Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Why do we love our grad students?  No only are they some of the most talented and accomplished people we know, but they contribute to our community in so many ways, from student government to cultural organizations and as service volunteers. What’s not to love?

To honor our amazing grad students, MIT is very pleased to celebrate Graduate and Professional Students Appreciation Week during April 11 – 15, 2016. This year’s events include:

All week
Fortune cookies. We have collected bits of inspirational wisdom from MIT’s own Graduate Women of Excellence!  Some of this wisdom has found a home in some very special fortune cookies, which will be available at all events this week, as well as in the ODGE and in departmental headquarters.

Monday, April 11
Planting Seeds with the Chancellor,
 5:15pm-6:15pm in Lobby 10. Join Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and 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.

Tuesday, April 12
Faculty on Resilience: Prof. John Belcher, 2-3pm in 32-155. Behind every successful professional lurks untold stories. Come 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.

Wednesday, April 13
Coffee Hour
, 9:30-10:30am in 3-138. Stop in to ODGE headquarters at 3-138 for coffee and light refreshments.

Growth Mindset with Dr. Lourdes Aleman, 2-3pm in W20 PDR 1 & 2. Learn about why your views on intelligence and talent matter for academic success with this talk about evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, and motivation.

Thursday, April 14
Faculty on Resilience: Prof. Cathy Drennan
, 2-3pm in 32-155. Behind every successful professional lurks untold stories. Come hear from Professor Drennan about the parts of her career path that don’t make it on to her biographical sketch! From 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. Hear the “missing” details. Warning: Content may contain learning disabilities, stereotype threat, and hogs.

Graditude: a Cocktail Soiree6:30pm-8:30pm at the MIT Museum. Mingle with fellow grad students over cocktails and hors d’ourvres. RSVP required; look for your personal invitation in your e-mail to RSVP!

Friday, April 15
Coffee Hour
, 10:30-11:30am in 35-338. Stop in to ODGE’s secondary office in 35-338 for coffee and light refreshments.

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