Category Archives: Competitions

January 4, 2017

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship, Apply by Jan. 9

This is an external fellowship. Each graduate program may submit one nomination and accompanying application materials to the ODGE for consideration in the internal MIT competition for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship. The ODGE will evaluate, select, and submit three applications for nomination to the Liebmann Trust on behalf of MIT.  Internal applications must be submitted as single, consolidated PDF files to Scott Tirrell ( by 5 pm on Monday, January 9th. Read more

November 15, 2016

Basics of Grant Writing, Nov. 16

Dr. Sonal 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. The talk will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002. Register for the talk here. 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.

November 11, 2016

Nominate for the MLK Leadership awards by Dec. 9

It is hard to think of a moment when our nation more urgently needed the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even at the distance of decades, we can take inspiration from his character and his conduct – his dignity, integrity, selflessness and moral vision, and his relentless focus on what really matters, in the quest for a more just, peaceful and unified society. Let us pause, here in our own time and place, to contemplate the example of those members of our community who, in the spirit of Dr. King, lift us up and bring us together. Nominate those whose inspiration you find meaningful – students, faculty, staff or alumni, pursuing their work as individuals or as groups – to receive the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Please submit your nomination by December 9 here.  We will honor the winners as part of our annual MLK program, to be held on February 15, 2017.

October 6, 2016

Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant by Oct. 14

Do you have an idea for an event to improve graduate student community at MIT? Do you need funding to make this idea a reality? Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant! Previous grants have funded dance workshops, video competitions,code lessons, social hours, and more. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is midnight on October 14, 2016. For more information, please see our website or contact

September 26, 2016

Apply for the Ada Lovelace Grant by Oct. 11

The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support projects at the intersection of science, technology, and the humanities, using technology to make historical materials accessible and engaging to people outside the academy. Such historical materials may include archival holdings, manuscripts, government documents and records, oral history recordings, and other “primary source” material, broadly defined. Given the enormous gender gap in science and technology, this grant is reserved for women enrolled in graduate programs at MIT. The end result of the project should be a website or digital exhibition of some kind.  Successful applicants will also be expected to deliver a final report and give a public presentation upon completion of the project.

Each year, one applicant will be selected by the grant committee to receive up to $10,000 to support her project.  These funds are available for any non-tuition/non-stipendiary expenses (e.g. the costs for creation of digital products). Read more

April 15, 2016

Pitch To the Public: 4 Session Workshop, Apr. 18 & 25

Join us for the last two sessions of Pitch to the Public! Pitch your research to the Public at the MIT Museum! Prizes for the people’s choice.

  • Session 3: The Art of the Talk with Practice Session (April 18th at 6pm)
  • Session 4: The Art of the Slide with Practice Session (April 25th at 6pm)

Both sessions will be in 4-237. Contact with any questions.


March 11, 2016

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, apply by Mar. 14

The submissions platform for the 2016 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts is  live. MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to apply. The Schnitzer Prize was established in 1996 through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. The prizes are awarded to MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, for excellence in a body of artistic work. The deadline for completed applications in March 14, 2016.

February 26, 2016

Assistive Technologies Hackathon, Feb. 27

Come hack for a good cause at this multidisciplinary hackathon. Student teams will be paired with members of the Cambridge and Boston communities who live with disabilities. Students will be given access to machine shop, tools, and materials to successfully brainstorm, design, and prototype solutions to client problems. February 27, 8 am – 10 pm at Beaverworks.

