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  • Several new staff joined DUE between February 15, 2013 - April 16, 2013


    Military Science

    James Myers, Technical Instructor

    Global Education and Career Development

    Natalie Lundsteen, Assistant Director Graduate Student Career Services

    Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming

  • Please join the MIT community on May 13th for the MIT Community 2013 Spring Picnic!

    This year’s picnic will be held in honor Dan Hastings to thank him for his leadership and service over the past seven+ years. 

    Dean Daniel HastingsDate: Monday, May 13th

    Time: Noon-1:30pm

    Location: Killian Court



  • Cold and rainy weather didn’t deter the 1,085 prospective freshman, or “prefrosh” and more than 800 parents who arrived for MIT’s signature yield weekend for admitted students. Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) was held this year over four days on April 11-14.  In true MIT collaborative fashion, volunteers from all over campus came together to welcome the newly admitted students and their families starting with a bustling check–in on Thursday morning on the second floor of the student center.

    CPW prefrosh with Tim the Beaver

    “This year, we wanted to give the students some easy ways to break the ice and mingle with their future classmates right away,” said Katie Kelley, Assistant Director of Admissions and CPW Coordinator.  Students arriving for check- in were given a puzzle piece tucked inside the neck wallets that housed their key cards and other information and were told to add it to a large-scale jigsaw puzzle in the center of the room. [Watch time-lapsed video of puzzle being putted together]  “It proved to be a great way to start the weekend,” she said.   Students could also pick up colorful and whimsical pins at the check-in table and find other students wearing matching pins throughout the weekend. “We encouraged them to take pictures of themselves with others they found wearing their matching pins and to upload them to the CPW photo tumblr. We got some great photos,” Kelley said.

  • We are pleased to report that the first annual MIT Employer Symposium was a succes. Held on April 3, 2013 at the MIT Faculty Club, this event brought seventy representatives from fifty employers together with MIT staff, students, and administrators to learn about best practices for recruiting MIT students.

  • SFS logoAround this time of year the national news media encourages students and families to contact their financial aid offices and to try and negotiate or appeal their award to get more aid. We in Student Financial  Services (SFS) are not able to negotiate with families based on their assigned awards at other schools or on other criteria, but our financial aid counselors are always willing to have discussions with families who are concerned that they can’t afford MIT with the financial aid package they were offered.

    How it works…

    Each spring, SFS works to process financial aid awards for thousands of admitted students and our policy is to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all applicants.  To calculate their need, we must carefully look at each applicant and understand the challenges that they may face in affording an MIT education.

  • Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming coordinates the selection MIT faculty for three Institute Convocation awards. We were pleased with both the number and quality of nominations, which spoke to the contributions of our Institute’s distinguished faculty. The following faculty are this year’s award recipients:

    Sam Allen: Arthur Smith Award for Lifelong Contributions to Student Life and Learning

    Professor Sam Allen retires in June after 30 years dedicated to teaching and advising students. He has helped hundreds of students find their place at MIT, nurturing their growth and success.  A “founding father” of the Freshman Advising Seminar program, Prof. Allen has taught Modern Blacksmithing and Physical Metallurgy every year since 1986. Nominators enthusiastically agree that he is deserving of the Arthur C. Smith Award.

    Allan Adams: Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Professor Adams “gets applause each and every time he lectures.” He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher.  His emails of encouragement, recognition and individualized feedback spur students to excel. Nominations testify to his infectious enthusiasm and his genuine concern for students’ well-being.  Prof. Adams truly represents excellence in teaching.

    Heidi Nepf: Earll Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    Professor Nepf has achieved excellence in undergraduate advising.  Nominators spoke to how caring and involved Prof. Nepf is with students, never hesitating to put forth extra time for a students in need.  She is someone who stimulates intellectual achievement and leads by example, inspiring others to follow her example.  She is most deserving of the Earll Murman Award.

    Additionally, the UAAP reviewed nominations for Outstanding Freshman Advisor, Associate Advisor, UROP Faculty Mentor, and UROP Graduate Student Mentor. It was an honor to select the best of the best who will be recognized at a luncheon celebration on May 20. The honorees include:

  • Concourse: A Community

    As one of the four freshman learning communities at MIT, Concourse provides a guiding environment for first year students: highly sought after one-on-one guidance, small classroom sizes, and a strong sense of community. It is often referred to as a “school within a school,” built on a foundation of peers, advisors, and professors.

    The 40-year old program focuses on the integration of humanities into MIT’s traditional science- and technology-based curriculum, teaching students that most technical courses have a mutually beneficial interaction with the humanities and social sciences. While still fulfilling their MIT core requirements, students have the opportunity to reflect and search for deeper meanings as they shape their futures. Anne McCants, Director of Concourse, emphasizes the importance of this approach, “I think that to be truly educated, and to fulfill our real potential as scholars, it is not enough to know many things, or to be able to do many things, valuable as that may be.  We actually have to know what those things are good for (how they nourish life and well-being), and it is the humanistic disciplines that school us for those questions.”

    Why do students choose Concourse?

    Concourse Friday SeminarEach year, Concourse selects 40-50 students to participate in the program. “With limited space it is important to select freshman who will thrive in the learning community’s environment,” says Concourse advisor Paula Cogliano. Students are incoming freshman with an interest in incorporating a humanities framework to their MIT education. They are also students who prefer the benefits of smaller class sizes and building relationships with others in the Concourse community.

  • On January 31 and February 1, 2013, the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP), run by Global Education and Career Development (GECD),  held a full-day symposium to provide participants with a large portion of the program’s career development curriculum before the start of the spring semester.

    F/ASIP allows MIT freshmen to develop competencies in career exploration, communication, professional etiquette, and internship search skills. This graded course teaches students how to acquire internships for the summer after their freshman year and to complete them successfully. F/ASIP seminars begin during IAP and continue throughout the spring semester, with internships in the summer between freshman and sophomore year.

    Students at Symposium

    A total of 75 freshmen, eleven GECD staff, seven MIT alumni and MIT librarian Howard Silver participated in the F/ASIP IAP Symposium. Overall feedback from staff and students was positive.

  • Once again we are admitting a new class. I am always amazed at the quality and energy of the students. They are what attract the excellent faculty here. We have a virtuous cycle where high quality students attract high quality faculty who attract high quality students. Every year at this time I have parents ask me if their student should come here or go to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford or Yale. My answer is the same every year. They should go where they feel they will fit the best. We want students to fit best here.

  • MIT senior Holden Lee has been awarded a 2013 Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Cambridge. 

    Holden Lee