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  • Several new staff joined DUE between June 15 - September 18, 2013


    DUE Headquarters

    Lisa Stagnone, Senior Administrative Assistant

    Admissions Office

    Tameika Butler, Administrative Assistant I
    Holland Hinman, Admissions Counselor, Communications
    Joseph Duck, Associate Director

    Aerospace Studies

  • Amgen ScholarIn addition to housing one of the thirteen Amgen Scholars Programs throughout the U.S. and Europe, MIT is also home to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office, which manages communications and conference-planning for the summer undergraduate research initiative in the biological sciences and engineering.

  • The GECD Summer Experience Survey was launched to returning undergraduate students on Wednesday, August 28th.   We are happy to announce that it is now an official MIT Institutional Survey. 

    Please encourage your students to complete this short survey, and check out last year’s results (PDF).

  • This August, MIT Prehealth Advising in collaboration with MIT UAAP, launched the first-ever Discover Prehealth Freshman Pre-Orientation Program (FPOP).

  • A few statistics...1,548 students were accepted to MIT this year, out of a pool of 18,989 applicants — an admission rate of 8.2 percent. Of those admitted, 1,125 students have enrolled in the freshman class, for a yield of 72.7 percent.

    About 55 percent of the incoming freshmen are male, and MIT’s Class of 2017 is a diverse group: While nearly four in 10 are white, an additional 7 percent are African-American, 29 percent are Asian-American, 15 percent are Hispanic, and 1 percent are Native American. Sixteen percent of incoming students are the first in their families to attend college. The Class of 2017 represents most U.S. states, along with 52 countries around the world.

    The students...While most students were taking down posters and packing up comforters in preparation for their trip to college, Sara Volz was dismantling something slightly more intricate: a laboratory of bubbling flasks and beakers that she had carefully amassed over the last four years in the space under her loft bed.

  • D-Lab Learn It LogoEveryone learns differently. People can learn by observing other people learn - some people love discussions, while others prefer listening to lectures. In actual fact, people learn best when they experience the material through various means - by listening, speaking, reading, and doing.

    We are excited to unveil a new collection of curricula: Learn-Its. Learn-its are self-guided resources that provide an integrated introduction to basic mechanical design elements; they bridge the gap between superficial how-tos and super-detailed technical guides. They give students the right vocabulary to ask targeted questions in the workshop and online, while outlining detailed tips and explanations of physical phenomena driving how different mechanisms, tools, materials, and fasteners work. Students are provided with enough information to critically select the right material, adhesive, or tool for their project. The Learn-Its currently take the form of Learn-It videos online and Learn-It boards in the D-Lab workshop and we are excited to continue developing additional Learn-Its and supporting material.

  • On June 10th, the DUE community came together to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of DUE staff members. Each year, staff within DUE nominate their peers for their contributions in Communication and Collaboration, Community Customer Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation and Creativity and Leadership. Congratulations to all the 2013 DUE Infinite Mile Award recipients!

    DUE 2013 Infinite Mile

    2013 Infinite Mile Award Recipients

  • Several new staff joined DUE between April 17, 2013 - June 14, 2013


    Naval Science

    Stephen Wakefield Smith, Technical Instructor

    Office of Minority Education

    Gregory Torrales Jr., Program Assistant

    Military Science

    Craig Westberg, Technical Instructor


  • Graduation day is a significant milestone for everyone, but for a subset of the MIT population, getting their degree has special meaning. Luis Juarez For those MIT students who are the first generation in their family to graduate from college, and in some cases, the first one ever to go to college, Commencement represents breaking new ground in the history of their families.

    To honor these students’ accomplishments, as well as the sacrifices and contribution of their families, the First Generation Project hosted a special Commencement Day reception. The hour-long reception provided the opportunity for students and their families to come together and be recognized while also giving back.

    Victoria Okuneye


    The students were invited to be photographed and, in some cases, filmed and interviewed. These images of the students in caps and gowns, celebrating with their families, will be used to inspire and encourage current and aspiring first generation MIT students. With grandmothers, grandfathers and young children in tow, many took time out of their busy Commencement Day schedule just to be photographed and to convey the message: “You can do it too. This will be you one day”.


  • On June 10th the 2013 Amgen Scholars arrived on campus to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program at MIT – a 9-week undergraduate summer research program in science and biotechnology. This year, 25 Scholars from U.S. colleges and universities from across the country, such as Tulane, Oregon State, and Florida A & M, will conduct faculty-mentored research in labs across the Institute, including the labs of Catherine Drennan, Susan Lindquist, Robert Langer, Matthew Wilson, and Elazer Edelman.