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 many 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.

Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions

Date: Friday, October 3rd
Time: 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza (181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752)

Attend a day-long workshop about teaching at regional comprehensives, community colleges, and liberal arts schools! Free and open to all PhD students, adjunct faculty members, recent PhDs, and anyone interested in a faculty position at a teaching-intensive institution, this event will provide guidance, information, and skills necessary to a profession of enlightening the minds of others. In addition to job counseling, there will also be sessions on Work-Life Balance, Teaching-Research Balance, What You Need to Know About Community Colleges, Engaging Your Inner Entrepreneur as a Junior Faculty Member, Giving Student Feedback, and more!

MOOC on STEM Teaching

Date: Begins October 6
Loctaion: Online course

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, an open, online course for those preparing for future faculty and higher education teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being offered by our colleagues in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The online course runs for 7 weeks from Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Read the detailed course description and registration information. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN MIT COURSE.  Course registration and management occurs through Coursera.

MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab will be facilitating a local learning community around this course for those wishing to deepen their experience through individual and small group active learning exercises. The learning community will meet on campus from 11:30am-1:00pm every Wednesday for the duration of the online course. Learning community discussions will focus on online content presented in the previous week. The first meeting will take place on Wed, Oct. 15 and the last meeting will take place on Wed, Nov. 26. In order to have rich and continuing discussions on teaching and learning, we ask that learning community registrants commit to regularly attending the Wednesday sessions*. If you are interested in joining the MIT local learning community, please complete the online registration form.  The size of the learning community is limited. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

*While participants in the online course can acquire a “Statement of Accomplishment” from Coursera, there is no documentation/award/certificate for participation in the MIT local learning community. If you have questions about joining the local learning community, please contact Leann Dobranski (

Cleantech Entrepreneurs Panel

Date: Wed, Oct. 8
Time: 7-8pm
Location: MIT E40-160

Four entrepreneurs with varying backgrounds will discuss their paths to entrepreneurship, their experiences starting companies, and their advice for those thinking about pursuing entrepreneurship. Panelists include:

  • Melinda Sims founded Loci Controls and has a PhD and SM from MIT in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
  • Sarah Haig founded Silverside Detectors and has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.
  • Eliza Becton founded Refresh Water and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Emily Reichert is the CEO of Greentown Labs and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MBA from MIT.

Dinner will be served. RSVP at: