Category Archives: Student life

November 14, 2016

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FAQs about graduate student unionization

As you may have read, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a case involving Columbia University, has determined that students holding appointments as teaching and research assistants are eligible to organize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  This reversed a long standing decision involving Brown University where the NLRB determined student assistants were not employees under the NLRA, but were students.  The NLRB in the Columbia case determined that student assistants could be both students and employees. As a result of this decision, we provide the following Frequently Asked Questions to provide answers to questions the community may have in light of this new decision.

November 11, 2016

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Nominate for the MLK Leadership awards by Dec. 5

It is hard to think of a moment when our nation more urgently needed the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even at the distance of decades, we can take inspiration from his character and his conduct – his dignity, integrity, selflessness and moral vision, and his relentless focus on what really matters, in the quest for a more just, peaceful and unified society. Let us pause, here in our own time and place, to contemplate the example of those members of our community who, in the spirit of Dr. King, lift us up and bring us together. Nominate those whose inspiration you find meaningful – students, faculty, staff or alumni, pursuing their work as individuals or as groups – to receive the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Please submit your nomination by December 5 here.  We will honor the winners as part of our annual MLK program, to be held on February 16, 2017.

November 3, 2016

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DSL Wellness Fair, Nov 4

On Friday, November 4th from 2 pm – 5 pm MHH (MindHandHeart) and DSL (Division of student life) are hosting the Wellness Fair in the Z-Center Lobby! This is a community event that focuses on stress awareness, stress management, and stress relief. Put it on your calendar and come check out all the resources available to you at MIT.

November 2, 2016

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Language Conversation Exchange Mixer, Nov 3

Please join us for an evening of fun and language exchange next Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm in 68-180 (Koch building). This is a great time to meet other members in the MIT language learning community, learn more about their culture and language, and enjoy some tasty snacks! If you haven’t yet found a language partner, we are here to help! There are a number of ways to find a partner: send an email to our new mailing list: lce-find-partner@mit.edu, search the website at lce.scripts.mit.edu, or email lce-coordinator@mit.edu. We can help! Just let us know if you’re having trouble finding a partner!!! We are actively growing our community and new members are joining daily. Be persistent and flexible as you work to find a partner. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday! Happy language learning, and see you soon.

October 31, 2016

Research Advising Survey Info Session, Nov. 1

You are invited to a special information session regarding the new end-of-semester assessments of research advising that academic departments will begin rolling out in a pilot program this year. Please join the GSC Officers and Michael McClellan (2015-2016 GSC President and main point-of-contact for the rollout of this program) at a special information session, on Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM in 32-124. In order to expand this initiative—which has broad support from students, faculty members, and MIT administration members—we would like to build interest in all departments of the Institute. Below is some background information on this initiative. Read more

October 25, 2016

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MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches

Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students! Sign up and get more information here.

October 21, 2016

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Making Feminist Fitna: A half day conference on Islamic Feminism, Oct. 22

Making Feminist Fitna is a half-day event bringing together local Muslim feminists and allies from academia, activist and art spaces to share, discuss and celebrate Islamic feminist thought. Come to W20 Lobdell (W20-208) on Saturday October 22nd from 12 pm to 5:30 pm for panels and breakout group. Open mic will be from 7 pm to 9 pm at W20 Mezz (W20-307).This event features Dr. Kecia Ali (Department of religion, BU), Saadia Yacoob (Department of religion, Williams college), Dr Zahra Ayubi (Department of religion, Dartmouth college), Dr Elora Chowdhury (WGS, Umass Boston), and Naila Baloch (Associate chaplin and Muslim advisor, Middlebury college). Lunch will be provided. Register today!

