Professional & personal development

This section describes the variety of resources available to graduate students for advice and counsel—whether for individual concerns, career planning, support for student groups on campus, or informal discussions about the day-to-day life of a graduate student—with folks “in the know.” Looking for even more resources? See the Professional development page on the MIT Student Resources site.

Upcoming events

To hear directly about upcoming events, sign up for the Global Education and Career Development (GECD) Graduate Career News list and the Graduate Student Council Professional Development e-mail list.

Hi-Story Story Sharing and Discussion “business and knowledge”

Date: Register by August 6th;event on Saturday, August 9th, from 11am to 1:30pm

Location: 1-246

Three entrepreneurs, including Chinese famous entrepreneur Yue Yuan, will be here at MIT to share their stories and discuss their experience with “business and knowledge.” Attendees will be allowed to ask the speakers questions and join in their discussions. The first 20 people to register will be guaranteed to attend. Email if you have any questions concerning the event.

Yesplus: Stress Management & Happiness Workshop

Date: August 7th-11th, 6pm-10pm (weekdays) and 10am-6pm (weekends)

Location: MIT rooms (TBA)

Join the Art of Living Foundation to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving your full potential. Trained faculty from the international non-profit will be teaching classes on de-stressing and powerful breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games. Tuition is $250 and you must register online. Contact with any questions.

Global Young Scientists Summit@One-North

Date: Application due August 25th by 5pm

Location: One-north, Singapore – January 18-23, 2015

MIT will nominate a total of five participants made up of 3 PhD students and 2 postdocs to attend the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore International Summit: “Global Young Scientists Summit @ One-North: An International Meeting of Bright Young Researchers, Nobel Laureates and Eminent Scientific Leaders” on January 18-23, 2015 in Singapore. The nomination process is being coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Research (for postdocs) and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (for graduate students). NRF will cover all local expenses only; participants or their research advisers are responsible for airfare. ODGE will provide one coach class round trip airline ticket for the top graduate student applicant.


  • Full time PhD student at MIT, under age 35
  • Fields: Multi-disciplinary (Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Medicine, Mathematics, Computer Science, Technology/Engineering); focus is on use-inspired research to address major global challenges
  • Demonstration of passion and interest in research
  • Strong organizational support, preferably recommendation letter from academic advisor or supervisor
  • Possession of good English skills for active discussion and engagement with peers and speakers, demonstrated strong academic achievement in area of research, assessed within the top 5-10 percent of cohort

Application Procedure:

Interested students are to send the following materials as a single PDF file to Scott Tirrell, by 5:00 PM on Monday, August 25, 2014.

  • Cover letter as to why this opportunity would benefit their doctoral education
  • CV
  • Half page research summary
  • Letter of recommendation and support from faculty advisor (please indicate source of funding for airfare)
  • Unofficial transcript

MIT will provide our 5 nominations to the NRF by August 31, 2014. Selected participants will be informed by the NRF to complete an online application for their own internal competition. Nomination by MIT does not guarantee selection by the NRF.

Three-tiered Conflict Management Training by Conflict Resolution@MIT

Date: Register by August 27th

Location: Student Center; room TBA

Want more ease in your interactions with other people or more confidence in dealing with labmates, roommates, or authority figures? Would you like to learn why others behave the way they do (or even why *you* behave the way you do)? Due to overwhelming demand, the Three-Tier Conflict Management Training by Conflict Resolution@MIT is being piloted over the course of the fall semester this year! With skills modules in negotiation, reflective listening, dealing with emotions in difficult conversations, behavior change, and inter-cultural communication – among others – you’ll come away with plenty of tools to help you manage the challenges in your life and work.

The training is tiered at 16-hour, 32-hour, and 40-hour levels, and will take place over the course of the fall semester. The dates, times, and tier descriptions are as follows.

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours total)

5 Fridays, from 9:00am to 12:15pm each day

September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd and 10th

Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement in conflict. The sessions provide tools and practice for engaging in conflict more efficiently and effectively. Topics include negotiation, active listening, giving and receiving feedback, cultural creation and frameworks, and personal conflict style. Sessions will be held on 5 consecutive Fridays, from 9:00am to 12:15pm beginning Friday, September 12th, through Friday, October 10th in the Student Center (except 9/19). Light continental breakfast and snacks will be provided daily.

Tier 2: Conflict Management for Leadership (32 hours total)

10 Fridays, from 9:00am to 12:15pm each day

September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th and 14th

Conflict Management for Leadership, the second tier in the Conflict Management training, requires the successful completion of the entirety of Tier 1, and is an additional 16 hours of in-class time. Topics include conflict coaching, de-escalation, mindfulness in conflict, and boundary-setting when supporting others.  Sessions will be held on 10 consecutive Fridays, from 9:00am to 12:15pm beginning Friday, September 12th, through Friday, November 14th in the Student Center (except 9/19). Light continental breakfast and snacks will be provided daily.

***Completion of Tier 1 is required for entrance into Tier 2.

Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (40 hours total)

9 Fridays, from 9:00am to 12:15pm each day

September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th


***Completion of Tiers 1 and 2 is required for entrance into Tier 3

Three additional Friday sessions on Friday, November 14th, 21st, and December 5th from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Tier 3 is the entire 40-hour training, which includes Conflict Management for Self-Reflection and Conflict Management for Leadership, and adds an additional 10 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Participants will be coached throughout the Advanced Practice sessions by professional mediators and coaches. Sessions will be held on 12 consecutive Fridays (except for the week of Thanksgiving), with the first 9 Fridays from 9:00am to 12:15pm, and the final three Fridays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Light continental breakfast and snacks will be provided daily, and lunch will be provided on the final three Fridays. All sessions except 9/19 will be held in the Student Center.

***Completion of Tiers 1 and 2 is required for entrance into Tier 3.

Please note that attendance at all sessions is mandatory for each tier. Applicants may sign up for Tiers 1, 2 or 3. Please indicate the highest tier you are interested in attending. After completion of each successive tier, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their efforts; those completing the 40-hour training will also receive a Mediation certificate. Those applying to become REFS or iREFS must complete the training at the Tier 3 level.

There are 24 spots available, and all tiers are open to the MIT community. There is no charge for current students; a fee applies to all faculty, staff, and others affiliated with MIT ($150 for Tiers 1 and 2, $300 for Tier 3). MIT community members will be given priority. Non-MIT members please inquire for training rates.

Applications are due by Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at midnight; all successful and waitlisted applicants will be notified by Friday, August 29th at 5pm.

FALL Career fair

Date: Friday, September 19th, from 10am – 4pm

Location: First and second floors of the Johnson Athletics Center (Building W34)

If you’re looking for exposure to companies in your field or seeking a full time job or summer internship, then make sure to register for the annual MIT Fall Career Fair on the Career Fair website. The event will only be open to MIT students and alumni. Registered participants will have access to resume, CV, and networking tips and the career week schedule of networking events prior to the Career Fair. Once registered, students will be able to upload their resumes and browse the 400+ companies at fair.

Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Session

Date: Friday, September 19th from 6pm to 7pm

Location: Lobdell

If you’re interested in sharing your research with MIT alumni or networking and meeting MIT alumni in leadership positions at MIT, then register for the Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Session hosted by the GSC ARC committee. Sign-up for one of the limited positions for grad student presenters and present your research poster. Each participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card from the Alumni Association. Contact with any questions regarding the event.