Category Archives: Student life

August 28, 2015

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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: sp-cultural-chair@mit.edu Photo by Casper Zoethout

August 27, 2015

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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: gsc-oc@mit.edu Photo by Dee’lite

August 26, 2015

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Volunteer at Graduate Orientation 2015!

Be a part of the largest student-run orientation in the nation! Have fun, make friends and meet future colleagues. Volunteer at one of many events running from Monday, Aug 31st to Saturday, Sep 12 all over campus. Questions? Email gsc-oc@mit.edu. Sign up now!

August 25, 2015

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GAME Water Day Aug. 27

This Thursday, August 27, 4-7 PM at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard (NW86), join us for free food cooked fresh on the grill and sweet snacks. Participate in Water balloon battles, Sponge relays, and Slip-n-slide races against your friends and enemies alike. Expect good company! Questions? Contact: sball@mit.edu Photo by Gordon Tarpley

August 24, 2015

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Two Day Intensive Tango Bootcamp for Complete Beginners Sep. 5 & 6

Attend an intensive two day introduction to Argentine Tango designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days. No dance partner or experience needed. Space is limited: the bootcamps have been wildly popular in the past so be sure to sign up now! Workshop will be held September 5 and 6, from 1-5pm at the Walker Memorial, Morss Hall. MIT students & alumni: $30 Light refreshments provided. Contact: tango@mit.edu with any questions

August 21, 2015

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TED Talk Social with REFs Aug. 24

What keeps us motivated in life, grad school and careers? Join the REFs for a fun and relaxing social where we reflect on these important questions! The event is this August 24, 5:30-6:30pm, building 32-124. Food and snacks will be provided! Contact: sschrier@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by JD Hancock

August 21, 2015

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Celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day with ROCSA Aug. 22

Chinese Valentine’s Day is coming! ROCSA is going to celebrate this special day with you.
Join us for a chill-out dinner party at the Sidney Pacific Seminar Room (NW86) from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday August 22 with delicious Taiwanese food from Dolphin Bay Boston. Please RSVP Contact: pohsu@mit.edu Photo by Shuwn Hsu

August 20, 2015

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Grad Hillel Shabbat Dinner Picnic Aug. 21

Want to enjoy a delicious Shabbat picnic dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students on Friday August 21st at 7:00pm? Join us at Killian Court. RSVP by sending an email to esetren@mit.edu. This event is sponsored by Hillel at MIT and the MIT GSC. Photo by feministjulie

August 14, 2015

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Join the GSC OneMIT Board Deadline Aug. 21

Join the GSC OneMIT Board! This new funding board will work to fund proposals that bring together the students from all five schools. We need one School Representative from each school. We are looking for representatives from Science, Engineering, Management/Sloan, and Architecture/Planning. Apply here, the deadline is August 21, 2015. Email gsc-treasurer@mit.edu or gsc-president@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Howard Lake

August 14, 2015

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Indian Independence Day celebrations Aug. 15

Celebrate the Indian Independence day with friends this 15 of August at 10:30 AM! We will have a flag hoisting and an address by the chief guest at the Student Center, Sala de Puerto Rico. This will be followed by Indian lunch and I Day trivia games! Contact: sangam-exec@mit.edu Photo by Sanyam Bahga

August 12, 2015

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How a Grad Student Couple Lived Within Their Means

I never expected to look back on my seven years in grad school as a financially prosperous period of my life. But thanks to some careful planning and budgeting, my husband and I actually managed to stretch our $25,000 stipends to live well and increase our combined net worth by more than $100,000 during those seven years.