February 18, 2016

Africa Innovate Conference Startup Application due Feb. 20

Do you have an innovative company focused on shaping the future of Africa? The Africa Business Club invites you to apply to present at the 2016 Africa Innovate Conference Startup Showcase. The April 9th Showcase provides entrepreneurs with an audience of investors, innovators, and thought leaders focused on the next big thing in Africa. Apply now! The deadline is February 20th. For more information contact

February 17, 2016

Apply for LEAP Grants by Feb. 29

Learn. Explore. Act. Prepare. LEAP grants support your public service through funding that can help you carry out a service project such as a volunteer day or philanthropy event in the U.S. These grants can also help you learn about service and social responsibility or build your skills to tackle a community challenge. Email with questions. Visit the MIT Public Service Center website for more information and to apply! Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Dumstra, New York Army National Guard

February 12, 2016

Battle of the Bands, Feb. 26

The Battle of the Bands will rage on February 26 (Friday), 7 pm in Lobdell Dining Hall (W20, 2nd floor). There will be free food and a cash bar (21+, must bring government ID). The winning band will be offered a performance opportunity (with compensation) at the annual Acoustic BBQ in May! Interested bands should sign up here. Note that bands must have at least one MIT graduate student member. All musical styles and genres welcome! For questions or concerns contact gsc-ac@mit.eduPhoto by Jane Baker

February 11, 2016

Enter the Crossing the Charles Competition by Feb. 15

The year 2016 marks one century of MIT’s campus in Cambridge. This spring, we will commemorate the Institute’s historic move across the Charles River with academic and celebratory programming as we Celebrate a Century in Cambridge. As we honor this milestone and explore the possibilities and implications of the century ahead, it’s time to engage in some spirited competition. We invite and challenge you to participate—in true MIT style!—in an innovative procession over land and water to celebrate the Institute’s historic relocation in 1916.

Kicking off the Moving Day celebrations on May 7, 2016, the Crossing the Charles Competition revives the spirit of the 1916 ceremonial flotilla in which the Bucentaur barge transported the Institute charter across the river to MIT’s new home in Cambridge. All MIT faculty, students, staff, and alumni are invited to form or join teams to create entries that demonstrate movement: physically, artistically, and creatively! Complete competition details may be found on the Moving Day page of the Celebrating a Century in Cambridge website. The deadline to register your team is Monday, February 15. Those who wish to participate in the crossing but prefer not to compete are encouraged to join the parade over the bridge. We are one MIT – and we hope our community will join the festivities! We look forward to Crossing the Charles with you on May 7.

February 9, 2016

MIT Clean Energy Prize, applications due Feb. 12

The MIT Clean Energy Prize is a student-led, nation-wide competition, designed to be a catalyst for energy entrepreneurship and innovation. The competition will award over $400,000 in cash prizes this year. Don’t miss out. Deadline for applications is February 12th. Teams can submit an application in 1 of 3 categories: (1) Renewable Energy, (2) Energy Efficiency, and (3) Infrastructure & Resources. A team that has an energy innovation focused on a developing country should apply for one of the three categories above, and additionally include their interest in being considered for the Development Prize.

January 18, 2016

Call for Bands: Battle of the Bands Signup

Currently part of a band or ensemble? Interested in showcasing your musical talent? Play at Battle of the Bands! The event will take place early spring semester. Bands should have at least one MIT graduate student member. The winning band will be offered a performance opportunity (with compensation) at the annual Acoustic BBQ in May! Sign up now if you’re interested in performing!

January 15, 2016

A*STAR Investigatorship now open for applications

The A*STAR Investigatorship (A*I) is a prestigious research award designed to attract the most promising young researchers from around the world to do independent research at A*STAR. It was initiated to nurture the next generation of scientific leaders in biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering research. The Investigatorship will be tenable at one of A*STAR’s prestigious research institutes. Further details and application materials can be found on the A*STAR website.

December 29, 2015

Teach It Yourself! Register by Feb. 10

Showcase your creativity and help your peers at the same time! Participate in MIT’s inaugural Teach It Yourself Contest and contribute your ideas to MIT’s new Life Learning platform for sharing your experience, accessing information, and making connections. Support other MIT students by sharing what you’ve learned about taking care of yourself, connecting with others, and making the most of MIT. Express your ideas through creative microlearning: 2-5-minute videos, short articles and listicles, infographics, etc. Don’t know how to craft those?  Sign up for our IAP Microlearning Boot Camp.  Not on campus?  No worries: register for the contest and we’ll send you resources. Besides the satisfaction of helping other students, you may win one of our many prizes. Check them out and register.

