Category Archives: Program Snapshot

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

September 11, 2017

MIT Summer Research Programs nurture tomorrow’s scientists

Dozens of undergraduate students gather each year at the annual MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) poster session to present the work they have completed over the course of the summer at MIT. This year the poster session featured research from 37 undergraduates from MSRP General, 37 undergraduates from the MSRP Bio and Neuroscience cohort, and six students from the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) program. These students came from institutions around the country to pursue research and explore departments across MIT.

Marking the conclusion of an immersive research experience, the poster session showed these 80 diverse students that they have at least one thing in common: They can make an impact in their respective research areas by proposing solutions to problems that have never been solved before. Read more and watch the highlight video.

May 17, 2017

Graduate Women Explore a Path to Professorship

Every year, a  team of graduate students, postdocs, and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education organize a two-day workshop called Path of Professorship (PoP) for MIT’s graduate and postdoctoral women considering careers in academia. PoP is the culmination of over six months of planning and passion for the work and the opportunity to support the community.

Held since 2006, PoP allows attendees to enjoy talks and valuable one-on-one conversations with faculty and peers, transferring knowledge and fostering supportive academic networks. Throughout the process, you get to interact with amazing people—some 30 dynamic and generous faculty members and 70 accomplished and engaging graduate and postdoctoral women. Working with Dean Blanche Staton and administrative assistant Patty Glidden is enough to inspire anyone: Blanche embodies a combination of professionalism, grace, wisdom, and genuine concern for each individual. Each year, it’s a pleasure to watch Blanche proudly introduce former students on stage. Read more at Slice.

September 29, 2015

doe scholars program

DOE Scholars Program application, deadline Dec. 15

The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2016. The deadline is December 15, 2015.

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.
Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

* Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
* Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
* Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status)
* Travel arrangements to and from appointment site

Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university. The program is open to majors in: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas.

Visit the website for more information or to apply. Contact:  Photo by: DonkeyHotey

September 22, 2015

CAST visting professors

CAST Visiting Artists 2015–2016

MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) welcomes the following visiting artists to campus in the 2015–2016 academic year. From photographers to filmmakers and architects to musicians, these artists will collaborate with MIT faculty and researchers and present public programs.

CAST Visiting Artists 2015–2016:

  • John Fitzgerald and Matthew Niederhauser, documenting suburbanization across the world and its physical, social, and environmental manifestations
  • Tomás Saraceno, collaborating with Lodovica Illari in MIT Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) for the Aerocene project
  • Keith Ellenbogen, acclaimed underwater photographer and videographer, documenting marine life with a focus on conservation
  • Lara Baladi, internationally recognized multi-disciplinary transmedia artist
  • Karim Ben Khelifa, award-winning photojournalist documenting some of the world’s longest standing conflicts

Visit the website for more information on each artist and tehir upcoming projects and presentations.

September 22, 2015

MSRP Alum: Prof. Asegun Henry at S3TEC Seminar at MIT

Asegun Henry, assistant professor of heat transfer, combustion, and energy systems, at Georgia Tech, and an alumni of the ODGE’s MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP), presented at a recent S3TEC Seminar at MIT about his work in heat transfer, particularly regarding phonon gas models. You can watch his talk here and find out more on his work on his faculty website.

September 18, 2015

GEMS certificate program info session

Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) information session, Oct. 9

Institute for Medical Engineering (IMES) and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST)  is holding an information session about MIT’s Certificate Program in Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS)—a part-time certificate program to supplement existing MIT PhD curricula. GEMS provides students with the training to translate their basic research to clinical settings.

If you are interested in learning about medicine and how your work may have relevance to medicine, and answer yes to any of the following questions, then attend the GEMS Information Session, Friday October 9, 2–3 pm. 

  • Do you want first-hand clinical experiences to see where engineering and science meet real world health care?
  • Do you want to build a professional network that includes physicians and physician-scientists from the Harvard Medical community?
  • Are you early in your program and interested in ideas for medically-relevant thesis research?
  • Are you near graduation and interested in post-doc opportunities in a medical setting?
  • Do you aspire to create a biomedical business?

Please RSVP to Dominique Altarejos: Visit the GEMS website for more information or to download an application to the certificate training program.

September 15, 2015

Soros Fellowship information session, Sep. 15

The ODGE is pleased to announce an informational session on the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans on Tuesday, September 15 from 2–3 pm in the Mezzanine Lounge in the Stratton Student Center (W20-307).

Craig Harwood, director of the Soros Fellowship, will be on hand to provide a brief presentation on the fellowship and to answer questions. More information on the fellowship can be found on their website. A MIT news article on last year’s recipients can be found here.

August 27, 2015


Medical Device Development Oct. 29, 30

Now accepting applications for Harvard Catalysts Medical Device Development course. This two-day course happening October 29-30, 2015 will provide an introduction to medical device innovation, development, and translation. This course is tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions [Includes MIT Postdocs and Graduate Students] and will take place at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA.  For more information and a detailed description of Medical Device Development, please visit our website or contact us at with any questions. Apply here by September 18, 2015! Photo by Ekso Bionics

August 26, 2015


Consider Entrepreneurship in the Waste space D-LAB

Understand the multiple dimensions of the global waste challenge. Learn from experts working in the field including researchers, waste-pickers and city planners. The course focuses on studying some of the multiple dimensions of waste generation and management. Topics are presented in real contexts through case studies, field visits, civic engagement and research and include consumer culture, waste streams, waste management, entrepreneurship and innovation on waste, technology evaluation, downcycling/upcycling, Life Cycle Analysis and waste assessment. Labs include building low-cost, small scale technology, field trips to waste-related institutions and businesses, art workshops and e-waste scrapping taught by practitioners, artists and waste enthusiasts. Opportunities for IAP or summer travel.

Instructors: Kate Mytty (‘15), Master in City Planning 2015, Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar, Instructor, MIT D-Lab. Fall 2015, 9 units, Lecture: MW 10-11:30, Lab: F 2-4 (hands-on) Prerequisite: None. Limited to 16 students. Contact: Photo by Greenpeace India

August 24, 2015


Increasing Diversity of People and Ideas at the Media Lab Through MSRP

MSRP brings undergraduates from schools across the country to MIT to prepare and excite them for the graduate school experience. The program seeks to provide underrepresented minorities with access to opportunities for research and discourse with STEM faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. This challenging summer program demands a great deal from its participants, somewhat aiming to recreate the graduate school experience. It gives students a sense of whether an advanced degree is something they would want to pursue, and if so, if MIT (and in this case the Media Lab) is the right place for them.

Taken a step further, by increasing the number of students the Lab hosts through MSRP, we are increasing the range of people who have access to (and ultimately interest in) the work that we do. This summer, the Media Lab hosted six MSRP interns, Randi Williams, Claudine Humure, Pedro Colon-Hernandez, Elizabeth Gallardo, Ziv Epstein, Hayley Hinsberger, the most we have ever hosted at once, in four research groups: Biomechatronics, Fluid Interfaces, Object-Based Media, and Social Machines. The Media Lab community had a lot to learn from the interns, too; this is a group of students with a vast range of life and research experiences. They each brought their own take to the work, seeing it through a new and unique lens. Not to mention, this was a great mentoring and learning opportunity for the graduate students and postdocs that supervise the interns. Read Monica Orta’s full story at the MediaLab on

August 21, 2015

healthcare lab

Register for Healthcare Lab, 15.767 or 15.777

An action learning course open to all MIT students. Work in teams on projects in health including operations management, IT, strategy, marketing, etc. Work on real-world problems for health organizations. Projects are in the Boston area for 15.767 or may be international for 15.777. Learn about the challenges of US healthcare delivery from leading experts in health organizations such as payers, providers, IT, startups, etc. Classes meet MW, 10:00 – 11:30 beginning Sept. 9, 2015, E62-250 Contact: Photo by

August 17, 2015


Learn about Conflict Management – Fall CM Training Application is Open!

Learn more about Conflict Management! Lessons are divided into 3 tiers. Participants can choose a tier which most suits their interest. Training is free for graduate students! We will convene on campus for half day on Fridays (8:30am-12:30pm) in the fall semesterApply here! For more information, visit our website or contact Photo by Adam Arroyo

August 17, 2015


GCWS-MIT Fall Courses Deadline Aug. 24

The GCWS is one of the finest options graduate students have in the greater Boston area, providing intellectual, professional, and networking opportunities that are unparalleled and unique.  We will be accepting applications until our deadline: Monday, August 24th, 2015. Please find detailed course descriptions on our website.  If you have any questions about our courses or application process, please contact Andi Sutton at

Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women’s and Gender Studies, Tuesdays, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Understanding the Pornographic and the Obscene, Tuesdays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, American Motherhood and Mothering: Theory, Discourse, Practice, and Change, Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

August 5, 2015


MIT Global Health and Medical Humanities (GHMH) Upcoming Events

The goal of the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI) is to provide MIT students the training to analyze critically the determinants of health and roles of medicine in society from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Global Health programs in medical schools, schools of public health, and universities and colleges across the U.S. emphasize how biomedical training, research, and practice, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations beyond the health sciences, are necessary to improve the determinants of health—whether social, political, economic, or biological. Medical Humanities is a subfield of medicine that draws on the humanities, arts, and social sciences to analyze medical education and clinical practice.

Find more information and a calendar of upcoming events at our webpage. Photo by Andrew Malone

May 27, 2015

Dwivedi and Srinath help enable young Indian scientists to thrive through Khorana Program

Har Gobind Khorana was born in Raipur, a small village in Punjab, which is now part of eastern Pakistan. He was home-schooled by his father, the village tax clerk. He went on to study at Punjab University and then left India in 1945 to pursue his PhD at the University of Liverpool. Early in his career, Khorana performed some of his most groundbreaking work, which would lay the basis for modern molecular biology. The great achievement of this work was almost immediately recognized with the Nobel Prize in 1968, which he shared with Robert Holley and Marshall Nirenberg.

In 1970, Khorana moved his home to MIT, where he stayed for nearly 40 years until retiring in 2007. Beyond his profound contribution to the field of biology, Gobind was an active member of the MIT community with a passion for mentoring young scientists. Aseem Ansari, who was a postdoc at MIT, knew of Khorana’s accomplishments and his commitment to education and mentoring and was inspired to found a program in his name. The Khorana Program was founded in 2007 by Ansari at the University of Wisconsin. The program allows India’s highest ranking undergraduate students to do research for a summer term at a top U.S. university.

Uttam RajBhandary’s deep friendship with Khorana spurred his active involvement, along with Mandana Sassanfar, in forming the MIT chapter of the Khorana Program in 2012. And in 2013, the program hosted 35 students across 10 different institutions. For these students, this is more than just a research opportunity; it is a chance at gaining experience and connections to make them eligible candidates to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. As one scholar phrased it, “It is really a make it or break it opportunity for us.” Vivek Dwivedi and Chetan Srinath, respectively in their third and second years of the biology PhD program, are both Khorana alumni who feel a sense of commitment to the program and to helping future generations of Khorana Scholars. Every year when new scholars arrive, Khorana alumni and other current students serve as mentors to help the new scholars transition to life in Cambridge and to performing full time research. They are also able to provide invaluable scientific guidance and advice for graduate school admissions. Continue reading at MIT News.

May 27, 2015

Reminder: Subsidized Backup Childcare Program for Students

Each year, 10 days of childcare before June 30 can be subsidized to a cost of only $5 per hour! Any unused days will not carry over to the new cycle. MIT students can use the service at the subsidized rate up to 10 times annually, for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 hours each time. is a nation-wide service provider, and their screened, trained caregivers are available on short notice to provide childcare, day or evening, 7 days a week. The program is funded by the ODGE and administered by MIT Work-Life Office. For more information go to the Work-Life Office websitePhoto by Clever Cupcakes.

May 4, 2015

Apply for 2015-2016 GCWS Graduate Seminars

GCWS graduate seminars are open to students across disciplines at all GCWS member institutions. Masters and PhD students are eligible to apply as well as advanced undergraduate students doing work in a discipline related to the course topics. The current course offerings for Fall 2015 include Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women’s and Gender StudiesUnderstanding the Pornographic and the Obscene, and American Motherhood and Mothering: Theory, Discourse, Practice, and Change. The Spring 2016 offerings are Feminist Inquiry and The Secret Sex Life of Anthropological Artifacts: Gender and Race in the Museum. The complete course descriptions and faculty bios are in the 2015-2016 course brochure. There is a particular application process for GCWS courses. Applications are accepted until the enrollment deadline and are reviewed by the seminar instructors immediately following. Students will be notified of their final acceptance two to three days after the deadline. Students may apply after the deadline, pending available space in the class. The fall application deadline is August 24th, 2015 and the spring application is January 4th, 2016. Please call or email the GCWS for more information about application procedures, member institution cross-registration policies, or credit questions, and visit the GCWS web site.

September 16, 2014

Volunteer to tutor for ESL (Starting Sep. 22)

The MIT English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1-2 hours per week or to serve as substitutes as needed. No experience is required. A good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English is all that is needed. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement. Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 pm – midnight beginning September 22. This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Please contact for details. Photo by Dan Foy.

September 5, 2014

@HASTS_MIT: A collaborative project on Twitter

History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology & Society at MIT (HASTS) is excited to announce a new collaborative Twitter project: @HASTS_MIT! Each week of the fall 2014 semester a different HASTS community member — students, faculty, alumni, staff, affiliates, etc. — will run the @HASTS_MIT account. Check it out for thoughts and different perspectives on research, projects, reading, fieldwork, and much more. Look forward to a great lineup for the semester, reflective of the many interests of the HASTS community. Starting with the week of 9/1-9/7 the September schedule is Mitali Thakor, Ian Condry, Amy Johnson, Wade Roush, and Lan Li. Join in by following the account or, if you don’t have a Twitter account of your own, stop by now and then!

August 25, 2014

Master of Science in Management Studies program celebrates five-year anniversary

In 2009, the Master of Science in Management Studies degree program debuted at MIT Sloan. Five years in, the program is now an integral part of the school’s portfolio. Open to students who have received or are working toward an MBA or a comparable master’s degree program at an institution abroad, the intensive, customizable, nine-month program is designed for students from outside the United States who want to deepen their knowledge of management education. They spend a year at MIT Sloan pursuing a master’s degree in management studies, and ultimately graduate with a Master of Science degree from MIT in two semesters. The average MSMS student is similar to a second-year MIT Sloan MBA student, and has approximately 4.5 years of work experience and, on average, is about 28 years old. Continue reading about this program on the MIT Sloan Newsroom.

April 14, 2014

Summer Teaching Certificate Program (Register TODAY)

The Teaching and Learning Lab will be offering its Teaching Certificate Program this summer in an accelerated format. This workshop series is for students and postdocs interested in developing their teaching skills as well as those who are planning careers in academe. To earn a certificate, students must participate in 7 classroom workshops and a videotaped teaching/lesson presentation. Registration is required and will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14th. (Mark your calendars now! Space is limited and all sections are usually full 24-48 hours after registration opens).

The Summer Program kicks off on Tuesday, May 27th, with the first workshop: Students as Learners, You as Teacher. There will be five sections offered, with one reserved for students in NON-science/engineering departments. For more information, visit the program website. For any questions about the program, please contact Leann Dobranski ( Photo by Vandy CFT.

February 27, 2014

Apply for the GSC-PSC Joint Service Fund (Deadline Mar. 2)

The GSC Funding Board is now accepting applications for student group funding, for the new GSC/PSC Joint Fund for public service, and for the new sustainability fund.  The cycle begins on Friday, March 14th, and ends on Saturday, June 14th.  The application deadline is Sunday, March 2nd, 2014!  Fill out the application here.

January 8, 2014

Grad students mentor minority high schoolers through MITES

Growing up in southern Florida, AJ Perez was an accomplished student with dreams of attending an elite college. The schools he heard most about, however, were the local options: University of Miami, Florida State. Then, in 2008, as a high school junior, Perez applied for and was accepted to MIT’s Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science — or MITES — program. He spent a month and a half that summer immersed in university-level classes, learning about math, physics, and robotics and, it turned out, reshaping his plans for the future.

“I didn’t know I wanted to go to MIT until MITES,” Perez says. “It wasn’t too often MIT came up in daily conversation.”

Perez, now 21, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also worked as a MITES teaching assistant the summer between his sophomore and junior years. Today, he is enrolled in a master’s program at the school and is a cofounder of New Valence Robotics, a startup focused on creating 3-D printers that can be used by science and math students in elementary, middle, and high schools. “Realizing the impact we’re having on people and realizing how excited the kids get — that’s what keeps me going every day,” Perez says.

Continue reading the article in The Boston Globephoto by Essdras M Suarez

December 19, 2013

Resource Spotlight: Work-Life Center

The challenges of raising and caring for a family while pursuing a graduate degree at MIT can be formidable and complex. Fortunately, the Work-Life Center is available to members the MIT community, offering an array of tools and solutions to insure the health and stability of students, faculty, and staff and their families.

Their services range from one-on-one consultation to address issues like work-life balance, childcare, parenting, stress, and more to administering on-campus childcare centers and the new backup childcare pilot program for students, which is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. The center houses a lending library of more than 1,000 books about a variety of work-life topics. They can also provide referrals to other support facilities both on and off campus.

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December 13, 2013

Somerville Saferide: answers to your questions

The new Somerville Saferide runs seven days a week from 6:00pm to 2:30am Sunday through Wednesday and from 6:00am to 3:30am Thursday through Saturday.  Because the shuttle is new, early problems are still being worked out.  Feedback is much appreciated; you can send your feedback to  Below are a few common questions and answers compiled from student feedback:

Q: Where is the shuttle line on the MIT App?  It would be much better if the live tracking were there!
A: We agree completely!  The reason the new shuttle line is not yet on the app is because the amount of time and cost it would take to import the new line doesn’t make sense until the line is approved for continuance.  Don’t worry though!  For now, you can find the live tracking at the NextBus website and on the NextBus app.

Q: I noticed the bus doesn’t always show up on time.  What’s the deal?
A: The current NextBus predictions are accurate about 95% of the time, however the prediction algorithms get better as more data points are collected over time.  If the line is approved for the long-term the quality of predictions will be the same as all the other buses at MIT.

Q: How did you plan the route and direction?  Can you make changes?
A: Sure!  We can provide regular input to MIT Transportation to make changes and improvements as the line is trialed, so please let us know what you think.  That said, we do want you to know that the line’s route and stops were chosen using an algorithm that attempted to maximize the number of students within walking distance of the line and minimize the total time spent walking by students to pick-up locations.

Q: You’ve mentioned a couple of times about the line being “continued.” How does this work?
A: If we attain sufficient ridership numbers through the Fall term MIT will consider making the line permanent and cover the cost of service.  In other words, if you like the new shuttle line, please ride it.  If you don’t please let us know what’s wrong so we can improve it before the final decision.

December 12, 2013

Resource Spotlight: MIT spouses&partners

The transition to a new community – particularly one as uniquely demanding as MIT – poses a number of difficulties to the spouses and partners of MIT students, faculty, and staff. MIT spouses&partners provide a wealth of resources for those new to MIT and the Boston area, but it’s not just for new arrivals: through weekly meetings, interest groups, and events, MIT spouses&partners cultivates a thriving community that helps to forge friendships, cultivate camaraderie, and create a valuable network for its membership that encompasses both personal support and professional opportunities.

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