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Ms. Nuclear Energy is winning over nuclear skeptics

August 29, 2023

First-year MIT nuclear science and engineering (NSE) doctoral student Kaylee Cunningham is not the first person to notice that nuclear energy has a public relations problem. But her commitment to dispel myths about the alternative power source has earned her the moniker “Ms. Nuclear Energy” on TikTok and a devoted fan base on the social […]

Denzil Streete named senior associate dean and director of the Office of Graduate Education

August 25, 2023

After a national search, the MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor has named Denzil A. Streete senior associate dean and director of the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). Streete succeeds Blanche Staton, who retired this summer after serving for more than 25 years at MIT. He will begin his role at MIT on Sept. 12. […]

Q&A: Three Tata Fellows on the program’s impact on themselves and the world

August 25, 2023

The Tata Fellowship at MIT gives graduate students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research and work with real-world applications in developing countries. Part of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, this fellowship contributes to the center’s goal of designing appropriate, practical solutions for resource-constrained communities. Three Tata Fellows — Serena Patel, Rameen Hayat […]

Dyanna Jaye: Bringing the urgency of organizing to climate policy

August 24, 2023

Growing up in the Tidewater region of Virginia, Dyanna Jaye had a front row seat to the climate crisis. She recalls beach stabilization efforts that pumped sand from the bottom of the ocean to the shore in response to rising sea levels. And every hurricane season, the streets would flood. “I was thinking at a […]

Making aviation fuel from biomass

August 23, 2023

In 2021, nearly a quarter of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions came from the transportation sector, with aviation being a significant contributor. While the growing use of electric vehicles is helping to clean up ground transportation, today’s batteries can’t compete with fossil fuel-derived liquid hydrocarbons in terms of energy delivered per pound of weight — […]

MIT engineers use kirigami to make ultrastrong, lightweight structures

August 22, 2023

Cellular solids are materials composed of many cells that have been packed together, such as a honeycomb. The shape of those cells largely determines the material’s mechanical properties, including its stiffness or strength. Bones, for instance, are filled with a natural material that enables them to be lightweight, but stiff and strong. Inspired by bones […]

Q&A: Steven Gonzalez on Indigenous futurist science fiction

August 21, 2023

Steven Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in the MIT Doctoral Program in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS), where he researches the environmental impacts of cloud computing and data centers in the United States, Iceland, and Puerto Rico. He is also an author. Writing under the name E.G. Condé, he recently published his first book, […]

Investing Part 3 – Tools for Investing: Online Demo

Investing Part 3 – Tools for Investing: Online Demo

August 21, 2023

Discuss choosing investment vehicles, offer tips for fund selection, and introduce some more advanced investing topics. Final session for the semester.

Investing Part 2 – Principles of Investing and Managing a Portfolio

Investing Part 2 – Principles of Investing and Managing a Portfolio

August 21, 2023

More advanced discussion that will build on the knowledge offered in previous session. Focus on asset allocation, asset location, and understanding the market and economic business cycle.

Investing Part 1 – Five Money Musts

Investing Part 1 – Five Money Musts

August 21, 2023

Getting your finances to the point where you can begin thinking about investing as a vehicle for your money!

Graduate Fellowships at MIT: Sept 28

Graduate Fellowships at MIT: Sept 28

August 21, 2023

Why are fellowships great? What is the application process? What are the types of resources available? Tips on personal statements and research proposals.

Graduate Fellowships at MIT: Sept 27

Graduate Fellowships at MIT: Sept 27

August 21, 2023

Why are fellowships great? What is the application process? What are the types of resources available? Tips on personal statements and research proposals.

M’Care and MIT students join forces to improve child health in Nigeria

August 21, 2023

Through a collaboration between M’Care, a 2021 Health Security and Pandemics Solver team, and students from MIT, the landscape of child health care in Nigeria could undergo a transformative change, wherein the power of data is harnessed to improve child health outcomes in economically disadvantaged communities. M’Care is a mobile application of Promane and Promade […]

NSF GRFP at MIT Webinar: Sept 14

NSF GRFP at MIT Webinar: Sept 14

August 21, 2023

Interested in applying to the NSF GRFP? Want to know all the details on, who can apply, how to apply, and what the benefits of applying are? (Session on Sept 13 will share the same content.)