How did we accomplish that? The (not-so-secret) secret to avoiding debt and saving money is to live below your means — but there’s no one way to do that. You have to determine what matters most to you; then set financial goals and make money-management choices accordingly. In this post, I share our constellation of choices from our last year of grad school (2013-2014), when we were most effective at living within our means. Read the full article by Emily Roberts at Vitae

August 11, 2015

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Contra Dance with live music by BiCoastal Aug. 11

Contra dancing is a high-energy dance, directed by a caller and accompanied by exciting live folk music. It’s easy to learn, and you’ll get to twirl your partner and everyone else’s! Tonight’s dance features live folk music by BiCoastal: Julia Hartman (fiddle), Jean Monroe (piano), & Bonnie Insull (flute). Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Time: 8:00p–10:30pm Location: W20-Lobdell, Dining Hall, Student Ctr 2nd floor. Visit our website! Event is open to the general public and the cost is free for MIT and Wellesley students. Optional suggested donation $3 other students, $6 general. Sponsored by the Folk Dance Club. For more information, contact: MIT Folk Dance Club contra-request@mit.edu Photo by macguys

August 10, 2015

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MIT List Visual Arts Center announces 2015-16 exhibition schedule

The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to announce its fall program of exhibitions and events. This year’s exhibiting artists use film, sculpture, photography, and installation to engage with issues such as the material qualities of cinema, the internet ‘s effects on popular culture, and the online portrayal of women. This year the MIT List Center dedicates it’s exhibition season in honor of former director Jane Farver, who sadly passed away last April.

Student Loan Art Program Exhibition
September 1 – 13, 2015
Through this annual loan program, individual students and student groups may borrow original works of art from the List Center’s Student Loan Art collection for their private rooms and communal spaces. A highlight of this year’s exhibition is the addition of the MIT List Center’s 30th Anniversary Print Portfolio which features artists: Adel Abdessemed, Nairy Baghramian, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ping Chong, Ralph Cobrun, Robert Cumming, Ann Hamilton, Runa Islam, Gyorgy Kepes, Michiko Kon, Ken Okiishi, Otto Piene, Kay Rosen, Tavares Strachan and Sarah Sze. These artists were selected by the List Center’s four directors – Kathy Halbreich, Katy Kline, Jane Farver, and Paul C. Ha as a small example of the many exceptional artists presented at the List over the last thirty years. MIT students are eligible to borrow a work of art from this portfolio for the first time this year.

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August 7, 2015

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Spain@MIT world cup BBQ Aug. 9

Join us for a BBQ to celebrate the end of our very own MIT world cup and to congratulate the winners.The event is co-sponsored by Spain@MIT and the GSC Funding Board. The BBQ is this August 9th, 5-8pm @ the Sailing pavilion Contact: spaniards-request@mit.edu with questions. Photo by Marcus Buchwald

August 7, 2015

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Singapore National Day Celebrations Aug. 9

Come and celebrate Singapore’s 50 years of independence! The event will be held at the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307) this August 9th at 7pm. The celebration is sponsored by GSC Funding Board. Contact: mitsss-com@mit.edu. See you there! Photo by Mike Behnken

August 6, 2015

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Rise & Sweat! Wake-Up with a Little Recreation

The MIT Recreation auxiliary facility, Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center (Building 57), will finally be changing hours to open at 6:00 AM Mon-Fri beginning Monday, August 3rd. This means more time for recreation! Celebrate the first two weeks of NEW hours August 3rd – 14th with prizes, FREE classes and more! See schedules and details Photo by whereisemil

August 5, 2015

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Recruitment for ARC: “Academics, Research, and Careers” Committee

You are attending an institution that has created 81 Nobel prize winners, 4 Pulitzer prizes, and more patents than one can shake a stick at. You are also in the beating heart of the most innovative square on the East coast – good old Kendall.Do you ever find yourself looking for a platform that would allow you to interact with these giants in a meaningful way? We would like to invite you to take a different approach, and join us as event organizers for the MIT ARC Committee. It’s a great way to build personal connections here at the academy. Interested? Email us at gsc-arc@mit.edu Photo by yaph

August 4, 2015

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HST REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) invite contact

“Step outside your comfort zone. The perspective will surprise you.”

