Category Archives: Student life

February 11, 2016


Enter the Crossing the Charles Competition by Feb. 15

The year 2016 marks one century of MIT’s campus in Cambridge. This spring, we will commemorate the Institute’s historic move across the Charles River with academic and celebratory programming as we Celebrate a Century in Cambridge. As we honor this milestone and explore the possibilities and implications of the century ahead, it’s time to engage in some spirited competition. We invite and challenge you to participate—in true MIT style!—in an innovative procession over land and water to celebrate the Institute’s historic relocation in 1916.

Kicking off the Moving Day celebrations on May 7, 2016, the Crossing the Charles Competition revives the spirit of the 1916 ceremonial flotilla in which the Bucentaur barge transported the Institute charter across the river to MIT’s new home in Cambridge. All MIT faculty, students, staff, and alumni are invited to form or join teams to create entries that demonstrate movement: physically, artistically, and creatively! Complete competition details may be found on the Moving Day page of the Celebrating a Century in Cambridge website. The deadline to register your team is Monday, February 15. Those who wish to participate in the crossing but prefer not to compete are encouraged to join the parade over the bridge. We are one MIT – and we hope our community will join the festivities! We look forward to Crossing the Charles with you on May 7.

February 9, 2016


New website Discussion encourages talk about the Institute

MIT | Discussion is a new website, based on Reddit, for “talking about the Institute”. It is an MIT-only forum where undergrads, grads, admin, and staff can talk about campus issues. Popular threads will be referred to relevant officers, faculty, and admin and encourage them to join, to make discussions more community-wide and impactful. Topics include campus life, academics, and mental health. TAs can get more candid feedback on classes and instruction. Sign up for weekly or daily digests now!

February 8, 2016


MLK Celebration Luncheon, Feb. 10

The MIT community is invited to the 2016 Martin Luther King Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, February 10 from 11 am – 1 pm, at Walker Memorial (MIT Bldg. 50).
Seating is limited for the Program & Luncheon. Please register for the Program and Luncheon.

This year we have planned a silent march preceding the luncheon program to begin at 10:00 am in Lobby 7. There is no registration needed to attend the march.

The MIT community gathers every February at a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and in the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues. The 2016 speaker will be Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.

February 5, 2016

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Images of Discovery at MIT Museum

Images of Discovery is an Ongoing exhibition at the MIT Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to make images using reproductions of custom designed equipment created by three distinguished image-makers while working at MIT. Learn more about Harold “Doc” Edgerton, Berenice Abbott and Felice Frankel in this unique exhibition. Images of Discovery presents an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience photography as a tool for communicating about—and inspiring a passion for—science and technology. Photograph- Ferrofluid by Felice Frankel

February 4, 2016


Submit to the MIT Sustainability Idea Bank by Feb. 15

Help make MIT a global leader in Sustainability! How can MIT leverage the campus to demonstrate innovative solutions on building design, energy systems, and transportation? Submit your ideas by February 15, 2016 to help build a stronger, more sustainable MIT.

February 3, 2016

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 Furry First Fridays, Starting Feb. 5

Take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. Our popular therapy dog program returns in February. Stop by Hayden Library on the first Friday of each month this term to spend some time with one of our furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Open to the MIT community. The event will be held at the Hayden Library, 14S, from 2pm to 4pm on the following days:

Friday, February 5
Friday, March 4
Friday, April 1

February 2, 2016


Volunteer for MIT ESL Program

The MIT English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor employees for 1 hr/wk or to serve as substitutes as needed for the Spring semester that runs from Feb. 8 – May 13, 2016. Tutoring takes place Tuesday and Thursday nights, 11pm – Midnight. 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 employees’ confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement. This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. For information please contact Photo from NEC Corporation of America.

February 1, 2016


Girls Day @ the MIT Museum, Mar. 5

The MIT Museum would like to showcase the work of women scientists and engineers during Girls Day. The theme for this event is Formed to Function and will focus on Mechanical Engineering and design for function. If you have a project/prototype/machine that you would like to showcase? If you have developed an activity around engineering design? Everyone is more than welcome to participate as a general volunteer, hands-on activity facilitator, and/or showcase their works! For more information or to participate please email Faith Dukes. You can also check out previous Girls Day events. The event will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.


