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  • UAAP Faculty-Freshmen ReceptionsInspired by Dean for Undergraduate Education Dennis Freeman, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) organized six Faculty-Freshman Receptions in October.

  • Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming coordinates the selection MIT faculty for three Institute Convocation awards. We were pleased with both the number and quality of nominations, which spoke to the contributions of our Institute’s distinguished faculty. The following faculty are this year’s award recipients:

    Sam Allen: Arthur Smith Award for Lifelong Contributions to Student Life and Learning

    Professor Sam Allen retires in June after 30 years dedicated to teaching and advising students. He has helped hundreds of students find their place at MIT, nurturing their growth and success.  A “founding father” of the Freshman Advising Seminar program, Prof. Allen has taught Modern Blacksmithing and Physical Metallurgy every year since 1986. Nominators enthusiastically agree that he is deserving of the Arthur C. Smith Award.

    Allan Adams: Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Professor Adams “gets applause each and every time he lectures.” He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher.  His emails of encouragement, recognition and individualized feedback spur students to excel. Nominations testify to his infectious enthusiasm and his genuine concern for students’ well-being.  Prof. Adams truly represents excellence in teaching.

    Heidi Nepf: Earll Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    Professor Nepf has achieved excellence in undergraduate advising.  Nominators spoke to how caring and involved Prof. Nepf is with students, never hesitating to put forth extra time for a students in need.  She is someone who stimulates intellectual achievement and leads by example, inspiring others to follow her example.  She is most deserving of the Earll Murman Award.

    Additionally, the UAAP reviewed nominations for Outstanding Freshman Advisor, Associate Advisor, UROP Faculty Mentor, and UROP Graduate Student Mentor. It was an honor to select the best of the best who will be recognized at a luncheon celebration on May 20. The honorees include:

  • The Mentor Advocate Partnership program, or MAP, celebrated its 5th year anniversary with the End of Year Celebration on May 9th at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. MAP, coordinated by the Office of Minority Education, is a volunteer mentoring program seeking to foster the holistic development of students along academic and non-academic dimensions. It is a fun way to give back and reconnect to the MIT community, offering experience and support to incoming freshmen and sophomores.

    The End of Year event brought together MAP mentors and protégés, as well as Institute-wide program advocates, for a celebratory dinner interspersed with personal testimonies and awards that honored the relationships facilitated by this program. Julie Norman, Director of the UAAP, shared a moving personal testament to the power of her own mentor/protégé relationships over the 5 years she has served as a Mentor. Several protégés including rising junior Devin Cornish, and Khalea Robinson ‘11 (via letter) offered their own insights into how their mentors have supported and inspired them at the Institute and beyond.

    Debroah Hodges-Pabon and Sandy Tenorio (center left and right, respectively) receive the “Tungsten” Longevity Award from long time MAP mentors Bonny Kellermann, left, and Sekazi Mtingwa, right.

    Harry Sanabria, left, and Professor John Belcher, right, are honored with the “Ionic Bond” award.

    Awards acknowledging outstanding participation in the program were given to mentors and protégés alike. Some highlights included:

  • 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.

  • 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 students are extraordinary individuals with great minds and abilities, and that many of them are already great leaders. As DUE staff, we see this as a special opportunity to tap into the unique talent of our students by enhancing their leadership skills and their potential for success.

    Each year, approximately 180-200 associate advisors, or upper-class students, volunteer to mentor freshmen. They are an invaluable resource to freshman advisors,
    first-year students and the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). Associate advisors complement the work of the advisor by offering the student perspective on academic and social issues.

  • Since 2001, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming has recognized outstanding freshman advisors and associate advisors. In 2004, we also began to recognize the efforts of our outstanding UROP mentors. These “Outstanding Awards” represent a unique opportunity for students, staff, and advisors to nominate individuals whom they believe have demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to freshmen advising and undergraduate research.

  • The Office of Minority Education’s Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students designed to assist them in enhancing their academic and non-academic development at the Institute. Essentially, MAP connects new MIT students with volunteer faculty and staff mentors. The guiding principle of MAP is that building strong relationships throughout the college experience plays an integral role in academic success and personal satisfaction for students. The mentors have also expressed great enthusiasm for the opportunity to engage with MIT students in a less formal, but equally rewarding manner.

  • The Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students that seek to foster their holistic development along both academic and non-academic dimensions. The OME created MAP because building strong relationships throughout the college experience plays an integral role in academic success and personal satisfaction at MIT. At the core of MAP is a sincere, trusting partnership between a student and staff/faculty that has the potential to persist throughout the undergraduate years. In its second year, MAP was expanded to involve 16 new mentors and 33 freshmen. Three OME Deans and the OME Faculty Director continued to mentor 17 sophomores through the program.

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