DUE News - 2007

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  • The months of September and October find MIT’s admissions officers scattered around the country, talking to as many parents and students as possible about the Institute. While it is true that most students are familiar with the MIT name, many of them are far less familiar with the “real” MIT – in other words, the reality of our culture, community, and people. I am writing this article in San Diego after visiting one of the top high schools in the area, where the students were amazed to hear of the breadth of programs and opportunities we offer.

  • A group of high school students from Wayland High School, John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School spent the summer designing and building their own version of the Segway – the DIY Segway. They worked with Ed Moriarty and four MIT students as part of the Edgerton Center Outreach Program. Now they have a site (that is getting lots of hits) showing their engineering adventure: http://web.mit.edu/first/segway .

  • On Friday, October 26, OFS is hosting "Redefining the MIT Classroom” in Bartos Theater (E15-070) to celebrate creative pedagogical and curricular innovations by MIT faculty members made possible through support from the Alumni Class Funds. The event features an afternoon of panel discussions composed of faculty from History, EECS, and STS, followed by a dessert reception and informal discussion. Attendees include members of the sponsoring classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999, as well as previous Alumni Class Funds grantees. All MIT faculty are invited.

  • With support from the National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with the City of Cambridge Youth Programs and the Cambridge Public School District, MIT’s Terrascope program is launching Terrascope Youth Radio, a new outreach program for local teens. In Terrascope Youth Radio, urban teens will develop, report, write, produce and host a radio program on topics having to do with environmental and Earth-system science and engineering. The primary goals are: to reach other urban teens with science/engineering stories in a format that they see as relevant, interesting and important; and to instill in participants a sense of empowerment and excitement, both about their skill as communicators and about their knowledge of environmental and Earth-system topics.

  • I hope many in DUE went to or watched via webcast the State of the Institute presentation by President Hockfield, Provost Reif, Chancellor Clay and Executive Vice President Stone on October 2. I am proud that MIT is committed to helping solve some of the great issues in the world. These are big problems such as:

    • our energy dependence in a way that preserves the environment while enhancing our security,

    • the scourge of various kinds of cancer,

    • the lack of progress in diversity in the professoriate.

  • Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) students had yet another highly successful year as they secured internships in a variety of internships around the world! F/ASIP continues to have a high success rate with our participating students finding the internship opportunities that they seek. This year 88% of the students who completed SP.800 were able to secure internships in their chosen fields; many of the students who did not obtain internships voluntarily chose other options such as classes or traveling. This is consistent with last year’s placement rate, perhaps reflecting our continued focus on individual student advising and added structure in the F/ASinternship search process.

  • As a capstone to their experience, the participants in the inaugural year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program held a poster session on August 10 the Bush Room. The participants, half of which were from MIT and the other from other universities, spent two months conducting research in MIT biological/biotech labs.

  • Once again we start the academic year with the return and new arrival of our students. This is a time of new energy and high hopes. I realize that for many offices the work of the new year started months ago. Students have been getting their financial packages right, some students have already started in Interphase and some students have been working on UROP projects all summer. Nevertheless, this time brings a whole group of bright new faces to us. Here in DUE, we want to support, enable and encourage our students as much as possible.

  • Justin Riley, a DUE Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) developer, in collaboration with Dr. Megan Rokop, head of the Outreach Program for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard took StarBiogene for a shakedown cruise with OEIT Director and Senior Associate Dean Vijay Kumar, the OEIT staff, and guests from DUE, the Department of Biology, and the Broad Institute on July 24, 2007.

  • “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” So says a Japanese proverb that underscores the importance of vision and planning. The MIT Careers Office (MITCO), including Study Abroad, has recently begun a strategic planning process to plan for its future. This process will include assessment of client needs, including students and employers; input from major stakeholders; an internal review of key programs and services against professional standards; and program benchmarking. Strategic initiatives at MIT and DUE will provide significant guidance in this process, in particular the holistic education of our students and increasing their opportunities for global experience.