January 29, 2016


Welcome Back Dinner, Feb. 1

Take a break before the semester begins. Christians on Campus is organizing a Welcome Back Dinner. Join for Fellowship, singing, and the Word. Followed by dinner and dessert in the Bush Room (10-105), on Monday, February 1, from 6:30 – 9:30pm. Photo from Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

January 28, 2016


Explore identity: Register for MC^2 by Feb. 1

Have you ever wondered what it would take to help MIT grow in areas of multiculturalism, diversity, or social justice? Are you curious about aspects of identity and what role they play in people’s experiences on campus? Would you like to learn and develop more diversity-related skills and cross-cultural competencies? Do you wish you had more of a voice around issues of Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute? If you answered yes or are curious about these questions, then we invite you to attend this year’s Multicultural Conference (MC^2).

At the conference, we will facilitate an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. The conference offers a provocative day of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond. Join us for a day and a half of breaking the ice, bonding, and reflection at the Endicott House as we discuss diversity, inclusion, and community development at MIT. MC^2  is FREE for all MIT students. Spaces are limited! Registration is due by February 1, 2016.

January 27, 2016

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Join the challenge: Register for getfit@mit by Jan. 28!

Registration is now open for getfit@mit 2016, MIT Medical’s annual fitness challenge. Get your team of five to eight members registered before the end of the day on January 28! Connect with others in the find-a-team forum, if you are looking for teammates. Find more details regarding events, more about the official rules, or read frequently asked questions. Contact with questions. Photograph-

January 25, 2016


LinkedIn Lab, Jan. 25

Bring your laptop to explore the many ways LinkedIn can help you in your career exploration and job or internship search. We will begin with an overview of LinkedIn and some of the key areas of a complete LinkedIn profile. We will also cover some ways LinkedIn can be used as job search tool. This will be followed by individual work on your profile, with Career Services staff available to answer your questions. Advanced registration required via CareerBridge. The event will be held in 4-159, on Monday, January 25, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. 

January 22, 2016

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Lunchtime focus group for graduate students on academic and research advisorship, Jan 25-29

Two lunchtime focus groups (for graduate students only!) are being held the last week of January: (1) on academic and research advisorship, (2) on sub-term (modular subjects). You are invited to attend! Up to 2 spots per department per focus group are open, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participate in a one-hour discussion on graduate affairs with fellow graduate students, and get free lunch!

(1) The MIT Committee on Graduate Programs (CGP) would like get your feedback on how academic and research advising roles are split within your department. Your feedback has the potential to influence future institute policies regarding this issue. If you are willing to share your thoughts and experience with us, please respond with your availability. Some questions we would like to know answers to: (a) who tracks students’ progress on graduate milestones in your department? (b) who tracks students’ academic progress in your department? (c) whose role in your department is it to resolve potential advising issues? (d) what would you like to see done differently? A discussion about what works, what doesn’t, and what should change, will ensue.

(2) The MIT Faculty Policy Committee (FPC) would like to get your feedback on sub-term (modular) subjects. Have you taken or TA-ed a course that took place over half a semester? We would like your input on topics including workload, TA duties, student feedback, course organization and coordination of sub-term subjects with other courses. Your feedback has the potential to influence future institute policies regarding part-term subjects. If you are willing to share your thoughts and experience with us, please respond with your availability. Photograph from Michael Coghlan.

January 22, 2016


GCF Cookoff, Jan. 23

Graduate Christian Fellowship small group bible studies will engage in a friendly cook-off competition – email if you want to help cook! We are inviting everyone in the graduate community to join us  in the Sidney Pacific Seminar Room on Saturday, January 23, 6:30pm-8pm, to enjoy our cooking and help choose the winner. Plan on sticking around and playing board games with us. Co-sponsored by MIT-GCF and GSC Funding Board. Photograph Scott Shawcroft

January 20, 2016

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Slow Looking Art Workshop, Jan. 21

Join the List’s monthly study break on Thursday, January 21, 6 to 7 PM to look closely at Sol LeWitt’s monumental installation Bars of Color within Squares (MIT), and enjoy a guided sketching activity. Visit the List Visual Arts Center signup page to RSVP.

January 19, 2016


Branding Yourself – Effective Communication Skills, Jan. 20

Communication goes beyond verbal skills which are important to the success of any job seeker. To brand yourself as a professional, you must deliver a consistent message in a Written, Verbal, and Virtual manner. As students and postdocs begin to look for positions in engineering and science, both in academia and industry, they must be aware of how their nonverbal communication skills impact their possibility of finding employment opportunities. Learning how to maximize the use of one’s verbal and nonverbal communication skills is a powerful tool to help one achieve professional success, and a critical component for the future. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 20, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, at 4-231. Photograph from Tendenci Software.

