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Writing your literature review: getting started with the libraries
Jan/25 Tue 11:00AM–12:00PM

Are you writing a literature review for a thesis or an article? Need to find background information and go deep into the literature to find out what has been done before? Join us for this virtual workshop to get more information about using resources from the MIT Libraries and techniques for identifying places to look for literature, tips on keeping track of what you've found, and an overview of the structure and role of the literature review in the research process.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/litreview

2022 Make It: Pinball! Workshop
Jan/05 Wed 03:00PM–04:30PM

Design and make your own pinball game AND learn how to use CAD software and Maker tools in the process.  Want to make it collaborative, or even competitive?  This base is designed to be easily combined with another for a 2-player pinball game.

 

Here’s how it works:

Assemble our blank pinball machine kit, design your game, then learn and use the Maker tools in the Edgerton Center Student Project Lab/Makerlodge. We’ve got 3D printers, a laser cutter, vinyl/craft cutters, electronics, microcontrollers, and shop tools, along with miscellaneous crafting materials.

There will be tutorial sessions for each tool group, and mentored shop time for construction of any kind.

 

The class is limited to 22. There is a materials fee of $25 which covers a base kit, 3 pinballs, and any other lab materials you need to create your machine.  The fee can be paid online after the application deadline, in case we need to do a lottery.

 

APPLY on this form by Mon Jan 3, 2021, 5pm EST. Preference is given to undergraduates.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Registration

Apply by Jan 3, 5 pm - Lottery if needed. 

Notification of acceptance by Jan 3, 7pm

Confirm registration and pay materials fee by Jan 4, 5 pm                            

 

Lessons + Mentored shop time (lessons are 3:00 - 4:30pm, Shop Time is 4:30 - 6:00)

Wed Jan 5 Kickoff and Base assembly

Fri Jan 7 3D Printers and CAD lesson, 

Mon Jan 10 Laser Cutters, Vinyl Cutters and 2D graphics

Wed Jan 12 Electronics and Microcontrollers

Fri Jan 14 CAD techniques

 

Mentored shop time 4:30 - 6:00

Wed Jan 19, Fri Jan 21, Mon Jan 24, Wed 26 

 

Pinball-Palooza Showcase

Fri Jan 28 5:00 - 6:00

3 MIT Alumni on their Medical School Experience
Jan/18 Tue 06:00PM–07:30PM

Do you wonder what medical school is really like?
Then join MIT’s Prehealth Advising for a panel of 3 current medical school students – also MIT alumni - to get answers to your most pressing questions about medical school. Register in Handshake and bring your questions about preparing yourself for medical school, applying, and adjusting from MIT.

After the panel will be an opportunity to connect with other MIT Prehealth students in small groups. 

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey.
https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

All About UROP
Jan/04 Tue 04:00PM–05:00PM

Learn all about UROP, including benefits and modes of participation, key ways to identify opportunities, how how to prepare yourself for the UROP search/interview process, and more!

Applying a Systems Thinking Approach to Food Sustainability on MIT Campus
Jan/24 Mon 01:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–05:00PM

Acquire professional systems engineering skills while you help make MIT campus more sustainable!

In this two-day virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit), open to MIT undergraduate students in any year and any major, you will tackle real-world challenges in food sustainability that are relevant to you as a student at MIT. Student teams will apply a systems thinking approach using OPCloud, a state-of-the-art system modeling tool used by professional system engineers.

At the start of Day 1, Professor Edward Crawley from MIT AeroAstro will introduce Professor James W. Jones, a world-renowned expert in food security from the University of Florida. Prof. Jones will present the challenge for the workshop.

Working in small teams, you will create a conceptual model of the challenge and learn how to identify points of leverage (high impact-to-cost ratio) in your model. There is no need to have a team before joining the workshop.

At the end of Day 2, your team will present their suggestions to Prof. Jones and to Susy Jones from MIT Office of Sustainability. Lastly, you will hear about opportunities to (a) develop and implement your suggestions on MIT campus and (b) have your work featured in professional publications.

