DUE News - 2014

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  • This summer marks the eighth year of the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program in which a cohort of MIT undergraduates, as well as undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities from across the US, come together to conduct summer research in the science and biotechnology areas. The program aims to provide undergraduates the opportunity to not only conduct cutting-edge research at 13 of the world’s leading research institutions, but to also provide educational and networking opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in science and engineering.

  • GECD’s second annual Employer Symposium hosted 50 employers this year from a range of industries. This all-day event complements the MIT Spring Career Fair, giving employers a chance to learn more about our students.

  • On April 3, GECD hosted its Spring Career Fair in the Stratton Student Center. Forty-three employers representing a number of fields had booths, and eight companies held interviews with students on campus the following day. Taking place just before graduation and the summer, the Spring Career Fair highlights full-time opportunities and summer internships for MIT undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and alumni.

  • For 17 years, the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) has helped freshmen explore career options and hone professional and internship search skills. F/ASIP is a nine-month credited course, running from January to September. The program kicks off during IAP with a full-day symposium for participants, followed by seminars throughout the spring semester and internships in the summer.

    The F/ASIP IAP Symposium offers students self-assessment activities and exploration; LinkedIn training and profile building; library tips on researching companies and industries; internship search strategies designed specifically for freshmen; and opportunities to meet F/ASIP alumni.

    This year, a total of 52 freshmen, seven F/ASIP alumni, and MIT librarians Howard Silver and Jennifer Greenleaf participated in the symposium. One student commented, “I found the Alumni Panel and LinkedIn Lab most helpful. The alumni provided useful advice for interviews and networking during career fairs, while Lily Zhang from GECD taught me new ways to connect with people and groups on LinkedIn...”

  • In March, GECD launched a new Career Exploration Series to introduce current MIT students to a variety of industries. Five panels were offered, focusing on consulting, product design, public service, finance, and big data. Representatives from a number of companies, many of them alumni, shared their experiences, insights, and enthusiasm for their fields through lively discussions and Q & As.

  • The Admissions office and the entire MIT community welcomed 1045 prefrosh and about 900 parents for Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) on Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13. Volunteers from all over campus came together to welcome the newly admitted students and their families early Thursday morning on the second floor of the student center.

    Campus Preview Weekend 2014

    “This year, we wanted to build on the icebreaker idea we tried with prefrosh at last year’s CPW, so we planned 20-minute orientation sessions and gathered students into small groups right after check-in,” said Katie Kelley, assistant director of admissions and CPW coordinator.

    Some students arrived on Thursday morning to take advantage of the over 650 events planned for them over the weekend, while others checked in later in the weekend to sample the campus just for the day or an overnight...

  • Freshman Libby Koolik recounts her life-changing spring break experience exploring global water issues in South Africa

    Terrascope, a freshman learning community that tackles major global issues related to sustainability and the environment, has proven to be a learning experience unlike any I have ever heard of at another university. After spending an entire semester developing theoretical solutions to global water-security problems in the Terrascope classroom, Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Libby Koolik '17Samuel Bowring – in collaboration with his colleague at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Professor Maarten de Wit – took forty-three students on a life-altering trip to South Africa over spring break.

    The goal was to take our classroom solutions and see how successful they could be in the “real world.” Along the way, we learned about cool South African languages (including sawubona, the Zulu word for hello), geology, the effects of climate change on Africa’s water problems, South African culture and social issues, the apartheid era, and the deep love and respect the South African people have for Nelson Mandela...

  • Midshipmen and staff from the Holy Cross, RPI, and BU-MIT NROTC Battalions joined together on Saturday, April 5, for the annual Beaver Cup Regatta. The weather was perfect for sailing—windy but not too cold—as a crowd of people gathered on the dock of the MIT Sailing Pavilion to participate or spectate.

  • Maria Isabella GariboldiMIT senior Maria Isabella Gariboldi, from Italy, has won an international Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a competitive full-cost scholarship that will allow her to pursue a doctorate in materials science at Cambridge University starting this fall. She joins MIT senior Michelle Teplensky, who won a U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholarship earlier this year.

  • Faculty-Freshmen DinnerFaculty engagement with freshmen continues to be a priority for DUE. As a follow up to the fall Faculty-Freshman Receptions inspired by Dean Dennis Freeman, this spring the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) created additional opportunities to sustain these valuable relationships.

    Associate Advisors facilitated six dinners, four of which took place at student residences. Each of these highly successful events—held at McCormick, Baker, MacGregor, and East Campus—drew at least twelve freshmen. Some of the faculty members who participated included Markus Klute, assistant professor of physics; Mark Bathe, assistant professor of biological engineering; Catherine Drennan, professor of chemistry;  Jonathan Runstadler, assistant professor of biological engineering; Helen Lee, professor of comparative media students/writing; and Pawan Sinha, professor of brain and cognitive sciences. The conversations were interactive and lively; many faculty and students continued talking after the events and pursued further dialogue over email...