DUE News - 2013

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  • The Admissions Office is testing out a new pilot outreach mailing to be sent to low-income prospective students. 

    Several admissions officers and members of the admissions communication team, along with Boston-based Moth Design, developed a small booklet based on the themes of affordability, culture and value at MIT. The booklet and a personalized notecard signed by a current MIT student will be sent out this fall to a small cohort of 314 prospective students.

  • President Obama recently announced a systematic move to rank colleges by value, with schools earning top honors for making student debt manageable, and for producing graduates who have “strong career potential.” Both ranking factors illustrate the government’s focus on making college a smart long-term investment for everyone.  Although many of the president’s suggestions are aimed at public universities, MIT is committed to ensuring that education beyond high school remains an accessible goal.

  • Orientation leaders Erik Pearson ’15 and Jian Barazi ’16 star in the “Back to the Future” kickoff video.Beginning on Sunday August 25th, MIT welcomed 1,116 members of the Class of 2017 to campus. Under the theme of “Back to the Future,” orientation began with a kickoff event featuring wacky games and a video produced by coordinator Natzem Lima ’16. The film showcased a time traveling adventure, referencing moments in MIT history and scenes from the Back to the Future movies, complete with a DeLorean “time machine.”

    Before orientation officially began, 620 students arrived to campus early to participate in one of 25 Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs where they explored academic disciplines as well as topics such as community service, the outdoors and the arts. Over 1,000 parents and family members attended Parent Orientation, which included panels on topics such as health and safety, academics, and housing as well as an evening jazz reception.

  • SYE Opportunties FairIn this, it’s second year, Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) is trying out some new ways to reach second-year students. SYE is an initiative expanding on the work of the Sophomore Year Transition Program in the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). 

  • Each month during the academic year, the student communications team (DUE, DSL, ODGE, and the Chancellor's office) publish a monthly student digest to keep students informed about Institute initiatives, events and resources of interest to students. Based on feedback we received from students last year, we have revamped the digest to provide targeted information to undergraduate and graduate students. Beginning this September, we published two separate digests, one for each student population.

  • Denny FreemanI am very happy to have taken on the role of Dean in DUE. I have spent the last two months getting a more detailed understanding of the scope of the DUE offices and programs as well as their priorities.  As a faculty member, I have always had a keen interest in undergraduate education and served on several undergraduate-focused faculty committees.

  • In late August, the student communications team (DUE, DSL, ODGE and Chancellor's Office) launched the new student resources site resources.mit.edu.

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    Free Flu Shots for MIT Students and MIT Community

    The 2013-2014 flu vaccine offered at MIT will protect against two strains of influenza A and two of influenza B. The shot also provides protection against H1N1. No appointment is necessary, remember to bring your MIT ID and if you can’t make it during the available times call 617-253-4865 to schedule an appointment at MIT Medical.

    View info on when the clinics are being held

  • Bring together twenty-five high-achieving undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country with a passion for research and an interest to pursue a career in the science and biotechnology areas and what do you get? The 2013 MIT Amgen Scholars!

    Summer 2013 Amgen Scholar, Kayla Brown (center), a senior at Columbus State University in Georgia, conducted research in the lab of Prof. J. Troy Littleton (left) and was supervised by graduate student Meg Krench (right), a 2008 MIT Amgen Scholar alum.

    This summer, the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program hosted nine MIT undergraduates and sixteen visiting students from 16 different universities and colleges, from small liberal arts schools to large research institutions including Messiah College, University of Pennsylvania, Tulane, and the University of Montana. Participation in the program allowed Scholars to delve into world-class scientific research and for some of the Scholars, it was their first research experience.

  • Tim the Beaver at the Go Global FairOver 250 MIT students (and one over-sized beaver) stopped by this year’s Go Global Fair, held on September 10. Hosted by GECD, the Go Global Fair is an annual event where MIT's many global programs come together in one place to share information about the wide range of opportunities available for students to go abroad.

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