Category Archives: Student life
December 11, 2013
December 10, 2013
Feeling stressed? Sensing conflict between you and your fellow students, a professor, your advisor, a lab partner, or someone else in your life? Your department’s REFS Program may be able to help. REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) is a graduate student run peer support system that provides guidance, mentorship, and mediation in a confidential, informal setting. Your department’s REFS can advise you directly, put you in touch with other MIT support providers, or make thoughtful referrals.
December 6, 2013
Representing an array of religions and denominations from around the world, the Chaplains at MIT serve as spiritual advisers to the MIT community. For many, spiritual wellbeing is key to a productive, purposeful life, and can be a great source of comfort amidst the many demands and challenges the Institute presents. Even for those who are not practicing a particular religion, MIT’s chaplains are a great source of wisdom and warmth, and are willing to listen to students and other community members who are feeling overwhelmed, lost, or stressed.
December 3, 2013
It’s no secret that the MIT environment is a demanding one: a great deal is expected of students, faculty, and staff. Maintaining physical and emotional health is essential to getting the most out of the MIT experience. Community Wellness at MIT Medical exists to offer support to all members of the MIT Community, offering classes, events, workshops, and both individual and group consultation – in addition to facilitating several ongoing groups, such as “Making Peace with Food” and groups for new and expectant parents.
November 26, 2013
An office of MIT Medical, Mental Health and Counseling provides mental health services that include evaluations and consultations, brief or interim treatment (counseling, psychotherapy), thoughtful referrals to mental health practitioners, urgent care, group counseling, and neuropsychology consultations to help identify cognitive or attention problems, disorganization, lack of motivation, and more. Located on the 3rd floor of E23, they hold walk-in hours daily from 2-4pm. Appointments are available from 8:30am to 7pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am to 5pm on Fridays.
November 4, 2013
MIT’s East Campus Steering Committee has selected a multidisciplinary urban design team to help advance plans for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in East Campus and Kendall Square. The team will build upon the work of Elkus Manfredi Architects, which led to the adoption of new zoning regulations in the district, as well as the work of a faculty design group led by the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), which recently developed design typologies for the Institute’s property in the Kendall Square area.
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September 19, 2013
If you are a woman graduate student and would liked to be matched up with a mentor to help you navigate professional and personal challenges, consider applying to the GWAMIT Mentoring Program. Mentors are drawn from faculty, alumni, and Boston-area professionals. During their one-semester commitment, mentees are responsible for meeting with their mentor each month for a minimum of one hour and attending a beginning-of-term and end-of-term dinner. After one semester, you can choose to continue with your mentor, be matched with another mentor, or leave the program. Applications to the program are due Friday, September 20th. Click here to submit your application, even if you plan to continue with your current mentor. Direct any questions (or recommendations of possible female faculty, alumn, or professional mentors) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Fortune Live Media.
September 18, 2013
Explore the intersection of arts, entertainment, technology, and entrepreneurship at MIT’s first annual Hacking Arts festival and hackathon, taking place September 28 and 29 at the MIT Media Lab. Learn from entrepreneurial thinkers from a range of creative industries, check out demos from early-stage arts and entertainment startups, experience tech-enabled live performances, and much more. Visit www.hackingarts.com for further information. To register, click here.
Presented by the MIT Sloan Media and Entertainment Club in partnership with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Office of the Arts at MIT, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, and School of Museum of Fine Arts. Sponsored by Sonos, Houghton Mifflin, and The Echo Nest.
September 18, 2013
Do you have an idea for a creative, community-building idea that would enrich the graduate student experience outside the lab? Consider applying for a Graduate Student Life Grant to fund your proposal. You may address a specific constituency or discipline, or reach across departments, residence halls, or student groups. Goals of the Graduate Student Life Grant include further instilling a sense of belonging and purpose, creating shared experiences, and encouraging congregation, socializing, and networking beyond the classroom.
The proposal deadline for 2013-2014 is 11:59pm on October 18, 2013. For more information — including model programs, project archive, and submissions guidelines — visit the Graduate Student Life Grants website. Contact the Grants program with questions at gslg [at] mit.edu.
September 16, 2013
MIT Transportation and the GSC Transportation Subcommittee are happy to announce the launch of a new Shuttle Line this Fall. The line will serve Imman Square, Union Square, and East Cambridge, running every 30 minutes on average on a daily basis. Hours of service will be 6 pm – 2:30 am on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 6 pm to 3:30 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The routing and schedule of the line can be found below. This service is already in effect, and will continue until December 23. More information, including a route map, can be found here.