January 19, 2016


Be a Graduate Resident Tutor, apply by Jan. 31

Residential Life is seeking enthusiastic graduate/doctoral students to become part of our GRT (Graduate Resident Tutor) Team! If you are interested in mentorship, working closely with MIT faculty, Residential Life staff and students, please join us for one of info sessions. Application is open through January 31, 2016.

January 19, 2016


MIT Women’s Chorale, First Rehearsal, Jan. 20

MIT Women’s Chorale welcomes women from throughout the MIT community as they prepare for their April 30th concert. They will be singing choral music of Jules Massenet, including scenes from his opera, Cendrillon, and compositions of Gabriel Faurè and Lili Boulanger. These will be contrasted with some contemporary American pieces in non-mainstream popular idioms. First rehearsal is on January 20, at 7:15 pm in room 10-340. New members may join through the February 3rd rehearsal. No audition is required, although new members are encouraged to come at 7 pm on their first night so that they may be placed into the appropriate vocal part. Prospective members are urged to contact the chorale if interested or refer to their website for further information.

January 18, 2016


The Quest for Real Meritocracy, Jan. 27-29

Sign up for a 3-credit IAP class that will explore how addressing implicit bias can improve equal opportunities and boost performance. Breaking the Mold co-founder Elena Mendez-Escobar, now at McKinsey and Company, will unpack recent research linking diversity to performance. Students will dissect successful interventions that business and organizations have put in place to manage the effects of unconscious bias. This class will be highly interactive and include guest speakers from McKinsey, simulations, and small-group experiential activities. January 27 and 28, 9 am to 5 pm; January 29, 9 am – 12 pm at E62-223.

January 18, 2016


Call for Bands: Battle of the Bands Signup

Currently part of a band or ensemble? Interested in showcasing your musical talent? Play at Battle of the Bands! The event will take place early spring semester. Bands should have at least one MIT graduate student member. The winning band will be offered a performance opportunity (with compensation) at the annual Acoustic BBQ in May! Sign up now if you’re interested in performing!

January 14, 2016


Make your own hummus, Jan. 14

Make your own hummus and zhug (yemenite hot sauce) with take away results at this hands-on workshop. Hosted by Grad Hillel. January 14, 2016, 7-9pm at W11 Main Dining Room.

January 8, 2016


Introduction to Meditation, Jan. 8

Take advantage of IAP to improve your wellness! In this SMASH IAP Wellness Series session, learn to use breathing exercises and meditation as tools to improve focus, energy, interpersonal relationships and stress management. Dinner and snacks will be provided! January 8, 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Coffeehouse Lounge (W20 Student Center, 3rd floor).

January 7, 2016


Register to Vote for Primary and Presidential Elections, Jan. 8

Register to vote in Massachusetts for upcoming Primary and Presidential Elections. Learn how to register to vote out of state and how to cast absentee ballots. Event sponsored by GSC Legislative Action Subcommittee. January 8, noon to 1 pm, Student Center (W20, first floor)

January 5, 2016


Get a fresh start with workout & meal goals this IAP

Join MIT Recreation in welcoming the new year with New Year, Fresh Start! This wellness program is designed to help you set goals, plan ahead and achieve success January 4 – 31. Sign-up and download your workout and meal plans.

January 5, 2016


Submit Your Questions to Dear Kate

The Dear Kate post for December 2015 is up! This month, we look at the question of disclosing LGBTQ-related activities at work. We hear advice form the mentors of GWAMIT (Graduate Women at MIT) about how to deal with this specific issue, as well as advice on how to approach including controversial items on one’s resume more generally.

Do you have a question to submit to Dear Kate? Submit anonymously to the Dear Kate column, and our mentors will pen replies to be posted on the blog.

January 4, 2016

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IAP Shadow Magicians

Address common obstacles to success this IAP including anxiety, loneliness, stress, procrastination, overcommitment, and relationship challenges with Shadow Magicians. Explore the impact of emotions and early life dynamics on present-day beliefs and behaviors. Learn powerful concepts and exercises for improving self awareness, personal growth, and interpersonal / group dynamics. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:30pm in 26-168. Questions? Contact

December 30, 2015


Sign up for January 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. Last week to sign up!

