Academic Success News - 2011

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.