October 20, 2016

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GWAMIT Leadership Conference “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship” Oct. 24-28

GWAMIT is proud to announce the dates for the 2016 Fall Leadership conference! Events will be held during the week of October 24th, and will be geared towards this year’s conference theme of “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship”. Events include:

  • Entrepreneurship Without Borders: A Keynote by Christine Souffrant Ntim
  • Movie Night: Makers, a double-feature
  • Succeeding in Male-Dominated Fields: A Panel
  • Taking Control of a Meeting
  • Negotiating Your First Job Offer
  • Designing the World Through Entrepreneurship: A Panel
  • MIT Student-Alumnae Mixer
  • Spitfire: Engineering + Entrepreneurship
  • Strictly Strength Training Class

There is an amazing lineup of speakers and events scheduled, and we hope to see you there! Keep yourself updated through the GWAMIT website. Please contact this year’s committee at leadership2016@mit.edu with questions.

October 17, 2016

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Failures in Grad School: A Discussion with Prof. Robert Langer, Oct. 18

Feeling overwhelmed with classes or research? Are you terrified of failure? Join MindHandHeart and Dr. Robert Langer on October 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm  at the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House for the first discussion in our monthly lecture series on “Failures in Grad School”. RSVP for dinner with Professor Langer. 10 -15 Dinner attendees will be selected by lottery. This event will be photographed and/or filmed.

October 12, 2016

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Nominate a speaker for the 2017 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony by Oct. 20

Are you inspired by an MIT Doctoral alum? MIT students currently pursuing a PhD or ScD are invited to nominate Doctoral alumni as guest speakers for the 2017 ceremony. The guest speaker not only inspires the Doctoral degree candidates, but demonstrates a professional path in the chosen realm, whether academe, public service, non-profit, or the private sector. Submission deadline for the current cycle of review is 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016. See all criteria.

October 7, 2016

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Free weekly MIT Belly-Dancing Classes on Sundays

Wanna learn to belly-dance like a pro? Looking for a fun workout? Well it doesn’t get any more fun than this! Shahd, the founder of MIT belly-dancing Club, started belly dancing at the age of 5, and has regularly performed in various festivals in France, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Czech Republic since then. Currently, Shahd is a graduate student here at MIT, performing in various events on or off-campus and teaching belly-dancing every Sunday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the McCormick Dance Studio. Anyone is welcome to be a part of this amazing experience, no previous experience necessary and you don’t have to commit to the performances! Apply for this class here. Get more information on this class or contact shahdl@mit.edu if you have questions.

October 6, 2016

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Therapy dogs at Hayden, Oct. 7 & Nov. 4

MIT Libraries continues Furry First Fridays, the popular therapy dogs program, for the fall term. On the first Fridays in October and November, 2-3:30 pm, you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES:Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall. No lines and no waiting! Furry First Fridays builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. All are welcome; no registration required. For those planning ahead: We expect dogs and their handlers will be also be available on Thursday, December 15, 2-3:30 pm, for the Cookies with Canines event during final exam week.

October 6, 2016

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Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant by Oct. 14

Do you have an idea for an event to improve graduate student community 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 on October 14, 2016. For more information, please see our website or contact gslg@mit.edu.

October 4, 2016

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Mental health & medical leave town hall tonight, 7pm

As graduate students may have heard, MIT Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis and Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart established a committee to consider our policies and processes regarding mental health hospitalization and involuntary medical leave for students because these are serious issues that warrant a comprehensive review by our community. The charge to the committee, which is being led by Professors Rebecca Saxe and Laura Schulz from the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is available here. Listen and lend your voice at a town hall tonight in Room 4-370 at 7 p.m.! Graduate students can discuss their experiences and any suggestions for change.

You can also contribute to this critical process in the following ways:

Enhancing our policies depends on as many graduate students as possible to engage with the committee in this important work.

September 28, 2016

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Workshop on Fellowships, Sep. 30

Interested in applying to graduate fellowships? Attend the workshop on applying to fellowships on September 30th from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in building 68-181.This presentation will go over the reasons why fellowships are desirable, how to find them, the application process, tips on personal statements and research proposals, the types of resources available and generally be available to answer any questions students may have. The fall is a major deadline season for fellowships including the NSF GRFP. This presentation will be mainly geared towards those interested in applying in the fall and winter of 2016/17 for funding during the 2017-2018 academic year. It is never too early to think about this process! For those who will not be able to make this workshop, the same workshop will be running again on Monday, October 17th from 12 pm -1:30 pm in 68-181 (more information will go out closer to the workshop). Interested students RSVP here (Free pizza!). Read more

September 19, 2016

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Roxane Gay talk and book signing, Sep. 20

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20 at 3 pm on the 6th floor of E14 for a talk and book signing with the incredible Roxane Gay. She is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism.  With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism.  NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a painstaking examination of body image.

Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK, and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament. Part of the MAS Diversity Speaker Series, Sponsored by the MIT program in Media Arts & Sciences.

September 12, 2016

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MIT Spouses & Partners Connect campus tour, Sep. 14

Reserve your place now for the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect Campus Tour on Wednesday September 14. Meet in front of the Inbound Kendall Square T-station at 1:30pm. This tour is designed for you:

  • Find offices and spaces such as the International Students Office, MIT Medical, MIT List Arts Center, Work Life Center, Fitness Center (Gym), and the Student Center.
  • Learn the pathways for strollers and find the right places for kids
  • Get to know other newcomers!

This tour is stroller friendly, so bring the kids along. Find more information and register for the tour. Newcomers can also sign up for our weekly updates.

September 1, 2016

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Enroll in a dental plan by Sep. 15

Enrollment in the MIT Delta Dental PPO Value Plan is now open, and will continue through Thursday, September 15th. This plan is also known as the MIT Graduate Student Dental Plan. Delta Denal is the insurance provider and Crosby Benefit Systems (a division of WageWorks) is the enrollment administrator. The plan subscriber must be enrolled in a graduate program at MIT at the time of enrollment; re-enrollment each year is not automatic. The coverage period is 10/1/16 – 9/30/17. Read the full details on this plan and alternate coverage plans, and find the enrollment link on the dental information page. Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom.

August 29, 2016

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2016 Orientation for new Families! Aug. 31 & Sep. 14

Newcomers can get to know all that MIT Spouses & Partners Connect has to offer through two upcoming Orientation programs: The  Learning Fair on Wed, Aug. 31 (from 1pm-3pm in W20-307) is an event to teach you about all MIT has to offer, from English classes to campus resources. The Campus Tour on Sep. 14 (from 1pm- 5pm starting in Kendall Square) will help connect your with other newcomers and show you an inside perspective on all the facilities and campus life. Find more information and REGISTER for the tour. Newcomers can sign up for our weekly updates.

August 24, 2016

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Volunteer on MindHandHeart Working Groups

Volunteer spots are open for 2016 on the MindHandHeart Working Groups, primarily for students—undergrad and grad. And we’d love to have you! In each Working Group, a coalition of students, faculty, and staff focus on a key area—Connectedness, Wellness, Life Skills, Academic Environment, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or Increase Help-Seeking—in order to promote well-being and a healthy community here at MIT. If interested, please follow the link to the Volunteer Interest Form. Feel free to contact MindHandHeart staff with follow-up questions: mindhandheart@mit.edu.

August 23, 2016

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Register for Community Wellness September classes!

Community Wellness is proud to offer a wide range of classes in a number of topic areas to help improve the quality of life for members of the MIT community. Our classes are offered in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable instructors. Classes offered include: iDiet (more info and register here), Self Defense and Workout (more info and register here), Creating the Healthy Life you Want (more info and register here), Koru Mindfulness and meditation (more info and register here). Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities- register today!

August 22, 2016

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Conflict Management Training, Apply by Sep. 2

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates.  Application deadline is Sep. 2 (apply here) and the class dates range from Sep. 13 to Nov. 22  (dates listed here).The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, with each tier building on the previous session. The tiers are as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours) Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with conflict.
Tier 2:
Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total) is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions.
Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total) adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Find more information on dates and apply.

August 22, 2016

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MIT Reads: Join the entire community for reading and discussion

This fall, the MIT Libraries is launching MIT Reads, an Institute-wide program that aims to build community and foster understanding through a series of shared reading and discussion events. This new initiative invites the entire MIT community — students, faculty, staff, and affiliates — to read selected titles and join open discussions.

