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Ed Bertschinger

Ed Bertschinger

January 26, 2022

Ed Bertschinger is a student advocate who truly cares. During his appointment as Physics Department Head, he worked tirelessly to increase diversity and build an environment of respect and support. Ed was active in helping to increase the number of students from underrepresented minorities who received Physics PhDs from 0% in 2007 to 11% in […]

Kristin Bergmann

Kristin Bergmann

January 26, 2022

“Cool, collected, and compassionate,” according to a student nominator, Professor Kristin Bergmann uplifts the students in her lab and beyond. Professor Bergmann holds the D. Reid (1941) and Barbara J. Weedon Career Development chair in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. A graduate of Carleton College, Bergmann later taught middle school earth and […]

John Belcher

John Belcher

January 26, 2022

Professor John Belcher is serious about mental health. Very open about his own battle with clinical depression, he is able to speak from experience when relating to students under stress. One of his aims as the current Associate Chair of the MIT Faculty is to help decrease the stigma associated with mental health treatment. Inspired […]

Emilio Baglietto

Emilio Baglietto

January 25, 2022

Professor Emilio Baglietto’s “unparalleled enthusiasm” for teaching is both contagious and formative of his students’ academic development. “It was during his class that I felt I actually became a nuclear engineer,” one of his advisees remarked. Over the six years that Baglietto has spent in the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, he has made […]

Alfredo Alexander-Katz

Alfredo Alexander-Katz

January 25, 2022

Stressful transitions are endemic to graduate school. Professor Alfredo Alexander-Katz is a reliable resource for students, helping them to endure and even thrive amidst difficulty. Alexander-Katz is an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he leads the Laboratory for Soft Materials. The lab focuses on self-assembly and the dynamics of […]

Seeing into the future: Personalized cancer screening with artificial intelligence

January 21, 2022

While mammograms are currently the gold standard in breast cancer screening, swirls of controversy exist regarding when and how often they should be administered. On the one hand, advocates argue for the ability to save lives: Women aged 60-69 who receive mammograms, for example, have a 33 percent lower risk of dying compared to those […]

MIT School of Engineering unveils the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Distinguished Speaker Series

January 20, 2022

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Gilda A. Barabino, president of Olin College of Engineering and professor of biomedical and chemical engineering, spoke to a hybrid audience of approximately 80 people, sharing thoughts and perspectives she’d gained during her career as a leader in the engineering field. Her presentation, “Engineering for Everyone: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” […]

Merging design, tech, and cognitive science

January 20, 2022

Ibuki Iwasaki came to MIT without a clear idea of what she wanted to major in, but that changed during the spring of her first year, when she left her comfort zone and enrolled in 4.02A (Introduction to Design). For the final project, her group had to make a modular structure out of foam blocks, […]

C2C honoree index

January 18, 2022

Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu

January 18, 2022

A simple uplifting greeting can transform someone’s day. And Professor Acemoglu’s “friendliness overflows the [Economics Department] hallways,” according to student nominators. Daron Acemoglu is an MIT Institute Professor of Economics. Acemoglu’s research delves into political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning. His recent research […]

Diversity Recruitment Events

January 18, 2022

Graduate Admissions Events

January 18, 2022

System Design & Management Online Info Session

System Design & Management Online Info Session

January 18, 2022

Join SDM learn about MIT’s master’s degree in engineering and management!

3 things I did as an international graduate student this summer

3 things I did as an international graduate student this summer

January 18, 2022

When I was accepted to the Master of Science (M.S). in Comparative Media Studies last summer, I had very specific goals of how I wanted to spend the next two years of my life in Boston: conducting ethnographic research, volunteering in several organizations, networking, and learning how to sail during the summer on the Charles […]

How my journey to the Philippines brought me to MIT

How my journey to the Philippines brought me to MIT

January 18, 2022

During the summer of 2019, my mom and I visited the Philippines for our first-time to meet relatives and learn more about our heritage. To see as much of the country as possible and to meet as many people as possible, my family rented a van for a two-week road trip. I met a LOT […]

The conflict and the privilege of MIT

The conflict and the privilege of MIT

January 18, 2022

The arrival It feels very strange to be writing this. I never thought I would be writing as a student at MIT but after a rollercoaster of events I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to study at MIT. I applied to MIT as a high school student, and after being rejected, […]

Whales of quals

January 17, 2022

This is my story of how I prioritized my mental health over qualifying exams. When I was studying for quals1, my phone kept autocorrecting quals to whales. I thought it was funny and poetic, because the stress of quals felt like a whale on me. Before reading this, I want to mention that what you […]

Innovation and the daily grind

Innovation and the daily grind

January 17, 2022

A life with daily grinds Over the last ten years, I remember working long hours on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), project finance deals, and operational issues without even realizing when the sun set. And then COVID struck! Suddenly, I had nothing to work on and nowhere to go. Somewhere inside me, I knew that I […]

