Category Archives: Events

October 18, 2021

Annual Graduate Students of Color Welcome kicks off the semester

On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, the Office of Graduate Education welcomed new and continuing graduate students during our Annual Graduate Students of Color Welcome.

GradDiversity’s kick-off event featured a live reading of MIT’s Land Acknowledgement by graduate student Alvin Harvey, AeroAstro, welcome remarks from Institute Community and Equity Officer, John Dozier, a performance of the National Black Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” led by OGE staff member Heather Konar and a spoken-word piece “Intellectual Brother,” written and performed by graduate student Corban Swain, Biological Engineering. Read more

October 15, 2021

Group photo of MSRP interns smiling.

MIT Summer Research Program hosts 37th cohort

In June 2021, the Office of Graduate Education hosted its 37th cohort of MIT Summer Research Program Interns for what proved to be an “incredible” and “life-changing” summer experience. Over the course of nine weeks, 78 interns studying in 23 departments across five MIT schools were introduced to the MIT culture of mind and hand, engaging in cutting edge research with 70 MIT faculty which culminated in the MSRP Virtual Research Forum. Read more

October 15, 2021

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Register for gwaMIT’s 2021 Empowerment Conference (Oct. 18-22)

October 18th – 22nd, 2021

Register for this year’s Empowerment Conference! See the list below for event descriptions and registration links:
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March 26, 2021

gwaMIT 2021 Leadership Conference: Leading for the Future

Graduate Women @ MIT present their annual Leadership Conference April 5 – 9, 2021. Check out the great line-up of events all week! Some of the events have limited space, so register today.

  • Mon 5th April, 12 PM to 1 PM: Science for Policy: Fireside chat with Dr. Maria Zuber Attend the Leadership Conference Keynote Session to hear directly from Dr. Maria Zuber, the first woman ever to lead a science department at MIT, the first to lead a NASA planetary mission, and the first to co-chair PCAST, on how science and policy can work together to inform decisions that affect society.Register here. Read more

November 28, 2017

Path of Professorship empowers grad women pursuing academia

On November 17 and 18, 2017, the Office of Graduate Education held the twelfth annual Path of Professorship workshop. 47 graduate and 26 post-doctoral women attended the event, learning from 27 prominent female academics and discussing the myriad challenges faced by women on the path to an academic career. Attendees heard a variety of perspectives over two days via panels and workshops; topics ranged from the deeply practical (“What Type of Institution is Right for You?,” “Speeches, Presentations, and Performing”) to the more philosophical (“Finding the Time to Do it All”). Read more

October 17, 2017

Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping in Graduate Admissions

On Oct. 12, Professor Julie Posselt, of the University of Southern California and author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping, tailored two powerhouse talks: one to MIT graduate students, and the other to faculty and staff. She shared firsthand observations of graduate admission committees and interviews conducted with faculty from 10 top-ranked doctoral programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The sessions provided a window into the decision makers’ point of view, highlighting how disciplinary norms shape the definition of merit; how professor’s good intentions around diversity often don’t translate into results; and she provided concrete strategies to improve the admissions review process and promote transparency and accountability. Read more

January 20, 2017

Using Improv to Help With Public Speaking and Leadership, Jan. 23

That awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question. A student in class who poses an off-the-wall idea while you are presenting. Fear of what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense. Wondering how to define leadership. This improv workshop will help develop skills to respond to such situations and will also explore aspects of responding to the unexpected that come up when giving a talk.

This improv comedy exercises aims to develop a comfort with engaging others. These activities will also connect to aspects of effective leadership. Participants should expect to participate in improv comedy exercises with attendees. 20 Student Limit; Open to graduate students. Advanced Registration is requested via CareerBridge (sign-in required). This workshop is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD). Workshop is facilitated by Jake Livengood at GECD. (If registration limit has been met, please email Jake Livengood to be added to the wait list at The workshop will be on Monday, January 23 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at E25 – 117. Lunch will be provided at noon.

January 19, 2017

Festival of learning, Feb. 1-2

Join the MIT Office of Digital Learning for two days of feasting on learning: national thought-leaders, MIT innovators, student hackers, food, fun, and more. Experience the catalyzing power behind initiatives which transform the way we look at education and revolutionize how we teach and learn. The festival is FREE, but registration is required at all events. Chancellor Barnhart will make the opening remarks and Satya Nitta of IBM Watson will give the Keynote address. The schedule includes practice teaching sessions with the Teaching & Learning Lab and a hackathon! Registration opens early January, 2017. Click here to register and get more information on schedule, dates, and locations. If you want to showcase your teaching & learning projects with a table or poster in the Learning Expo or are interested in participating in the hackathon, please email Other inquiries/questions also welcome.

