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  • The Sophomore Year Experience is an initiative expanding on the work of the Sophomore Year Transition Program in Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). MIT Staff from several offices, including UPOP, Residential Life Programs, Alumni Office’s Externship Program, Public Service Center, Global Education and Career Development and UAAP, have formed the SYE Committee to develop programming and bring awareness to available resources for sophomore students.

  • On Monday, February 6th, UAAP welcomed back many of the forty-six MIT students returning to campus for the Spring 2012 semester at its biannual Returning Students Luncheon hosted by Student Support Services. Returning students are resuming their studies at MIT following a withdrawal from the Institute for personal, academic or medical reasons and have successfully completed the readmission process.

  • Recently Career Services, within the GECD, held a highly attended workshop on the Impostor Syndrome, presented by Dr. Valerie Young. Dr. Young spoke to over 200 MIT students about this psychological phenomenon where people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.

  • MIT is proud of its commitment to First Generation students. First Generation students, those whose parents do not have college degrees, comprise 16% of the MIT student population, approximately 800 students in total (undergraduate and graduate). The critical importance of this population surpasses its sheer numbers, as this segment of the student body plays a vital role in the richness of an MIT education. Moreover, the presence of First Generation students reflects one of MIT's key values: its dedication to guaranteeing equal and affordable access to higher education.

  • MIT is proud of its commitment to First Generation students. First Generation students, or those whose parents do not have college degrees, comprise 16% of the MIT student body. Until now, though, there has been no public forum in which to address their needs, shared experiences, and unique challenges. During the Spring 2011 semester, this segment of the MIT student population was given a voice and a much needed sense of community. Earlier this year, the First Generation Project was launched, sponsored by the UAAP/Student Support Services. Two dinners were held, one on February 17th and one on March 31st, where First Generation students, faculty, and administrators came together to share their powerful life stories of overcoming the odds.

  • Interphase 2011 T-shirtIt is hard to believe that another year has passed so quickly, but as many of the MIT offices start to take summer vacations the Interphase staff hears footsteps…On Sunday, June 26, 2011 the sounds go from a whisper to a roar with the arrival of the latest Interphase cohort. Seventy members of the incoming Class of 2015 have decided to pass up “their last summer” by spending their time learning more about the unique MIT culture. The members of this Interphase cohort represent nineteen mainland states and Puerto Rico. Their majors and career interests are as diverse as the communities they have left behind.

    Participating students in Interphase live on MIT's campus and attend classes five days/week, to enhance their analytical-thinking and communication skills. They are taught by current MIT faculty, professors, alumni, and graduate students. As participants are introduced to the MIT culture, they begin to make connections with upperclassmen and recent graduates who facilitate recitation and discussion groups. They serve as role models, mentors and leaders to the incoming class.

    Interphase 2011 Students

  • On May 12, seven members of MIT's Class of 2014 were presented with the first-ever Freshman Awards. Created by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP), the Freshman Awards recognize the distinguished achievements of freshmen who, immediately upon entry, made a deep and sustained commitment to student life and learning at the Institute.

  • On Dec. 23, MIT Chancellor Phillip Clay announced that Student Support Services (S^3) will now report to the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE). This administrative change was based on careful consideration of the November 2009 final report of the Student Support Services (S^3) Task Force.

  • This year, the Terrascope program offered a unique challenge to a group of more than 50 freshmen in Mission 2013, or 12.000. Their task, which was to propose a global solution to the rapid rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide using Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), was by no means an easy one. In the past, Terrascope has asked freshmen to study a variety of complex problems including the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, reconstruction of post-Katrina New Orleans, collapse of the global fishery, and the lack of fresh water in western North America.

  • Teaching and learning at MIT are intensive and demanding. Most students discover that they need to refine and upgrade their study skills, both during the first year and later when encountering advanced material. DUE’s Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) recently unveiled Learning to Learn, a complete redesign and reoganization of its online Learning Strategies resources.