DUE News - 2017

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  • Experimental Study Group (ESG) instructor Lee Perlman has won a $50,000 grant from the Alumni Class Fund for his Initiative for Socially Engaged Academics, through which he and other MIT staff teach classes that combine students from MIT with students in prisonThe courses have been piloted through ESG and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and are offered in collaboration with Boston University (BU). BU operates the Prison Education Program, the only program in the country that grants bachelor’s degrees to incarcerated students through an in-house university program.

  • 5th Annual Careers Across MIT

    The 5th Annual Careers Across MIT event will take place on May 4, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm at Morss Hall (in Walker Memorial). This career exploration event is a great way to learn more about the types of work taking place at MIT—whether you’re looking for your next opportunity now or seeking to network with staff from across the Institute. You can also speak to representatives who offer various professional development opportunities to MIT employees.

  • “Make it Happen” was the theme of MIT’s Spring Career Fair this year, held on April 5 in Johnson Athletic Center. Organized by Global Education and Career Development (GECD), the fair gives students an opportunity to meet with recruiters, explore career opportunities, and network with companies from a variety of industries. Over 1,000 students (a 24% increase from 2016) and 70 employers attended the event this year.

  • Dr. Heidi Kasevich of the organization Quiet Revolution gave an engaging presentation to MIT students on February 27 about the strengths that introverts can bring to organizations. Kasevich is a self-described “extreme introvert,” and yet her presentation style could almost be described as effervescent. She is a colleague of Susan Cain, the New York Times best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

  • It’s been a busy and productive spring semester for the students of the Department of Military Science. MIT Army ROTC Cadets participated in the 2017 Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) April 7-9 with Northeastern and Boston University ROTC programs, following six months of collaborative planning by the senior classes. The JFTX placed the juniors in platoon level leadership roles while freshman and sophomores learned valuable skills such as setting up an Army Patrol Base, conducting reconnaissance, and executing attacks on enemy elements.

  • Jocelyn Heywood, assistant director of education loan collection in Student Financial Services (SFS), has been on the front lines of recent efforts to extend the Perkins Loan Program, the nation’s oldest student loan program. This winter, Heywood has been busy advocating for a bipartisan bill, called the Perkins Loan Extension Act, that would extend the program for two years. The additional time will ensure students have continued access to the program until Congress determines the future of all Title IV programs during consideration of the Higher Education Act.

  • Campus Preview Weekend April 6-9 was a resounding success, thanks to everyone in DUE who helped make it happen! The Admissions office has heard from many enthusiastic students since the weekend. “Thank you for organizing such an incredible MIT experience during CPW," said one prospective student. "I had a fantastic time, and it made every single hour of my 13-hour flight worth it!” Another attendee learned how to ride a bike (and a pony) for the first time.

    Click on the photo below to see the CPW 2017 Highlights photo album!

  • Students recognized for inventive solutions to challenges in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices.

  • Kudos to DUE's very own Kimberly Benard, assistant director of distinguished fellowships and academic excellence in UAAP, who was recognized as an Outstanding Contributor at the 2017 Excellence Awards in March!

  • THe UAAP has a brand new website that unifies content for all programs and services under one robust design. Primacy Digital Services—the design firm also responsible for the Division of Student Life’s recent web redesign—is the company behind the UAAP’s new look.