Learning Outside The Classroom News - 2009

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  • On June 8, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming welcomed twenty-seven participants to the third year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, a summer initiative that places undergraduates on faculty-mentored research projects in the biological and biotech areas. Twelve of this year’s participants currently attend MIT. The remaining fifteen students were recruited from colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Wyoming, Oberlin College, Syracuse University, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Tougaloo College.

  • FASIP LogoDespite the tough economy and employers’ decrease in the number of internship positions available this summer, students in the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) found great success in landing summer positions:

    • 91% of the 70 students who completed the first half of F/ASIP obtained internships or UROPs in their field of interest.
    • Employers include: Thomson Reuters, VMware, CombinatoRx, iRobot, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Xerox, Vertica Systems, CSN Stores, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, PricewaterhouseCoopers (China), Ben Gurion University, Siemens (Germany), and more.
    • Students are located across the United States, as well as in Belgium, China, Germany, Israel and South Korea.
  • Terrascope students at Arizona FallsMembers of the Terrascope freshman learning community have returned from a week-long trip to southern Arizona, during which they were able to see firsthand many of the factors contributing to a crisis in the availability of fresh water that threatens much of the Southwest. The returning students, having deepened their knowledge of the human and technological factors underlying the crisis, show a renewed commitment to informing the public about the seriousness of the situation, and also a stronger understanding of the influences that have made it difficult to take action thus far.

  • From traditional to innovative, repeat offerings to firsttimers, the ridiculous to the sublime – IAP 2009 ran the gamut, offering something for everyone. Thirty-three academic departments, seven labs, seventeen centers, fifty-five student groups, thirty-six administrative departments, fourteen other MIT groups and ten individuals offered classes and/or activities. People from DUE participated in IAP in many ways – organizing, teaching, taking courses and enjoying events.