Model programs

Science Policy Bootcamp

Original proposal submitted in October 2006
Website: http://web.mit.edu/spi/activities/index.shtml#bootcamp

An intensive five-day seminar takes place during IAP to introduce graduate students in science and engineering to the “nuts and bolts” of science policy. This grant was well-run in is first year, and earned long term grant status. It is one of several successful grants that are marked by an intensive structure, substantial content, and a focus on a smaller group of people.

Community

Students emerge with a sharper understanding of science policy and a cohort of peers at MIT. Through the intensive structure of the event, lasting connections are formed between individuals.

Feasibility

Projects like these enjoy a well-developed program of events, a strong moderator/lecturer, and a team of organizers. There should be a way for individuals to keep in touch an continue the conversation.

Impact

The goal is to get people with this common interest together to learn and promote thoughtful discussion, and create long-lasting relationships. The success of the program is determined by participant numbers and other “vital stats,” as well as the degree to which participants interact and keep in touch.

MIT LCE Initiative

Original proposal submitted in October 2016
Website: http://lce.scripts.mit.edu/about.php

Various social events aimed at growing and bringing together members of the MIT Language Conversation Exchange for conversation, cultural exchange and friendship.

Monthly Community Lunch

Original proposal October 2013
Website: http://bgsa.scripts.mit.edu/wp/

Monthly lunches organized by the Black Graduate Students Association to promote professional development and networking with fellow students and recent alumni.