January 18, 2017

Tuesdays in the Chapel: Spring 2017

Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., the Chaplains at MIT invite all members of the MIT community into the Chapel for an interdenominational gathering to reflect, pray and meditate. The service, known as Tuesdays in the Chapel, features musical selections and guest speakers of all faiths. Each gathering is followed by coffee, donuts and conversation next door in W11. The theme for Spring 2017 is “How do I find balance and joy in the midst of change?” The spring schedule starts on February 14.

Spiritual but not religiously oriented, the gatherings feature different perspectives from the community and center around a broad theme. “Tuesdays in the Chapel offers people the opportunity — at the beginning of the day, early in the week — to reflect and pause,” says Robert Randolph, former Chaplain to the Institute, who has founded the weekly gathering in September 2009. “One of the things I’m aware of, having been here for a long time, is that MIT people do not pause very often, so this is an institutionalized way to do that.” Read more

January 17, 2017

“Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others,” Jan. 19-Feb. 2

Are you interested in developing professional skills that can amplify your impact in today’s high technology environments? If so, then consider investing in your future by completing the new IAP series on leadership development. Join the inaugural series of workshops designed specifically for MIT graduate students who are interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in leadership research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments. Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program. The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Advanced registration is required and contact to enroll. Visit the workshop website to see the schedule and get more information about the program.

The workshop instructor is David Niño. This series is sponsored by the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, Graduate Women at MIT, and the Graduate Student Council.

January 13, 2017

Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching (ELS) Jan. 23-27

ELS is an intensive workshop for international teaching assistants. It covers special problems in teaching when English is a second language and the USA a second culture. Practice sessions are videotaped for feedback. There are individualized programs to meet different needs. The workshop is limited to 14 students, and graduate TAs have priority.  No listeners. The instructor for the workshop is A.C. Kemp. The workshop is scheduled to run during IAP from January 23 to January 27, 2017, 4 pm to 6 pm at 14N – 225. Students are expected to attend all sessions. Questions? Email

January 12, 2017

MIT European Career Fair Feb. 25

The registration for the MIT European Career Fair (ECF) 2017 is now open. This career fair will take place Saturday, February 25 in the MIT Johnson Track (W4) and provides opportunities to connect with European recruiters in the research, finance and technology sectors. You can find summer internships – entry levels and advanced advanced levels. Register now so that you can browse the job list and the recruiters can schedule meetings and interviews with you on MIT campus.  Early access jobs will be listed on January 15. Contact for questions.


January 10, 2017

Convert your CV to a 2-page Resume for Industry, Jan. 12

If you are considering exploring industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss the process of converting your 4-6 page CV into a 2-page resume for industry, and creating a document that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Actual MIT PhD/Postdoc resumes will be provided as handouts. Then workshop will be on Thursday, January 12th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at 4-270. Pre-registration requested via CareerBridge.

January 9, 2017

Joint GSC-PDA Social, Jan. 11

Kick-off IAP with a joint social for grad students and post-docs! The event will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Twenty Chimneys (student center, 3rd floor). Come  Mingle with friends or meet new people! Free food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Invite your classmates, labmates, and officemates! The event is open to all MIT grad students and post-docs. Come anytime during the event period! For more information, contact


January 4, 2017

ASL class for graduate students, Jan. 9 – Feb. 1

The ASL and Deaf Culture @ MIT is proud to announce that we will be offering a beginner’s ASL class during IAP. A series of 8 classes will be held on-campus (location TBD) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, starting January 9, 2017. The list of dates are: Jan. 9, Jan. 11, Jan. 16, Jan. 18, Jan. 23, Jan. 25, Jan. 30, Feb. 1.

