Category Archives: Student life

May 17, 2016


Bicycle Awareness Day‏, May 18th

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

May 13, 2016


Ice cream social, May 15th

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

May 13, 2016


Animal Adventures Show, May 14th

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

May 10, 2016


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

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

May 9, 2016


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

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

April 11, 2016


Growth Mindset at MIT, Apr. 13

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

April 8, 2016


Faculty on Resilience: Cathy Drennan‏, Apr. 14

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

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

April 8, 2016

GRaduate Student Appreciation Week

Planting Seeds with the Chancellor, Apr. 11

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

April 6, 2016


Faculty on Resilience: John Belcher‏, Apr. 12

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

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

March 28, 2016


Why Are Relationships So Hard? Mar. 29

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

March 28, 2016


‘Graditude’ Soiree, Apr. 14

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

March 25, 2016


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

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

March 21, 2016


Do you have a story?‏ Share it!

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

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March 14, 2016


Invitation to Future of Libraries Open Forum, Mar. 15‏

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

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

March 14, 2016


Tuesdays in the Chapel

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

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

Spring 2016 Schedule:

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

March 10, 2016


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

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

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

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

March 9, 2016


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

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

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

March 8, 2016


Yoo on optimizing your B-school experience

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

March 8, 2016

Geeks and Greeks

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

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

March 7, 2016


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

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

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

March 3, 2016


One-day Dissertation Boot Camp, Mar. 5th

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

February 29, 2016

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Grad Gala ticket sales open today

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

February 24, 2016


Graduate Student Resource Fair, Feb. 25th

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


February 24, 2016

work life

Announcing spring Work-Life seminar series‏

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

February 23, 2016


From Airbnb to Uber: An MIT Sloan Tour of Bay Area Tech

“I’ve always been curious about the West Coast, especially San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Growing up in India and then working in the oil & gas industry in Latin America and Texas, I didn’t have much opportunity (or reason) to visit the Bay Area.

“Now that I’m an MBA student at MIT Sloan, I want to explore the tech sector as a possible career path. So when I heard about the annual “Tech Trek” to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, I jumped at the chance. Not only could I finally check out the West Coast, I also could check out tech companies – including several that don’t recruit on the MIT campus – and see if they might be a good fit for me.” Continue reading Nilanjana Bhattacharyya‘s post on XconomyPhoto from Xconomy.

February 19, 2016


CityDays: One-day volunteer opportunity, Feb. 20

February 20 is a one-day volunteer opportunity for all members of the MIT community who would like to give back and learn about the community. Whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member, you can sign up with your friends or as an individual volunteer. We will secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants. To volunteer, sign up by Saturday, February 10. Email with any questions. Photo from The Opportunity Agenda

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

furry first fridays

 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.