This Shuttle Line is a pilot program, and its continuation in 2014 will depend on ridership numbers. So if you live in one of the areas served by the new line and are interested in using the line in the future, we encourage you to use it as much as possible from now through December.
September 16, 2013
Applications to the Undergraduate to Graduate Women’s Mentorship Program are due Saturday, September 21st at midnight. This program seeks to connect undergraduate women to graduate school mentors with mutual interests (both academic and extracurricular) for monthly, informal meetings to discuss everything from classes and MIT in general to career possibilities and personal issues in the hopes of facilitating the growth of a fun, informative, and supportive relationship. To inquire, fill out this application. Participants will be expected to attend the program kick-off on Saturday, September 28 and meet with their group during the weeks of October 13 and October 27. A closing reception will take place on Saturday, November 23. Email email@example.com with any questions.
September 10, 2013
TEDxCambridge is back and bringing new ideas to several stages around Kendall Square. The event will be held on Friday, September 13 from 6pm -11pm at various locations around Kendall Square. It features a new TEDx event format and audience experience while celebrating the world class innovation within Cambridge and the impact it is having globally. To attend, please sign up. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Aaron Tang.
September 9, 2013
The MIT List Visual Arts Center (bldg. E15) presents the annual Student Loan Art Program Exhibition and Lottery from September 3-15, 2013. Through this popular loan program MIT graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to borrow original works of art from the collection for their living and work spaces.
The exhibition features over 500 framed prints and photographs by leading modern and contemporary artists. New works available for loan this year include pieces by Sonia Almeida, Geoff Hargadon, Damien Hirst, Matt Rich, Sarah Sze, and Walid Raad, among many others. In conjunction with the exhibition the List Center will host a public reception Sunday, September 8 at 11 a.m. The reception will feature refreshments and a tour of the exhibition. In addition, a reception for MIT graduate students will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 5-7 p.m. Although only MIT students can borrow art, the exhibition is free and open to the public. For questions or more information, please contact Mark Linga. Photo by LISgirl.
September 6, 2013
On September 7-8, 2013 in W20-491, W20-Lobdell, there will be an intensive 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. Check out the 2011 IAP bootcamp demonstration video. For more information or questions, please email email@example.com. Photo by Paulo Scardine.
September 6, 2013
Come to Sidney-Pacific’s Orientation Scavenger Hunt and get the chance to explore campus on September 8, 2013 at 3pm in the SP Mark Multipurpose Room. Dinner will be provided after the Scavenger Hunt where we’ll show the solutions. To participate, please sign up; registration will be available until September 7th. Teams should have between 5 and 8 people, but incomplete teams can sign up and will be merged later. For more information, please contact sp-scavenger-hunt@
September 5, 2013
The new design of the GradRat will be revealed at a big event on Thursday September 5, 2013 from 5-7pm in Walker Memorial (Bldg 50). Chocolate, desserts, and wine will be served. There will be free giveaways of various goodies and 10 $50 discounts for the ring will be raffled off. Orders will be taken and ring sizing will occur. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Birdies100.
September 5, 2013
September 4, 2013
Ever wanted to try-a-tri? Curious about multisport events? Nervous about transitions? The IronNerd is a super-sprint triathlon hosted on campus as a low-barrier entry into training and racing triathlon. New racers and veterans are welcome. The event is open to MIT students, affiliates and friends of these communities. It will be held on September 8 from 9:30-11:30am at the MIT Z-Center. For more info and registration, please visit the site and/or contact email@example.com. Photo by Grayskullduggery.
September 4, 2013
Come meet-and-greet leaders of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and get the inside scoop for the upcoming year while enjoying some appetizers and free drinks! In addition to great company, this open house will feature manned stations, each dedicated to discussing a certain aspect of the GSC mission. GSC programs and initiatives, like graduate student orientation, rely on the dedication and involvement of graduate students. The open house will be held on Wednesday, September 4 from 6-8pm in Morss Hall (Bldg. 50). This is a great opportunity to consider how you can get involved! The event is open to spouses & partners, but is not suitable for children. Alcohol requires a 21+ photo ID (US issued ID or passport).
