DUE News - 2012

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  • 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.

  • Each year, the MIT Excellence Awards recognize a small number of exceptional members of the community who have “made extraordinary efforts toward fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the Institute.” In 2012, Sharon Bridburg was recognized for her long-time leadership in DUE Human Resources and  the Online Registration Team, comprised of staff from the Registrar's Office and IS&T, were recognized for their collaborative efforts in designing and delivering a successful Online Registration system.

    DUE 2012 Excellence Award Winners

  • On Monday, February 6th, UAAP welcomed back many of the forty-six MIT students returning to campus for the Spring 2012 semester at its biannual Returning Students Luncheon hosted by Student Support Services. Returning students are resuming their studies at MIT following a withdrawal from the Institute for personal, academic or medical reasons and have successfully completed the readmission process.

  • Recently Career Services, within the GECD, held a highly attended workshop on the Impostor Syndrome, presented by Dr. Valerie Young. Dr. Young spoke to over 200 MIT students about this psychological phenomenon where people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.

  • The 2012 Momentum program was tremendously successful. The Office of Minority Education (OME) sponsored Momentum program is an IAP course (16.682) where first and second year students work in teams to address an engineering design challenge. The course was taught by Professor Wesley Harris and Marc Graham, PhD.

  • Registration Day for the Spring term had a different feel this year as the registration process moved to a digital format. On Monday, January 30, 2012, Online Registration opened to all full time MIT students, advisors, and administrators. Initially piloted with 7 departments in Fall, 2011, this was the first full rollout of the application. Early indicators suggest the system was a success. Some interesting statistics:

    • 17% of eligible students submitted their registrations before Registration Day on Monday, February 6.
    • At the end of Reg Day, 76% of eligible students registered online with 5,815 students registering on Reg Day itself.
    • The online registration application experienced 962,000 hits that day, with all of the underlying technical architecture absorbing a high volume of activity with minimal impact on performance.
    • By 5:00 PM on Friday, February 10, which was the deadline to register without penalty, 10,107 students (96% of those eligible) registered.

    Chart on Comulative Percentage of Eligible Students who Registered by Date within the  Registration Period

  • Seniors Joshua Cohen and Allison Hinckley have been named Gates Cambridge Scholars for 2012.

    Cohen, who is double majoring in chemical engineering and biology, will travel to the University of Cambridge to undertake an MPhil in computational biology. He then plans to enter an MD/PhD program in the United States with the eventual goal of a career in the field of tissue engineering...

  • There’s a lot of broken stuff in the world. A lot of it ends up in landfills prematurely. What’s more, most of us can’t imagine opening up and inspecting a complicated electronic device, much less fixing it.

  • MIT is proud of its commitment to First Generation students. First Generation students, those whose parents do not have college degrees, comprise 16% of the MIT student population, approximately 800 students in total (undergraduate and graduate). The critical importance of this population surpasses its sheer numbers, as this segment of the student body plays a vital role in the richness of an MIT education. Moreover, the presence of First Generation students reflects one of MIT's key values: its dedication to guaranteeing equal and affordable access to higher education.