Register for the contest now through February 10. Sign up for the Microlearning Boot Camp by January 3.  See more deadlines, judging criteria, categories, prizes, and example topics on the website! Please contact with questions or comments.

November 25, 2015

LEAP Grants: Learn. Explore. Act. Prepare., due Nov. 30

LEAP Grants support your public service through funding that can help you carry out a service project such as a volunteer day or philanthropy event in the US. These grants can also help you learn about service and social responsibility or build your skills to tackle a community challenge. They are not intended to provide comprehensive support. Applications are due November 30. Email with questions.

November 13, 2015

Edmond Safra ethics fellowship program harvard

Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellowships in Ethics, deadline Nov. 16

Applications are invited from graduate students who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion. The Center seeks applicants who have excelled in their fields of specialization, have demonstrated an interest in questions of value that cut across disciplinary boundaries, and who are likely to make significant contributions to teaching and scholarship in practical and professional ethics.

Students should either be enrolled in a Harvard doctoral program; enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Harvard professional degree program that does not require a doctoral dissertation for an academic career (such as law or medicine); or a current Harvard affiliate who is engaged in postgraduate training or in graduate training at another school and has no commitments in 2016-2017. Advanced students taking leaves of absence from one of these approved programs are also eligible.

All course requirements and general examinations must be completed before the start of the fellowship year. Students taking a full or partial course load in either semester of the fellowship year are ineligible.  Deadline for the fellowship application is November 16, 2015. For more information, please visit this site.  Contact:  Photo by Wonderlane

October 29, 2015

IDEAS global challenge

IDEAS Global Challenge Deadline: Oct. 29

Working on an innovative project that makes a positive change in the world?  Enter it into the IDEAS Global Challenge by Thursday, October 29, at 6 pm, for a chance to win up to $10k per team!  Submit a one page Scope Statement to apply for a Development Grant here.  Teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the innovation.  Contact:  Photo by Fatima

October 9, 2015

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Lemelson-MIT student prize, deadline Oct. 13

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive students to apply for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.  Winning Grad students will receive $15K in each category: healthcare, food and agriculture, transportation, and consumer devices.  In order to qualify, applicants must be the lead/primary inventor of at least two inventions with tested prototypes.  In addition, eligible graduate students must be full-time, degree-seeking students as of Spring 2016.  Applications are open now through October 13, 2015. Contact:

October 7, 2015

Fall deadlines external fellowships

External fellowship opportunities, Oct. and Nov. deadlines

Please note the following reminders about upcoming fall deadlines for the following external fellowship opportunities. To find more information about each fellowship, visit the ODGE external fellowships page:

  • Reminder: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships (Deadlines vary by program: September 23, 2015; October 21, 2015; November 2, 2015; November 4, 2015; November 17, 2015; March 2016)
  • Reminder: Jefferson Science Fellowship (Deadline: November 2, 2015)
  • Reminder: Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellowship (Deadline: October 30, 2015)
  • Reminder: National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (Deadline: varies by area of study, please see ODGE external fellowships page.)
  • Reminder: UK Kennedy Scholarships (Deadline: October 28, 2015, for students from the UK to study at MIT)
  • New: Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (Dissertation Fellowship Deadline: November 13, 2015, Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline: November 13, 2015,Predoctoral Fellowship Deadline: November 20, 2015)
  • New: The National GEM Consortium Fellowship Program (Deadline: November 15, 2015)
  • New: The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship Program (Deadline: November 30, 2015)
  • New: Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship (Deadline: November 13, 2015)
  • New: CLIR Mellon dissertation research fellowships (Deadline: November 20, 2015)

Read more. Photo by Dafne Cholet.

October 2, 2015

mit 100k business plan competion

Apply to MIT $100K Pitch Competition, Deadline Oct. 2

Apply now for the first phase of the 2015-16 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

Pitch is an elevator pitch competition, and new this year: submit your best idea for a start-up in a 90-second video posted to YouTube. Industry experts will judge the entries.

