement and, she says, “proposed public policy recommendations in order to address the problem.”

After her internship, Pollock connected with another MIT program that set her up with a position at a housing organization. Pollock is now the senior program manager at Fundación IDEA, a Mexican public policy think tank. “The opportunities for professional development in Mexico are huge,” Pollock says, “and it seems like a very dynamic place to be right now.” She doesn’t attribute her move to Mexico City solely to work, however: “I decided to stay in Mexico because I loved it. I have found a great community of friends here,” Pollock shares.  Read more

September 24, 2015

Taste of Honey Luncheon

Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant here, Oct. 16 deadline

The Graduate Student Life Grants program is a request-for-proposal process inviting graduate students, spouses, faculty, or staff to submit creative, community building ideas for possible funding.

The ODGE encourages all graduate students to apply for funds–especially in collaboration with other students or student groups. Proposals may address a specific constituency such as families; they may cross departments or focus within a discipline; they may target several residence halls or a variety of student groups. The grant’s purpose should in some way explore the role and relevance of community in creating a more balanced and fulfilling graduate experience.

Previous successful grants include Weekly Wednesdays at the Muddy Charles, Teaching MIT to Code and Collaborate, Science Policy Bootcamp, Ballroom Dance Workshop, and Skydive Saturday.

The application deadline is Friday, October 16, 2015.  Proposal authors will have the opportunity to answer any questions from the selection panel; funds will be released in early December 2015. Please contact us with any questions:

September 24, 2015

Global Fellow Program Info Session 2012

Community Fellowship: Institute Community and Equity Office (ICOE)

There is one opening still available in the Graduate Community Fellows program in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, as follows:

  • Institute Community and Equity Office

Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance MIT graduate community in unique ways. Fellows receive partial stipend support for the length of their appointment period. Each Fellow reports to a staff member either in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Join the fellows program for positions that are fun and rewarding! Please see our web site for position description and an application form. Contact Julie Kukharenko,, with any questions.

September 23, 2015


Design Biennial at Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston

The Design Biennial is well underway, with a host art pieces to see in the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The park itself serves as a stage to highlight the art and enhance the experience for the viewer. Many of the pieces are also interactive. A new mural, Lawrence Weiner’s “A Translation from One Language to Another,” is going up in Dewey Square Park. Permanent installations include Ross Miller’s “Harbor for Sculpture” and the animal sculptures on Jeff Briggs’s Greenway Carousel. The fully functioning carousel is open daily until October 12 and weekends until December 20. Many of the other featured works are leaving in late September or early October.

More information on the Greenway and many of the art exhibits can be found on their site.

Photo by deborahlee713


September 22, 2015

brazilian food

Taste of Brazil, Sep. 22

The Graduate Student Council (GSC), MIT-Brazil (MISIT), and the MIT Alumni Association will be sponsoring a kick off for the “Taste of …” dinner series with Taste of Brazil.

Come to Morss Hall Tuesday, September 22 from 5:30–7:00 pm and enjoy several Brazilian dishes and beverages. There will also be information on Brazilian culture and visiting Brazil.

September 21, 2015

Innovation Fund First Cycle

MindHandHeart Innovation Fund, application cycle closes Sep. 30

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the enthusiasm and problem-solving skills of the MIT community to find new and inventive ways of increasing awareness about mental health, building communities of support, and promoting life and wellness skills. The Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to invest in cutting-edge ideas developed by MIT’s faculty, students, and staff offering  grassroots solutions to promote mental health and well-being within the MIT community or, potentially, beyond.

The criteria for funding are simply that the goals of the project align with the MindHandHeart Initiative and that the project has a benefit to the MIT community.

The first application cycle closes at midnight on September 30. Apply online.

The MindHandHeart Initiative was launched this September to tap into MIT’s community spirit and innovative problem-solving skills, to enhance mental health and well-being at MIT. Students, faculty, staff, and health and wellness experts are collaborating in several working groups to launch promising new efforts and coordinate existing support services. Over time, MindHandHeart hopes to help members of our community feel more comfortable asking for help, and overall, to build a healthier, stronger community.

September 18, 2015


RUNE artwork submission & free magazine distribution

MIT’s Journal of Arts and Letters invites students to submit their original artwork and writing for publication!

RUNE will be distributing FREE Magazines of the 2014-2015 issue this week (September 14-18) from 9am-5pm in Lobby 10.

If you are interested in joining the staff, come to the next meeting this Sunday, September 20, at 2pm in Steam Café (Building 7, 4th floor).  Contact:  Photo by Mario Felipe


September 18, 2015


“Hacking Science Demos,” Sep. 20

There will be a “Hacking Science Demos” workshop on Sunday, September 20, 2–5pm at the MIT Museum. The workshop will focus on learning how to make science demos and teams will work together to make new designs, and the top five will be included in state science outreach initiatives. RSVP at this site.

September 18, 2015


LGBTQ Community Leadership Retreat to Provincetown Sep. 25–27

There are still spaces for about 10 graduate students in the LBGTQ Community Leadership Retreat to Provincetown. The goal of the retreat is to foster relationships and plan initiatives among LBGT and Ally students and organizations on MIT’s campus. All students are welcome on this fun weekend of community-building, planning for the year ahead, and enjoying Provincetown. This retreat is for new and returning undergraduate and graduate students, people who have or who might not have been involved in programs or planning, or for people who have questions, ideas, hopes, and energy for making the most of the 2015–2016 academic year.

There is no cost for you to attend, and meals and transportation will be provided.

Take a break from classes, hang out with other grad students and undergrads, and reflect on issues of sexual and gender identity and how they relate to life and leadership at MIT. The retreat is free of cost to students, although bringing some money for down time is advised. The bus leaves from Rainbow Lounge at 5pm, Friday, September 25, returning to MIT around 6pm, Sunday, September 27.

September 17, 2015

hubweek events october 2015

HUBweek festival and conference, Oct. 3–10

HUBweek, is an intellectual festival and conference showcasing art, science, and technology, offering 40 events in Boston and Cambridge, and running October 3–10. More than 150 companies, nonprofits, and universities will be in attendance.  In addition to sessions with speakers, there will be many areas designed to draw participants and stimulate fresh thinking.  Read more.

September 15, 2015

MIT Museum Open Studio

MIT Museum open studio, Sep. 16

All MIT students are invited to come learn about the MIT Museum Studio’s projects. The Studio supports experimental projects in perception, interaction, expression and communication at the interface between MIT and the wider world.

An Open Studio with drop-in workshops will be held Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30–7:30 pm in Building 10-150. You can find out more at the MIT Museum Studio.

Photo by Alan Doyle.

September 14, 2015

Grant for sports sep 30

Athletic funding grant, Sep. 30

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) has funding available for students traveling to competitive sporting events. The GSC supports athletes representing MIT through the Athletic-and-Performance-Activities Funding Grant.

These grants are not exclusively athletic. They supports graduate students who pursue a non-research/non-academic activity, such as competitions, concerts, other events, at competitive levels. The grant covers fees and expenses such as registration, accommodation, travel (air, car rental, gas, tolls, parking, public transportation), equipment shipment if needed, etc. Apply by September 30 at the GSC website.


Photo by bradfordst219

September 11, 2015

Sidney Pacific orientation dance party

Sidney-Pacific Orientation Dance Party, Sep. 11

Sidney-Pacific is throwing a massive dance party for MIT graduate student orientation! Come get to know the Sid-Pac community by dancing the night away to the musical stylings of Dr. Dinonaut.  Snacks and refreshmens will be provided.  21+ ID required for alcohol.

The party will be held in the Sidney-Pacific courtyard, on Friday, September 11, which will be decked out in black light. If you want your clothes to glow, dress accordingly. There are even glow-in-the-dark cupcakes. The event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council Funding Board(GSC FB), FB and the Association of Student Activities Large Event Fund (ASA LEF).  Contact:  Photo by Fred Benenson

September 10, 2015

OneWorld OneMIT welcome rece

OneWorld OneMIT reception, Sep. 12

Come celebrate and experience MIT’s rich cultural and national diversity!