September 3, 2013
Come and enjoy an afternoon of soccer, frisbee, unihoc, volleyball, badminton, athletics and new friends at the Graduate Orientation Olympics on September 3 at 2pm at the Z Center, Brigg’s Field! Participants will be teamed on the spot to battle in a variety of sports. Meet new friends, win prizes, enjoy the dinner served after the games! The event is open to all MIT students, spouses & partners but is not suitable for children. For more information, please contact sp-orientation-chair@
September 3, 2013
Please join the Women’s Gender Studies Program in celebrating ALL Wonder Women on REG DAY Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Both events are free and open to the public.
WGS will host a Wonder Woman photo shoot from 11AM – 4PM in LOBBY 10 including the Wonder Woman costume is provided at the photo shoot: lasso of truth, tiaras, T-shirts and skirts for children and adults of all sizes. Free Wonder Woman swag for all participants!
MIT Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Student Activities Office present a REG DAY film screening: “WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines”at 7PM in 6-120. The film traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre. Discussion with WGS Professor A. Walsh to follow. Photo by Cory Doctorow.
August 30, 2013
Come to attend the 8th Annual Graduate Hillel Welcome Back BBQ! All MIT graduate students are welcome. Start your semester off right with kosher burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers and more as well as learn about Jewish life at MIT. The event will be held on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 7-9pm at the Kresge Oval. If it rains, the event will be moved to W11-Main Dining Room. For more information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 30, 2013
Try your hand at being a pastry chef by making brigadeiros (one of Brazil’s most popular desserts)! The event will be held on Sunday September 1 from 2-5pm at Ashdown NW-35 Hulsizer Room. Reserve your spot by signing up. For more information, please contact ashdown-cultural@mit.
August 29, 2013
Break the ice with incoming grad students before the heat of the semester on August 30 at 9pm at Ashdown House. There will free food, great DJ’s, and music! You can play interesting games and participate in ice breakers! ID verification is required for alcohol consumption. For more information please email ashdown-social@mit.
August 29, 2013
The first issue of the school year will be entitled Rewind: Reflection. Rewind: Reflection
August 28, 2013
The MIT Graduate Student Council Orientation Committee and MIT spouses&partners have organized an information fair for International newcomers – students, post-docs or spouses – who want to find opportunities to improve their English. The Learning Fair is this Wednesday, August 28, from 12-1pm in the Stratton Student Center (W20-307). Please take a look at the flyer and consider sharing it with newcomers to your department. The organizations represented at the Learning Fair (listed on the flyer) offer low-cost or free English classes and other practice opportunities. Also included are a few continuing education organizations for MIT family members who want to study while they are here in Boston. The Learning Fair is open to anyone in the MIT community. Some of the opportunities featured are only open to members of the MIT community. Photo by The New Ruffian.
August 27, 2013
Come join us for the Boston Harbor Cruise on August 28, 2013 at 7pm on The Provincetown II (dock is at 200 Seaport Blvd). Enjoy dancing, meeting the first years, and making new friends! Dress to impress. Food will be served and attendees must be 21 or older. To get tickets visit the Orientation Info Booth or the events registration site. For more information, please contact email@example.com; adu
August 27, 2013
Join us in welcoming the new economics graduate students to MIT on Wednesday August 28, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm at the Eastgate Courtyard. Socialize over burgers, hot-dogs, and cold drinks. Discuss life as an MIT graduate student and share ideas. All are welcome! For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Bev Sykes.
August 26, 2013
The MIT Transportation and Parking Committee and the GSC Transportation Subcommittee are pleased to announce a new 4-month pilot program to offer an additional Shuttle line to the MIT Community. The new line will serve Imman Square, Union Square and East Cambridge. It will run every day of the week, from 6 pm to 2:30 am on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 6 pm to 3:30 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Its continuation after December 2013 will depend critically on ridership numbers. So if you want it, use it! Exact routing can be found here. For questions or for more information, please contact the GSC Transportation Subcommittee. Photo by Patrick Gillooly.
August 23, 2013
Come out to Ashdown House (NW35) for the TEEC BBQ on August 25 from 2-6. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers will be served. You must be 21 years or older and present a government ID to attend. Sponsored by the ODGE Graduate Student Life Grants and GradRat and hosted by the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC). The Thirsty Ear is MIT’s on-campus pub, serving dinner and drinks at grad student prices. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
August 22, 2013
Join the Persian Student Association for a BBQ and game night on Saturday Aug 24 from 6-10pm at Sidney-Pacific (Multi-Purpose Room & Courtyard). Burgers, hot dogs, snacks, dips, music and more will be present at this event! The cost for MIT affiliates is five dollars. For more information, please contact persian-officers@mit.
