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  • Under the guidance of Professors Dava Newman and Jeff Hoffman, Daniel Sheehan of OEIT worked with graduate students Lasse Linqvist (Aero Astro), Joe Essenburg (Mechanical Engineering) and postdoctoral fellow James Waldie to produce a GIS interface to the Java based Path Planner software that was previously developed at MIT. This software calculates metabolic costs and travel time for astronauts' Extra-vehicular Activity (EVA) on the moon and on Mars.

  • Four MIT UROP students were selected to participate in the 18th annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduate in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Argonne National Laboratory http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp. This symposium offers undergraduates an opportunity to present their research results to their peers as well as Argonne scientists and university faculty. The goal of the symposium is to encourage science careers. The Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S.

  • Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) students had yet another highly successful year as they secured internships in a variety of internships around the world! F/ASIP continues to have a high success rate with our participating students finding the internship opportunities that they seek. This year 88% of the students who completed SP.800 were able to secure internships in their chosen fields; many of the students who did not obtain internships voluntarily chose other options such as classes or traveling. This is consistent with last year’s placement rate, perhaps reflecting our continued focus on individual student advising and added structure in the F/ASinternship search process.

  • On June 8, Adam Madlinger proudly received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at MIT’s commencement. The 22 year-old from Martinsville, New Jersey, had plenty to be proud of; he had been awarded the Henry Ford Scholar Award, given to a senior who maintained a cumulative average of 5.0 at the end of his seventh term and who demonstrates exceptional potential for leadership in engineering and society; and he had been accepted into MIT’s Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice, one of the most highly regarded chemical engineering programs in the world.  To celebrate his success, Adam and his family did what most families do…they immediately left for Saratoga Springs, NY to participate in the Adirondack Live Steamers Meet!

  • DUE’s Holistic Theme is focused on a holistic approach to the education of our students. While students do not consciously differentiate between learning inside or outside the classroom, a holistic approach ensures that MIT is consciously helping students make the connections between living and learning.

  • On June 11, 2007, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming was pleased to launch the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, a new summer undergraduate research initiative. Supported by a grant from the Amgen Foundation and managed by the UAAP, the Program is aimed at undergraduates interested in research in the sciences and biotechnology areas. Students are placed in MIT labs to collaborate with MIT faculty. With half of the participating students recruited from other US colleges and universities, Amgen-UROP provides a valuable opportunity to bring visiting undergraduates together with students in the summer UROP community.

  • Participants in the MIT Terrascope program, a freshman learning community affiliated with DUE’s Office of Experiential Learning, spent Spring Break in and around New Orleans, on a field trip designed to deepen their appreciation of issues they explored during the fall semester and to provide information and resources for projects they are working on in the spring.

  • As educators at MIT, we are fortunate to work with motivated students. They have shown by their decision to come to MIT that they are willing to work hard and are eager to learn. As faculty we have specific expertise that we want to impart to them. However, we also desire to give them the general education (knowledge, skills and attitudes) that will empower them when they leave. We wish to prepare them both for immediate contributions to society and 15 and 25 years out for continued growth and service.

  • For students interested in study abroad who don’t want to spend too much time away from campus or internship opportunities, Global Education’s IAP in Madrid offerings are increasingly becoming an attractive option. Founded in 2007, MIT’s popular slate of IAP programs in Madrid continues to expand in courses and enrollment. Students currently have the choice of three options: Global Literature taught in English by Professor Margery Resnick, Spanish II taught by lecturer Ana Yanez Rodriguez, and Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition taught by senior lecturer Margarita Ribas Groeger.

    All three courses provide MIT credit and the opportunity for cultural immersion through homestay accommodations. Funding is available for the programs, and GECD’s Global Education staff will assist students in applying for scholarships to fund their studies.

    Although the time may be short (3–4 weeks), students find their IAP in Madrid experiences to be truly transformative on academic, cultural, personal, and social levels.

    Here’s what some of our 2017 IAP-Madrid students had to say about their experiences:

     Amber in Spain“Each week exposed me to more Spanish culture and history than I ever would’ve learned back in the United States. Academically, my Spanish speaking skills skyrocketed. I understood so much more in conversation with my host family by the end of the program than I did when I first arrived. This was really my only chance to study abroad and it was truly a life-changing experience.” (Amber, a Course 6 senior who took Spanish II)...