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  • Before incoming students stepped foot on MIT’s campus, students in the Masters of Engineering in Logistics program were introduced to the MIT Career Development Center. On July 22, Bob Dolan, Career Development Counselor delivered the center’s first global resume webinar to students in 10 different countries. In an effort to provide early preparation for these international students for the fall recruiting season, Bob worked with administrators in the program to develop content and then delivered the workshop to the global population of MLOG students.

  • Students making ice creamThis July, for the 2nd summer, a number of MIT outreach programs came together to offer 2 weeks of hands-on science and engineering learning for middle school students from Gloucester. It was part of a collaboration between the MIT Edgerton Center, the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (GMHC) and the Gloucester Public Schools. Jessica Garrett, coordinator of the program, calls it a “taste of MIT” where students get to sample a wide array of the possible things they could study in science and engineering, while learning in typical MIT fashion…with minds AND hands.

  • The Educational Technology and Innovation Fair 2009:
    “Innovation, Transformation, and Excellence in Learning”

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Lobby 13

  • This is the first of a series of articles on the use of social media by DUE offices...

    In an effort to see what all the Twitter hype is about, Preprofessional Advising launched a MITprehealth Twitter in March 2009. Since its inception, 100+ individuals or “tweeples” have decided to “follow” MIT prehealth.

  • MIT hosted the 5th annual meeting of the Network for Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Research Intensive Environments June 22-24. Dan Hastings and Lori Breslow welcomed nineteen participants from ten universities around the world, including the University of Sydney, University of Copenhagen, University of Oslo, and the University of Edinburgh.  The network was founded by Professor Graham Gibbs of Oxford University to provide opportunities for senior policy administrators and educational experts from research intensive universities to come together in order to compare notes and discuss ways to improve undergraduate education worldwide.

  • The Davis Educational Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute fund the OEIT Software Tools for Academics and Researchers (STAR) team “Bringing Biology Research Software into the Classroom” project.

    The STAR team approaches all of its projects with an implicit primary goal of meeting the needs of MIT faculty and students first. A key requirement for our software and supporting materials is availability through an on demand service (http://web.mit.edu/star/). In the spirit of the MIT mission statement, the STAR team makes our software and materials accessible to all users. External funding helps us not only to improve the quality of our software and materials for the MIT faculty and students, it helps raise the awareness and use of it worldwide.

  • The Randolph G. Wei UROP Award is presented each spring to the undergraduate who has made the most outstanding contribution in undergraduate research at the interface of the life sciences and engineering. The Wei Award Committee selected two recipients for 2009:

  • This year all DUE offices been reducing discretionary spending. I have been impressed by how well DUE offices have stepped up to reduce the spending on food and events. The money saved is helping us to focus more effectively on our core mission.

    As we head into the new fiscal year, I would like DUE to be seen as one of the leaders at MIT in appropriate stewardship. There are many ways we can express this leadership. We have been encouraged by many of the good ideas that have been suggested by DUE members to our own idea bank and I would like to hear more of these ideas. At the same time, the DUE Working Groups recently submitted their reports to me. Their recommendations will provide the basis for additional new approaches that enable us to sharpen our focus and use our resources most effectively.

  • FASIP LogoDespite the tough economy and employers’ decrease in the number of internship positions available this summer, students in the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) found great success in landing summer positions:

    • 91% of the 70 students who completed the first half of F/ASIP obtained internships or UROPs in their field of interest.
    • Employers include: Thomson Reuters, VMware, CombinatoRx, iRobot, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Xerox, Vertica Systems, CSN Stores, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, PricewaterhouseCoopers (China), Ben Gurion University, Siemens (Germany), and more.
    • Students are located across the United States, as well as in Belgium, China, Germany, Israel and South Korea.
  • On June 8, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming welcomed twenty-seven participants to the third year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, a summer initiative that places undergraduates on faculty-mentored research projects in the biological and biotech areas. Twelve of this year’s participants currently attend MIT. The remaining fifteen students were recruited from colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Wyoming, Oberlin College, Syracuse University, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Tougaloo College.