Student Diversity News - 2011

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  • The Office of Minority Education’s Momentum program is a four week, 6-unit course (16.681) offered during IAP and designed to give first and second year students experience solving an interdisciplinary problem. Past themes have included Engineering Disasters and Developing Cost Efficient Heating Solutions for the Developing world. For the first week of the program students receive lectures and class instruction that will help them address the challenge. Participants are divided into teams of 4-5 students and are charged with developing a prototype of their solution. Teams are provided with a budget, hobby shop memberships, and assistance from course instructors and staff. This year the course will be taught by Rhonda Jordan, PhD candidate in the Engineering Systems Division.

  • CSNE logoWhile MIT will be a strong research partner in the recently announced multi-institution Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, the NSF-funded Center will also support diverse programs at MIT that foster interest and promote success in STEM education among underrepresented minority students.

  • 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

  • The 2010-11 academic year has whisked by, but not without the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program making significant strides. From a new matching process and inaugural kick-off event to a new motto, MAP’s End of Year Celebration was an opportunity for all protégés as well as current and future mentors to enjoy.

    Mentor of the Year awarded to Sandy Tenorio

    The celebration took place on May 4th in the new Media Lab overlooking the Charles River and Boston skyline. With a room draped in cardinal and gray, authentic Mexican cuisine, and special guests from across the Institute it was an all around special evening. OME Faculty Advisory Committee members, Global Education and Career Development staff, and the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dan Hastings, were in attendance to support MAP’s final event of the year.