DUE News - 2014

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  • The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished MIT faculty for the 2014 Institute Convocation awards:

    Arthur Smith Award for Distinguished Service to Student Life and Learning

    Anne McCantsAnne E. C. McCants
    Professor of History and Director of Concourse

  • Since its inception in the fall of 2012, MITx--an initiative to provide open, online courses to anyone around the world--has grown steadily, both in users and in the number of courses offered. Although MITx is a global initiative, its impact here on campus is clearly apparent, as well; the Institutional Research section of the Office of the Provost found that as of spring 2014, over 65% of current undergraduates have taken a course which used the residential MITx system. The chart below traces the expansion of MITx at MIT during the past two years.

  • When it is completed in 2018, MIT.nano will house 200,000-sqare-feet of state-of-the-art  nanotechnology research facilities. In the meantime, the building site in the middle of campus, which replaces the current Building 12, will be a major construction zone for the next 4+ years.

    You can sign-up to receive regular email updates on construction activites and any road or sidewalk closures:

  • On June 9th, 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 2014 DUE Infinite Mile Award recipients!

  • MIT GraduateMIT’s 148th Commencement ceremony took place today under a cloudless blue sky, as a total of 990 undergraduate and 1,717 graduate students received their degrees before a gathering of some 11,000 guests in Killian Court.

  • On May 8, William A. Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, received the Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This Institute-wide award is given annually to an MIT faculty member in recognition of his or her “exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates.” It is the only teaching award in which the nomination and selection of recipients is done entirely by students.William A. Tisdale

    “This is a truly unexpected and deeply meaningful honor — especially knowing that it came from the students,” Tisdale says. “It is quite humbling to have my name included among the past award recipients. I’m convinced that the recognition is due in no small part to the inspiring example and mentorship that Alan [Hatton] has provided me as my senior faculty co-instructor in 10.302. I am also amazed at the dedication and respect the MIT undergraduate students show toward their own learning; it is a privilege to teach such capable and willing minds.

  • Early on Saturday mornings, before the rest of campus stirs awake, Jacqueline Sly ’14 grabs coffee and heads down Massachusetts Ave. to building N51. Winding through familiar walkways, past boxes of scrap metal and old pipes, she arrives at a large, airy room dominated by two nearly finished frames of certified Formula One cars. To Sly and the rest of the MIT Formula SAE team, this is home.

    Student Team at work in N51Seated unassumingly next to the MIT Museum, N51 houses multiple student teams working under the auspices of the Edgerton Center, including the Formula SAE team, the Marine Robotics Team, and the Solar Electric Vehicle Team.

    The students and alumni involved in these teams are intense, passionate, and motivated...

  • One of my priorities as Dean is to reduce barriers to the services, support, and opportunities that enable students to have an exceptional undergraduate experience. This priority was central as we planned the move of key DUE student services housed in Building 12.  As most of you know, Building 12 must be vacated by June 30th to make way for the new MIT.nano building, the future home of nanotechnology research at MIT. 

    The space planning for the move involved finding a new home for:

    • Global Education and Career Services, which students visit for career, global, and prehealth advising as well as on-campus interviews.
    • Office of Faculty Support, which students visit for HASS and Communication Requirement advising.
    • Office of Minority Education Tutorial Services Room, which students visit for tutoring sessions and as a study/meeting space.
    • DUE Desktop Support, which provides support to staff in both DUE and DSL.

    The resulting plan places these services in more visible and convenient locations.  Where possible, we also looked for opportunities to improve services.

    First, we are creating a Building 5 student corridor, which co-locates offices that provide student services...

  • Several new staff joined DUE between February 18 - April 22, 2014

    WELCOME!

    Global Education & Career Development

    Meredith Pepin, Career Development Specialist

    Lindsey Fernandez, Administrative Assistant/ Events Assistant

    D-Lab

    Gwyndaf Jones, Research Specialist

    Melissa Mangino, Administrative Assistant

  • Orientation Leaders Group PhotoThe 85 students who will serve as this summer’s Orientation Leaders have been selected and are already preparing to welcome the MIT Class of 2018 in August. Many of the leaders volunteered at Campus Preview Weekend, helping pre-frosh with luggage check-in, serving as hosts, and assisting with small group icebreakers at the student welcome event.

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