DUE News - 2017

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  • Freeman will pilot first-year curriculum experiments; Staton to work closely with Waitz on graduate education.

    In a letter to the MIT community today, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart announced she has appointed Ian A. Waitz to the newly created position of vice chancellor responsible for leading and integrating the offices for graduate and undergraduate education. In his new role, which begins July 1, Waitz will be working alongside students, faculty, and staff from across the Institute to enhance the student academic experience.

  • The Black Women’s Alliance (BWA) surprised DiOnetta Jones Crayton recently by naming her as the first recipient of the BWA Ayida Mthembu Award. The award was created to honor Mthembu’s service to MIT and the BWA.

  • Sophomore researches fusion energy and promotes STEM opportunities for young women.

    When she was 16, Monica Pham mapped out her future. “My chemistry teacher was talking about how atoms could generate unlimited power,” Pham recalls. “I asked her what kind of person worked in this field, and when she said a nuclear engineer, I decided that’s what I wanted to be.”

  • Dr. Heidi Kasevich of the organization Quiet Revolution gave an engaging presentation to MIT students on February 27 about the strengths that introverts can bring to organizations. Kasevich is a self-described “extreme introvert,” and yet her presentation style could almost be described as effervescent. She is a colleague of Susan Cain, the New York Times best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

    Kasevich first spoke about the misconceptions regarding introverts and how society is slowly changing the way we view quiet individuals. A key point of her talk addressed the importance of having introverts recognize their own strengths and dispel the negative adjectives that often accompany the word “introvert.” She also discussed the importance of educating extroverts, so that they understand why introverts behave the way they do.

    Kasevich gave pointers to introverts to help them change the perception about them so they are not misunderstood. One example she gave was regarding body language. Introverts do not always outwardly display their enthusiasm; this may be due, in part, to the inward-focus of introverts, who tend to spend their time analyzing rather than focusing on their outward societal interactions. Kasevich strongly suggested that introverts make an effort to show enthusiasm, so others don’t misread facial cues as indicating disinterest...

  • It’s been a busy and productive spring semester for the students of the Department of Military Science. MIT Army ROTC Cadets participated in the 2017 Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) April 7-9 with Northeastern and Boston University ROTC programs, following six months of collaborative planning by the senior classes.

  • Lee PerlmanExperimental Study Group (ESG) Instructor Lee Perlman has received a $50,000 grant from the Alumni Class Fund for his Initiative for Socially Engaged Academics, through which he and other MIT staff teach classes that combine students from MIT with students in prisonThe courses have been piloted through ESG and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and are offered in colla

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    5th Annual Careers Across MIT

    The 5th Annual Careers Across MIT event will take place on May 4, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm at Morss Hall (in Walker Memorial). This career exploration event is a great way to learn more about the types of work taking place at MIT—whether you’re looking for your next opportunity now or seeking to network with staff from across the Institute. You can also speak to representatives who offer various professional development opportunities to MIT employees.

  • “Make it Happen” was the theme of MIT’s Spring Career Fair this year, held on April 5 in Johnson Athletic Center. Organized by Global Education and Career Development (GECD), the fair gives students an opportunity to meet with recruiters, explore career opportunities, and network with companies from a variety of industries. Over 1,000 students (a 24% increase from 2016) and 70 employers attended the event this year.

  • Campus Preview Weekend (CPW), April 6-9, was a resounding success, thanks to everyone in DUE who helped make it happen! The Admissions office has heard from many enthusiastic students since the weekend. “Thank you for organizing such an incredible MIT experience during CPW," said one prospective student. "I had a fantastic time, and it made every single hour of my 13-hour flight worth it!” Another attendee learned how to ride a bike (and a pony) for the first time.

    Click on the photo below to view the CPW 2017 Highlights photo album!

  • Jocelyn Heywood, assistant director of education loan collection in Student Financial Services (SFS), has been on the front lines of recent efforts to extend the Perkins Loan Program, the nation’s oldest student loan program. This winter, Heywood has been busy advocating for a bipartisan bill, called the Perkins Loan Extension Act, that would extend the program for two years. The additional time will ensure students have continued access to the program until Congress determines the future of all Title IV programs during consideration of the Higher Education Act.

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