August 22, 2013
Need any new furniture for your apartment? Ashdown and Edgerton are providing a $5 IKEA bus trip on August 24th (Saturday)! Choose your preferred departure trip (9AM, 11AM) and return trip (12PM, 1PM, 3PM, 4PM)! Higher priority will be given to new incoming students. Current residents, please sign up here. New coming students, please sign up here. Participants are asked to meet in front of Ashdown 15 minutes before departure. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org; danie
August 21, 2013
Explore the current exhibit featuring Ken Okiishi, enjoy kickass cupcakes, drinks, and listen to a live DJ on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 7pm at the List (E15 lobby)! Make your own videos and enter the VINE contest. To be served an alcoholic beverage, you must be 21+ and present your ID. For more information, please contact email@example.com. Photo by Eric Gelinas.
August 20, 2013
Hungry for more? Wet your palate at one of our dessert socials! Come join us for dessert and check out the Christian community on campus. All are welcome! Co-sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship and the GSC Funding Board. Locations: Sat 8/24 at 8-9pm – Ashdown floor kitchen; Sun 8/25 at 8-9pm – Edgerton large lounge; Mon 8/26 at 8-9pm – Tang 24th floor lounge; Thurs 8/29 at 8-9pm – Sidney Pacific seminar room; Wed 9/4 at 6pm – Arch/Planning Room 9-451. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Prayitno.
August 20, 2013
The Museum is seeking MIT graduate students to teach science, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students during the school year (Sept 2013-June 2014). Three-hour shifts will be available Monday through Friday between 9:30 and 3:30, depending on school demand. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule and should be available for “on call” work 1-2 days a week, with two weeks advance notice. Anticipated commitment is 6-12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours. Compensation of $12/hour and training will be provided. Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in late August with hiring to occur in late September. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Biswarup Ganguly.
August 19, 2013
Join the graduate students of MechE, EAPS and Chemistry departments for food and drinks after work on Monday August 19 at 5:30pm at The Muddy Charles Pub! For more information contact email@example.com. Photos by Mark Jones Jr., Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Wikimedia Commons (Chemistry) and Wikimedia Commons (Earth Planetary Sciences).
August 19, 2013
The Second Round Applications for the GSC Institute Committee Representatives is now open. The deadline to apply is August 20, 2013. Serving on an Institute Committee enables you to impact important short and long term policy decisions made by MIT in a significant way. Institute Committees form a vital link between the administration, the GSC and the community as a whole. As an Institute rep, you’ll get to see how MIT works behind-the-scenes. A list of available positions and application form are here. For more information please email gsc-nominations@mit.
August 16, 2013
Chinese Valentine’s Day is one most important Chinese traditional festivals, which is a memorial to a romantic love story about Niu Lang and Zhi Nv. Researchers and students are invited to spend a romantic and nice evening with friends at Edgerton Lounge on August 16, 2013 from 6-9pm. A romantic movie (In English or at least with English subtitles) will be shown after dinner. Chinese food and drinks will be provided. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Theresa Slayter.
August 16, 2013
The MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) is in the process of recruiting graduate students to volunteer as mentors to incoming international graduate students. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, sign-up today! The deadline to sign-up as a mentor is Friday, August 16. The goal is to provide first year international graduate students an opportunity for cultural exchange, to learn more about Cambridge and Boston and the overall culture of MIT. You are supposed to answer questions about the area and provide your mentee with an opportunity to improve their language skills if needed. Should you decide to participate in the program, you have to be in e-mail contact with your mentee in late August. Read more
August 15, 2013
MIT students will be admitted for free by showing ID at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Third Thursdays and for the August 15 Garden Party. “Third Thursdays” will be from 5:30pm – 9 pm. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the Museum after hours and enjoy a sparkling night of music, conversation, art-making, and more. Get creative, make connections, linger over drinks. Enjoy moonlit gardens, enchanting landscapes, and colorful conversations, as of August, Jazz at the Garnder, concerts are included in the price of admission to Third Thursdays. For non-members, tickets are for sale at a price range of five to fifteen dollars. Museum members are also granted free admission. For information on how to become a member visit the membership page of the museum website. Photo by KevinDerrick.