The Graduate Student Council is hosting the OneWorld OneMIT reception on Saturday, September 12, 5-7pm, in the 20 Chimneys Room in the Stratton Student Center (84 Massachusetts Ave). Meet both incoming first-year and continuing graduate students from various international as well as racial and ethnic backgrounds. This reception is also an excellent opportunity to connect with graduate student cultural organizations and to learn how you can get involved! There will be a variety of cultural foods and non-alcoholic beverages for all to enjoy. Among the groups expected to participate are: MITaly, Club Argentino, Latinos in Science and Engineering, Black Graduate Students Association, International Students Association, and the Arab Students Organization. Contact: Photo by Nicolas Raymond

September 10, 2015

GradRat wine and cheese welcom

GradRat wine and cheese welcome, Sep. 11

Come enjoy wine, beer, and cheese on Friday, Sep. 11, 5–7 pm in Walker Memorial! There will be free givewaways, raffles for a free “Grad Rat,” and five $50 discounts.  The first 200 rings sold will receive a $25 discount. Contact Photo by Isabelle Puaut.

September 10, 2015

student volunteers to tutor in ESL

Tutors needed, MIT ESL for service employees, Sep. 28

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1–2 hrs per week, or to serve as substitutes as needed for the Fall semester that runs from Sep. 28–Dec. 11, 2015.

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 the language learner’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 pm–midnight, beginning Sep. 28.

This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Please contact for details. Read more about the program’s history. Photo: Melanie Golnick.

September 9, 2015


Graduate Student Life Grants Deadline Oct. 16

Do you have an idea for an event to improve graduate student life at MIT? Do you need funding to make this idea a reality? Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant! Previous grants have funded dance workshops, video competitions, code lessons, social hours, and more. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is midnight of Friday, October 16. For more information, please see our website or contact: Photo by ArchivesACT

September 8, 2015

MIT Sounding Performances

MIT Sounding announces upcoming performance lineup 2015–2016

The new music series, MIT Sounding, has announced its 2015 and 2016 schedule of innovative performances by some of the world’s leading artists. This year’s diverse offerings run the gamut, from Bach to Led Zeppelin and Morton Feldman, and from acoustic recitals to electronic manipulations of the human voice.

The fall season begins on Sept. 25, when classical cellist Maya Beiser reinterprets the rock canon in “Uncovered,” a treatment of music from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, and others. October brings the first performance of a new opera, Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib’s reinvention of Ingmar Bergman’s classic 1966 film “Persona,” as well as a large-scale reprise of violinist Johnny Gandelsman’s single-evening performance of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas. Next winter and spring, FLUX Quartet will present the long-awaited Boston premiere of Morton Feldman’s uninterrupted, six-hour String Quartet No. 2; and electroacoustic songstress Pamela Z will combine vocal virtuosity and technology in a solo performance of her own works. Read the full story at MIT News.

September 4, 2015


GSC Costco cards are back!

We are pleased to re-introduce the Costco card lending system! We have updated the system now to an electronic system, so that you can check whether cards are available here. We are also pleased to announce that there is a tax-exempt card now available specifically for student groups. Please try it out and send feedback to! The GSC Costco Card program allows MIT graduate students to borrow a Costco Card for personal use (for more information, refer to this brochure). Photo by Caden Crawford

September 3, 2015

Violence Prevention Group

VPR Graduate Advisory Board members needed, Sep. 4

Violence Prevention and Response Graduate Advisory Board (VPR-GAB) will meet biweekly on Fridays, 5:30–6:30 pm,  starting Sep. 4. Their purpose will be to assist with VPR’s programming and outreach efforts within the graduate community. We are looking for 10-20 MIT graduate 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.

The participants will be gifted generously for their time. Meetings will be held in MIT Medical, and dinner will be provided. Children are welcome. The commitment is a 1-hour meeting every other week, with an invitation to stay on for monthly meetings in the future.

If you have any questions, or if you’re interested, contact Amanda L. Hankins, MSW, Violence Prevention & Response, hank@MED.MIT.EDU.