NSF GRFP at MIT Webinar: Sept 13

NSF GRFP at MIT Webinar: Sept 13

August 21, 2023

Interested in applying to the NSF GRFP? Want to know all the details on, who can apply, how to apply, and what the benefits of applying are? (Session on Sept 14 will share the same content.)

MIT at the 2023 Venice Biennale

August 18, 2023

The Venice Architecture Biennale, the world’s largest and most visited exhibition focusing on architecture, is once again featuring work by many MIT faculty, students, and alumni. On view through Nov. 26, the 2023 biennale, curated by Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist Lesley Lokko, is showcasing projects responding to the theme of “The Laboratory of Change.” […]

Fourteen MIT School of Science professors receive tenure for 2022 and 2023

August 17, 2023

In 2022, nine MIT faculty were granted tenure in the School of Science: Gloria Choi examines the interaction of the immune system with the brain and the effects of that interaction on neurodevelopment, behavior, and mood. She also studies how social behaviors are regulated according to sensory stimuli, context, internal state, and physiological status, and […]

Freeman Hrabowski encourages students to “hold fast to dreams” and take time for laughter

August 17, 2023

A group of more than 50 individuals recently had the pleasure of sitting down for an informal chat at MIT with distinguished educator, author, and mathematician Freeman Hrabowski. The group was predominantly composed of MIT Summer Research Program in Biology (MSRP-Bio) students and alumni and current students from the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and the University […]

Communicating across time

August 17, 2023

Since the invention of the telegraph, humans have been able to communicate across great distances in real-time. Today, we can choose among myriad technologies — radio, telephone, video conference platforms — to connect with colleagues and loved ones in different time zones, countries, and continents. These technologies create a telepresence — a sense of nearness […]

Invisible tagging system enhances 3D object tracking

August 17, 2023

Stop me if you’ve seen this before: a black and white pixelated square in lieu of a physical menu at a restaurant. QR codes are seemingly ubiquitous in everyday life. Whether you see one on a coupon at the grocery store, a flyer on a bulletin board, or the wall at a museum exhibit, each […]

3 Questions: Noah Nathan and Ariel White on Global Diversity Lab summer internships

August 17, 2023

In June and July, the Global Diversity Lab (GDL) in the Department of Political Science hosted its first GDL Summer Research Program. Pathways@GDL is aimed at broadening the pipeline into U.S. political science PhD programs. Four current undergraduates from U.S. universities and two current master’s students at African universities mixed research assistant work and their own independent research projects, professionalizing their […]

Summer research offers a springboard to advanced studies

August 17, 2023

Doctoral studies at MIT aren’t a calling for everyone, but they can be for anyone who has had opportunities to discover that science and technology research is their passion and to build the experience and skills to succeed. For Taylor Baum, Josefina Correa Menéndez, and Karla Alejandra Montejo, three graduate students in just one lab […]

How the body’s cells work together in response to infection

August 17, 2023

Constantine Tzouanas aims to deconstruct, understand, and engineer complex biological systems by studying their smallest units — individual cells. “The analogy I like to use is whenever you see a broken car, it’s very easy to describe that the windshield is broken, the bumper is crumpled,” says the fourth-year PhD candidate. “It’s much harder to […]

Studying how children learn words with no meaning

August 16, 2023

Researchers at the MIT Language Acquisition Lab are using funds from the 2022 Levitan Prize in the Humanities to carry out a set of studies investigating children’s acquisition of “expletives” or “dummy words” — words that don’t seem to have any meaning. Associate professor of linguistics Athulya Aravind, who received her PhD in linguistics at MIT in 2018, was […]

