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  • Welcome to Campus Preview Weekend - April 19-22, 2012

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  • Students move into the dorms during Orientation

    To ensure that first-year students form lasting connections and transition successfully to the undergraduate experience at MIT, Orientation should be an ongoing process that intentionally extends throughout the first year, not simply a week-long event in August, according to the recently released report by the Review Committee on Orientation (RCO). The report also recommends that Residential Exploration (REX) should continue, but needs a renewed focus that better integrates with Orientation.

  • Terrascope Student on Bridge in Costa RicaThis blog records the experiences of Terrascope students during their spring break field trip to Costa Rica. This year’s trip has been developed in partnership with the Earthwatch Institute, who specialize in field-based scientific learning programs. During our week away from MIT, we will visit La Selva, a biological reserve in Costa Rica’s lowlands, where we’ll work in the field with a team of scientists whose research focuses on the diversity of caterpillars in hopes of better understanding their impact on the rain forest’s ecosystem. In addition to fieldwork, we’ll be exploring Costa Rica’s tourism, agriculture, and energy production sectors.

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  • In early February, the Office of Minority Education (OME) launched a new dynamic, user-friendly website.   The new site is focused on increasing awareness of OME’s programs and increasing student participation in those programs and related events.  The site also introduces a new, colorful visual identity for OME.

    OME reorganized and refreshed the content of the site and added new interactive features:

  • Colin in CambridgeFrom November 26th- December 9th, Career Development Specialist Colin Smith of MIT’s Global Education and Career Development traveled to the United Kingdom as part of an ongoing exchange program with the career offices of the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.

  • The diverse offices and programs in DUE were busy this IAP creating, presenting, and delivering a wide variety of programs to the MIT community.

    • The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) offered a very large variety of programs with themes ranging from leadership to the healing power of music, as well as international UROP and self-reflection. Sessions about becoming an orientation leader, making alumni connections and what to expect in your sophomore year at MIT rounded out the offerings.

  • Several new staff joined DUE between December 1, 2011 and February 24, 2011


    Military Science

    Jerry McCartney, Technical Instructor

    Global Education & Career Development

    Christina Henry, Career Development Specialist
    Maria Lambrianidis, Marketing Assistant

    Office of Faculty Support

  • Over the past few months many of you provided thoughtful input on DUE's values. Through local discussions in your offices, as well as an IAP session for all staff, you shared ideas, examples, considerations and specific wording you believe should be part of the DUE core values statement. These discussions led to a process of identifying recurring themes, prioritizing and, finally, writing a proposed statement that was shared and refined at the January Leadership Team retreat. 

  • I teach Physics, but I am not only a physicist. Like many at MIT, I have a polyhedric personality- among other things, I love to eat, cook, and speak different languages. I have always dreamed of melting some of my diverse interests into a unifying project, however I never had a chance to do it until now. In Europe, where I come from, academia tends to be compartmentalized. At MIT, I have finally had a chance to explore and grow in different directions.

    As a staff member at MIT's Experimental Study Group (ESG), I am continuously encouraged to develop creative approaches to learning and to experiment with interactive and interdisciplinary curricula. ESG experiments not only with freshmen GIRs, but also sponsors innovative seminars every spring, open to all MIT students, on a variety of subjects that are not covered in the regular curriculum.

    I am thrilled to teach, for the first time, a seminar on my language (I am a native Italian), culture, and food all woven together: Speak Italian.. With Your Mouth Full. Each class is based on the preparation of a delicious dish and on the bite-sized acquisition of parts of the Italian language and culture.

    Paola Rebusco

  • The second annual IAP UROP Expo was held on January 26th in Kresge Lobby featuring faculty, staff, and students representing a wide variety of academic areas that regularly host UROP students. Co-sponsored by the Offices of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) and Minority Education (OME), the event was designed to expose students with little or no research experience to a host of research opportunities across the Institute.