The teams who best articulate how they will create and capture value will move on the Final Round. Finalists will pitch in front of a live audience and jury on Wednesday, October 28 and compete for the chance to win $4,000.  The deadline for applications is October 2.  For more information visit this site.

September 21, 2015

Innovation Fund First Cycle

MindHandHeart Innovation Fund, application cycle closes Sep. 30

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the enthusiasm and problem-solving skills of the MIT community to find new and inventive ways of increasing awareness about mental health, building communities of support, and promoting life and wellness skills. The Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to invest in cutting-edge ideas developed by MIT’s faculty, students, and staff offering  grassroots solutions to promote mental health and well-being within the MIT community or, potentially, beyond.

The criteria for funding are simply that the goals of the project align with the MindHandHeart Initiative and that the project has a benefit to the MIT community.

The first application cycle closes at midnight on September 30. Apply online.

The MindHandHeart Initiative was launched this September to tap into MIT’s community spirit and innovative problem-solving skills, to enhance mental health and well-being at MIT. Students, faculty, staff, and health and wellness experts are collaborating in several working groups to launch promising new efforts and coordinate existing support services. Over time, MindHandHeart hopes to help members of our community feel more comfortable asking for help, and overall, to build a healthier, stronger community.

September 18, 2015

“Hacking Science Demos,” Sep. 20

There will be a “Hacking Science Demos” workshop on Sunday, September 20, 2–5pm at the MIT Museum. The workshop will focus on learning how to make science demos and teams will work together to make new designs, and the top five will be included in state science outreach initiatives. RSVP at this site.

September 8, 2015

GYSS competition 2016

Deadline Sep. 21: Global Young Scientists Summit, Jan. 17–22, 2016, in Singapore

MIT has been asked to nominate 3 PhD students to attend the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore International summit: Global Young Scientists Summit @One-North: An International Meeting of Bright Young Researchers, Nobel Laureates and Eminent Scientific Leaders” Jan. 17-22, 2016, in Singapore

20 eminent science and technology leaders, comprising Nobel Laureates, Turing Award winners, Millennium Technology Awardees, and Fields Medalists, will speak at GYSS 2016. Please see their website for more details.

Note that NRF will cover all local expenses only (meals within campus, transport to site visits & social programs and accommodations during the summit); participants or their research advisors/ departments are responsible for airfare. ODGE will provide one coach class round trip airline ticket for the top graduate student applicant.

 Eligibility (Set by NRF):

  • Full time PhD student at MIT, under age 35
  • Fields: Multi-disciplinary (Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Medicine, Mathematics, Computer Science, Technology/Engineering); focus is on use-inspired research to address major global challenges
  • Demonstration of passion and interest in research
  • Strong organizational support, preferably recommendation letter from academic advisor or supervisor
  • Possession of good English skills for active discussion and engagement with peers and speakers, demonstrated strong academic achievement in area of research, assessed within the top 5-10 percent of cohort
  • Must not have attended previous editions of GYSS

Application procedure: Please send to Scott Tirrell, by 5 pm Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 for an internal ODGE competition to produce MIT’s 3 nominees, the following materials as a single PDF file: 

  • Cover letter as to why this opportunity would benefit their doctoral education
  • CV
  • Half page research summary
  • Letter of recommendation and support from faculty advisor (please indicate source of funding for airfare)
  • Unofficial transcript

 MIT will provide our 3 PhD student nominations to the NRF by September 25, 2015. Those nominees selected by the GYSS secretariat to participant will be contacted directly by GYSS to complete the registration in phases in the fourth quarter of 2015. The GYSS secretariat reserves the right to make the final selection decision of nominated participants. The VPR office will be having a separate competition for 2 postdoc spots. Please contact Debra Martin for more details.  Please see additional information attached (please note the deadlines in the attachment are incorrect), and feel free to contact me with any questions.

July 24, 2015


Sign-up for Solve-a-thon Aug. 10–11

In October, MIT will convene extraordinary people to work on extraordinary problems facing our world in the areas of Cure, Fuel, Learn, and Make. Join us August 10th and 11th for a Solve-a-thon to put MIT’s collaborative and cross-disciplinary problem-solving approach into action and see how your ideas could impact future generations for the better! The two-day event allows team of 3-6 to work on a Solve-inspired challenge: design “wearable technology” to significantly improve targeted healthcare to a majority of the population. Register as a team or individual here!