For the 2016-17 academic year, MIT Reads will explore the theme of diversity and inclusion. Staff from the Libraries will partner with cultural and identity-based groups on campus throughout the year to select the reading and plan discussion events. A grant from MIT’s Committee on Race and Diversity is supporting the program. Read more at MIT News.

August 12, 2016

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Indian Independence Celebration Aug. 13

On Sat. August 13 at 11:00am join us for Flag hoisting in front of the Student Center and after enjoy a dance performance by the talented MIT Bhangra Club. Then come feast on North and South Indian food in La Sala (W20 second floor)! For questions please contact sangam-exec@mit.edu. Photo courtesy of Meena Kadri

August 1, 2016

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GSC Six Flags Trip Aug. 20

On Sat., August 20, from 9:30am-6pm join the GSC at Six Flags New England (Agawam). For the trip you can buy tickets at a group discount rate of $37!
There will be a bus (45 spots), but you can also arrange your own transportation
Ticket sales open Aug. 1  until Aug. 6 on adMIT (http://mit.universitytickets.com)
The tickets are limited to 2 tickets per person, and make sure to select the right bus or no-bus option. It’s almost the end of summer- enjoy every minute of it! Any questions please contact: gsc-ac@mit.edu Photo courtesy of Jeremy Thompson.

June 13, 2016

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ODGE stands with the LGBTQ community

As members of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, we would like to magnify the words of President Reif (below). We will stand together at the vigil on Tuesday, June 14 at 5PM.
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To the members of the MIT community,

On Saturday, more than 80 members of our community marched in the Boston Pride parade, openly celebrating the rights of those who identify as LGBTQ to be fully themselves in the world.

Hours later, in Orlando, Florida, 49 people from the LGBTQ community, many of them Latino and people of color, people who were also celebrating the fullness of their identities, lost their lives to violence and hate.

The shocking contrast reminds us to treasure the openness we strive for in our own community and to cherish every individual, as we reject the impulse to answer hate with hate. Read more

May 17, 2016

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Bicycle Awareness Day‏, May 18th

Join us for Bicycle Awareness Day on Wednesday May 18th, 11am-2:30pm outside the Stratton Student Center Plaza! Get a free minor bike repair from Cambridge Bicycle when you register your bike with MIT Parking and Transportation Office. Come enjoy refreshments and a DJ! Plus leg band and bicycle light giveaways! If you sign up of MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and bring proof of participation, you get a free t-shirt!

May 13, 2016

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Ice cream social, May 15th

Do you have finals? Have you felt the pressure? Come and relax before it starts! This Sunday, we will have Tocanini ice-cream! Join us in Sidney Pacific lobby on May 15th from 6-8pm to celebrate the end of the term! Contact sp-social-chair@mit.edu with any questions. Photo courtesy of Pamela Graham

May 13, 2016

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Animal Adventures Show, May 14th

Come for an exciting animal show by Animal Adventures in the Little Kresge Auditorium on May 14th at 11:30 am! The experienced animal handlers will come teach us a little bit about each of the animals! Expect to have tons of fun! Contact westgate-pres@mit.edu with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 10, 2016

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Active Minds @ MIT’s 4th Annual “Speak Your Mind”, May 11

Join us for dinner on May 11th from 5-7PM in the Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-407) as we wrap up the year and discuss mental health at MIT. We will have student speakers, who will talk about their own experiences with mental health. Keynote delivered by Professor Daniel Jackson, who founded the Portraits of Resilence in the Tech. RSVP! Contact jsmcp@mit.edu with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 9, 2016

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MIT Puppy Lab, May 10, 11, 17 & 18

Come meet the newest official therapy dogs of MIT in Lobby 10 Community Lounge on May 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th (3-5pm)! Enjoy a snack, grab a spot on the green couches, make some new friends, and stay as long as you like! Check out which pups will be there at mitpuppylab.tumblr.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Contact puppylab@mit.edu with any questions. Photo courtesy of Will Marlow

April 11, 2016

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Growth Mindset at MIT, Apr. 13

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for a session on Growth Mindset at MIT on Wednesday, April 13, from 2-3pm in the student center, W20, Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2. Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you encountered challenging situations when you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound smart enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this short talk, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The talk will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. Read more