MIT Code for Good Club works with local nonprofits

August 16, 2023

Computer hackers who break into websites, change the code, and do harm are very real. But MIT Code for Good members want to do just the opposite. This group of mostly electrical engineering and computer science majors (EECS, Course 6) wants to help important causes. Each semester, club members consult with nonprofits in the Boston […]

Professor Emeritus Sanjoy Mitter, expert in the theoretical foundations of systems, communication, and control, dies at 89

August 11, 2023

MIT Professor Emeritus (post-tenure) Sanjoy Mitter, a member of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, died June 26 at age 89. An expert in the theoretical foundations of systems, communication and control, Mitter contributed to significant engineering applications, most notably in the control of interconnected power systems and pattern recognition.  Sanjoy Mitter […]

A phoenix rising from the ashes

August 9, 2023

It was 11 am on a crisp fall morning and I was standing in the North End of Boston carrying six bags full of pastries and struggling to walk to the rideshare pickup. I had visited three different bakeries to get every student who signed up for an event I was hosting their custom pastry […]

Denzil A. Streete appointed Senior Associate Dean and Director of the OGE

Denzil A. Streete appointed Senior Associate Dean and Director of the OGE

August 7, 2023

View the email announcement from Ian Waitz, Vice Chancellor. Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Denzil A. Streete, PhD, has been appointed as Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). He will begin on September 12 and succeeds Blanche Staton, who retired this past spring after serving for […]

Using social media to raise awareness of women’s resources

August 7, 2023

The Covid-19 pandemic created a global increase in domestic violence against women. Now, an MIT-led experiment designed with that fact in mind shows that some forms of social media can increase awareness among women about where to find resources and support for addressing domestic violence. In the randomized experiment, set in Egypt, women recruited via […]

Grad Blog Workshop: Apply by Sept. 5

Grad Blog Workshop: Apply by Sept. 5

August 4, 2023

Have something to say or share? Then blog about it! The MIT Graduate Admissions Blog will conduct a September workshop on blog writing for interested current MIT grad students. In brief, If you are a current MIT graduate student and would like to participate, you can apply here by 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 5. You must be […]

A cool path to disease deceleration

August 4, 2023

In 2020, Kathrin “Kat” Kajderowicz’s father passed away from lung cancer. Kajderowicz was in charge of her father’s health care for as long as she can remember. While he suffered from various cardiovascular issues for several years, it wasn’t until the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that he was diagnosed with late-stage metastatic small-cell lung […]

Helping to fill in gaps in urology research for female patients

August 2, 2023

There were early signs that Nicole De Nisco ’07, PhD ’13 might become a scientist. She ran out of science classes to take in high school and fondly remembers the teacher that encouraged her to pursue science instead of the humanities. But she ended up at MIT, in part, out of spite.  “I applied because […]

New method simplifies the construction process for complex materials

August 2, 2023

Engineers are constantly searching for materials with novel, desirable property combinations. For example, an ultra-strong, lightweight material could be used to make airplanes and cars more fuel-efficient, or a material that is porous and biomechanically friendly could be useful for bone implants. Cellular metamaterials — artificial structures composed of units, or cells, that repeat in […]

Leading business past dollars and cents

August 1, 2023

How does Annabel Flores work to defeat a broken STEM pipeline while solving our country’s biggest aerospace and defense challenges? She uses a voice the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program instilled in her. Flores ’99, MBA ’03, SM ’03 is deputy president of land and air defense at Raytheon, a prominent aerospace and […]

Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider

August 1, 2023

What does a graduate student do when the whole world shuts down? In March 2020, many grad students at MIT were asking themselves that question. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, in a matter of days MIT’s campus had closed down, research had ground to a halt, and students were sent home. During these tumultuous times, […]

Changing attitudes about jobs and gender in India

July 28, 2023

As a high school student who loved math, Lisa Ho ’17 was drawn by MIT’s spirit of “mens et manus” (“mind and hand”) and the opportunities to study both a subject and its practical applications. Now a PhD candidate in economics, Ho also appreciates the lessons in perseverance gleaned from her time on her high […]