August 10, 2015 | 5:00-9:00pmSala de Puerto Rico, W20-202: Meet other student Solvers over dinner and refreshments and gather with your team to begin to explore the problem and identify a solution.

August 11, 2015 | 5:00-8:30pm, social afterward, Wong Auditorium, E15-115: Present your proposal to a panel of judges from academia and industry, who will assess the potential success of your idea. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Dinner provided! Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development

July 20, 2015


Design the logo for Grad Orientation 2015! Send samples by Jul. 22

Do you like to draw, design, or create things?  If so, design the logo for Grad Orientation 2015!

The GSC Orientation Committee is looking for a talented designer to create the Orientation logo for this year.  If you are interested, please send a few samples of your work to the Orientation Committee ( by 11:59 PM on Wednesday July 22.  Please also include ideas you have for this year’s logo.  They do not have to be polished at this point, but rough sketches and/or short descriptions will help give us an idea of what you are thinking about for the design.  We will choose one or two people based off the art samples and the logo ideas to help design this year’s Orientation logo.

Some guidelines: The logo should represent MIT and feature elements distinctive to MIT (ex. the letters “MIT”, the MIT Dome, or the Institute mascot) and incorporate the year 2015; it should also have a linear (not stacked) design. The color scheme should be a maximum of 2, possibly 3 colors. Because we are working on a deadline, we do need prompt responses to communications.

July 13, 2015


MIT vs. Harvard Case Competition: Call for Applications! Jul. 20 Deadline

APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!  An exciting opportunity for non-business Harvard and MIT graduate students and researchers to obtain consulting experience. Prospective participants apply individually, and the organizers will assemble four-person interdisciplinary teams to take on this two-week engagement. All participants will have the opportunity to network with and receive guidance from industry experts and leading consultants. July 20th is the application deadline. Event website.
MIT affiliates: contact Harvard affiliates: contact General contact:

July 6, 2015


Artists: RFQ $325,000 Public Art Commission due Jul. 13

RFQ Submission Deadline extended to July 13, 2015
Cambridge Arts in Cambridge, MA is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating temporary site-responsive public artwork(s) of variable duration. The site will be a newly constructed King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper Schools in East Cambridge, to be completed by 2019. The City seeks artists and designers with public art experience and encourages artist-led interdisciplinary teams. The $325,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, travel, community meetings, fabrication, insurance, transportation, installation, and coordination with City staff.

From this RFQ, four finalists will be invited and paid to submit concept proposals. All finalists will attend a site visit and meet with City staff and project architects before proposal development. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by a Site Committee based on in-person proposal presentations and interviews.
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June 11, 2015

Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship celebrates 50 years

Named for the pioneering medical researcher, the Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship is one of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education’s (ODGE) most prestigious awards. A famed urologist, Young was not only an innovator in medical science, his curiosity and intellectual drive also stirred him in other endeavors such as civic enhancement, the arts, and the burgeoning field of aviation. Established in 1965 through an anonymous donor, roughly 150 students have benefited from this award over the last 50 years.

The committee has selected seven new recipients as the 2015-16 fellowship cohort: John Arroyo, Or Gadish, Steven Keating, Georgia Lagoudas, William Li, Mitali Thakor and Iris Zielski. They will join a legacy of exceptional individuals, and will hopefully go on to make positive impacts on society in the tradition of Young himself. (Accomplishments of former Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship recipients can be seen on the ODGE website.) Learn more about the new fellows are at MIT News.

June 4, 2015

100K MIT Prize

Vadhavkar, Meyen, Obropta win 25th annual MIT $100K

Crop analytics drone company Raptor Maps took the $100,000 grand prize May 13 at the 25th annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. The team of three MIT aerospace engineering graduate students (Nikhil Vadhavkar, Forrest Meyen and Eddie Obropta) developed an analytics platform that employs unmanned aircraft to pinpoint crop damage, target pesticide use, and increase yields. Read the full article about the competition and other winners at MIT Sloan.