Daron Acemoglu

January 14, 2022

EconomicsCelebrating potential A simple uplifting greeting can transform someone’s day. And Professor Acemoglu’s “friendliness overflows the [Economics Department] hallways,” according to student nominators. Daron Acemoglu is an MIT Institute Professor of Economics. Acemoglu’s research delves into political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning. His […]

Four with MIT ties honored with 2022 American Mathematical Society prizes

January 12, 2022

Four mathematicians with MIT ties were recently honored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Professors Michel Goemans and Richard Stanley, along with Cornell University Professor David Williamson PhD ’93, are recipients of AMS’s Leroy P. Steele Prizes for 2022. Associate Professor Semyon Dyatlov received the inaugural 2022 Mikhail Gordin Prize, offered jointly by the AMS and the European […]

Financial Literacy Workshops

January 11, 2022

Community Events

January 11, 2022

Prospective student resources

January 6, 2022

The 7,200 graduate students at MIT are one of the most talented scholarly cohorts in the world. Their educational experiences on campus go beyond just research. We are excited that you are considering becoming part of the community. Below, please find links to information about life, learning, and research at MIT. These materials were initially […]

Financial wellbeing

January 5, 2022

Finances are a key aspect of navigating graduate school. Graduate student life can be expensive, and financial strain can show up in a lot of different ways.  We offer a number of different resources, from addressing urgent financial need to helping you learn to better manage myriad aspects of your financial life. Use these pages […]

AISES: The American Indian Science and Engineering Society

AISES: The American Indian Science and Engineering Society

January 4, 2022

The Annual AISES National Conference is a unique, three-day event focusing on educational, professional, and workforce development for Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. Attendees include Indigenous high school and college students, educators, and professionals, including representatives from Tribal Nations, Tribal enterprises, […]

Funded projects

December 23, 2021

The Office of Graduate Education created the Grad Student Life Grants in 2002 to foster community building and innovative ideas on campus for graduate students. In Fall 2019, we expanded this to cover more facets of the graduate experience under Grad Student Experience Grants; also offering more funding cycles for improved flexibility. Successful proposals have […]

Additional resources

December 23, 2021

We invite you to explore these other useful resources: Student Organizations, Leadership and Engagement Office (SOLE) SOLE is a helpful resource on finance resources. Graduate Student Council The GSC is a rich source of information about current activities and issues of importance to graduate students, including funding, as well as contact information for the students who manage and […]

Promote your events

December 23, 2021

Advertise your events to encourage broad participation. Required for all grants: Use the OGE logo, which is sent to you by the Grants Fellow, on all related publicity. If your publicity is in the form of a text-only e-mail, you may include the phrase “Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education” rather than using the […]

Apply for funding

December 23, 2021

Deadlines Cycles will open on the following dates: March 15 – April 15 (ideal for events starting in Summer Term) June 15 – July 15 (ideal for events starting in Fall Semester) October 15 – November 15 (ideal for events starting in IAP & Spring Semester) Proposal characteristics Consideration will be given to proposals of […]

Grad Student Experience Grants: November Deadline

Grad Student Experience Grants: November Deadline

December 21, 2021

Do you have an idea to improve the graduate student experience or build community? Develop a proposal and request funding from the Graduate Student Experience Grants!

Grad Student Experience Grants: July Deadline

Grad Student Experience Grants: July Deadline

December 12, 2021

Do you have an idea to improve the graduate student experience or build community? Develop a proposal and request funding from the Graduate Student Experience Grants!

Elizabeth Guttenberg

Elizabeth Guttenberg

December 9, 2021

Monday: RemoteTuesday: RemoteWednesday: RemoteThursday: 3-136Friday: Remote I can help you by providing support, advice, and resources on matters related to academic and personal well-being. Fun fact: I am quite good at parallel parking.

Ivy Plus Puerto Rico

Ivy Plus Puerto Rico

December 6, 2021

El grupo de escuelas Ivy Plus está compuesto por universidades top de los Estados Unidos que trabajan en conjunto para reclutar futuros estudiantes de Maestría, Doctorado u otros posgrados, con el objetivo de fomentar diversidad en la educación superior. external link to https://www.ivypluspuertorico.net/

MIT Sloan PhD Application Q&A

MIT Sloan PhD Application Q&A

December 6, 2021

2:00PM – 3:00PM EST  During this chat, you will hear from the PhD Program team and have the chance to ask questions about the application and admissions process. Register here. 

Leo Savala

Leo Savala

December 2, 2021

Monday: RemoteTuesday: 3-107Wednesday: 3-107Thursday: RemoteFriday: Every-other Friday in 3-107 I can help you with finding support in your Department or through our office, getting connected with other graduate students, and celebrating your achievements at MIT. I met Michelle Obama in person and it was the best experience ever! She gave me a hug.

Grad Student Experience Grants: April Deadline

Grad Student Experience Grants: April Deadline

December 1, 2021

Do you have an idea to improve the graduate student experience or build community? Develop a proposal and request funding from the Graduate Student Experience Grants!