Enrollment is limited and we are requiring that ASL students pay $20 (once) to participate in the course. If this cost prevents you from being able to join the class, please get in touch with This ASL class will be taught by a Deaf instructor who has taught ASL at MIT several times in the last few years. Please sign up here. This class is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

January 3, 2017

Apply for Conflict Management Training by Jan 20

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates throughout the year. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels. Apply and get more information here! The deadline to apply is Friday, January 20th at midnight. The dates, times, and tier descriptions for the spring training are as follows: Read more

December 28, 2016

Language Conversation Exchange IAP events

Meet a Native Speaker Lunch Series
When: Wednesdays (1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: 14N-417
Come to this weekly lunch to meet other language enthusiasts, students taking learning languages, and native speakers of languages you’d like to practice. All MIT community members welcome! Multicultural foods will be served at each lunch. This is a great way to find a language partner!

IAP “Intro To” Language Series
Dates: Mondays/Tuesdays (to be confirmed), 3-4pm
Location: MIT One Community Room 8-219
Learn about the intracacies of a new language during these sessions! Language presentations may include Italian, Hebrew, Russian, and French. Take a break from work, enjoy some snacks, and learn about a new language!

Starr Forum International Film Series
Dates: Friday Jan 13, Jan 20, Jan 27
When: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: E15, 070 Bartos Theater
Showing of foreign films, sponsored by the Center for International Students and MIT Center for International Studies. The LCE is co-sponsoring these events. Films include: Amour (French), Caché (French), and White Ribbon (German)

December 12, 2016

Activism in the Era of MLK: A Conversation on Dec. 14

Join us for a conversation with activists who worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, and other civil rights leaders in the 1960s. Dr. Janet Moses is a pediatrician who worked in MIT Medical, Topper Carew is a filmmaker and Principal Investigator in the Media Lab, and Dr. Robert Moses is founder of the Algebra Project. All were active in Freedom Summer. Come to the MIT student Center Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307) on December 14, from 11:45am to 1pm (hot lunch served starting 11:45am, program begins 12:10pm). RSVP for a special MLK Program Luncheon.


December 8, 2016

Novartis Open Framework symposium, Dec. 9

The Novartis Open Framework symposia are designed to stimulate discussions within the Boston community about the academia- industry interface, and how to optimize interactions between these environments in order to advance science and impact health. This session will focus on the Role of Academia-Industry Partnerships in Fostering Innovation. The speakers will be Jay Bradner, President of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Robert Urban, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Boston Innovation Center, and Randy King, Harry C. McKenzie Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. The speakers will draw upon their own experiences in academia-industry partnerships to highlight how these interactions can promote scientific breakthroughs. This event, which is open to the public and free, includes presentations starting at 2 pm, a panel at 3:40 pm, followed by a reception. Space is limited, and registration is required.

December 7, 2016

Immigration and the Entrepreneur, Dec. 7

Interested in starting your own business in the U.S.? Have you already started a start-up? Come and hear immigration attorney Elizabeth Goss, of Goss Associates in Boston, discuss visa options and considerations available to entrepreneurs. This presentation will be on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in 34-101.

December 6, 2016

Come to Winterfest 2016 on Dec. 6

Rafael and Chris Reif invite members of the MIT community to Winterfest 2016. As the holiday season begins and fall classes near their end, please come celebrate Winterfest with cocoa, cider, and seasonal sweets on Tuesday, December 6 from noon to 1:30 pm at Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, Building 50.

November 23, 2016

CoSI Lecture with EECS Head Prof. Chandrakasan, Nov. 29

SP-CoSI is pleased to invite you to “Ultra-Low Power, the Internet of Things, and Heading the World’s Top EECS Program,” an evening with Professor Anantha Chandrakasan, on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm at MIT Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge, MA. RSVP is required, and you can register here.

Anantha P. Chandrakasan is currently the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include ultra-low-power circuit and system design, energy harvesting, energy efficient RF circuits, and hardware security. He received the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award and the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid State Circuits. In 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Chandrakasan is an IEEE Fellow. He has served in various roles for the IEEE ISSCC including Program Chair, Signal Processing Sub-committee Chair, and Technology Directions Sub-committee Chair. He has been the Conference Chair of ISSCC since 2010. He was the Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 2006 to 2011. Since July 2011, he is the Head of the MIT EECS Department.

November 21, 2016

Open Forum on the Future of Libraries Preliminary Report, Nov. 22

Last month the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries released its preliminary report, which includes a set of 10 recommendations that outline a comprehensive vision for the Libraries in the coming decades. Just as collecting broad input from the MIT faculty, staff, and students was a key part of our initial process, we encourage feedback from the entire community on the vision laid out in the preliminary report. You are invited to attend an upcoming forum with members of the Task Force so you can share your thoughts. The forum will be on Tuesday, November 22, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at 4-163. Register here (while registration is encouraged to ensure adequate room size, walk-in participation will be welcomed depending on space constraints.) If you are not able to attend, we still encourage you to share your feedback on the preliminary report by emailing the Task Force at or by joining the discussion on PubPub, a new publishing platform from the MIT Media Lab. Thank you, and we hope to see you on November 22.

November 18, 2016

The Office of Multicultural Programs: The Feast Nov. 22

The Office of Multicultural Programs is proud to announce that we will be holding our 4th Annual event, THE FEAST, on November 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Morss Hall (Walker Memorial). Join us as we celebrate the diverse backgrounds found in the MIT community over cultural food, performances by Sakata and Casino Rueda, and great raffle prizes. Feel free to stay for the entire time or drop in as you can!

November 16, 2016

Ethical Community-based engagement workshop, Nov. 18

We may have the best of intentions when we want to work for a better world and undertake projects that will have a positive social impact, but what does it take to actually work wisely, effectively, and ethically when doing community-based research? In this session we’ll cover theory of change, visualizing how innovations fit into complex contexts, and hands-on stakeholder analysis tools.This session will be held at MIT D-lab (N51-310) on Friday, November 18 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Lunch will be served!  RSVP is required.


November 9, 2016

An Evening with John Hodgman, Nov. 10

On Thursday, November 10 at 26-100, Hodgman brings his razor-sharp wit to MIT for a moderated discussion on his career and the state of comedy today. In 2005, a little-known author was invited on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote his book, an almanac chronicling fake histories ranging from the story behind Theodore Roosevelt’s fictional lobster canal to the disappearing 51st US state Hohoq. Since then, humorist John Hodgman has parlayed his wit into New York Times best-selling books, a Daily Show correspondent position, a Netflix stand-up special, and his own podcast.

November 8, 2016

Ski Trip Ticket Sales, Nov. 7 – Dec. 1

Join the Graduate Student Council on the annual GSC Ski Trip! We will go to Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont from January 20-23, 2017. Smugglers’ Notch is a local favorite, with three mountains containing numerous trails suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts. A variety of activities will be available to participants, to ensure a fun trip for all! Mingle with your friends in a relaxing atmosphere and take in the beauty of Vermont’s winter scenery! Included in the trip are: 3 days of skiing or snowboarding, 3 days/nights of high-quality lodging, tubing, ice skating, MIT-exclusive Saturday night party with DJ, bar, and food, and more! Discounts on rentals, lessons, and other activities such as snowmobile tours and winter ziplining will also be available. More info can be found here. GSC Ski Trip is open to all MIT graduate students and post-docs. Each ticket buyer may also bring a guest, who does not have to be MIT-affiliated. All participants must be 21+. Tickets are $310 per person if driving or $370 per person if taking the provided bus. Sales open Nov. 7 for grad students and Nov. 14 for post-docs and close Dec. 1 for all. Tickets can be purchased via the website. Get hyped for a snowy winter and hope to see you on the slopes!

November 7, 2016

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative, Nov. 16

Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university. MIT Students, to register you will need to log in CareerBridge, select Career Fair/Events Tab and Search for Event. This event is sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. This event will take place on 17 November from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at  Sheraton Commander Hotel.

November 4, 2016

2016 MIT water summit: Sign up for the poster presentation session by Nov 7

The MIT Water Club and its sponsors are thrilled to announce the fifth edition of the MIT Water Summit, a gathering of students and faculty with leaders from industry, finance, and government to explore current problems and potential solutions surrounding water resources.  The theme of the summit  is Water Utilities of the Future. Turn on your faucet: clean water flows out, and wastewater disappears down the drain. Essential, yet not guaranteed. How do we create efficient and sustainable water cycles for our future, adapting to a changing climate and urban population growth? What role will new technologies and designs play? What’s the current economic landscape, how do we finance the future water utility, and what policy issues must be resolved? How do we increase the flow of ideas between academia and industry through markets, to ultimately reach water-taps. Early bird tickets are on sale till November 2nd and can be purchased here! Key highlights include panel discussions, a poster presentation session (sign up here), and technology showcase (contact us). More details about the program and the speakers can be found on our website. Please write to us at if you have questions! Remember to sign up for the Poster Presentation Session by Nov. 7th! The summit will take place in November 17-18 at Wong Auditorium, MIT.


November 3, 2016

DSL Wellness Fair, Nov 4

On Friday, November 4th from 2 pm – 5 pm MHH (MindHandHeart) and DSL (Division of student life) are hosting the Wellness Fair in the Z-Center Lobby! This is a community event that focuses on stress awareness, stress management, and stress relief. Put it on your calendar and come check out all the resources available to you at MIT.

November 2, 2016

Language Conversation Exchange Mixer, Nov 3

Please join us for an evening of fun and language exchange next Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm in 68-180 (Koch building). This is a great time to meet other members in the MIT language learning community, learn more about their culture and language, and enjoy some tasty snacks! If you haven’t yet found a language partner, we are here to help! There are a number of ways to find a partner: send an email to our new mailing list:, search the website at, or email We can help! Just let us know if you’re having trouble finding a partner!!! We are actively growing our community and new members are joining daily. Be persistent and flexible as you work to find a partner. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday! Happy language learning, and see you soon.

November 1, 2016

MIT Hult Prize Challenge Info Session, Nov 2

Interested in entrepreneurship or launching a start-up taking on the world’s most pressing social issues with $1M in seed capital? Join or create a team and compete for a chance to win $1M seed capital through the Hult Prize Challenge. The 2017 challenge, introduced by President Clinton, is on building sustainable, scalable social enterprises that rest the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022. If you have an idea, want to join a team or just learn more, come to our info-session. Take advantage and meet other people within the MIT community who are also committed to social change. RSVP to attend the information session on Wednesday, November 2 from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Martin Trust Center, room 175 / 175 A. If already have a team, register here. If you have any questions, contact Gabriela Werneck ( or Marisa DeAngelis (

October 31, 2016

Research Advising Survey Info Session, Nov. 1

You are invited to a special information session regarding the new end-of-semester assessments of research advising that academic departments will begin rolling out in a pilot program this year. Please join the GSC Officers and Michael McClellan (2015-2016 GSC President and main point-of-contact for the rollout of this program) at a special information session, on Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM in 32-124. In order to expand this initiative—which has broad support from students, faculty members, and MIT administration members—we would like to build interest in all departments of the Institute. Below is some background information on this initiative. Read more

October 31, 2016

Workshop on Personal Budgeting, Nov. 2

What are your financial goals for this this semester? The rest of grad school? The rest of your life? We’ll discuss how a budget can help you achieve those goals – and how you can actually enjoy doing it! On Wednesday, November 2nd from 12:00-1:30 pm in 68-181, the ODGE’s Financial Literacy for Graduate Student initiative will be offering a workshop on Personal Budgeting. There will be a multimedia presentation and a demonstration of online budgeting resources as well as plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Interested students should RSVP here (Free pizza!).  Get more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative. The workshop schedule is as follows: November 16 – Planning for Retirement; November 28 – Building a Portfolio for Any Weather; December 12 – Navigating Credit and Debt: From Student Loans to Credit Cards. All workshops will be held in 68-181.  There is a completely free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). It is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including budgeting, emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc. It is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. More information can be found here. Remember to sign up and check it out!

October 25, 2016

MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches

Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students! Sign up and get more information here.

October 21, 2016

Making Feminist Fitna: A half day conference on Islamic Feminism, Oct. 22

Making Feminist Fitna is a half-day event bringing together local Muslim feminists and allies from academia, activist and art spaces to share, discuss and celebrate Islamic feminist thought. Come to W20 Lobdell (W20-208) on Saturday October 22nd from 12 pm to 5:30 pm for panels and breakout group. Open mic will be from 7 pm to 9 pm at W20 Mezz (W20-307).This event features Dr. Kecia Ali (Department of religion, BU), Saadia Yacoob (Department of religion, Williams college), Dr Zahra Ayubi (Department of religion, Dartmouth college), Dr Elora Chowdhury (WGS, Umass Boston), and Naila Baloch (Associate chaplin and Muslim advisor, Middlebury college). Lunch will be provided. Register today!

October 20, 2016

ICC info session: Cross-Cultural Communications, Oct. 21

Back by popular demand: Information session on cross-cultural communications, sponsored by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC).  MIT’s global activities continue to grow, as does the size and diversity of our international community. This information session offers background and practical examples– as well as raising awareness to help us work together in this increasingly global and multi-cultural environment. We are fortunate to have a few experts among us who will be leading the session on this very important topic: Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of Professional Education, and Bernd Widdig, Director of International Activities. This information session will take place on Friday, October 21 from 10:00 am to 11;30 am at Chipman room, 6-104. RSVP at

October 20, 2016

GWAMIT Leadership Conference “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship” Oct. 24-28

GWAMIT is proud to announce the dates for the 2016 Fall Leadership conference! Events will be held during the week of October 24th, and will be geared towards this year’s conference theme of “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship”. Events include:

  • Entrepreneurship Without Borders: A Keynote by Christine Souffrant Ntim
  • Movie Night: Makers, a double-feature
  • Succeeding in Male-Dominated Fields: A Panel
  • Taking Control of a Meeting
  • Negotiating Your First Job Offer
  • Designing the World Through Entrepreneurship: A Panel
  • MIT Student-Alumnae Mixer
  • Spitfire: Engineering + Entrepreneurship
  • Strictly Strength Training Class

There is an amazing lineup of speakers and events scheduled, and we hope to see you there! Keep yourself updated through the GWAMIT website. Please contact this year’s committee at with questions.

October 17, 2016

Failures in Grad School: A Discussion with Prof. Robert Langer, Oct. 18

Feeling overwhelmed with classes or research? Are you terrified of failure? Join MindHandHeart and Dr. Robert Langer on October 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm  at the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House for the first discussion in our monthly lecture series on “Failures in Grad School”. RSVP for dinner with Professor Langer. 10 -15 Dinner attendees will be selected by lottery. This event will be photographed and/or filmed.

October 14, 2016

Financial Literacy Workshop on Fellowships, Oct. 17

On October 17 from 12 pm – 1:30pm in 68-181 there will be a second presentation on applying to Graduate Fellowships. In most cases this will be the same presentation offered on September 30 with a little more emphasis on the NSF GRFP as the deadlines are at the end of the month. During this presentation we will be going over the reasons why fellowships are great, how to find them, the application process, tips on personal statements and research proposals, the types of resources. This presentation will be mainly geared towards those interested in applying in the fall and winter of 2016/17 for funding during the 2017-2018 academic year, but it is never too early to think about this process! It is suggested that interested students RSVP here (Free pizza!).  Find more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative. Remember that there is a free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). Customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. More information can be found here. Please sign up and check it out!

October 13, 2016

Four Weeks for America info session, Oct. 17

Want to make a difference in the STEM education or medical fields while learning first hand from practitioners? Want to inspire kids from small rural areas or big inner cities about science and math? Want to help individuals families with their local healthcare needs? Come to the information session on Tuesday, October 176 pm at 5-233 and learn about Four Weeks for America, an IAP program that partners MIT students with practitioners in education and medicine. We collaborate with Teach for America teachers across the country and practitioners at Boston Medical Center. Note that the application deadline for this program is  Friday, October 21 at 5 pm. Email with questions. Learn more about Four Weeks for America.

October 12, 2016

Annual Path of Professorship (POP) workshop; Apply by Oct. 15

This is a 1.5 day workshop that provides women who are considering academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math with insights, tools, strategies and insider information that will help them to be successful in their job search and on the tenure track. Over the course of the workshop, participants will hear from more than 20 extraordinary women faculty from diverse institutions, and they will have an opportunity to network with approximately 70 women with similar aspirations.This year, we have the honor of hearing from former MIT President Susan Hockfield, who will be our reception speaker on Friday evening. Preference for participation in the workshop is given to graduate women students who are within 2 years of degree completion.  Applications open on October 1 2016 and are due by October 15 2016.  The workshop will run from Friday, November 18 to Saturday, November 19.