Featured offerings:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Qigong
  • Wu Shu Basics (new!)
  • Koru Mindfulness (new!)
  • iDiet (web based weight loss program)

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

December 29, 2015


Kickstart your spiritual journey with MIT Seek

New to faith or looking for a fresh start with faith? Seek is a dinner discussion series exploring faith in Jesus and connection with God. Join in Mondays and Wednesdays of IAP at 7:00pm, in W20-303 (Student Center PDR #3). Seek is designed to be a non-preachy, non-dogmatic and zero-pressure environment that includes an emphasis on the practical aspects of faith, ample opportunities to ask questions, and informal discussions with a consistent group of similarly curious people. Contact: with questions.

December 28, 2015


Managing Impostor Syndrome and Perfectionism in Your Career, Jan. 8

Join us for a workshop on managing impostor syndrome and perfectionism during your career with Steven Steinke, LICSW and staff clinician: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Tufts University – M&V Building Rm. 412 (136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA). Registration is free, but required. Enter “tuftspda” at the prompt.

December 18, 2015


Winter Solstice Gathering, Dec. 19

Make Tangyuan for yourself or have already-made Tangyuan with us on Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm. Meet up with members of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Student Associan (ROCSA) in the lobby of Sidney Pacific. Please have dinner before the event. It is free for everyone, but please RSVP so that we can have estimation about the amount of Tangyuan we need. Contact with any questions.

December 17, 2015

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Take an art class this IAP

Registration is now open for IAP classes at the Student Art Association! Reserve your spot in one (or more) of our traditional arts classes in ceramics, photography, painting and more. Please familiarize yourself with the IAP studio policies and register here. Feel free to email Stacy Pyron DeBartolo with questions or to confirm your registration.

December 15, 2015


Winter Break Airport Shuttle, Dec. 17-20

The Parking and Transportation Office will once again provide shuttle service to Logan Airport for the Winter Break. Shuttles will be available from Thursday, December 17 through Sunday, December 20 at the scheduled times.  Advance reservations are required; please visit the Parking and Transportation Office reservation page for shuttle times and to reserve a seat.  The shuttle fee is $10.00. Shuttles will depart from the Kresge parking lot at the scheduled times and will not wait for late arriving passengers. Normal trip time from MIT to Logan Airport is about a half-hour, but please allow up to one hour for this trip. Traffic construction and Airport Security delays should be expected. Have a great Winter Break!

December 10, 2015


Barn Babies and Chocolate Fondue, Dec. 11

Happy that classes are done? Need a break from studying? This Friday, December 11, from 2-3:30 pm, join the MIT Transportation Club in 1-050 to cuddle with baby animals and melt your stress away. Because playing with baby animals won’t help you get an ‘A’ in zoology, but it will make you #1 in a bunny’s heart. And if that isn’t enough, there will also be chocolate fondue. This event is sponsored by the GSC Funding Board.

December 10, 2015


Mathematics of Society, Art, Industry, and Culture (MoSAIC), Dec. 11-12

MoSAIC is a national festival of mathematical artwork and the connections between math and society. The program includes:

  • A gallery of work by nationally acclaimed artists.
  • Workshops on creating mathematically inspired art.
  • Lectures and panels by speakers such as George Hart, co-founder of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City.

All events are FREE and open to the public. This event will take place on December 11-12 at MIT Museum on 265 Massachusetts Avenue. Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Bridges Organization.  Hosted by the MIT Museum and Communicating Science @ MIT.

December 4, 2015

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P2NK Wild Winter Bike Fest, Dec. 6

As the days become shorter, don’t forget those bike lights (it’s the law!). Stop by the P2NK Wild Winter Bike Fest on Sunday, December 6, from 2-5 pm in the MIT Z-Center (Johnson Lobby)  for $15 bike lights, $20 helmets, $40 high-vis shirts, and PN2K membership (tax-deductible). Bring your bikes for free minor bike repairs, pressure-washing, registration, bike trivia (for a chance to win prizes), free food, music, and to learn more about joining PN2K.  Photo by Colville-Andersen

December 2, 2015

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Nominate a caring professor for ‘Committed to Caring’ by Dec. 14!

