DUE News - 2014

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  • MIT has been awarded two major grants from the Amgen Foundation. The first will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program. This marks the ninth year that MIT will participate in the program, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduates with hands-on summer research opportunities at many of the world’s premier educational institutions. The second grant awarded to MIT will support the Amgen Scholars Global/U.S.

  • In May, we hosted the biennial visit of the DUE Visiting Committee (VC). The purpose of this external committee is to provide insight and guidance to the DUE leadership and the senior leadership at MIT.   In July, I shared a summary of the visit, which was focused on three key topics:

    • Enhancing students’ educational experiences in the freshman year
    • Admissions: a view into the selection process
    • DUE opportunities vis a vis recommendations of the Task Force on the Future of MIT Education

    Beyond the feedback the Committee shared during the visit, I received a report summarizing their observations and recommendations.  I wanted to share their key findings with you, which are as follows...

  • UAAP’s Student Disability Services (SDS) offers a wide arrange of accommodations, services, and programming on campus aimed at supporting students with disabilities. In an effort to connect students with different organizations and resources they can use beyond MIT, SDS hosted Lime Connect on October 16. Lime Connect is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of breaking stereotypes and helping companies realize the importance—and value—of employing people with disabilities.

  • Several new staff joined DUE between September 23, 2014 - November 6, 2014.



    Lise Capet, Instructor

    Military Science

    Cara Salmon, Technical Instructor

  • Did you know that the @MITstudents Twitter feed reaches roughly 4,800 followers daily, many of whom are current or prospective students? Or that 50% of Tumblr’s userbase is under age 25?

  • Pass in Review ceremonyOn October 25, the MIT ROTC units held their annual Pass in Review ceremony, a long-standing military tradition in which a reviewing officer inspects and issues orders to troops. While the Pass in Review has become more of a ceremonial event over time, it still holds a great deal of significance. The MIT ROTC commitment to tradition was apparent as cadets and midshipmen skillfully executed drill commands after weeks of planning and rehearsals.

    The ceremony, which took place during Family Weekend at MIT, had a high turnout of veterans, guests of honor, families, and friends. The parade consisted of a joint battalion staff, a joint color guard, and a company from each service branch represented at MIT. The Navy “Old Ironsides” Battalion was commanded by Midshipman Joanna Chen, MIT ’15. Cadet Molly McFadden, Harvard '15, commanded the Army “Paul Revere” Battalion, and Cadet Martin York, MIT ’16, commanded the Air Force “Doolittle’s Raiders” Detachment 365...

  • "MIT can take us much farther than our classrooms."

    So says biology senior Jorge Rosario, whose picture from Chile was a runner-up in this summer’s campus-wide global photo contest.

  • The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming hosted its second annual “Trick or Treat for Advice Week” program from October 27-31,2014. The program is designed to raise student awareness about the UAAP office and the programs and resources it provides, at a point in the semester where students can be facing some stress. This year’s events included an office open house, an academic integrity quiz, a study break with associate advisors, and faculty receptions and lunches for first-year students.

  • A classroom of 4th and 5th graders chatter excitedly, hunched over long tables to hunt for tiny resistors in clear electronics kits. They’re building a simple circuit to attach to the back of a cardboard box that is decorated with multiple-choice questions. The objective? When touched by a clip, the thumbtack next to the correct answers causes a bright green LED to light up; the tacks next to the incorrect choices won’t.

  • On Oct. 1, the MIT D-Lab officially began work with Guatemalan social enterprise Soluciones Comunitarias (SolCom) to develop scalable, market-based, local community innovations intended to alleviate some of the causes of endemic poverty in rural areas of Guatemala where there is a strong indigenous presence.

    "The cooperation between SolCom and D-Lab creates an opportunity for the people of Nebaj [Guatemala] to develop the kind of useful technologies and knowledge that can save time, reduce workload, and improve the welfare of families," comments Miguel Brito, SolCom’s president.