DUE News - 2014

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    ESG Alum Sofia Essayan-Perez is inspired by those around her to teach in Nicaragua, conduct neuroscience research.

    MIT senior Sofia Essayan-Perez, majoring in brain and cognitive sciences with a minor in applied international studies, has founded an educational nonprofit, conducted neuroscience research, and tutored MIT students. The common thread that binds these disparate interests: They all stem from hardships that those around her have faced.

  • Access and affordability are two concepts that have become inseparable. Google them as a single term and there is no end to the mention of access and affordability in housing, food, energy, health care, and higher education. Access: the ability to reach, approach, or enter. Affordability: the ability to purchase. Together, they form the A2 problem.

    Within higher education, access and affordability refer to removing the financial barriers to achieving one’s educational aspirations, with access most often associated with students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and affordability with middle-class students. Together access and affordability are a weighty term that becomes a lightning rod for the ever-growing public concern that undergraduate higher education in the U.S. is out of reach for ordinary citizens.

    MIT graduateAccess and affordability are as much about perception as reality, if not more so. Often, changing the belief that something is not possible is the major obstacle to overcome. So to put this all in perspective, our core question becomes, “Is MIT affordable for all families?” The simple answer is yes, but proving that is more complicated...

  • We are pleased to announce the addition of an annual listing of DUE promotions. We would like to publicly congratulate all the DUE employees who have been promoted over the past year. As an organization, DUE is committed to a culture of employee growth and development.

    July 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014

    • Brenna Heintz

    • Margaret Eysenbach

    • Chris Peterson

    • Deolinda Rodrigues

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  • Through the Edgerton Center’s clubs and teams program, students apply themselves to challenging projects, for competition and for their own edification and satisfaction. This year there were 13 student-led teams, with over 200 MIT students participating. Over the summer, the N51 shop–adjacent to the MIT Museum–was a hub of activity with students fine-tuning their projects for upcoming challenges. Here are some of the highlights of this summer's projects:

    • In June, the MIT Robotics team placed second in NASA’s Robo-Ops Competition at the Rock Yard at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Teams in the event are challenged to build a planetary rover and demonstrate its capabilities to perform a series of tasks.Formula SAE team race car
    • The Formula SAE team (also known as MIT Motorsports) constructed their first electric car and placed seventh, in a field of 20, at the Society of Automotive Engineers Race in Lincoln, NE. The team is now building their second Formula-style electric car.
    • The Solar Electric Vehicle Team built their twelfth car, “Valkyrie,” and while they were not able to participate in the American Solar Challenge due to mechanical issues, they have set their sights on entering the 2015 World Solar Challenge with a new four-wheeled iteration of the solar car...
  • Last week 24 soldering irons were producing a lot of heat up in MIT’s Edgerton Center. Their operators? 24 rising ninth grade girls donning goggles and melting wires to make miniature traffic lights and flashlights as part of a lesson in electrical circuitry. “Today we got rid of a lot of fear,” said Amy Fitzgerald, the instructor of You Go Girl! a four-day crash course in all things science for girls.

  • A group of 230 enthusiastic associate advisors are leading the charge in mentoring the freshman Class of 2018. These volunteer upperclassmen are an integral part of the First -Year Advising Network, made up of a freshman advisor and a consultant from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). With an increase in the number of faculty advising freshmen, the UAAP has ensured that every advising group is built on a strong foundation. 

  • first generation programThe First Generation Program (FGP) is a community of MIT students, faculty, alumni, and staff who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. First generation students make up approximately 17 percent of all MIT undergraduate students.

  • MIT medical school applicantsThis fall, a significant number of MIT alumni took the next step in their journey to becoming MDs and MDPhDs by enrolling as first-year medical students.

  • Prior to attending MIT Freshman Orientation, incoming students of the MIT Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program completed a week of ROTC orientation in Newport, RI, introducing the students to the program and preparing them for their next four years of training. Comprised of MIT, Harvard, and Tufts students, the MIT NROTC Unit is part of a larger consortium with Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University.