The HST REFS want to remind you that they are here for you if you are feeling stressed, frustrated, or simply want to talk to someone. The team is made up of five past and present HST students who are formally trained in mediation services, and can provide confidentiality and function independently of MIT. They are here to be your first point of contact for a range of issues including conflicts within lab or matters of a more personal nature. For more information about them, visit the REFS website! Any of the REFS are available for scheduled meetings at a mutually convenient time and location, so please feel free to email them at hst-refs@mit.edu. Photo by Nicolas Raymond

July 31, 2015

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Celebrate the end of Ramadan at the Eid-ul-Fitr BBQ Aug. 1

Come celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with MIT BSA in a outdoor setting. We will do BBQ and have some fun time. We are meeting Saturday, August 1, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM at the Edgerton House Courtyard, 143 Albany St, Cambridge, MA 02139. Contact: bd-exec@mit.edu. Spots are limited, so sign-up is required. Organized by the Bangladeshi Students Association. An Eventbrite ticket will be required for admission, get it here! Photo by woodleywonderworks

July 31, 2015

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Westgate Summer Picnic-Brunch Aug. 1

Join us this August 1st, 12:00 pm, at the Westgate Playground area to celebrate summer with a get together picnic-brunch with bagels, muffins, croissants, fruits, etc… and of course lots of ice cream!! Register here! All MIT graduate students and their families are welcome! Please bring your own plate to help reduce waste. Contact: westgate-pres@mit.edu for questions. Photo by jeffreyw

July 30, 2015

Sign up to help

Sign up for the Community Service Weekly Bulletin

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

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

July 27, 2015

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Ashdown Colombian Independence Event Jul. 27

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

July 24, 2015

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Candlepin Bowling Jul. 24

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

July 24, 2015

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LBGTQA Community Retreat to Provincetown Planning Group

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

July 23, 2015

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

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

July 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

July 21, 2015

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Conflict Management Training @ MIT – Apply today!

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

July 21, 2015

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GSC Sustainability Meeting Jul. 21

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

July 20, 2015

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SANGAM Indian Barbecue Jul. 26

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

July 17, 2015

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Dissertation Boot Camp Jul 27-Aug 5

Is the August 6th deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the July-August Dissertation Bootcamp! This will take place at Barker Library, 8th Floor from 10 am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays from 27 July to 5th August! Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating! We are prioritizing the September List candidates for slots first! We definitely look forward to seeing you!

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

July 17, 2015

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Sidney Pacific Brunch Jul. 19

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

July 16, 2015

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Summer Grill Night in the Eastgate Backyard Jul. 16th

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

July 16, 2015

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Sidney Pacific Cultural Festival Jul. 18

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

July 15, 2015

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

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

July 14, 2015

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The Professor Is in: What to Wear…

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

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

July 13, 2015

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MBA Class Of 2015: My Biggest Lessons From Business School

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

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

July 7, 2015

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Surviving the Post-Dissertation Slump

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

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

June 30, 2015

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A First-Timer on the Job Market?

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

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

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

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

Continue reading this entry of The Professor Is In at Vitae

June 29, 2015

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Submit your questions to Dear Kate!

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

June 25, 2015

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How to Tailor Your Online Image

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

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

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

June 24, 2015

SummerMentors

Be a MiTRI Scholars Mentor! Start Jun. 28

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

June 23, 2015

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The Personal Touch: Using Anecdotes to Hook a Reader

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

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

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

June 23, 2015

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S&P Featured on Crowdfund MIT this June

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

June 22, 2015

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now free for all MIT!

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

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

June 19, 2015

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Duanwu Festival Social and Game Night Jun. 20

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

June 16, 2015

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Setting Boundaries on Your Workload

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

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

June 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2015

Dispute Training

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

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

June 12, 2015

VPR Graduate Board

Join the VPR Graduate Student Advisory Board

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

June 11, 2015

Shabbat Dinner

Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 12

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

June 10, 2015

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Grad Orientation Needs You!

