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.


Teach at Ashesi University in Ghana: Information session for interested PhD candidates, postdocs, and faculty

When: 4/19 from 1pm – 5pm
Where: Pierce Laboratory, Classroom 1-132

Join Ashesi Business Faculty Gordon Adomdza and Adjunct Faculty in Engineering Heather Beem to learn about Ashesi University and opportunities for faculty, visiting faculty, and leadership positions on campus. Areas of focus are Engineering, Business, Finance, Computer Science and Information Technology.

Ashesi’s vision is an African renaissance driven by a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders. If you are interested in contributing to this vision, we want to meet you!

Higher Ed in the Era of #MeToo

When: 4/20 from 1pm – 5pm
Where: MIT – Building 3 Room 170

Join us for a free half day conference at MIT on how the recent #MeToo movement has impacted higher education. There will be a mix of panels and workshops to encourage dialogue and learning between students, faculty, activists, and other experts.

The #MeToo movement, started by Tarana Burke in 2006, has highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence within all aspects of our society – from Hollywood to college campuses. As more survivors share their experiences, we need more creative ways to support, prevent, innovate, and collaborate on this issue. Many marginalized communities have led the fight to end sexual violence, yet history has put their work and experiences on the margins. In order to truly focus on prevention and support, we must elevate these communities and their leaders.

The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception to share what was learned and build upon the discussion!

Additional information can be found on the GCWS website or Facebook.

Register here:

MIT FinTech and Design Hackathon

When: Apr 20 from 6 PM – 1 PM
Where: MIT Media Lab and Sloan Building E51

Spend a weekend developing a solution to real FinTech problems from Citi Ventures and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center.
The MIT Fintech and Design Hackathon seeks to revolutionize the way financial services are delivered by harnessing innovation and technology.
Over $25K worth of cash prizes to be won! Register today as an individual or as a team of 4 at
Visit for more details.

Climate Changed Symposium

When: Apr 20 – 21
Where: MIT Media Lab (E14), 6th floor
URL: Registration

A two-day symposium exploring the relationship of climate science and modeling to design.
This symposium brings together experts in the sciences, humanities, and the design world to explore how models act in a climate changed.
The symposium is open to all however advanced registration is required.
More information at

Sidney Pacific Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture: Professor David Keith

When: Apr 23 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sidney-Pacific (NW86) Multipurpose Room | 70 Pacific Street

An Environmental Case for Moderate, Temporary and Responsive Solar Geoengineering
Prof. David Keith is a world renowned expert in geoengineering and climate modeling. He led the development of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research
He will discuss results suggesting it is possible to implement solar geoengineering using stratospheric aerosols, significantly reducing side effects.
6:00PM refreshments | 6:30PM lecture | 7:30PM dinner (see registration)
Registration requested: (Event is open to the public)

Basics of Grant Writing

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, from 12:30 – 2 pm
Where: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002
URL: Register

Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, Science Program Director, Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Jhaveri’s talk on “Basics of Grant Writing” will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing. Dr. Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University, has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations, has co-authored 60 professional articles, and has consulted on a number of science and medical writing projects. She teaches Science Communication and Language Skills to graduate and medical students as well as to postdocs at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

Entrepreneurship Panel

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:00pm-6:30pm
Where: 10-250

Come to learn about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship from MIT alumni entrepreneurs! Panelists will address the issues related to startup launching, including VC rounds, patent applications, acquisitions, etc, as well as the transition from academia to entrepreneurship. We will also discuss MIT resources related to entrepreneurship. Dinner will be provided after the talk.

Pre-registration requested through this link. Confirmed Panelists Include:

Dale Fried: CEO of 3DEO; MIT PhD in Nuclear Engineering
Furkin Akin: Co-founder PoolText; MIT MBA
Maureen Boyce: Co-founder and Director Good Growth Capital; MIT PhD in Ocean System Management
Reinaldo Normand: Sloan Entrepreneur-In-Residence; Co-Founder of INNOVATION
Leila Pirjaji: Founder and CEO of ReviveMed; MIT PhD in Biological Engineering
Sasha Huang: Founder and CEO of AquaFresco; MIT PhD in Material Science and Engineering

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the MIT Global Education & Career Development.

The MIT Forum: Whitfield Diffie ’65

When: May 8 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Samberg Conference Center

Join alumni and friends for an event honoring Whitfield Diffie ’65, cryptographer, internet pioneer, and scholar.
Diffie won the 2015 A.M. Turing Award for inventing public-key cryptography.
The event includes a reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.