DUE News - 2007

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  • W1, one of MIT's oldest and most cherished buildings, will be given new life under a major renovation plan announced this month, and students, faculty and staff will play key roles in shaping its future.

    Also known as Ashdown House after a popular former housemaster, W1 is MIT's oldest graduate residence hall and arguably the cultural center of the Institute's graduate community. Its dining room has been a focal point of the MIT graduate experience, serving as a meeting place for faculty and their students.

  • Four MIT UROP students were selected to participate in the 18th annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduate in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Argonne National Laboratory http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp. This symposium offers undergraduates an opportunity to present their research results to their peers as well as Argonne scientists and university faculty. The goal of the symposium is to encourage science careers. The Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S.

  • The admissions office recently completed its Early Action selection process and we are proud to welcome the newest members of the MIT community to the Institute.

    We received a record number of applications, up 13% over last year. Of the 3,928 students who applied, 522 were offered admission to MIT (13%). Of these, 53% are male and 47% are female; 14% are first generation to college, and underrepresented minorities make up 31%.

  • Kathleen MacArthur has joined the Office of Faculty Support (OFS) as the Assistant Dean for the Communication Requirement. While new to the DUE, Kathleen is not new to MIT or to the Communication Requirement. For the past several years, she has been serving as the Coordinator for Writing Tutors and Testing in the Writing Across the Curriculum Office of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and in that capacity, has been working with the CI-H tutor program and the Freshman Essay Evaluation. Kathleen has a Ph.D. in American Literature. In her new capacity, Kathleen will be the primary administrator for the undergraduate Communication Requirement and will be involved with student advising, managing the proposal approval for CI-M subjects and the CR budget. Her office will be in 12-106 and her phone number will be x3-2783; she can also be reached at kmacarth@mit.edu.

  • Effective January 1, 2008, Melanie Parker, Executive Director of the MIT Careers Office (MITCO) will lead the Global Theme. This is particularly advantageous since MITCO’s Office of Foreign Study and Prestigious Fellowships will likely be a “hub” of expanded support for student global opportunities as well as for faculty involved with global exchanges.

  • Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 award for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2008, anywhere in the world. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward. Please let undergraduate students know about this exciting opportunity. They can think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially! This is a chance for them to formulate and test ideas.

  • The Office of Minority Education is recruiting faculty and staff mentors for the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program. The Mentor Advocate Partnership is a volunteer mentoring program for first-year MIT students. MAP seeks to foster the holistic development of students along both academic and non-academic dimensions. At the core of MAP is a sincere, trusting partnership between student and staff that has the potential to persist throughout the undergraduate years. The MAP kick-off/orientation will be held in February 2008.

  • In mid-November, two very talented MIT students were chosen as winners of the prestigious and highly competitive Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. Ali Alhassani was selected as a Marshall Scholar and Melis Anahtar was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Kim Bernard, Program Advisor in the Distinguished Fellowships Office, advised all the major scholarship participants as they worked through the application and interview process.

  • MIT has a well established system of external feedback for its various units. This is through the existence of external "Visiting Committees". These committees are composed of individuals who care about MIT. These include members of the MIT Corporation, alumni of MIT and other external national experts. These committees, usually about 15 people strong, gather every eighteen months to two years to examine a unit. Visiting Committees play three major roles:

    • They provide an external perspective on the needs and issues of the unit for the senior administration (they report to the President and Corporation).

    • They can, on occasion, articulate the needs of the unit.

    • They can provide external insights to force internal change in a unit.

  • The MIT Careers Office is pleased to provide the results of the MIT Class of 2007 Graduating Student Survey, providing information about the immediate post-graduation plans of all graduating MIT students. 1,432 of the 2,110 June 2007 graduates responded, representing 68 percent of the graduating class. This report represents a collaborative effort between this office, IS&R, and Institutional Research. I particularly want to thank John Nonnamaker, Associate Director for Graduate Student Career Services, for his leadership of this survey. The results reflect a strong job market for MIT graduates, as shown in the following highlights: