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  • A number of staff members from DUE received awards at this year's MIT Excellence Awards ceremony held on March 11.

    Serving the Client Award

    Forms and petitions team

    The Forms and Petitions team, a collaboration between staff from DUE and IS&T, won the Serving the Client Award. After soliciting input from students and faculty, the team developed digitized forms for several core student functions: Add/Drop, HASS Concentration, Late Add/Drop, and Graduate Student Petition. In the past, students had to print copies of each form and have advisors and/or instructors sign the forms before turning them in--a time-consuming and cumbersome process for all. "These thoughtful innovations boost the quality of the campus experience for many students and faculty," President Reif said before presenting the award. DUE members of the Forms and Petitions Team include...

  • The MIT Edgerton Center’s K-12 electronics curriculum was the basis for a creative technology-education workshop in rural Maine this winter.

    When a middle-school girl from rural Maine updated her Facebook page with a photo of herself soldering on a circuit board, the creators of Gizmo Garden knew the project was working — participating students were developing new images of themselves.

  • 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...

  • Several new staff joined DUE between January 20 and April 14, 2015.


    Mohammad Obaidee, Financial and Program Administrator

    Student Financial Services
    Paula Bernal, Counselor, Financial Aid
    Eric Sacca, Assistant Director of Operations

    Aerospace Studies
    Camille Woods, Administrative Assistant II

  • The First Generation Program (FGP) participated in CityDays: MLK Day on January 20. Twenty-five first generation MIT students volunteered for an afternoon at the Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England.First Generation Project at CityDays: MLK Professor Edmund Bertschinger, Institute community and equity officer, served as the warehouse floor foreman, relaying instructions and words of encouragement to students as they sorted food brought out by conveyor belt. Ultimately, this energetic group of future scientists, engineers, professors, and doctors inspected and sorted over 5,000 pounds of food— enough to feed a family of four for an entire year.

    Before the group returned to campus, Professor Bertschinger facilitated a discussion to help students reflect on their experience. He prompted students to consider how MIT’s mission to “develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind” aligns with Dr. Martin Luther King’s ideal of service above self. The day ended with a challenge to students to pursue service projects they are passionate about and apply these ideals to their future work...

  • Every March, GECD sponsors the Career Exploration Series (CES), a sequence of industry-specific panels and guest speakers that introduce students to the many nuances, thrills, challenges, and expectations of various career paths and opportunities. Barclays, Teach For America, Global Health Corps, and Novartis were among the 23 organizations that participated this year (a full list is included below). The series consisted of eight events focusing on the fields of academia, consulting, finance, big data, public service, product design, the federal government, and patent law. GECD Career Exploration SeriesEach event was also an opportunity for  MIT students to connect to alumni, recruiters, and experts with varied educational and professional backgrounds, and valuable insights into the different stages of career exploration and decision-making.

    This year also marked the introduction of a CES student satisfaction and needs assessment, to help GECD understand the expectations and interests of participating students. The survey revealed that 95% of students were satisfied with the series, and 74% of students said the program met their expectations—encouraging numbers that can guide GECD efforts for subsequent CES programs. The assessment also provided useful information about other areas of interest; fields cited the most were consulting, academia, biotech, aerospace, IT, and healthcare...

  • Global Education and Career Development (GECD) has opened a new satellite office called “GECD Express” in Room 5-118.

    The new GECD Express will be open on weekdays through Commencement (Friday, June 5) from 11 am - 3 pm. Students can stop by the small office for answers to quick questions and referral to advising and other resources. Topics include getting jobs and internships, career planning, going abroad, and applying to medical and graduate school. Staff at GECD Express will also offer drop-in advising appointments through May 15. There are three types of drop-ins with different schedules...

  • Amgen Scholars alumni eventAmgen Scholars Program alumni living and studying in the Northeast gathered at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on March 20 for a dinner hosted by the Amgen Scholars Global Program Office, housed at MIT. The event welcomed more than 60 attendees and featured a keynote presentation by Elazer Edelman, the Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT and director of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center.

    Launched in 2007, the Amgen Scholars Program is an internationally recognized research initiative that invites undergraduates to conduct faculty-mentored research...

  • MIT-wide effort aims to bring the power of data to the people.

    What do data scientists and social scientists have in common? Not nearly enough — yet. But now, MIT is creating a new institute that will bring together researchers working in the mathematical, behavioral, and empirical sciences to capitalize on their shared interest in tackling complex societal problems.

  • MacVicar Day examines MIT’s unique partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design.

    MacVicar Day 2015On January 25, 2010, before signing a formal collaboration agreement between MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), then-MIT President Susan Hockfield said, “Our role will be extensive and direct. MIT faculty will be involved at every stage, from developing new curricula to helping with early deployment, assisting with mentoring, career development programs, and conducting major joint research projects. We also look forward to numerous opportunities for student exchanges and collaborations.”

    Five years later, that vision has come to fruition. SUTD is up and running, with over 1,000 students and 101 course offerings, 94 of which were contributed by MIT...