DUE News - 2015

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  • MIT admits 1,467 students from 50 states and 67 countries; video of drones delivering acceptance letters garners local and national media attention.

    On Saturday, March 14, MIT made its undergraduate admissions decisions available online to applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Institute admitted 1,467 students to next year’s freshman class.

    “We have so many high caliber students who apply to MIT every year. It makes our job to select the class a truly difficult one.” says Stuart Schmill, MIT’s dean of admissions...


  • Bahr, Drennan, Gibson, and Sive receive the Institute’s highest undergraduate teaching award.

    2015 MacVicar Fellows

    Four MIT professors have been named 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellows, awarded for exceptional undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and educational innovation.

    This year’s honorees are Arthur Bahr, the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Literature; Catherine L. Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and investigator; Lorna J. Gibson, the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering; and Hazel L. Sive, a professor of biology...

  • Undergraduate financial aid budget to grow 8.8 percent; tuition and fees will rise 3.75 percent.

    MIT undergraduate financial aid 2015-16Underscoring its commitment to preserving broad access to MIT, the Institute will allocate $103.4 million next year to ensure affordability for its 4,500 undergraduate students — the first time MIT’s annual financial aid budget will exceed $100 million.

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship MIT senior Shruti Sharma is one of 40 U.S. recipients of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year. This award will allow her to pursue a PhD in materials and manufacturing engineering at the University of Cambridge, focusing on nanotechnology in the Cavendish Laboratories’ Centre for Nanoscience. She intends to pursue a career in industrial engineering.

  • The MIT Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unveiled its new high-tech teaching lab at the Joint Military Simulator opening ceremony on Jan. 29.

  • “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

  • In 2002, the same year that MIT piloted the Leader to Leader (L2L) program, President Emeritus Paul Gray described leadership in higher education in this way, "universities, as a class, are for the most part led by people who have had no formal training as leaders…What makes such leadership possible is that along the way you get some very good mentoring, which helps develop the necessary skills."

    Since then, the L2L leadership development program has become an essential way for MIT to actively mentor and build its internal leadership capability. L2L fellows are chosen via a highly selective process and then take on a year-long commitment to gain new skills and insights from faculty, MIT’s senior leadership, and each other. In true MIT fashion, the program employs both a theoretical leadership framework, based on the Sloan School of Management’s model of leadership, and hands-on leadership experiences.

    In December 2014, four DUE staff graduated from the L2L program, congratulations!

    • Kim Benard, Assistant Director, Distinguished Fellowships, GECD
    • Peggy Eysenbach, Development Officer, Experiential Learning, Edgerton Center
    • David Randall, Associate Dean, Student Support Services
    • Ingrid Vargas, Advisor, Special Projects and Initiatives, Office of the Chancellor (and formally in the Office of Admissions)

    In reflecting on her L2L experience, Ingrid Vargas explained, "Among its most rewarding components is the focus on developing greater self-awareness...

  • DUE staff gathered on January 15 at the Stata Center to celebrate the new year with an afternoon of conversation, delicious food, and camaraderie. Many thanks to Dean Freeman for hosting the event, and to Lisa Stagnone for orchestrating it with panache!

    January 2015 DUE holiday party

  • New system provides flexibility for timetabling, student scheduling, final-exam scheduling, and event scheduling at the Institute.