Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Why do we love our grad students?  Not only are they some of the most talented and accomplished people we know, but they contribute to our community in so many ways, from student government to cultural organizations and as service volunteers. What’s not to love?

To honor our amazing grad students, MIT is very pleased to celebrate Graduate and Professional Students Appreciation Week during April 2 – 6, 2018. This year’s events include:

All week
Phone stands. We’re giving away stands for your mobile phone that double as a card-holder and screen cleaner! Limit one per student. Available at all Appreciation Week events, in your departmental headquarters, and at OGE headquarters (3-138).

Monday, April 2
Mondays in the Chapel,
12-1pm. Complimentary lunch in the Main Dining Room of W11, followed by words and music on the theme of “Flourishing” in the Chapel.

Caffeine for Grads, 6pm-1pm in Pritchett Café, Walker Memorial. Free small-brew coffee for the first 100 grad student guests!

Tuesday, April 3
Stressbuster, 
12:30pm-4:30pm. Receive a free 15-minute backrub provided by Boston Chair Massage! We have eight massage therapists ready in W20-407 to help you kick your stress to the curb. Sign up strongly encouraged; first come, first served. 

While you’re waiting, or if you just need a break, we have also provided a zen room next door with light refreshments and relaxing music until 3pm. Drop by if you need a moment away from work! Sponsored by OGE and LGBT@MIT.

Spring planting: Pot your own flowers. 4-6pm in Forbes Café, Stata Center. Are you a Morning Glory or a Moonflower?  Grad student early birds and grad student night owls are invited to come and plant some seeds that will grow into beautiful flowering vines. Take your planting back to grace your lab or your home!  Families and friends welcome. Chancellor Cindy Barnhart, Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson, and Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz will be there to welcome you. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.

Wednesday, April 4
Growth Mindset Workshop,
 2:30pm-4pm in 24-307. Learn about why your views on intelligence and talent matter for academic success with this talk about evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, and motivation. Led by Dr. Lourdes Alemán. Light snacks provided. Sponsored by OGE.

Thursday, April 5
Grad Student Coffee Hour,
10am-11am in 35-338. Stop in to the OGE satellite office for coffee and light refreshments.  Sponsored by OGE. 

Combating Imposter Phenomenon, 2:30-4pm in 32-144. Do you make excuses about your successes? (“I’m just lucky,” etc.)  Do you remember every failure and review it like reviewing a crime scene-over and over again in your head?  Have you held back from submitting a paper for publishing or conference or grant? You may be suffering from Imposter Phenomenon.  Learn about this phenomenon and strategies to keep it from hijacking your graduate academic experience. Led by Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D. Sponsored by MIT Medical.

Friday, April 6
International Graduate Community Coffee Hour
, 10-11am in E19-202. Stop in to the ISO for coffee and light refreshments. Sponsored by the International Students Office. 

Grad Appreciation Wine & Cheese Reception, 4-6pm in 3-138. Cap off Graduate Student Appreciation Week with the Office of Graduate Education! Visit the office with friends and fellow graduate students for wine and mediterranean appetizers to celebrate a successful Graduate Student Appreciation week and to mingle with the staff of GPS and OGE!

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