June 2, 2015


Sun and Wright team sweeps Clean Energy Prize

A team that aims to drastically boost the efficiency of computing with silicon chips that move data using light — not electricity — took home both grand prizes at Monday night’s MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition, earning a total of $275,000. Optibit, which includes two MIT graduate students, Chen Sun and Alex Wrigth, beat out five other finalists at the eighth annual CEP, held in Kresge Auditorium, to win the $75,000 Department of Energy Clean Energy Prize and the $200,000 Eversource Clean Energy Grand Prize. The team has developed a way to integrate fiber optics — glass or plastic components that can transmit data using light waves — into computer chips, replacing copper wires that rely on electricity. Read the article at MIT News. Photo: Michael Fein

May 14, 2015

Nominations for 2015 School of Science Teaching Prizes due May 29

Nominate faculty members for the 2015 School of Science Teaching Prizes! These are given for both Undergraduate and Graduate Education. For the Teaching Prize for Graduate Education, preference will be given to nominees who teach mainstream subjects in which fundamental principles of the relevant fields are presented. Such courses typically provide the basis for advanced education and research and prepare students for professional careers. You can nominate a professor teaching a GIR, a fundamental or more specialized Science subject. Science subjects are Courses 5 (Chemistry), 7 (Biology), 9 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences), 8 (Physics), 12 (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) and 18 (Mathematics). Nomination letters from faculty members or students for either award are welcome. Nominations are easy and quick to submit: simply fill out the short online nomination form by the deadline on May 29, 2015. Although one strong letter is sufficient, additional letters of support are useful. You may want to get fellow students or colleagues to submit supporting nomination for your candidate. You can use one form or multiple forms to do this. Your nominations are important to recognizing and honoring teaching excellence in Science and at MIT. Don’t hold back!

May 13, 2015

GAME and EECS Cookie Decorating Competition May 14

Celebrate the end of the semester with GAME and EECS! Join the cookie decorating battle to win fame, glory, and prizes! Or just come for a late afternoon snack… Cookies, milk, and edible decorations will be provided. All you need to bring is your creativity and sweet tooth. Get ready to create beautiful art and then eat it too! The event starts Thursday, May 14th at 3 pm in W20-491Photo by Lydia.

May 11, 2015

MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Ceremony May 11

The finalists have been chosen, and now its time to save the date for the Eversource MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Award Ceremony on May 11, 2015! A prize of $75,000 and the grand prize of $200,000 will both be awarded at this event that will take place from 3:00 to 6:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium. All of the competitors and more information can be found on the 2015 Semi-Finalists page. Come for a night of amazement and wonder as the future of energy is discovered!

April 21, 2015

MLK Jr. Inspired Art and Performance Contest deadline Apr. 24)

Are you inspired by civil and human rights leaders such as Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, Ella Baker, Ellie Wiesel, Harvey Milk and Malcolm X? Express yourself! On Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 pm come to Wong Auditorium in building E51 for a great evening with dinner, entertainment, and the opportunity to win cash prizes by entering the Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired Art and Performance Contest. Win cash prizes of up to $250.00 each! This contest is open to all MIT Undergraduates and Graduate Students and Wellesley students cross registered at MIT this semester. Your entry should be related to or inspired by any of the ideals of Dr. King and/or other civil rights leaders in the past or current human rights activists in the US and the World. These ideals include freedom, justice, peace, equality, civil rights, human rights and/or social justice. To participate, just create your work and submit the contest entry form by April 24th!

April 17, 2015

Call for nominations for ODGE Awards: Deadline May 1

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education is soliciting nominations for awards including the Ho-Ching and Han-Ching Fund Award, the Robert Guenassia Award, Louis G. Seigle Award, Neekeyfar Fund Award, and the Elie Shaio Memorial Award. Detailed information about these fellowships can be found at the ODGE Awards website. Each graduate department and program may nominate one student per award. Nominations should be coordinated through the graduate administrator and submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 1, 2015 Photo by peddhapati.