April 8, 2016

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Faculty on Resilience: Cathy Drennan‏, Apr. 14

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Thursday, April 14  at 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor  Drennan about the parts of her career path that don’t make it on to her biographical sketch. Based on official biographies, it is easy to assume that success requires professional perfection at every career step. The truth is that success often derives from the learned ability to bounce back from failure and set-backs.  Professor Drennan’s official Bio is below, but come hear about the details that are missing. Warning: Content may contain learning disabilities, stereotype threat, and hogs. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Catherine Drennan is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professor and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the only individual to be both an HHMI professor and an HHMI investigator. Drennan received an A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan, working in the laboratory of the late Professor Martha L. Ludwig. She was also a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Douglas C. Rees at the California Institute of Technology. In 1999, Drennan joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has risen through the ranks to full Professor. Her research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, combining X-ray crystallography with other biophysical methods in order to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of metalloproteins in action.

April 8, 2016

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Planting Seeds with the Chancellor, Apr. 11

Need a quick pick-me-up? As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join Chancellor Cindy Barnhart on Monday, April 11  at 5:15-6:16pm in Lobby 10. Plant some spring flowers to take with you to warm your lab or home! Stop in for 5 minutes or stay and chat for a bit. Feel free to bring a friend or family members.

April 6, 2016

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Faculty on Resilience: John Belcher‏, Apr. 12

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor Belcher about his path from the West Texas oil fields to a spacecraft going to the stars, and how going to the stars is a breeze compared to reforming freshmen physics. He has been clinically depressed and has been on anti-depressants for 27 years, and he will reflect on that experience. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, John Belcher was the Principal Investigator on the Voyager Plasma Science Experiment during the Voyager Neptune Encounter (“the end of the Grand Tour”), and is now a Co-Investigator on the Plasma Science Experiment onboard the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Professor Belcher has also been involved in the teaching of freshmen physics at MIT, and was awarded the 2016 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for that effort.

March 28, 2016

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Why Are Relationships So Hard? Mar. 29

In this panel we’re seeking to address challenges encountered by students, staff and faculty in both cultivating and maintaining romantic and non-romantic relationships while in academic institutions, with particular focus on gender, sexuality and race. Join us on Tuesday March 29th, from 6-7:30 pm in 32-155. We’ll have three distinguished panelists: Amanda Hankins, Education and Prevention Specialist from the VPR, Abigail Francis, Director of LGBT Services in the Rainbow Lounge at MIT, and Dr. Ophera Davis, Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. There will be refreshments from 6:00pm – 6:30pm and the Panel Discussion from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. RSVP today! We hope to see you there!  Sponsored by GWAMIT, BGSA, and GSC. Photo courtesy of Ulisse Albiati

March 28, 2016

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‘Graditude’ Soiree, Apr. 14

As part of MIT’s celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for Graditude: a Cocktail Soiree from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, April 14 at the MIT Museum. Look for your personal invitation in your e-mail to RSVP! Limited space available.

March 25, 2016

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Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week‏, starts Mar. 28th

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) week is a time for the members of the MIT community (undergrads, grads, faculty, staff, alumni, associates, etc.) to connect through Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  We hope these little acts of kindness will remind people that they are not invisible. We mainly want to make everyone’s day a little brighter during one of the toughest times of the academic year. Each day comes with an overarching theme: Read more

March 21, 2016

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Do you have a story?‏ Share it!

 We all have our story — our triumphs, our failures, our happiest moments, our saddest moments. Maybe it’s a story that impacted you so much, that defines who you are, that you can’t not share it. Or maybe it’s a story so personal that you may just not be ready to share it, but you wish you could. This year, you will have a chance to share your story, anonymously, in the first Tales From the Homefront at MIT. Your story can be in any format- an essay, a poem, lyrics, and about anything-something you struggled with, something you’re proud of, or maybe just advice you want to pass along. It can be as long or as short as you want. And as personal as you want. These stories will be reviewed by a select group of students, with all the information kept confidential, and a couple of the stories submitted will be read anonymously at the Tales From the Homefront in late April by selected readers that did not write the stories themselves.

Read more

March 14, 2016

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Invitation to Future of Libraries Open Forum, Mar. 15‏

Last fall Provost Marty Schmidt requested the convening of an Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries, charged with examining “how the MIT Libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge; and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries.”  In pursuing this task, it is essential that the Task Force collect broad input from the MIT community, including faculty, staff, and students. To that end, you are invited to attend an open forum scheduled specifically for graduate students  to share your ideas for what a bold new vision for MIT Libraries ought to include.

Register and join us on Tuesday, March 15,  3:30pm-5pm in 4-270. Key members of the Task Force will attend each of these meetings, and we are eager to hear your thoughts and engage in open discussion about the future of our Libraries. While registration is encouraged to ensure adequate room size, walk-in participation will be welcomed depending on space constraints. More information about the work of the Task Force can be found at our website. Thank you, and we hope to see you at one of these upcoming forums.

March 14, 2016

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Tuesdays in the Chapel

Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., the Chaplains at MIT invite all members of the MIT community into the Chapel for an interdenominational gathering to reflect, pray and meditate. The service, known as Tuesdays in the Chapel, features musical selections and guest speakers of all faiths. Each gathering is followed by coffee, donuts and conversation next door in W11.

Spiritual but not religiously oriented, the gatherings feature different perspectives from the community and center around a broad theme. “Tuesdays in the Chapel offers people the opportunity — at the beginning of the day, early in the week — to reflect and pause,” says Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, who has organized the weekly gathering since September 2009. “One of the things I’m aware of, having been here for a long time, is that MIT people do not pause very often, so this is an institutionalized way to do that.”

Spring 2016 Schedule:

February 2 | Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, MIT | LISTEN 
February 16 | Tyler Coquillard, Sojourn Collegiate Ministry Chaplain, MIT | LISTEN
February 23 | Claude Muhinda, DSL Finance, MIT
March 1 | Julie Rothhaar-Sanders, Assistant Dean, Residential Life
March 8 | John Wuestneck, Protestant Chaplain, MIT
March 15 | Brian Aull, Bahá’í Chaplain, MIT
March 29 | Dave Thom, Leadership Connection Chaplain, MIT
April 5 | David Um, Asian Baptist Student Koinonia Chaplain, MIT
April 12 | Matthew Bauer, Director of Communications, MIT DSL
April 19 | Sarah Rankin, Chancellor’s Office, MIT
April 26 | Sign up to speak!
May 3 | Sign up to speak!
May 10 | Sign up to speak!

March 10, 2016

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Graduate Student Gallery Talks at MIT List Center‏, Mar. 11 & 24 Apr. 1 & 7

The MIT List Visual Arts Center invites you to enjoy a season of Graduate Student Gallery Talks presented in conjunction with the exhibition Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: I Must First Apologize…  Join us for one (or more!) to get a fresh perspective on the exhibition through the lens of grad students’ research, experiences, and interests:

March 11 at 12:30 PM: Christianna Bonin (RSVP)
March 24 at 6 PM: 
Sarah Rifky (RSVP)
April 1 at 12:30 PM: 
Abdullah Almaatouq (RSVP)
April 7 at 6 PM: 
Amah Edoh (RSVP)

For more events + programs at the List, visit our website

March 9, 2016

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Nominate friends and colleagues for the MIT Awards by Mar. 14th

To honor the inspiring contributions of our friends and colleagues across campus, submit a nomination for the 2016 MIT Awards, a suite of about 30 awards that recognize excellence in academics, teaching, the arts, athletics, leadership, entrepreneurship, community building and public service. Graduate student related awards include:
  • Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award – presented to any student group that fosters fellowship within the graduate student community
  • Frank E. Perkins Award – given to a professor who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for graduate students
  • Goodwin Medal – presented to a graduate student whose performance of teaching duties is “conspicuously effective over and above ordinary excellence”
  • Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards – given to one professor or teaching assistant from each school, for excellence in teaching a graduate level course
  • Priscilla King Gray Award – recognizes graduate students who are committed to public service

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, March 14, 2016.

