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.


Graduate Fellowships Workshop

When: May 23 12-1
Where: E19-202
URL: Link

Scott Tirrell will be hosting a workshop on Applying for Graduate Fellowships on May 23rd, from 12-1 in E19-202. During this presentation he will go over the reasons why fellowships are great and how to find them. He will also explain the application process, provide tips on personal statements, research proposals, and recommendation letters, detail the types of resources out there and generally be available to answer any questions students may have.

As always, please stress it is never too early to think about applying to fellowships and summer is a great time to prepare applications. Interested students can RSVP here. Free pizza!

Global Challenges Foundation Mini-Hackathon: Tech & Global Risk

When: May 28 from 2 PM – 6 PM
Where: Cambridge, MA
URL: Link

Join The Future Society for a mini-hackathon in collaboration with the New Shapes Prize!
Together we will develop a new system of international cooperation capable of tackling global risk, with a focus on emerging technologies.
From machine learning and big data, to biotechnology and sustainable tech, to blockchain and AI – bring your expertise!
There is also an opportunity to have your ideas presented at the Paris Peace Forum, so we’d love to have you join!
Register on Eventbrite to RSVP. Facebook invite here:

Lightning talks May 29th – lunch provided – MIT SIAM

When: May 29th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: E19-202
URL: Link

Want to practice explaining your research in “elevator pitch” style? Have a cool result, an interesting puzzle, or a MATLAB trick that you’d like to share? Sign up to give a Lightning Talk on May 29!

Interested? Sign up here!

7 minute (or shorter) presentations by students, researchers, faculty
powerpoint, live coding, blackboard presentation — any format acceptable
low-pressure, informal talks
lunch provided
date: May 29th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lightning talk examples at PyCon

The MIT SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) student chapter is devoted to cross-pollinating ideas in applied mathematics a computational engineering between students and researchers at MIT that wouldn’t otherwise collaborate.

Facilitating Effective Research luncheon series for UROP mentors

When: Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31, 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/or those planning to mentor UROPs this summer or fall.

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 Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31, from 12:30-2pm each day. Lunch will be provided and participants are requested to attend both sessions.

Interested attendees should RSVP to me at this address , ASAP.

Attendance is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Accepted attendees will receive registration confirmations with additional details including room #, etc.

Interfaith Dialogue – MIT Addir Fellows: Explore the BIG Questions

When: Applications Due: 6/1/2018

‘Addir’ means bridge in Ancient Sumerian. The Addir Fellows is all about building bridges of empathy understanding
Applications now open for the 2018-2019 Cohort of the Addir Fellows
Addir Fellows cohort Participate in weekly one-hour interfaith discussions with a consistent and diverse group
Retreats, fascinating speakers, interfaith panels, tours of various houses of worship
Being an Addir Fellow is a unique and perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

authors@mit: Twelve Tomorrows

When: Jun 5 from 6 PM – 7 PM
Where: MIT Press Bookstore
URL: Link

Come to the MIT Press Bookstore to hear Wade Roush, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, and SL Huang discuss the latest sci-fi anthology Twelve Tomorrows.
Launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the implications of emerging tech through the lens of fiction.
Twelve Tomorrows is the first volume of the series to be published in partnership with the MIT Press.
Don’t miss this stellar lineup of authors!