August 15, 2013
August 14, 2013
Ampersand is an eclectic new concert series organized by WMBR and the List Visual Arts Center to feature diverse facets of contemporary music-making bringing innovative musical expressions and visual art together. It will be held on August 15, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Bartos Theatre. It is open to the general public, tickets cost $3 for those with an MIT ID and $5 for the general population. This concert presents artist/composer Julia Kent, an electroacoustic cellist based in NYC. In recent recordings Kent uses looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and natural world, the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations. Read more
August 14, 2013
Everybody can social dance – even with two left feet. NO experience necessary, NO partner necessary! Comfortable clothing and shoes recommended; tennis shoes are fine. Just come out and have some fun rumba dancing! It will take place on Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 8-9pm in the Sidney-Pacific Mark Multipurpose Room. Please sign up if interested! For questions or more information, please email: sp-social-chair@mit.
August 13, 2013
Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Mehran Khaghani (voted Boston’s best comedian by the Boston Phoenix). The event is hosted by Wes Hazard featuring Shawn Armistead, Marc Basch, Chris Pennie, John Paul Rivera, Philip Wolfe. Doors open at 8pm August 13 and the show starts at 8:30 at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35). Snacks and soda provided. Presented by the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC). Sponsored by GSC Funding Board, Peter de Florez ’38 Humor Fund. Attendees must be 21 and/or older and must present a government photo ID only. Please have ID ready to show at door. The Thirsty Ear is MIT’s on-campus pub, serving dinner and drinks at grad student prices. For more information, please contact email@example.com. Photo by Thirsty Ear Pub.
August 12, 2013
Build community through textile art at the MIT Museum on Friday September 13 from 5-8pm. Contribute to a collaborative artwork with your lab, living group, family, and/or friends. MIT students, staff, and faculty are admitted for free. More information is provided at MIT MUSEUM’s website. For more information or questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Steven Langton.
August 9, 2013
SANGAM celebrates 67th Indian Independence Day starting with Flag Hoisting at 11:45 a.m. onwards on Sunday August 11 in the Mezz Lounge (W20-307), MIT Student Center. Indian lunch will be served along with delicious ice-cream! Performances and Fun Activities to follow including a cricket match at 2 p.m. at Barry’s Field. Tickets are required; please buy your FREE ticket. For more information, please contact email@example.com. Photo by Flickr/chascarper.
August 9, 2013
The MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players are holding two participatory music events. Both events are free, open to everyone, and will have homemade snacks! RSVPs are helpful (email firstname.lastname@example.org), but not required.
On Saturday August 3rd from 4-6pm in the Student Center room 407, join the chorus for the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ for an open sing-through of the Mikado! Full of colorful music and characters, unexpected plot twists, and death-defying leaps of logic, the Mikado has been one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operettas since its first appearance in 1885. Whether you’re a lifelong Gilbert and Sullivan fan or this is the first time you’ve heard of them, the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan players welcome you to a fun, friendly community drawn together by Gilbert’s witty lyrics and Sullivan’s catchy tunes.
Calling all orchestral musicians for an afternoon of Orchestral Gilbert & Sullivan Sight-Reading led by Barratt Park (conductor) on Saturday August 10 from 4-6pm in the Mezz Lounge (Student Center 3rd floor). Repertoire will include orchestral overtures from Arthur Sullivan’s beloved comic operettas as well as various other operatic greatest hits. If you’ve never heard of Gilbert & Sullivan, then this is the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with their music as well as meet other G&S aficionados! No audition necessary.
August 8, 2013
Does research get you down? Do you miss the buzz on campus during the summer? Come and have fun on a midsummer night with your fellow graduate students. A barbecue will take place on Saturday August 10 at 6pm at the Edgerton House Courtyard. For more information, please contact: email@example.com. Photo by Frettie.
August 8, 2013
Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment driven by your own imagination on Friday August 9th from 5-8pm at the MIT Museum (265 Mass. Ave, Cambridge – building N51). Transform everyday objects into extraordinary instruments with MIT inventions. Experiment with Drawdio and MaKey Makey to create music with bananas and potatoes, paint and paper, or even stairs! Meet MIT Professor and founder of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, Mitch Resnick, and MaKey MaKey co-inventor Eric Rosenbaum. Experience the wonder of a singing Tesla coil. Explore electrical conductance and capacitance and push the boundaries of how music is made! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Carlo Alberto Cazzuffi.
August 7, 2013
Celebrate Singapore’s National Day on the 9th of August with Singaporeans at MIT from 6:30-10:30pm in NW30 (The Warehouse, Colbert Room)! Share the festivities with friends, and enjoy local delights and board games. Organized by MIT Singapore Students Society; for more information, please contact email@example.com. Photo by chensiyuan.