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.

WOMEN, POLITICS, AND THE WORLD

Date: Friday, May 1st
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Location: 3-270

Comprising over 50 percent of the world’s population, women continue to be significantly under-represented as policy and decision-makers around the world. As the 2011 UN General Assembly resolution on women’s political participation notes, “Women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women.” The presence of women in government, however, is important not only to secure the equal rights of women, but for the nature of governance itself. This discussion will explore why women’s political participation is essential to building and sustaining democracy globally.

May Dissertation bootcamp

Date: May 4th – 8th
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm daily
Location: Hayden Library Basement

Is the May 8th deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the May Dissertation Bootcamp! Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating. RSVP now!

Conflict management training

Date: June 2015
Application due May 8th at midnight

Ever find yourself not knowing what to do when stuck facing a conflict? Attend the Conflict Management Training in June! Applications are now open and are due by Friday, May 8th at midnight. All successful and waitlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday, May 12th at 5pm. Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates three times per year, over the fall semester, and for two weeks in IAP and June. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels. Tier 1 is conflict management for self-reflection, tier 2 is for leadership, and tier 3 is for advanced practice. For more information on what each tier specifically consists of, visit the conflict resolution website. For the upcoming June training, all tiers start on Monday, June 8th and run until either the 11th, 16th, or 19th. For specific dates and times visit the website. Note that all Tiers take the training together in the same cohort!

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. There is no charge for current students; a fee applies to all faculty, staff, and others affiliated with MIT. Tuition reimbursement is available for MIT employees. MIT community members will be given priority. Non-students and non-MIT members please inquire for training rates.

New EdX course: Making Science and Engineering Pictures

Online registration is now open for the new EdX course Making Science and Engineering Pictures, a class intended to help grad students and post-docs raise the level of their research photography. The course starts June 15, 2015 and is taught by MIT research scientist and photographer Felice Frankel. Course information and registration is available online! Go check it out and start improving your photography skills!

NuVu Job Opportunities this Summer 2015

Application Deadline: May 31, 2015
Location: NuVu Studio, Cambridge, MA

NuVu is an innovation school for middle and high school students whose pedagogy is based on the studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. We have a number of job positions available for our NuVu Summer 2015 Program for undergraduate students, graduate students, PhDs and alumni. If you are passionate about innovative teaching, enjoy working with young students on creative ideas, and have expertise to share in a problem-solving environment, then you might be a great addition to the team!

Open Style Lab Summer Program 2015

Date: June 12th-Aug 15th
Application Deadline: Monday, March 2nd

There are quick fixes, and then there are solutions. A good solution fixes a problem, but an awesome solution changes our worldview beyond the problem. At Open Style Lab, you are invited to come up with awesome solutions! Join 24 students as part of the second Open Style Lab summer program at MIT. Over 10 weeks, work with others to design, prototype and refine a clothing solution for a client with a disability. Rigorous engineering concepts will be combined with a strong sense of design and aesthetics to develop skills that will be useful for solving real world problems. Applications are open from now until March 2nd! To be eligible to participate, you must be currently enrolled in a college degree program, or not more than 2 years post-graduation, and a background in design, engineering or occupational/physical therapy. For more information visit the program website or contact Lea Yoon.