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

June 5, 2015

ESL Tutoring

Become a tutor for the MIT ESL Program

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

June 4, 2015

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

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

June 2, 2015

SummerClasses

Sign up for summer Community Wellness classes

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

Featured Offerings:

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

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

 

June 1, 2015

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Register now for traditional arts classes

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

May 29, 2015

GSC Headshots

Congratulations to the 2015-16 GSC officers!

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

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

Congratulations to the new team!

 

May 28, 2015

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Share with others what stresses you out

Are you stressed at MIT? Do you want to share what’s stressing you out and receive support? You are NOT alone, and you don’t have to feel that way. Share your burden and lighten the weight on your shoulders. Please join the stress-relief community online to share what is stressing you and receive love and connection in return! Share with others anytime, from anywhere. Photo by Anna Gutermuth.

May 26, 2015

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MIT CONNECT (Recreation Edition)

Would you like to ‘connect’ with random pairs of MIT members and take part in friendly, informal, and recreational activities? Through MIT CONNECT you can schedule any activity you would like to enjoy with others – tennis, squash, you name it! MIT CONNECT will connect you with other once a week, every week. All you need to do is sign up, identify your availability, and recreational interests and MIT CONNECT will do the rest. This social activity will take place throughout the 2015 year. Email tuka@mit.edu if you would like to learn more. Photo by Brittany

 

May 19, 2015

MIT

Serve on an Institute Committee

Serving on an Institute Committee as a graduate student can provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to significantly impact decisions made by the Institute. You will become a voting member of a committee alongside other students, faculty, staff and administrators. Issues range from student life, education and curriculum, policy, health and community, and matters of the corporation. Whether you are considering an academic, professional or industrial career, the experience gained by serving on an Institute Committee will prepare you with a unique skill set and a network of diverse collaborators to take on broad challenges. To learn more about the Institute Committees, visit the MIT Committees Website. Applications will be sent out in late May. Please contact Daniel Smithwick at gsc-vp@mit.edu with any questions.

May 15, 2015

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Eastgate Rainforest Animal Show May 16

The graduate student dorm Eastgate will be hosting a Rainforest Animal Show on Saturday, May 16th, at 10:30 am on the Eastgate Courtyard (rain location: Eastgate penthouse). The show will feature turtles, parrots, amphibians, and much more! For more information, visit the Eastgate webpage. Photo by Danny Chapman.

May 14, 2015

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Acoustic BBQ May 15

The GSC Activities Committee has put together an Acoustic BBQ afternoon featuring The Cover Story, a popular Boston full service entertainment band! There will be free food galore: burgers (veggie and beef), hot dogs, pasta, and chips. In addition, there will be exciting music and free drinks (21+ ID required for alcohol). The BBQ will take place at the Stata Amphitheater (rain location: Stata Center – 1st floor) on Friday, May 15th, from 5 pm to 8 pm and is open to the whole MIT community. Photo by Jun Seita. 
 
 

May 12, 2015

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GAME Service Event with the Great Boston Food Bank May 13

Help GAME sort donated food that will get divided out to all regional food pantries on Wednesday, May 13th, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA). A group will be leaving together from 77 Mass Ave at 4:30 pm. The event is funded by the GCC-PSC Service Fund, so don’t worry about dinner or MBTA costs – they’ve got that covered! There are limited spots available and non-grad students will be considered if there is space available, so sign up if you’re interested in taking part in this community service event.  Photo by Martha Coakley.

