Irene Zhang

Department: Biology
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
GCF Position: GSC Creative Media Manager

I use graphic design and social media to create posters, announcements, and publicity materials about graduate student events. Through this work, I help connect students to career, networking, and social opportunities and events occurring on and off-campus. I work closely with the Graduate Student Council to stay informed about these events and ensure they are advertised effectively through a variety of channels ranging from printed posters, displays, social media posts, and email.

Irene uses her background in design to connect students to events within the larger MIT community.

How does your GCF project enhance the graduate student community?

This role enables me to use my design background and skills to connect students to events and opportunities within the larger MIT graduate community. MIT offers so many events that it is difficult to keep track of them, and I help to publicize events of particular interest to graduate students and convey information about these events in an effective visual format. Through this role, I can also inform students of opportunities outside of their individual labs or departments, fostering connections between the larger graduate community and enhancing the graduate student experience.

What is your favorite part of working in your GCF position?

As a graduate student in a science department, this role allows me to use another side of my brain in a meaningful way. I enjoy coming up with poster designs and concepts and using my creativity. As a former art major and art student, this also enables me to keep my design and artistic skills sharp.