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  • Tuition and fees increase of 3 percent is the smallest percentage rise since 1970.

    MIT will increase its financial aid budget for the 2017-18 academic year, benefiting a broad range of students and families and offsetting a 3 percent increase in tuition and fees — the smallest percentage increase since 1970.

    The tuition and financial aid figures were announced at today’s MIT faculty meeting.

  • The United States Air Force has selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 365 for the 2016 Right of Line Award. The award recognizes the Top AFROTC detachment in the Nation. Detachment 365 also received the Best in Region Award for the Northeast, having competed against detachments at Yale and Cornell Universities. The last time Detachment 365 won at the national level was in 2010. 

    The award is presented to three detachments in the nation based on training, education, recruiting, and overall performance. Recipients are selected from 145 AFROTC detachments in the US competing in small, medium, and large categories.

    Detachment 365’s accomplishments include achieving the highest overall grade point average of 3.545/4.0 and physical fitness scores of 97.42/100 in the nation.

    “What distinguishes the Detachment from others is not just academic excellence, but the dedication and commitment the cadets have in becoming the best officers they can be, whether their experiences come from academia, research, internships, or community service,” said Captain Peterson Dela Cruz, MIT technical instructor and operations flight commander.

    The Detachment has also garnered numerous individual awards this year, including the coveted 2016 USAF Cadet of the Year award given to MIT graduate student Martin York, as the top cadet among AFROTC, United States Air Force Academy, and Officer Training School. MIT senior Nicholas James received the 2016 Outstanding AFROTC Cadet as the top AFROTC cadet in the Northeast region. Kira Headrick, a senior at Harvard, was highlighted in Business Insider magazine’s article, “Twelve of the Most Impressive Students at Harvard Right Now,” for her accomplishments as a pilot-select and NASA intern. Dela Cruz was also recognized as the 2016 AFROTC Recruiting Officer of the Year...

  • The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming welcomed 12 enthusiastic students to MIT from Salemwood Middle School in Malden, Massachusetts on November 17. The middle schoolers, who represented grades 5-8, eagerly arrived on campus to learn firsthand what makes a successful student.

  • The offices within the DUE came together on November 2 to host a day of stress relieving activities for students. The 2nd annual DUE Recharge Day was a collaborative effort to provide students with an opportunity to engage with the DUE offices and take a few minutes out of their day to relax and “recharge.”

    Each office hosted its own unique activities, and they were all very popular with students! These included:

  • DUE welcomed a number of new employees between September 28 and December 7, 2016. Congratulations to all!

  • MIT students’ personal account of desert farming in New Mexico earns top honors from college broadcasting association.

  • On October 12 and November 2nd, Kate Quinn and Kathy Cahill of the ATIC/Accessibility/Usability Team conducted two “teatime” information sessions on Assistive Technologies for students with disabilities, with the assistance of staff from Student Disabilities Services (SDS). One session was about Distraction Free Tools, providing information to students about technology-based tools such as website, email, and ad blockers that help students focus on work that needs to be done. Kate also demonstrated web-based timer tools that help students work on tasks for a preset amount of time.

  • On November 17, Global Education held its annual Thanksgiving dinner for exchange students studying at MIT for the fall term or full academic year. This annual event brings together current exchange students, along with MIT students who previously studied abroad, to share in this American tradition.

  • It’s been an eventful and productive semester for the students of the Department of Military Science.

    In October, the Paul Revere Battalion placed third (out of 42 total Army ROTC programs) in a regional military athletic skills competition, its best finish in recent history.

    In November, Army cadets participated in high-intensity military skills training, supported the annual Veteran’s Day memorial vigil, and presented the colors at MIT football home games. In cooperation with MIT’s Air Force and Navy ROTC programs, MIT ROTC cadets also presented the colors at the 2016 Harvard-Yale game.

    Finally, national level accolades were awarded to cadets who established themselves as high performing individuals for individual scholastic, athletic, and leadership achievements. Over 25 Army cadets were recognized in the aforementioned categories.

    Our cadets weren’t the only recipients of recognition this fall. In addition, Dr. Mike Yaffe, the chair of the ROTC Oversight Committee (and professor of biology and biological engineering here at the Institute) was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserve...

  • The MIT Formula SAE team takes a great leap forward to build their 2017 race car.

    Imagine if you and a group of students were tasked with designing, building, testing, and driving a Formula-style electric race car from the ground up. Every year.