DUE News - 2009

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  • As you know, the MIT News Office manages the news published via several MIT news outlets and is responsible for handling media inquires. In a recent meeting with the News Office, Dan Hastings noted that DUE would like to see more of a focus on education in the news. Towards this end, we agreed to provide the News Office with 2-4 very short blurbs each month that highlight what MIT is doing to enhance undergraduate education or highlight student and faculty experiences.

  • Effective July 1, 2009, MIT’s Division of Student Life (DSL) will be streamlined into five departments: Residential Life, Student Development and Support, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Religious Life and DSL Administration.... [Read the full DSL news article describing the reorganization at http://studentlife.mit.edu/node/313].

  • 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.

  • DUE’s six strategic themes, which focus on global education, diversity, innovative teaching and learning, holistic experiences in education, information technology and catalyzing the Undergraduate Educational Commons, provide a framework for the work we all do. As important as this process of setting goals and themes is to the DUE, it is also important to help students translate them into meaningful experiences. In an effort to make this happen, DUE has allocated a small discretionary fund which is overseen by Sr. Associate Dean Elizabeth Reed.

  • ROTC Commissioning CeremonyOn Friday, June 5th, the Army, Naval and Air Force ROTC units commissioned 12 graduating MIT Seniors into their respective branch of service as Second Lieutenants and Ensigns. The Ceremony was held at the District 1 U.S. Coast Guard Station in Boston. We had a full attendance at this year’s Commissioning, including ROTC and MIT alumni, many returning for their class reunions.

  • Since 2001, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming has recognized outstanding freshman advisors and associate advisors. In 2004, we also began to recognize the efforts of our outstanding UROP mentors. These “Outstanding Awards” represent a unique opportunity for students, staff, and advisors to nominate individuals whom they believe have demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to freshmen advising and undergraduate research.

  • This year in Admissions was an interesting one, with the downturn in the economy causing a lot of uncertainty as to how things would turn out. In the end, things turned out quite well for us.

    The year started with a robust recruiting season. We sent mail to 65,000 rising seniors, gave presentations on MIT and admissions to 13,000 students and parents in 75 cities around the nation and world, and visited 4,000 students in 400 high schools. More than 14,000 visitors attended an on campus information session and tour, and our mitadmissions.org website received more than 7,100,000 web hits from 3,100,000 unique computer IDs.

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