DUE News - 2012

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.