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.

Regular Events

Big Data Justice

When: Feb 20 from 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: MIT Museum: 265 Massachusetts Ave

Numbers can be overwhelming, powerful, manipulative, intriguing … and what about big data? Join a conversation between
Jose Luis de Vicente of Sonar+D, visiting curator of the Big Bang Data exhibition; Catherine D’Ignazio, data literacy researcher and artist;
and Joy Buolamwini, poet of code and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League to explore data as a powerful tool that should be carefully considered,
as it can be biased, manipulated, and used for good or other purposes.
Free. This program is offered in conjunction with Big Bang Data, on view now.

Academic Interviewing and Offers Panel

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 2-3:30pm
Where: 26-100

Come to learn about the ins and outs of academic interviews and job offer negotiation from MIT departmental heads and program chairs!
Faculty panelists will address the process of searching for academic positions, effective interview strategies, and ways to successfully navigate this process.
Academic job offer negotiation will also be discussed. Pre-registration requested on Careerbridge.

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Peter Fisher, Department Head and Professor, Department of Physics, MIT
Amy Katherine Glasmeier, Professor of Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Alan Grossman, Department Head and Praecis Professor, Biology, MIT
Leslie Kolodziejski, Professor and Graduate Program Officer, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

For any questions, please contact us at:
Sponsored by MIT Global Education & Career Development, the Graduate Student Council and Office of the Vice President for Research.

DayCon 2018: Tomorrow’s Tech, Today!

When: Deadline: February 23, 2018
Where: Northwest Building on Harvard’s Cambridge campus

Science in the News is thrilled to announce DayCon 2018: Tomorrow’s Tech, Today! DayCon is our annual science conference event for the general public of the Greater Boston area. We aim to give non-scientists the complete conference experience by organizing a day filled with lectures, interactive poster sessions, panels, and breakout sessions. This year’s event is titled Tomorrow’s Tech, Today, and the day will consist of interdisciplinary sessions that touch upon all aspects of transformative technology and things that will radically change our futures. While we definitely want to expose the audience to the science behind these technologies, we would also be interested in presentations that discuss other aspects such as the ethics or social implications.

We need your help! We are currently recruiting graduate student speakers to present at this event, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 in Northwest Building on Harvard’s Cambridge campus.

Apply Now! The application deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018.

There are two flavors of lecture opportunities:

1. General Lecture (30-40 minutes each)
These foundational lectures are meant to provide high-level overviews of topics that are important in today’s research landscape. Feel free to apply as an individual or a team of two (if applying as a team, you can submit a single form). If you apply individually, we may decide to pair you with a presentation partner.

2. Specialized Short Lectures (20 minutes)
These lectures will be shorter and more specialized than the general lectures. The topics below are suggestions, and you may select more specific areas within them.

Feel free to apply with anything that falls under our “Tomorrow’s Tech, Today” theme! Our goal is to have a wide variety of topics presented by graduate students in their own fields.

Sample Topics:
· Deep Learning/AI
· Gene editing
· Cancer immunotherapy
· Augmented reality
· Quantum computing
· Single-cell omics
· Self-diagnostics
· Liquid biopsies
· Cybersecurity
· Nanotechnology
· Personalized medicine
· Novel biomaterials for tissue engineering
· Self-driving cars
· Technologies for crowdsourcing science
· High-performance solar cells
· Space exploration
· Wearable technologies
· And MORE!

Please apply here by Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
Questions? Email

MIT European Career Fair Candidate Registration: Drop your résumé FREE!

When: Feb 24 from 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: MIT Johnson Track (W34)

The MIT European Career Fair is the biggest fair in the United States with focus on Europe.
Registration and résumé upload and entry to the fair are for FREE to candidates of any nationalities.
All students, Post Doc and young professionals are welcome!
Please submit their résumé prior to the fair to be selected for interviews and a complimentary résumé workshop.
Interact with 100+ companies, universities and research organizations from the Science, Technology, Engineering and the Finance/Consulting sector.

ComSciCon 2018 Workshop for graduate students

When: Deadline: March 1st

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2018, the 6th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Boston, MA on June 14-16th 2018. Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, Diversity/Inclusivity, and a Case Study on Scicomm in Medicine), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

MIT Sustainability Summit

When: Mar 9
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Boston

Learn more about how businesses and other stakeholders are working toward a new normal and reimagining standards of work to build a thriving economy.
Speakers and panelists will explore such topics as what are the benefits and challenges of implementing a “Good Jobs Strategy”?
What does it look like to pay a living wage?
What are effective strategies to partner across the private and public sectors to achieve “wins” for workers?
The summit will feature keynote speakers Doug Rauch, former President of Trader Joe’s and Founder of Daily Table, and David Rolf, President of SEIU 77

Go Global with mckinsey: international networking reception

When: Sunday, March 11th, 2018 11:59pm ET
Where: 24 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141

McKinsey & Company is excited to invite all Bachelor’s, Non- MBA Masters, PhD & Post-doc students graduating in 2019 or 2020 enrolled at US universities to register to attend an International Networking Reception in New York City on Friday, April 20th.

Go Global with McKinsey
This event is an excellent opportunity to meet McKinsey colleagues from a wide range of global geographies & practices and learn more about our work and people outside of the United States. We will have a global Partner as a guest speaker and there will be a chance for you to chat with colleagues over food and informal networking. Our McKinsey consultants and team members from across Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and other global locations are excited to meet you on the day.

About McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-caliber ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.
As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare. We currently have over 100 offices operating in over 60+ countries.

Deadline for registration
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 11:59pm ET
As space at this event is limited, we plan to get back to you at least 2 weeks prior to the event to let you know if you have been successful in securing a spot. McKinsey will cover a portion of your travel expenses (within North America only) associated with this event.

Eligibility for event
Bachelor’s, Non-MBA Masters, PhD & Post-doc students graduating in 2019 or 2020 from US Universities only
Our McKinsey global offices require fluency in the local language in order to be considered for internship and full time opportunities
Candidates who are currently enrolled in an MBA program are not eligible to attend this event. We encourage you to refer to our main website for upcoming MBA specific events

Learn how to be a story teller

When: March 12, 2018 and April 23, 2018
Where: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Emma Rogers Room (10-340)
URL: Register – Links below

Here comes the Spring Semester –  MITell is back after a workshop-filled hiatus. Welcome to all our new storytellers!

Join us for our upcoming meetings – remember, the theme is a suggestion to help you think of a story you might want to tell, so if your story doesn’t fit the theme, don’t worry, and bring it anyway.

All MITell meetings take place in the
Emma Rogers Room (10-340)

Monday, March 12th THEME: GREEN – Register
Monday, April 23rd THEME: CHOICES – Register

And, check out the new MITell Website, slowly getting fancier as I better acquaint myself with website-building. Feedback is very welcome!

OAHack: a hackathon to counter journal paywalls and other barriers to spreading scholarly knowledge

When: Save the dates: April 6-8
Where: MIT Media Lab

Journal paywalls prevent the fruits of your research from benefiting many journalists, educators and researchers from developing countries.
The opaque handling of research data makes it hard for you to build on existing research, and leads to the “reproducibility crisis.”
Tackle these issues at OAHack, a hackathon to lower barriers to the open sharing of scholarly knowledge, data, educational materials, code and more.
Mark the OAHack dates of April 6-8 on your calendars, and fill up our no-commitment interest form, linked above, for updates!
This event is organized by the MIT Libraries and the institute committe, the MIT Open Access Task Force.