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  • MIT MadridP-sets. Dorm Rush. Mystery Hunt. All iconic slices of MIT life. But there’s another MIT beyond this square mile of Cambridge. And that MIT is everywhere.

  • F/ASIP programSince 1997, many MIT freshmen have assisted with cutting-edge research and projects on campus and in industry through F/ASIP, the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program. During the spring of their freshmen year, F/ASIP students participate in a graded seminar, SP.800, that offers career exploration and development training, cultivation of professional skills, and opportunities for finding a summer internship or research experience. This career exploration program and networking opportunity is exclusively for freshmen and is facilitated by Global Education and Career F/ASIP programDevelopment.

    Students can also choose to continue their career exploration through an additional summer course, SP.801, that helps students maximize their first internship or research experience. In the past, students have successfully participated in industry internships, UROPs, and MISTI programs the summer after their freshmen year. In 2015, F/ASIPers gained experience at a variety of locations such as Facebook University, Jane Street, University of Washington Center for Intelligent Materials and Systems, IDEO, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Energy-Efficient Multimedia Systems Group, and MISTI Chile.

    Do you know of a freshman who you think would be a potential candidate for the program? F/ASIP is a good fit for any MIT freshman who is interested in...

  • The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming hosted its third annual “Trick or Treat for Advice Week” program during the week of October 26–30. This program is designed to raise student awareness about the UAAP office and the programs and resources it provides, and comes at a point in the semester where students can be facing some stress.

  • In September and October, the Undergraduate Office of Admissions invited 99 talented high school seniors from around the country to attend the Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.

    Students who attended WISE became members of the MIT community for 2 ½  days, from a Sunday to a Tuesday. They attended Monday morning classes, lived in a residential hall with a student host, and learned about MISTI, UROP, and other campus opportunities through panels and Q&A sessions with current students.MIT Admissions WISE program

    “The WISE program ensures the doors of opportunity at MIT remain open for all students, particularly underrepresented students of color, first generation, and low income students,” says Quinton McArthur, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of the Diversity Team.

    Three sponsored events held special meaning for the attendees. During lunch on Monday they met DUE faculty and staff from the Office of Minority Education, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Global Languages and Literatures, Student Support Services, UAAP, Civil Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. For many students, it was their first interaction with college administrators, and they appreciated the willingness of the staff members to share advice and information about MIT academic and support programs...

  • MIT First Generation Program student-alumni dinnerThe First Generation Program (FGP) hosted its third annual Alumni Dinner in early November. As in previous years, this event provided students with the opportunity to connect with first generation MIT alumni to learn about their experiences at MIT and their professional paths after graduating, and to receive advice.

  • The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has announced its 2016 product evaluations.

    The interdisciplinary program will bring together faculty and students from across MIT to evaluate at least three new types of products being used by people in developing countries, including solar water pumps, food aid packaging, and wheelchairs.

  • The Institute tops a cadre of 105 schools for “extraordinary efforts” in advancing the association’s mission.

  • Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering, officially welcomed 183 students into the 2015-2016 SuperUROP class on Thursday, Sept. 30, at a Stata Center reception for participants in the program, which has more than doubled in size since its 2012 launch within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

  • A team of 17 MIT students and alumni will travel 3,000 kilometers across the Australian Outback in a Solar Electric Vehicle for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015 starting on October 18. A total of 47 teams from 25 countries—made up of mostly colleges and universities—will compete in the six-day competition that encourages research into sustainable transportation methods as well as solar technology.

  • Members of the Class of 2019 possess ample talent and determination.

    With the first few weeks of classes now under their belts, first-year students are settling into the busy, challenging, and often exciting new life of the MIT student.

    In these early days, MIT freshmen will no doubt be taking in new experiences at a breathless clip — an initiation that many at MIT equate with “drinking from the fire hose.”

    But for first-year students like Abishkar Chhetri, the flood of education may feel more like a welcome rain after a long drought. Chhetri — one of 1,109 members of the Class of 2019 — says his admittance to MIT had a “one in a million chance of happening.”

    MIT Class of 2019Chhetri was born in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal, where he lived for the first seven years of his life, with little opportunity for a quality education. As he wrote in his application to MIT, “I opened my eyes to a world that promised me no future.”

    The camp housed people in bamboo and straw huts, and Chhetri remembers attending the camp’s one school, where attendance was mandatory, although resources — both physical and mental — were meager.

    “There were no desks or chairs — you sat on the floor,” Chhetri remembers. “There weren’t a lot of rooms, and it was really crowded, so sometimes you felt very suffocated.”

    His parents, intent on giving Chhetri and his younger sister a better education, found jobs in Nepal’s capital, Katmandu, where they eventually moved the family when Chhetri was 7 years old. The improved schooling there, with more resources and qualified teachers, was “a new world for me — a place where I can be curious, and finally study without worrying about what I’m going to eat,” Chhetri says...