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  • UAAP solicits nominations every year from UROP students for the UROP Mentor of the Year Awards. An award is presented to one MIT faculty member and one graduate student/non-faculty UROP supervisor who have demonstrated exceptional mentorship and teaching in a research setting.

    Many nominations were submitted, making the selection highly competitive. This year’s Outstanding UROP Mentor Award recipients are:

    Kay Tye
    Assistant Professor, Picower Institute and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

  • In Commencement remarks, U.S. CTO stresses the importance of the personal, caring side of MIT.

    “One of the very most important things in our school’s history is something that’s not in the motto” — “mens et manus,” or “mind and hand” — Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88, now the chief technology officer of the United States, said today in her Commencement speech at MIT. “It’s heart,” she said.

    “What I mean by heart,” Smith said, “is not just love and kindness. I mean wonder and discovery, it’s openness, it’s inclusivity, creativity, passion, obsession, service.”

  • The 85 students who will serve as Orientation Leaders this summer have been selected and have already started working to welcome the MIT Class of 2019. Many of the Orientation 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.

  • Registrar's Office temporary relocationThe Registrar’s Office—including the Academic Records and Schedules Office suites in 5-119 and 5-111—has temporarily relocated to E34-400 as of June 11. The move will accommodate a renovation project that will modernize the office space with new entryways, comfortable waiting areas, streamlined work spaces, fresh carpeting, and contemporary furniture.

  • In visit to MIT, NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle urges women and girls to dream big.

  • Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart thanks SuperUROP students for their research and innovation contributions; praises program's quintessential "MIT-ness."

    As more than 90 students in MIT's SuperUROP Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunites Program flowed into a year-end certificates presentation event on May 7 at the Media Lab Skyline Room, they looked quite ready to celebrate a year of work on intense research collaborations with faculty advisors, supported as by the generous backing of industry and private sponsors. 

  • MIT team will race 3,000 km across the Australian Outback in October.

    An MIT team that boasts some notable alumni — including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and D-Lab founder and lecturer in mechanical engineering Amy Smith ’84, SM ’85 — has its eyes fixed on the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-km race across the Australian Outback that will take place in October.  

  • To help alleviate poverty, representatives from MIT D-Lab and Tufts Fletcher School focus on respectful, human-centered research practices in global development.

    When a student now at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy traveled a few years ago to rural India on a research trip to interview farmers, she brought some serious baggage with her: a nearly 200-question survey that took up to five hours to conduct and complete.

  • MISTI Global Teaching Labs has reached over 10,000 foreign high-school students with summer internships and research opportunities.

    The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives program (MISTI) places over 500 MIT undergraduate and graduate students with international internship and research opportunities each summer. Through MISTI Global Teaching Labs (GTL), an experimental teaching program, nearly another 150 MIT students now travel abroad during MIT’s January Independent Activities Period (IAP) to teach science and engineering in foreign high schools.

  • On Friday, March 13, Student Financial Services released the new SFS website. The old website has been retired and all links to the former URL will now redirect users to the new homepage.Student Financial Services new website

    To create the new site, the SFS web team worked with DCAD and Moth Design to develop an extensive project plan with several key components: researching the needs of our students through a discovery phase, building the information architecture (the “bones” of the site) using our research, and finally designing and developing a site that met all of our stated goals.

    To understand our current audience and to improve upon the quality of our content structure, we surveyed our users via focus groups and one-on-one interviews with undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, parents, and staff. In our research we discovered that students and our users wanted:

    • More clarity and transparency in understanding how financial aid works
    • Easy-to-find dates and deadlines
    • Resources dedicated to parents
    • Automated forms and processes

    Next, we created our information architecture and sitemap to address the issues users identified, along with others we found through our daily interactions with students...