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

Electronic Medical Record Implementation Patient Advisory Committee

When: Now!

Help ensure grad student concerns are met as MIT Medical transitions to a new electronic record system. The committee will discuss implementation and communication strategy for the new Cerner electronic medical record system. Be a voice for patients and work closely with MIT Medical staff. There will be 6 meetings (lunch provided) during the spring semester, with little expected outside work or time commitment.

Community Service Fund Board

When: Now!

Interested in helping MIT give back to the community? Join MIT’s Community Service Fund Board! The Board provides financial support to charitable organizations in which MIT student/employee/faculty volunteers participate. Help choose the most deserving projects for MIT to support! There is one more round of funding applications in April, and the time commitment includes reviewing applications and attending one Board meeting.

Join the MIT Fall Career Fair Team as Employer Relations Director

When: Now!

Interested in helping recruit companies to MIT’s career fair and diversifying career opportunities? Become the 2018 Employer Relations Director.
MIT Fall Career Fair is one of the largest student-run career fairs in the country and is an excellent networking and leadership opportunity.
The Employer Relations Director recruits companies to attend the fair and works closely with employers to meet their needs.
Responsibilities include recruiting and organizing volunteers to identify and invite new companies to the fair over the summer.
Feel free to reach out to the previous Employer Relations Director, Drew Weibel, at with any questions.

Author rights workshop

When: Jan 22 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: 3-370

When you publish in scholarly journals, you’re usually required to give up some rights in your work. In this workshop, librarians will show you what to look for in author contracts and ways to hold onto rights to share and reuse your work. Food will be served. This session is part of the Intellectual Property Lunch and Learn Series cosponsored with the Technology Licensing Office.

How to make your publications open

When: Jan 22 from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: 3-370

Bring your list of publications to this drop-in clinic where we’ll help you determine how to make your published papers open and accessible. We’ll show you how to check author rights and determine what is allowed by journals & how to upload your papers to open repositories. Drop in anytime during the session to work one-on-one with copyright librarians and experts in open research. Food will be served. This session is part of the Intellectual Property Lunch and Learn Series cosponsored with the Technology Licensing Office.

Bias and Beers!

When: Monday, January 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: W20-307

Are you interested in learning more about bias in science? Join GW@MIT, Tufts GWiSE, and New England Graduate Women in Science and Engineering for a “Bias & Beers” discussion group. We will be discussing two articles related to bias in science over pizza and beer. It will be just like your lab’s journal club, but with BEER! All genders are welcome — we especially welcome our male colleagues! 21+ ID required (EVEN if you don’t plan to drink!)
1. Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors:

2. Confronting Sexual Harassment in Science (can skim if you need to)

GRT/GRA Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 year!

When: Info sessions Jan 22
Where: (12PM 32-144)

We are recruiting applicants for Graduate Resident Tutor and Graduate Resident Advisor positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. We have multiple positions in both our Undergraduate House communities as we as our Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent living Group communities. If you know anyone who would be a great candidate please share this with them and have any interested person apply at Any questions can be sent to

Facilitating Effective Research – UROP Mentor Training Luncheon Series

When: Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24, from 12:30-2pm each day

UROP and the Teaching and Learning Laboratory are offering our two-day Facilitating Effective Research luncheon series for UROP mentors next week and you are cordially invited to attend.

The series is geared toward graduate students and post-docs, who are currently or soon plan to be mentoring undergraduate researchers, especially those new to mentoring and planning to mentor students this spring/summer.

The goal is to facilitate discussion about UROP mentoring best practices such as setting and managing expectations, project planning, and effective mentor-mentee communication among other topics. Ultimately, we hope these discussions foster more effective UROP research and advising relationships between undergraduates and their mentors.

The sessions will be held next week on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24, from 12:30-2pm each day. Lunch will be provided and participants are requested to attend both sessions.

Interested attendees should RSVP to us at:, ASAP.  Attendance is limited and registrations will be accepted until the session fills. Accepted attendees will receive registration confirmations with additional details including room #, etc.

International Graduate Students: Learn to teach in IAP!

When: MTWRF  January 22-26, 2018
Where: 14N-225

21G.217: Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching (ELS)
An intensive workshop for international teaching assistants. Covers special problems in teaching when English is a second language and the USA a second culture. Videotaping of practice sessions for feedback. Individualized programs to meet different needs. Graduate TAs have priority. Limited to 14. No listeners.

Class 1
Introducing yourself (presentation/videotaped)
Cultural differences and student expectations (discussion)
Audience awareness (in-class activity)

Class 2
Using the blackboard and other visual aids
Improving gestures
Explaining a concept (group presentation/videotaped)
Presenting visuals
Explaining complex ideas.

