d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education

Established in 1999, the d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education has been an important catalyst for educational innovation in the MIT undergraduate curriculum. The fund was established through a generous $10 million grant from Brit d'Arbeloff SM '61 and the late Alex d'Arbeloff '49, while he served as chairman of the MIT Corporation.

At the time, Alex d'Arbeloff said, "MIT is already known for innovation and for new ideas in how to educate scientists and engineers. In the light of new technology, we have a tremendous opportunity to go further. We can add value to the residential experience by stimulating innovation in teaching. The Institute is already churning with new ideas. This is a chance to bring them into the light of day."

Recent projects that have been funded include:

  • A Multidisciplinary, Service-Oriented, Project-Based Course in Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities;
  • Biomatrix: A Mentoring Program; and
  • Developing Online Communication Instruction in Engineering Laboratory CI-M Subjects.

The d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence Education website has more information about the fund, current and past projects, and application guidelines.