Do you know a faculty member who goes above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of grad students?  Perhaps they check in with you about your well-being, share their own struggles, or are generous with time? Nominate them for being “Committed to Caring!”  To nominate a faculty member, please fill out a short online nomination form.  Honorees are featured in a poster campaign across campus and the ODGE web site.  The deadline for nominations has been EXTENDED to Monday, December 14, at 11:59 pm.

November 30, 2015


Becoming an iREF, Dec. 1

Do you want to help your fellow graduate students ease their life at MIT? Join the REFS program and learn conflict management skills. REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) is an umbrella term for peer support programs at the Institute. REFS provide low barrier, informal, confidential services to their peers in conflict management, and no previous experience is required. During a 40-hour Conflict management training you will learn how to support your fellows and mediate during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. You can find more information at the application form, and you can also contact The deadline for the application is December 1st.

November 30, 2015


MIT Giving Tree, pick up by Dec. 4th

Share the joys of winter — give a gift to a child in need! Whether you’re a student, alumni, faculty, staff, or friend, you can provide gifts to children and families in need throughout Cambridge and Boston. MIT Giving Tree works with local agencies to collect gift requests for hundreds of children. To contribute, you can start a drive in your dorm or department, purchase a gift with friends, or bring a gift as an individual. For questions, email Pick up gift tags between November 23rd and December 4th, and drop-off gift tags between November 3rd and December 11th. 

November 24, 2015

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Personal Budgeting, noon workshop Dec. 1

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

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

November 24, 2015


Alumni Add “Heart” to MindHandHeart

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

November 23, 2015

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Grad students honor faculty through Committed to Caring Awards

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

November 19, 2015

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POWER Pizza and Movie Night, Nov. 20

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

November 19, 2015

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Organize for cycling, Nov. 20

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


November 18, 2015


Silent Walk Against Terrorism, Nov. 18

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

November 18, 2015


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

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

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

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

November 17, 2015


The Costco Shuttle is back, starting Nov. 18

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

November 16, 2015


Conflict Management Workshop, Nov. 17

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

November 16, 2015


Canadians Club Poutine Night, Nov. 17

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

November 13, 2015

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Warehouse Coffee House Performance, Nov. 15

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

November 10, 2015

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Wellness Fair, Nov. 13

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

November 6, 2015

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PN2K Bike Trivia Event, Nov. 8

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

November 5, 2015

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

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

November 5, 2015

MIT Sangam Annual Diwali Celebration

Diwali Night, Nov. 8 at MIT Kresge Auditorium

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

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


November 4, 2015

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Midterm Social with the Ventureships Club, Nov. 4

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

November 3, 2015

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Cynthia Barnhart on progress to prevent sexual assault at MIT

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

November 3, 2015


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

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

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

October 30, 2015

mit convoy boston halloween bike ride

MIT Convoy to Halloween Boston Bike Ride, Oct. 31

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

October 28, 2015

macbeth ensemble

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

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

Performance Dates:

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

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

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



October 27, 2015

Paula Hammond faculty talks chemical engineering

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

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

October 27, 2015

joan jonas lynne cooke discussion list

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

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


October 27, 2015

no mas bebes film screening

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

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

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

October 26, 2015

student committee openings

Rolling Applications for Institute Committees: deadline Oct. 31

Serving on an Institute Committee as a graduate student provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to significantly impact decisions made by the Institute. You will become a voting member of a committee alongside other students, faculty, staff and administrators. Issues range from student life, education and curriculum, policy, health and community, and matters of the corporation. This is also an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional development that goes beyond your lab, department, and school. Whether you are considering an academic, professional or industrial career, the experience gained by serving on an Institute Committee will prepare you with a unique skill set and a network of diverse collaborators to take on broad challenges.

The following committees have openings this month:


Visit this page for more information on the committees.

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

October 22, 2015

ask for help mit

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

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

October 22, 2015

Community Service

Community service work-study jobs

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

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

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

October 22, 2015

Eastgate and Westgate Childcare Providers

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2015

meet the mit emts

Meet the EMTs, Oct. 22

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

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

October 20, 2015

improv comedy public speaking

Improv comedy workshop to improve presentation skills, Oct. 22

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

October 19, 2015

mit canadians research symposium

MIT Canadian Research Symposium , Oct. 20

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

October 15, 2015

red flag domestic violence awareness month

Red flags for domestic violence prevention, during October

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

October 14, 2015

wooden sulpture of an ear

LIST piano performance, Oct. 16

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