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  • Faculty and students share their perspectives on the value of undergraduate research at “Pushing Boundaries” event.

    Question: What does building a 15th-century printing press have in common with using DNA to encode genetic memory in a cell?                                    

  • A new advising seminar incorporates making and other types of hands-on learning to enhance first-year required courses.

  • MIT Senior Jahnavi Kalpathy shares her story of taking a leave of absence.

    In spring of 2014, Jahnavi Kalpathy was weighing her options: She could remain at MIT and try to shake the floundering feeling that had plagued her since she arrived at the Institute. Or she could take a year-long leave of absence, using the time to reflect on her academic choices and find a clearer vision of her future. Leaving would mean missing friends and acclimating to a new class; staying would preclude the possibility of a fresh start.

  • GECD’s Prehealth Advising team has launched a new mentor program for MD-PhD applicants, in collaboration with students at Harvard Medical School. The mentors, most of whom are MIT alumni, are students in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) MD-PhD program. They are volunteering their time to conduct mock interviews with current MIT undergraduates who are applying for MD-PhD programs at medical schools around the country.

    prehealth advising staff and student mentorsThe mentor program was created based on feedback received last spring from students Kaustav Gopinathan ’16 and Eduardo Maury ’16 who had recently themselves applied and interviewed for MD-PhD programs. They wanted to assist the Prehealth Advising team in increasing services for future students interested in pursuing MD-PhD degrees. Now first-year students at HST, they are excited about the potential of this pilot program. “Many of us in MD-PhD programs recognize that we owe a lot of our successes to the amazing mentors we found during our time at MIT,” says Maury. “Our current overall goals are to extend the program to advise students in their early years of MIT on how to prepare for MD-PhD programs and be successful applicants.”

    “Prehealth advisors help students to prepare for medical school interviews by conducting ‘mocks’ with sample interview questions and feedback, but students who have actually been through this process are invaluable in providing insights on the nuances,” observes Akunna Rosser, assistant director of Prehealth Advising. “The mentors can counsel our applicants on how to navigate the often unknown and varying aspects of the MD-PhD interview, such as how to make small talk while walking to lunch or the next interview, and those random occurrences where a school asks an interviewee to give a ‘chalk talk’ of their research...” 

  • A cohort of 203 students have been selected as Associate Advisors to support the freshman Class of 2020. Associate Advisors are an integral part of the First-Year Advising Network, which is composed of faculty advisors as well as advising consultants from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). As the number of faculty advising freshman continues to rise, the UAAP empowers Associate Advisors to support the faculty, ensuring that every advising group is built upon a solid foundation. 

  • Each year, UAAP recognizes one outstanding and extraordinary associate advisor among 200 students that participate in the Associate Advisor Program. The number of nominations is a testament to how much both faculty and students value and are committed to freshman advising.

    Rebecca Gallivan, Junior in Materials Science and Engineering
    Associate Advisor for Professor Ezra Glenn, Urban Studies and Planning

  • UAAP is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished MIT faculty for the 2016 Institute Convocation awards:

  • Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming recognizes the accomplishments of the freshmen class. This year, six members of the Class of 2019 were acknowledged for their contributions to MIT.

  • As part of our initiative to increase the engagement of younger students in career exploration and provide them with more opportunities, GECD teamed up with UAAP this February to connect freshmen and sophomores with alumni, both in and outside of their intended courses.

  • Offering funding up to $25,000, mentoring, and tailored educational experiences, the program will open up new pathways for student entrepreneurs and innovators.