Class 3
Individual Presentation 1 (videotaped)
Answering questions
Classroom interaction (discussion)
Lesson planning

Class 4
Leading a discussion (videotaped)
Special problems: difficult questions and difficult students
Office hours role play
Peer review of lesson plans

Class 5: Presentations of mini-lessons (videotaped)

Time: 2:30 – 5:00pm
Level: G 1-0-2 units
Standard A-F grading.


Register for Gradcommx Live

When: 10:30am-12:30pm, Jan 16-18, 2018 and Jan 23-25, 2018

Have a research problem? Want to expand your communication toolbox? Learn and workshop six skills useful to ensure your research connects with a range of audiences. The source material for this intensive is a comic book series written expressly for Gradcommx. Taught by Dr. Tony Eng of EECS following successful intensive in October 2017. Watch the teaser trailer at

IAP Graduate Workshops, “Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others”

When: Anyone of these three sessions: Jan 18, Jan 23, Jan 25,  Jan 30

Instructor: David Nino (

Join us for this workshop series designed for MIT graduate students interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in research but experimental and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments. See attachment for more detailed course descriptions.

* Schedule:

Leading New Teams
Learn to mobilize and launch “real teams.”
January 18 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149

Motivating and Developing Others
Gain tools for “bringing out the best” in team members.
January 23 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30pm, 3-442
Mastering Constructive Conflict
Learn how to leverage conflict to create positive team outcomes.
January 25 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149
Discovering and Developing Your Leadership Strengths
Build self-awareness for inventing your unique leadership paths.
January 30 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council. Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a special acknowledgement from the GEL Program.*For more information, please visit our website.To Register: Email Lisa Stagnone (

Improv Skills for Business

When: Jan 23 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: 5-232

This is a safe space, many people who come will be shy, you can play. Improv training is now a standard component of many fortune 500 professional development courses. My English is not perfect. Excellent! That is a great offer to your partner. 1/24 Financial Planning 101, 6:30 p.m., 32-124, if there is no registration button, reg. is full, but show up anyway.
1/25 Death to Riemann! Long Live Minkowski using Quaternions!, 3:00 p.m., 3-333, view more talks

Waste Management 101 (IAP Class)

When: Jan. 23-25, 1-4PM
Where: 4-265

This 3-day session will explore end-of-life treatments of all types of waste, including trash, recycling, and compost. You will walk away with a greater understanding of how your wastes get treated beyond the trash can! come to learn from interesting speakers, and hear about entrepreneurship in the waste space on day 3! Learn more here. Advanced sign-up required.

What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment with Dan Beaudry

When: January 24, 2018, 2-3:30 pm
Where: Rm E25-111
URL: Registration Preferred:  

Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at, shares the potent job search system used by many international students to find U.S. employment. H-1B’s are won in ways you likely don’t expect.  What you’ll discover in this presentation may surprise you:
Learn how to secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
Learn why 80 percent of open jobs are never advertised – and how to find them before anyone else.
Learn why human resources is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job-and how to bypass it.
Learn why submitting résumés online is not an effective use of your time-and how you can better invest that time.
Dan’s programs at MIT have been very popular in years past.  Find more information about him and his book, The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in th United States, at
Sponsored by Global Education & Career Services and International Students Office.

Interested in teaching? Visit the WW Academy Open House

When: Jan 25 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 24 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141

Are you considering becoming a middle/high school science or math teacher? The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is accepting applications for the inaugural class in our M.Ed. program. We are opening our doors so anyone can stop by to meet our education innovators and Design Fellows central to the WW Academy. Interested in coming? RVSP here

Call for Applications – teaching fellows

When: Jan. 28, 2018
URL: Apply here

Sciences Po welcomes applications from post -doctoral and doctoral students near the end of their PhD for one-year teaching positions on one of its three Anglophone undergraduate campuses in France: Reims, Menton or Le Havre. Each campus focuses on a world region and offers a 3 -year Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Law and Quantitative Methods. Courses are taught in English. The successful applicant’s area of expertise will be relevant to the disciplines taught at Sciences Po and to the world region the campus focuses on.
Reims hosts two different programs, one focusing on North America and Europe, and another on Africa and Europe Menton’s program focuses on the Middle-East and Europe Le Havre’s program focuses on Asia and Europe

Social networking sites & article sharing

When: Jan 29 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: 3-370

Many researchers promote and share their publications on sites like ResearchGate and Come to this IAP session to learn about how sharing on these sites relates to copyright and open access. We’ll also discuss recent ResearchGate controversies and lawsuits. This session is part of the Intellectual Property Lunch and Learn Series cosponsored with the Technology Licensing Office. Food will be served.