Attendees learn: key strategies for applying and interviewing for academic positions,the importance of networking and how to manage networking with peers and superiors, what to negotiate for once you have the offer,  things you can do now and during your hire to make your tenure-track years as smooth and successful as possible, characteristics of different types of universities, and how to maintain a balanced life in light of the rigorous demands of a career in academia

October 11, 2016

Public service fellowships: proposal writing workshops Oct. 13 – 19

As a Public Service Fellow, you have the opportunity to develop and implement a service project of your own design. You also have the option of interning with a service-focused organization to learn about how they operate and help them meet their mission. The PKG center will be hosting workshops on proposal writing at W20-555 on the following dates: Thursday, October 13, 12 pm–1 pmFriday, October 14, 2 pm –3 pmWednesday, October 19, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm. In these workshops we will learn how to structure a proposal, describe what the PKG Center is looking for, and avoid common mistakes in proposal submissions. Applications are due by Friday, October 21 ,12 pm. Learn more about the Public Service Scholarships.

October 7, 2016

Free weekly MIT Belly-Dancing Classes on Sundays

Wanna learn to belly-dance like a pro? Looking for a fun workout? Well it doesn’t get any more fun than this! Shahd, the founder of MIT belly-dancing Club, started belly dancing at the age of 5, and has regularly performed in various festivals in France, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Czech Republic since then. Currently, Shahd is a graduate student here at MIT, performing in various events on or off-campus and teaching belly-dancing every Sunday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the McCormick Dance Studio. Anyone is welcome to be a part of this amazing experience, no previous experience necessary and you don’t have to commit to the performances! Apply for this class here. Get more information on this class or contact if you have questions.

October 6, 2016

Therapy dogs at Hayden, Oct. 7 & Nov. 4

MIT Libraries continues Furry First Fridays, the popular therapy dogs program, for the fall term. On the first Fridays in October and November, 2-3:30 pm, you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES:Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall. No lines and no waiting! Furry First Fridays builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. All are welcome; no registration required. For those planning ahead: We expect dogs and their handlers will be also be available on Thursday, December 15, 2-3:30 pm, for the Cookies with Canines event during final exam week.

October 5, 2016

“She Started It” screening and panel discussion, Oct 6

Martin Trust Center presents a feature length documentary on women tech entrepreneurs that highlights successful role models for young women. Following the film is an interactive panel with four female founders sharing their experiences. She Started It is a feature length documentary film on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi & more, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman. We will be screening the hour long film, and hosting an interactive panel discussion focusing on the experiences of female entrepreneurs following the documentary. The screening will take place on Thursday, October 6  from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at MIT Stata Center Room 32-123. Panelists include Elsa Sze, Founder & CEO, Agora; Melissa James, President, Founder & CEO, The Tech Connection Inc.; and Alex Wright-Gladstein, C0-Founder & CEO, Ayar Labs. RSVP here to attend.

October 5, 2016

Free laptop tagging TODAY

MIT Information Systems & Technology is tagging laptops today in Lobby 10 from 10am to 2pm. You have a much better chance of recovering a lost or stolen laptop or tablet if you get it tagged with STOP Security Tracking plates. The STOP plate on a lost laptop or tablet can help return it to its rightful owner. The plate also works as a visual deterrent for thieves looking to quickly resell equipment. Laptop tagging and registration is a free service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) community members. See additional information.

September 21, 2016

Workshop: Leveraging your international Experience, Sep. 23

Today’s employers want graduates with cross-cultural expertise and global competency. How do you let them know you have what they’re looking for? Learn how you can incorporate your global experiences into your resume, interviews, and other conversations with employers. Come to the GECD-MISTI workshop at W11 (Religious Activities Center) on Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 11;30 am. Please bring a sample job description and your resume. Light refreshments will be provided! Register here.This workshop is co-sponsored by MISTI and GECD.

September 20, 2016

Intel Lunch n’ Learn – Getting the First Job, Sep. 22

Join a panel of women engineers from Intel as they discuss their experiences working in industry, and dispense invaluable advice about getting that first job out of school. Be sure to stay around for lunch and networking after their talks! This event will be taking place at MIT building HST-119 on Thursday, September 22 at 12:00 pm. Register here to attend. GWAMIT’s Professional Development Lunch n’ Learn series is a monthly seminar devoted to helping MIT’s graduate students learn about careers outside of academia. If you have suggestions or ideas about this series,  please email. Food will be provided.

September 19, 2016

Roxane Gay talk and book signing, Sep. 20

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20 at 3 pm on the 6th floor of E14 for a talk and book signing with the incredible Roxane Gay. She is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism.  With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism.  NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a painstaking examination of body image.

Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK, and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament. Part of the MAS Diversity Speaker Series, Sponsored by the MIT program in Media Arts & Sciences.