DUE News - 2015

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  • Bahr, Drennan, Gibson, and Sive receive the Institute’s highest undergraduate teaching award.

    Four MIT professors have been named 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellows, awarded for exceptional undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and educational innovation.

    2015 MacVicar Fellows

    This year’s honorees are Arthur Bahr, the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Literature; Catherine L. Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and investigator; Lorna J. Gibson, the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering; and Hazel L. Sive, a professor of biology...

  • MIT admits 1,467 students from 50 states and 67 countries; video of drones delivering acceptance letters garners local and national media attention.

    On Saturday, March 14, MIT made its undergraduate admissions decisions available online to applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Institute admitted 1,467 students to next year’s freshman class.

    “We have so many high caliber students who apply to MIT every year,” says Stuart Schmill, MIT’s dean of admissions. “It makes our job to select the class a truly difficult one.”

  • Undergraduate financial aid budget to grow 8.8 percent; tuition and fees will rise 3.75 percent.

    MIT undergraduate financial aid 2015-16Underscoring its commitment to preserving broad access to MIT, the Institute will allocate $103.4 million next year to ensure affordability for its 4,500 undergraduate students — the first time MIT’s annual financial aid budget will exceed $100 million.

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship MIT senior Shruti Sharma is one of 40 U.S. recipients of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year. This award will allow her to pursue a PhD in materials and manufacturing engineering at the University of Cambridge, focusing on nanotechnology in the Cavendish Laboratories’ Centre for Nanoscience. She intends to pursue a career in industrial engineering.

  • The MIT Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unveiled its new high-tech teaching lab at the Joint Military Simulator opening ceremony on Jan. 29.

    The Joint Military Simulator, located in Building W59 (Heinz Building), is a combined effort among staff members of the naval science, military science, and aerospace studies departments.MIT ROTC Joint Military Simulator The simulator provides supplemental training to the ROTC curriculum, and enhances the leadership and military skills training of future officers commissioned through the MIT ROTC program. Naval ROTC midshipmen and cadets from Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC will be able to train with software developed by the respective military services designed for ship handling, command and control, and small-unit leadership and tactics.

  • “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

    MIT Momentum programThis creed from the United States Postal Service is fitting for the students who recently participated in MIT Momentum, a design class for first and second year students sponsored by the Office of Minority Education. Boston’s recent Snowmaggedon caused a slight change-up in the Momentum schedule, but the engineering competition took place nevertheless on Friday, January 30. Eight teams of MIT undergraduates worked over the course of four weeks in January to develop an EMG-controlled hand and arm that could serve coffee, write an invitation, dial a rotary phone, serve food and set the table...

  • DUE staff gathered on January 15 at the Stata Center to celebrate the new year with an afternoon of conversation, delicious food, and camaraderie. Many thanks to Dean Freeman for hosting the event, and to Lisa Stagnone for orchestrating it with panache!

  • In 2002, the same year that MIT piloted the Leader to Leader (L2L) program, President Emeritus Paul Gray described leadership in higher education in this way, "universities, as a class, are for the most part led by people who have had no formal training as leaders…What makes such leadership possible is that along the way you get some very good mentoring, which helps develop the necessary skills."

    Since then, the L2L leadership development program has become an essential way for MIT to actively mentor and build its internal leadership capability. L2L fellows are chosen via a highly selective process and then take on a year-long commitment to gain new skills and insights from faculty, MIT’s senior leadership, and each other. In true MIT fashion, the program employs both a theoretical leadership framework, based on the Sloan School of Management’s model of leadership, and hands-on leadership experiences...

  • New system provides flexibility for timetabling, student scheduling, final-exam scheduling, and event scheduling at the Institute.

  • Several new staff joined DUE between November 6, 2014 - January 20, 2015.



    Rachel Kay, Director of Admissions Research & Analysis

    Global Education & Career Development

    Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan, Assistant Director, Prehealth Evaluation

    Military Science