How to Start a Fintech Venture

When: Jan 31 from 6 PM – 7 PM
Where: E62-250

Fintech is shaping financial services, succeeding in areas where traditional financial institutions failed. Building a fintech idea is interesting, but also challenging. This short talk will walk through the fintech ecosystem, the challenges you should prepare yourself for, and the local resources youshould look into. Leading the discussion: Sophia Lin MBA ’12

Become a Graduate Community Fellow!

When: Two positions open for spring: Strategic Communications Fellows

Since MIT students know most about the lives of MIT students, we’re seeking a team of two Graduate Community Fellows for strategic communications. We’re looking for publicity-smart and MIT-savvy students who can help us move to the next level. The Fellows will join an existing team of students and staff who are creating DSLx Life Learning. Ten hours per week average is expected during the academic year, but scheduling is flexible. Diverse work includes strategic planning, creating content, involving more participants.

Volunteer for MIT THINK Competition

When: Spring Semester 2018

THINK is a research competition for high schoolers where students submit proposals describing an original research project they would like to work on. Up to 6 finalist projects are selected to receive funding and mentorship to help them complete the project. We are seeking graduate students with expertise in different subject areas to improve the effectiveness of this mentorship. Responsibilities: 1-hr weekly remote meetings (ie: via Skype or Google Hangouts) with a THINK finalist and THINK team members.

Seminar XL 2018: Physics & Calc Facilitators Needed

When: Spring 2018
Where: 4-107

Are you interested in acquiring additional teaching experience @ MIT? Do you enjoy working with a diverse group of students? Facilitate small group (3-7 students) sessions 2x week 4-5 hours per week/ $19/hour for graduate students.
Applications now OPEN

Create science activities for students

When: Spring 2018
Where: MIT Museum (265 Mass Ave)

We are looking for people who are interested in creating and running hands on activities for middle and high school students. During public school vacation weeks, the MIT Museum welcomes many school-aged visitors with their families. We would like to introduce these students to concepts relating to Big Data, Earth & Environmental Science, and Math through activities. This is a great way to share your passion with the public and improve your communication skills. Interested? Please contact Jennifer Novotney (

MIT Can Talk Oratory Competition

When: Feb 3 from 1PM – 3PM
Where: MIT Museum (265 Mass Ave)

Do you have a silver tongue or the gift of the gab? Then show your stuff at the MIT Can Talk oratory competition! Participants will give a 5-minute speech on the topic “Taking Risks.” The contest is open to everyone in the MIT community; competitors must attend at least 1 of the MIT Museum’s IAP 2018 science communication workshops. CASH PRIZES for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. Preliminary round Friday, February 2nd. Finals on Saturday, February 3rd. For more information visit:

15.399 Entrepreneurship Lab class SPRING

When: Feb 6 from 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: E51-325

Want to learn how to create your own startup? Receive class credit for working with a startup through the Entrepreneurship Lab class at Sloan. Student teams are matched with amazing startups working in Blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, machine learning and more!
There are lectures on Tuesday evenings, where you learn all of the latest research on what makes a successful startup. You then apply those lessons on a semester long project with your matched startup. Come form a team and hear the startups pitch to you on the first cl
Register online at and show up to the first class! Email with questions.

Speaking Truth To Power with Dr. West

When: Feb 7 from 5 PM – 7 PM
Where: 10-250
Special Guest Dr. Cornel West visits MIT to examine the Institutional Provincialism of STEM Institutions,
as well as how this Institutional Provincialism transitions into the STEM Profession.
After Dr. West’s keynote address, he will join a panel of some of MIT’s rising stars in the fields of
implicit and explicit discrimination within the academic and professional STEM realm. Panelists and speakers
include professors from SA+P, Science, SHASS and Sloan. For more information please email

Analytics Career Night

When: Feb 7 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor

This career fair is focused on data science and analytics opportunities. Open to the entire MIT community including Masters, PhDs, staff, and undergraduates. Free food and drink provided. Please upload your resume to the resume drop so it can be accessed by employers. Register using the link above! Hosted by the Master of Business Analytics program.

 open access policy for all MIT authors

When: The opt-in license applies to all scholarly articles you write after signing it.

  • An open access license changes the copyright default for authors of scholarly articles.
  • An OA license lets you hold onto rights to reuse your work, even if you sign a publishing agreement that transfers copyright (as it usually does).
  • Once signed, authors may opt out of the license for a given paper.
  • Go here to learn more.
  • Go here to sign the license.