September 2, 2015

GSC secretary Eva Golos and GSC treasurer Janille Maragh

McLellan, Golos, Maragh: Hacking for Solve

The first-ever hackathon for Solve has laid solid groundwork for some promising ideas and for more “Solve-a-thons” to come.

Over two days recently at MIT, members of the Institute’s community teamed up to work on this challenge: Design a wearable device to significantly improve targeted health care to a majority of the world’s population.

The Graduate Student Council, which organized and hosted the event, focused on the Cure pillar of Solve. “We tried to pull together expertise from all five schools at MIT in one event,” said GSC president Michael McClellan. “So, science people can think about sensors and what’s feasible to measure, engineers can help design what a device could look like and what pieces could go into it, while people from design, urban planning, and architecture can work on schematics and designs. As well, those from humanities and social sciences can contribute ideas on how the device could be targeted for certain populations, locations, or issues, and business students can work on the finances, marketing, and distribution aspects of the proposal.” Read more. Photo by GSC (Left to Right: GSC secretary Eva Golos, and GSC treasurer Janille Maragh, two of the Solve-a-thon organizers)

September 2, 2015


Hellenic Students Association (HSA) Welcome BBQ! Sep. 4

The Welcome BBQ is held by the HSA, to welcome newly admitted students to MIT and introduce them to the multi-cultural environment of the Boston area. Of course, the BBQ is open to all of the MIT community, not just the newcomers and not just Greeks. The event is at the MIT Sailing Pavilion where you can do one of the nicest extracurricular activities at MIT: sailing! Join us September 4th from 4pm-7pm. This location is also ideal because it reminds some of the new students of the Greek sea, curing some of their homesickness! Our members, new and old, see this as one of our most cherished traditions. Contact: Photo by Doc Searls

September 1, 2015

First all-digital MIT orientation

Graduate Student Orientation 2015

 Last year’s MIT Graduate Student Orientation was the largest student-run graduate school orientation in the country. This year’s event has many new features, including all-digital orientation packs, to reduce paper consumption and waste.The detailed Graduate Student Orientation schedule of events and activities, running from Aug. 30 to Sep. 16, is posted. Visit the growing collection of digital fliers to get this year’s handouts.

September 1, 2015


Volunteer at the Fresh Pond Reservation, Cradles to Crayons or CASPAR! Sep. 12

The GSC orientation committee is organizing a Volunteer Day event on Saturday September 12th, which is open to the entire MIT community. Come join us to meet incoming students and also to get further involved with volunteering opportunities in the Boston area! Events will be in Cambridge and Brighton. Volunteers can choose to work at the Fresh Pond Reservation (12 pm-4 pm), Cradles to crayons (1:30 pm-3:30 pm), or at CASPAR (2 pm to 5 pm). Brunch/lunch will be provided before the events begin. Find more information about each event and sign up! Contact: Photo by Barb Hoyer

August 31, 2015


Singapore Student Society Welcome BBQ Sep. 13

MITSSS welcomes all new students to MIT this Sunday September 13! Come and enjoy delicious BBQ food and mingle with other fellow students. We will be setting up the pit from 5pm at the Kresge BBQ. Contact: Sponsored by GSC FB and ASA LEF. Photo by John Liu

August 28, 2015


Sid-Pac Cultural Festival 2015 Aug. 29

Enjoy delicious food, music, dance, arts, and more from different cultures! Great opportunity to learn about the heritage and society of many different cultures. Come to the Sidney Pacific Mark MP Room between 12pm-3pm on Saturday August 29th. Many student groups will be present. Sponsored by ASA ARCADE LEF. Contact: Photo by Casper Zoethout

August 27, 2015


Tang Hall Orientation Olympics Sep. 3

Come join new and old grad students from Tang and other grad dorms to play different sports in teams in a relaxed atmosphere. Events will include Soccer, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton, Volleyball, Waterballoon fights. The date of the event is Thursday September 3rd from 2pm to 7pm. The primary location is the Z-center.  Sign-up here so we can contact you to get your T-shirt size and indicate your sports preferences. Contact: Photo by Dee’lite