DUE News - 2008

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  • After a successful start, the Edgerton Center is embarking on year two of a pilot project with the Gloucester Public Schools. The intent is to raise the interest of middle and high school students in science, technology, and engineering fields by sharing MIT’s passion for science. MIT’s hands-on project style engages young students in learning the complex content of science. Edgerton staff has been working with the staff and students of the Gloucester Public Schools to test methods and curriculum materials. Gloucester students have visited on field trips, and attended summer camps, and a number of teachers have also participated in professional development opportunities at MIT. Along the way, we hope to discover the best practices for working with distant school districts in such collaborations.

  • The Global Education and Career Development Center has registered MIT for free access to The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas Online, the world’s best international career guide for students and young professionals.

    The BIG Guide Online offers expert advice for anyone considering going abroad to study, volunteer, intern, teach, travel or work. Students will discover opportunities, acquire skills and develop the all-important global perspective with this easy-to-use interactive online guide and toolkit. And student advisors, mentors, career counselors and study abroad advisors will also find key tools to empower their students. Visit http://www.workingoverseas.com register to gain free access.

  • In June 2008, the UAAP kicked off year two of its Amgen- UROP Scholars Program. Introduced in 2007 and funded by the Amgen Foundation, the Program recruits undergraduates interested in science and biotechnology, and places them in MIT laboratories to conduct summer research with MIT faculty. Thirteen of this year’s Scholars were MIT students, while fifteen were recruited from universities around the country, including Duke, Winston- Salem State, Cornell, Texas Tech, University of Hawaii, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In total, almost four hundred applications from interested students were received, more than twice the amount received for the 2007 program.

  • The Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) and the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET) are pleased to announce the annual Microsoft Research iCampus Technology Innovation Student (MRiTIS) Prize. Made possible by a generous endowment by Microsoft Research following the completion of the iCampus initiative, the MRiTIS Prize recognizes innovative applications of information technology to enhance education and/or improve student life.

  • On Wednesday September 24th, the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) held an orientation event to welcome 107 new students into the program. Now in its 12th year, F/ASIP provides tools to help students assess their interests, explore careers and navigate the internship search process. We also serve as a community in which students and alumni can network with employers, alumni and each other.

    F/ASIP received 136 applications this year – a 23.6% increase over last year. This new class of F/ASIP students hails from 29 states and 15 countries. In addition:

  • A special gathering of practitioners, planners, project PIs, sponsors and other interested parties who are involved with efforts around the development, discovery and dissemination of digital educational and scholarly content is scheduled for November 5th and 6th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-hosted by MIT’s Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) and the Persee project at the University Lumiere Lyon II.

  • The Extraordinary Learning @ MIT Video, which highlights curriculum innovation at MIT, is now available on the DUE website at:


    If you haven’t stopped at the Lobby 7 kiosk to watch the video, take minute to check it out. Please add a link to the video from your websites if you feel it is appropriate.

  • As anyone who has watched the financial markets knows, these are uncertain times. Some of you in DUE may be wondering how the economic crisis may affect us. I will give you my best estimate as I see it now.

    We should first note that DUE’s mission places us at the educational center of MIT. If the mission-critical work in DUE were to stop then MIT as we know it would stop. MIT itself is in a strong position. Under the leadership of President Hockfield, this year we have a balanced budget. As she noted in her recent message to the community, our new spending policy will provide a more consistent return to the MIT operating policy. That being said, I believe we should expect leaner times in the MIT budget in the next few years as the economy recovers from the present crisis.

  • Have you ever scratched your head about an acronym you encountered at MIT? Have you ever read or contributed to a wiki? If your answer to either question is yes, have a look at the new MIT Acronyms and Abbreviations wiki:


  • The UAAP reports that thirty-four undergraduates are conducting UROP research overseas this summer. This is a significant increase over summer 2007, where twelve students were engaged in internationally-based UROP projects (known as “IROP”).