May 8, 2015

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Tang Hall Brunch May 9

All MIT graduate students are invited to join the Tang Hall residents and enjoy the last Brunch of the semester on Saturday, May 9th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Who wouldn’t want to unwind with friends and fellow students near the Charles River while eating breakfast? Enjoy the nice spring weather outside with some delicious food comprising pancakes, eggs, grit, bacon, fruits, beverages, and much more! Try to bring your own plates and utensils to help Tang Hall go green. The event will take place on the Tang Hall Lawn (Rain location: Tang Hall 24th Floor Lounge). Email tang-government@mit.edu if you would like to learn more about the brunch. Photo by Joe Hsu

May 7, 2015

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ESD Spring Pizza at the Muddy May 8

Celebrate the end of a hard week and take a break before finals begin at the Muddy Charles. Join your fellow graduate students and eat some freshly baked pizza on Friday, May 8th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Don’t miss out on the fun! Email mhird@mit.edu if you have any questions pertaining to the event. Photo by rob_rob2001

May 7, 2015

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Social Science Happy Hour May 8

Take part in the Social Science Happy Hour on Friday, May 8th, at 6:00 pm in E18-202 with your fellow grads! Join other students and faculty and discuss social science research and meet other social science researchers. Food and beverages will be provided. All are welcome to attend. Email kluender@mit.edu if you would like more information. Photo by

 

 

May 6, 2015

MIT

Seeking your input and sharing progress against sexual assault

Recently MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart sent a letter to the MIT community concerning MIT’s progress in minimizing sexual assault on campus. Last fall, students on campus were invited to take an extensive survey on their experiences and attitudes regarding sexual assault.  The Committee on Discipline (COD) is seeking suggestions and recommendations from the community in order to improve their disciplinary process on sexual assault cases. In addition, Barnhart discussed the progress the MIT community made toward attaining “a positive campus culture of sexual respect.” There are currently more sexual assault awareness campaigns, prevention trainings, and support for students who have experienced sexual assault. To read the letter Barnhart sent to the MIT community, visit MIT News.

May 5, 2015

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Handling Personal Tragedies Around You

In academia, as in any workplace, you encounter the personal tragedies of the people around you. Colleagues experience illness, divorce, death, and more. As much as anything I’ve written about in this series, those traumatic events interrupt the life of the mind. Academics lead uniquely solitary work lives. Yet at the same time, we are uniquely tied to our work — and therefore to our colleagues. For example, we form long-lasting relationships across time and space: We stay in touch with our advisers and fellow students long after leaving graduate school behind. Our fields tend to be closed universes in which relationships grow across institutions, states, and national borders.

All of which means that, in many ways, academia is like an extended family, not just a job. For the sake of our extended academic families, I decided to learn more about how to react better to personal tragedies in our midst. I reached out to two academic professionals who have experienced significant personal tragedies during their careers. It’s normal to have trouble saying the right thing when someone near you is suffering. These colleagues have given some simple guidelines to help make things easier. To read these guidelines columnist Katie Rose has put together, visit Vitae. Photo by Kevin Dooley

May 4, 2015

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Off-Campus Housing Fair May 5

The Sidney-Pacific HVAC Committee, GSC HCA Committee, and MIT Housing has gotten together create an Off Campus Housing Fair for grad students looking for off-campus housing for next year. Students will have the opportunity to meet landlords early, schedule viewings, see housing offers, and learn about community resources. The fair will take place on Tuesday, May 5th, from 4-6 pm at the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Xynn Tii

May 1, 2015

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May Dissertation Bootcamp May 4-8

Is the May 8th deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the May Dissertation Bootcamp! Located in the Hayden Library Basement, this will be everyday from May 4th through 8th from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating. RSVP now! Photo by PJ R.

May 1, 2015

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GSC Battle of the Bands! May 2

Come rock out this Saturday, May 2nd at the GSC Battle of the Bands! Four bands enter, and only one band shall leave victorious. The show will feature Jill McCrakin and the Misadventures, Slim Overdrive, The WangStars, and Love and a Sandwich. Come join your fellow rockaholics with music and refreshments! Find out which of your fellow MIT community members are secretly rock legends! The night begins in Morss Hall (50-140) at 7pm. A 21+ ID is required for the cash bar. Original photos by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and alonis.