April 13, 2015

Sign up for Graduate Battle of the Bands May 2

This spring, the GSC is proud to present the first graduate Battle of the Bands! Take the stage, show your stuff and maybe even win some prizes! The event will be held on the evening of May 2nd in Morss Hall, and it will be spectacular. Signups start now, and you should sign up even if you’re just thinking about it to receive updates about the event! Each band must have at least one MIT graduate student. More information to come soon! Get excited, and see you on the stage! Photo by Sergiu Bacioiu.

April 2, 2015

MIT Sloan OpsSimCom 2015 Apr. 2-5

Fancy playing an online simulation against teams from around the world for a prize pool of $6,000? How would it feel to virtually manage a factory: make investments, cut costs, borrow money, forecast demand, find bottlenecks, fulfill orders and satisfy customers? Head down to MIT Sloan’s 11th Annual Operations Simulation Competition (OpsSimCom 2015) from April 2nd to 5th! The competition will use a specially designed Littlefield simulation, and no prior experience with the simulation is required. There is a limit of up to 4 students per team, and no help can be taken from professors or others outside of the team. For more information, please go to 2015 OpsSimCom Website. Photo by Vitor Pamplona.

March 26, 2015

Send proposals to MIT Deshpande Center Grant Program by Apr. 3

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation is announcing its 2015 call for proposals. The Center’s research innovation grant program is open to MIT faculty and students, and grant applications must be submitted by MIT employees with Principal Investigator (PI) status. The grants provide significant benefits beyond just funding to its recipients in support of the commercialization of their technology. Consider this research funding opportunity or kindly share it with others who may find this program of interest. Earlier-stage proof-of-concept research project ideas with broad potential impact, and later-stage innovations, that faculty inventors are eager to see brought to market and commercialized, are both welcome. Three to four page pre-proposals are due April 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  Apply now! For additional information on the program and the Center visit the Center’s website.

March 25, 2015

Apply for grants from Committee on Race and Diversity by Apr. 1

The MIT Committee on Race and Diversity (CRD) provides funding to students, faculty and staff to promote diversity and inclusion at MIT, and the upcoming grants application deadline of March 1st is approaching! The grants are designed to help offset the costs of events or programs. CRD grant proposals are organized along five core themes that are intended to provide a diversity of event options, offer learning opportunities for all those involved, and ensure that the grantees and CRD learn from the experience: Career Development (Professional/Scholar), Collaborative Immersion, Community Based Initiatives, Expanding Outlooks (Social/Political/Cultural), and Leading Outward. For more information, please visit the CRD Grants website. Photo by Simon Cunningham.

March 20, 2015

Apply for Lemann Education Fellowships by Apr. 1

A generous gift from the Jorge Paulo Lemann Foundation has created a pilot program to support Lemann Education Fellowships at MIT. For the 2015-2016 year, three 9-month fellowships will be awarded to outstanding MIT graduate students to further their studies in education, educational technology and innovation, educational policy and reform, and related areas. The value of the fellowship is $60,000. Graduate students from all schools and disciplines are eligible but preference will be given to applicants from Brazil, and then to applicants from any country working on issues relevant to advancing education in Brazil. Preference will also be given to masters students, then to doctoral students. Incoming students must first apply and be admitted to their program of choice at MIT. Once admitted at MIT, students then directly submit a further application for a Lemann Fellowship. Applications for incoming masters students and advanced masters and doctoral students currently enrolled at MIT are both due by April 1st by email to Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar Program Manager of MIT Brazil. Photo by Deni Williams.

March 18, 2015

Public Service Fellowships and Internships deadline Mar. 20

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and even for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses. Apply by Friday, March 20th at noonPhoto by mwms1916.