March 8, 2016

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Yoo on optimizing your B-school experience

MIT Sloan student Julia Woo gives 3 pieces of advice crucial to optimizing your business school experience. Listen to her videoPhoto by Chris Boland 

March 8, 2016

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Geeks and Greeks: The Making of an Epic Graphic Novel about MIT Hacks‏, Mar. 9th

Do you like MIT hacks? Do you like graphic novels? Are you a mammal? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you belong at: Geeks & Greeks: The Making of an Epic Graphic Novel about MIT Hacks on Wed, March 9, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Room 10-250. Featuring Geeks & Greeks writer Steve Altes (MIT ’84) and illustrator Andy Fish. Sponsored by the de Florez Fund for Humor and the Technology and Policy Program. Steve Altes, whose career spans engineering and entertainment, based his story on many actual events and hacks. This fun talk will feature humorous stories from his 30-year odyssey to get this story told as well as a behind-the-scenes look at pitching Hollywood, crowdfunding, and the graphic novel creation process.

March 7, 2016

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A conversation with Dr. Monique Morris, Mar. 8th

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., is an author and social justice scholar with expertise in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Dr. Morris is the author of “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”(The New Press, 2016), a new and critically-acclaimed book on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, and “Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century” (The New Press, 2014). Also, Dr. Morris is the Co-Founder and President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and as the Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School.

Please join us at 5pm on Tuesday March 8, 2016 in the BSU lounge for the event. Dinner will be served. Open to the entire MIT community. Please sign-up to register to attend. Hosted by the MIT Black Graduate Students Association & MIT Black Women’s Alliance. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, the Graduate Student Council, and the Institute Community and Equity Office.

March 3, 2016

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One-day Dissertation Boot Camp, Mar. 5th

Writing your dissertation? Come to 10-105 on March 5th, 2016 at 11am-6pm to write together with others! Sign up today! Please note you must be committed to writing during the entire duration of the one-day camp. Sign up only if you can make it! Contact gsc-arc@mit.edu for more questions! Photo by r. ail bradshaw

February 29, 2016

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Grad Gala ticket sales open today

Enjoy an evening out in Boston with friends and good company! This year’s Grad Gala will be at Sheraton Boston on April 16! Dress up and mingle with the MIT graduate community! Treat yourself to a seated dinner, live music, and a night of dancing! The theme for this year is Starry Night (Van Gogh)! Have fun at the photobooth or chat with friends as you sip on delicious drinks! Early bird tickets: $45. Regular tickets: $50. Limit 2 per person. Must be MIT graduate student to buy tickets. Tickets go on sale on February 29th, 2016 at noon. Must be 21+ to attend event. Event is sponsored by Graduate Student Council, MIT Federal Credit Union, and Grad Rat. Contact: gsc-gradgala@mit.edu

February 24, 2016

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Graduate Student Resource Fair, Feb. 25th

Join us on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 12:00-2:00 pm in the Stata Student Center for the Graduate Student Resource Fair! We’ve pooled teams from all major resource offices across campus and they are ready to provide information and support in anyway they can. Groups include the GECD, Conflict Management @ MIT, ISO, MHH, ODGE, LGBT @ MIT, Legatum Center, Lemelson Project, PKG PSC, Martin Trust Center, Title IX Office (TIX), Work Life Center, MIT Alumni Association, Dining, Housing, MIT Museum, MIT Recreation, DAPER, OSC, Ombuds Office, REFS, SAO, Spouses and Partners Connect, SOS, VPR, WCC, SDS. There will be free swag and raffle prizes!

 

February 24, 2016

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Announcing spring Work-Life seminar series‏

We are pleased to announce the launch of the MIT Work-Life Center’s Spring 2016 Seminar Series.  Our presenters, who are experts in their fields, will share research-based strategies, tips, and information on more than 25 topics, including changing how you respond to stress; supporting your child’s emotional and intellectual development; understanding the U.S. college admissions process; navigating life as a young professional; and learning how to help an aging family member. Of interest are the workshops for young professionals and on work-life balance. All seminars are free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required.