The Inside Scoop on DUE (February 2009)
For the first time, the Global Education and Career Development Center will be hosting a Spring Career Fair on April 28th 2009.
The idea behind hosting a “Just in Time” career fair in late spring is to assist our students in navigating a challenging economic downturn. In today’s economy, many employers are waiting longer for approval to pursue their recruiting efforts, and often times they may not get the “green light” until the tail end of the typical spring recruiting cycle, which runs from early February through Mid-late April.
In this new fiscal environment, our office is looking closely at typical recruiting timelines and making the changes we deem necessary to ensure our students have access to as many career opportunities as possible. We believe that holding a career fair in the late-spring, or “off-cycle” will provide employers a unique opportunity to connect with MIT students; particularly those students who have their ‘nose to the grindstone’ during the winter months and don’t begin to focus on their job search until later in the semester.
According to a recent survey of graduating MIT students:
- Nearly 1 in 4 undergrads found their first job after graduation through a career fair.
- 11% of graduating undergrads, 9.7% of graduating Masters’ and 12.9% of PhD’s received job offers in April.
- Nearly 7% of undergrads, 5% of Masters’ and 6.8% of PhD’s received their job offer in May.
- Roughly 40% of graduating students in 2007 had NOT secured a job by the end of December.
The Spring Career Fair will take place on April 28, 2009, in Morss Hall from 11am to 4pm. For more information, please contact Melissa Ackerman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new MIT Diversity and Inclusion site invites the community to:
- Review the proceedings from the Diversity Leadership Congress and participate in the process going forward.
- Explore current diversity initiatives and activities.
- Stay informed through a diversity email list.
- Suggest ideas and updates to the site.
At the same time, MIT is launching a more comprehensive project to design a much richer gateway to all of MIT’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The Software Tools for Academics and Researchers (STAR) team of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) recently collaborated with the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) and the MIT Museum to familiarize local high school AP Biology teachers in the Boston area with some exciting and interactive tools for teaching important biology concepts. This was part of the AP Biology Callback Series sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity and Community Partnership. Dr. Lourdes Alemán of the OEIT STAR Team and Dr. Kathy Vandiver of CEHS presented some of the tools developed by their respective departments.
Dr. Alemán guided the teachers through a sample exercise in which they explored the structure of aquaporin - a key protein that regulates the flow of water across cell membranes. The teachers performed hands-on analysis of this protein using StarBiochem, a web-based tool developed by the Star Team that allows for the visualization and manipulation of protein structures in a 3D environment. After this presentation, the teachers moved to a special exhibit within the MIT Museum called “Learning Lab: the Cell”. Here Dr. Vandiver guided the teachers through a sophisticated hands-on simulation of protein synthesis using LEGO models of molecules that she developed for this purpose.
In 2007, the DUE-DSL Collaborations Committee created the guide to “Faculty-Student Opportunities at MIT.” In January, the guide was launched as an on-line resource for faculty: http://due.mit.edu/initiatives/faculty-student-engagement.
The guide is meant to raise awareness among the faculty about the many diverse ways they can interact with the students inside and outside the classroom. In the book What Matters in College by Alexander Astin, he notes “Frequent interaction with faculty is more strongly related to satisfaction with college than any other type of involvement...” The website will be featured as part of the new faculty dinner in March. In addition, a postcard highlighting the site was sent to all MIT faculty in February.