DUE News - 2011

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  • Several new staff joined DUE between April 1 through May 25


    Office of Minority Education

    Deolinda Rodrigues, Program Coordinator

    Teaching and Learning Laboratory

    Jennifer French, Postdoctoral Associate
    Darshita (Dipa) Shah, Postdoctoral Associate

    The Edgerton Center: D-Lab

  • This year, MIT students again competed and achieved great success in the most competitive national scholarships:

    Jennifer Lai ‘11, Courses 20 and 21M, was named a Rhodes Scholar
    [Read more: MIT senior wins Rhodes Scholarship]

  • MIT DomeInterested in knowing more about the MIT 2030 project or the latest on the Kendall Square Initiative?

    Check out the redesigned and more comprehensive MIT 2030 website and the Kendall Square Initiative site:

  • Login screen from BookxorThe MIT Council for Educational Technology (MITCET) and the Office of Educational Technology and Innovation (OEIT) are pleased to announce Bookxor has been selected as the grand prize winner of the 2011 iCampus Student Prize competition. The winners are on their way to the San Francisco Bay Area to use their $7,500 cash prize to help launch a new startup, ClassMetric.com.

    Read complete article and information on the iCampus Prize

  • The Fall 2011 term will mark ten years since the first entering class was subject to the Communication Requirement (CR). In celebration of this anniversary and as a part of the MIT150 events, the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR) sponsored “Innovations in Communication Instruction: Lessons from Ten Years of the Communication Requirement” on April 27. Professor Diana Henderson, OFS Director and Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Support, moderated this well-attended event.

    What is the Communication Requirement?
    The CR requires that students complete at least one communication intensive (CI) subject in each year of undergraduate study in order to ensure that their communication training is distributed.

    • CI-H subjects: Two of the required subjects are chosen from a group of designated subjects offered in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences curriculum. CI-H subjects provide a foundation in effective writing and oral communication.
    • CI-M subjects: The other two required CI subjects are taken in the student’s major department. These subjects, designated as Communication Intensive in the Major, teach the specific forms of communication common to the field's professional and academic culture.
  • MIT GraudatesEach year, Global Education and Career Development (GECD) collaborates with Institutional Research to survey all graduating students regarding their plans upon graduation. Known as the Graduating Student Survey, graduates are asked to share information on employment locations and salaries, graduate school pursuits as well as career related services and experiences at MIT.

    We have just launched this year’s survey and have already received a response from 38% of the graduating class. Please feel free to refer students to http://s1.mitsurveys.net/cd/ until mid August.

    The results of the survey inform the work of GECD and are available to offices throughout the Institute who want to view the trends as well as the details related to the type of the industries, employers, and universities that attract our students.

    View Graduate Student Survey results from 2002-2010

  • On May 12, seven members of MIT's Class of 2014 were presented with the first-ever Freshman Awards. Created by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP), the Freshman Awards recognize the distinguished achievements of freshmen who, immediately upon entry, made a deep and sustained commitment to student life and learning at the Institute.

  • The 2010-11 academic year has whisked by, but not without the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program making significant strides. From a new matching process and inaugural kick-off event to a new motto, MAP’s End of Year Celebration was an opportunity for all protégés as well as current and future mentors to enjoy.

    Mentor of the Year awarded to Sandy Tenorio

    The celebration took place on May 4th in the new Media Lab overlooking the Charles River and Boston skyline. With a room draped in cardinal and gray, authentic Mexican cuisine, and special guests from across the Institute it was an all around special evening. OME Faculty Advisory Committee members, Global Education and Career Development staff, and the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dan Hastings, were in attendance to support MAP’s final event of the year.


    UROP logoOutstanding UROP Mentor Awards

    This year’s Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards were presented to Assistant Professor Jeff Gore (Physics) and Graduate Student Ying Diao (Chemical Engineering). Recipients were selected from UROP students’ nominations of research mentors who have demonstrated exceptional guidance and teaching in a research setting.

  • As all of you know, we are updating our strategic plan. As part of this, we have been posing a set of questions to help us in our strategic thinking. These questions are some that the DUE leadership team has been debating.

    The response has been impressive. In response to our question on student self confidence, we have received many substantive reflections as well as suggestions for programs. This is wonderful. Let's keep up the great responses. I have great expectations for you and your thoughtful responses have exceeded them.

    Thank you.