March 18, 2015

Apply for GSC funding by Mar. 19

Applications for the Winter/Spring Funding Board, Public Service Fund, and Sustainability Fund cycles are now being accepted. The application deadline for all the applications is March 19th at 11pm, and the funding cycle is for events occurring between April 1st and June 30th. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Please submit any post-event reports that might be pending as soon as possible. All applicants must adhere to the GSC Funding Board Guidelines. All applications can be found online. Note that the reimbursement deadline for the first round of the Winter/Spring cycle is April 15th.

Applications for the Graduate Student Group Start Up Fund and GSC Collaboration Award are now being accepted as well for the cycle starting April 1st till June 30th. The deadline for the application is March 19th at 11pm. All applicants must adhere to the GSC Funding Board Guidelines. The application for these two funds can be found online. Photo by Sharon Drummond.

March 13, 2015

Apply for the CIS Summer Study Grant by Mar. 16

Doctoral students in international affairs, consider applying for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered, and support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. Grants will not exceed $3,500. The main criteria for determining which proposals will be funded are the importance of the research question and the quality of the research proposal and the strength of the letter of support. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 16th. For more information, visit the grant website, where most of your questions will be answered under the Frequently Asked Questions section. Photo by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

March 12, 2015

Nominate a Graduate Woman of Excellence by Mar. 15

Announcing Graduate Women of Excellence, an event to honor graduate women who exemplify leadership and outstanding accomplishment. Using the official nomination form, nominate a graduate woman who meets the following criteria by March 15: she is a leader among her peers in her example and her actions, is dedicated to serving the MIT community to improve the graduate student experience, provides thoughtful and constructive feedback when asked for advice, is a catalyst for change when challenges arise. A celebration event will be held in late April and honorees will be asked to create posters detailing their path to MIT. If you are interested in joining the planning team for Graduate Women of Excellence or have any questions, please contact Megan Roberts. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

February 28, 2015

MIT Clean Earth Hackathon Apr. 1

On April 17-19, 2015, Sustainability at MIT will host a hackathon event like no other in which participants hack on environmental challenges put forth by industry and academic partners. Teams will have two days to develop a solution to a real-world challenge of your choice. We are seeking participants eager to tackle complex puzzles and passionate about helping our community reach more sustainable practices and lower environmental impact. The hackathon is open to students and young professionals. All disciplines, backgrounds and experiences encouraged to apply and registration is free. The deadline to apply is April 1st. For more information visit the Clean Earth Hackathon webpage. Photo by epsos 

February 24, 2015

Applications for L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program due Mar. 30

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research. Launched in 2003, the program is the U.S. component of the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. The program’s U.S. partner, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), manages the peer-review and selection process. Read more

February 23, 2015

Nominate for the 2015 Goodwin Medal by Mar. 16

As part of this year’s MIT Awards Convocation on April 28th, the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education is issuing a call for nominations for the Goodwin Medal, an award given each year to a graduate TA or instructor (G) who has excelled beyond expectations with teaching efforts that can only be described as “conspicuously effective.” The Goodwin Medal is an award honoring Harry Manley Goodwin, the first dean of MIT’s graduate school, that consists of an engraved bronze medal designed by Katharine Lane and a cash gift of $2,500. Consider submitting a nomination on behalf of an extraordinary graduate TA or instructor. Any member of the faculty or any organized student group may submit a nomination to the candidate’s department head, who in turn will submit final nominations (one allowed per department). The final nomination from each department is due to the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education by 5 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015. The recipient will be announced at the MIT Awards Convocation on Tuesday, April 28 at 4 pm in 10-250. For more details on the Goodwin Medal, eligibility, and the nomination process, please visit the ODGE website.

February 23, 2015

Apply for a grant from the De Florez Humor Fund by Mar. 8

Think you’re funny? Prove it! Apply for a grant from the De Florez Fund for Humor. That’s right, at MIT you can be funded for being funny. Each year, the De Florez Fund supports projects that pass the hilarity test. Are you funny enough to meet the challenge? MIT students, staff, and faculty can all apply for funding. Proposals for grants under $500 are considered on a rolling basis, throughout the year. Proposals for larger amounts are accepted once a semester, in fall and spring of each academic year. The 2015 spring due date is March 8th. For more information visit the online application website.