The workshop will be led by systems thinking educator Dr. Rea Lavi, Lecturer and Curriculum Designer for the NEET undergraduate program at MIT School of Engineering.

You do not need to register to the workshop - just join via zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98867122163

To receive an email reminder 24hrs before the event and a calendar invite, click here.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Prof. Jones and Dr. Lavi

BioBots (BioMakers Workshop)
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM

The BioMakers IAP Google Calendar (Check for Updates)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 pm starting Jan 6th (+ Friday session 1/14 1-2 PM)

Workshop Contact: Rachel Shen (rs2000@mit.edu), biomakers-exec@mit.edu 

Description:  Biological robots, or biobots, use living cells to sense, process, and respond to their environments. The BioBots workshop is a workshop that meets twice a week during IAP in which students make rings of muscle tissue that are able to generate a force around a soft skeleton. This is a great way to learn more about tissue culture.

 

Biocementing with Microbes (BioMaker Workshop)
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/17 Mon 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM

Description: This workshop introduces students to the process of biocementing with microbes. Today, the production of cement for concrete accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions. Microbially Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation (MICP) is a promising biocement alternative. The process makes use of microbes to catalyze calcium carbonate crystals that can bind aggregate together.

 

In this workshop, you will learn lab protocols for using the bacteria to biocement aggregate including cultivating the microbe, preparing solutions to induce crystal formation, and biocementing loose sand. We will test different experimental parameters to characterize and optimize the process as well as 3d printing custom designs to make your own fun biocemented sample!

 

More info

 

For more information email lmzalez@mit.edu andcurth@mit.edu

Sign-up Deadline: December 30

 

Bioscience Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Success
Jan/19 Wed 04:00PM–05:00PM

A couple hours with the Libraries' protocols and methods resources can save you a couple of weeks in the lab. Need to know how to do Optogenetic manipulation of neural activity in freely moving Caenorhabditis elegans? Improve your efficiency by learning strategies for finding published research protocols and methods. This session is a hands-on practicum that introduces attendees to resources that support bioscience bench research.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/event/8594399

Blacksmithing
Jan/03 Mon 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/04 Tue 01:30PM–03:30PM
Jan/05 Wed 01:30PM–03:30PM
Jan/06 Thu 01:30PM–03:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM

Offered by Mike Tarkanian. Students will learn basic blacksmithing techniques using traditional tools to hand forge mild steel. Drawing a taper, forming a scroll, twisting, and finishing techniques will be incorporated into simple projects. Limited to participants with no prior blacksmithing experience. Advanced signup required.

Book and Letter Making Lab: Day One –Writing and Letterlocking Technology
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM

Book and Letter Making Lab is a three-day interactive exploration of books and correspondence, including talks, workshops, and making in MIT's Wunsch Conservation Lab. With inspiration from MIT Libraries' historical and contemporary distinctive collections and special guests' help, we will experiment with book, print, writing, and publishing technologies.

Day One will focus on creating, decorating, sharing, and collective documentation through the media of writing and letterlocking. Instructors: Jana Dambrogio; Dr. Nur Sobers Khan, Director of the Aga Khan Documentation Center; Holly Jackson '22, algorithm engineer; and Sheree Watson, MD, a pediatrics specialist with interest in diversity and representation, who works on research and letter-writer identification (mainly focusing on individuals from marginalized communities) among other realms for the Unlocking History Research Group.

Anyone wishing to attend all three sessions must register for each session separately.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/WunschLab12Jan

Book and Letter Making Lab: Day Three - Artists’ Books, Tarot, and Zines
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM

Book and Letter Making Lab is a three-day interactive exploration of books and correspondence that will include talks, workshops, and making in MIT’s Wunsch Conservation Lab. With inspiration from MIT Libraries’ historical and contemporary distinctive collections, and with the help of special guests, we will experiment with book, print, writing and publishing technologies.

Day Three will feature artists’ books, tarot, and zines as vehicles for self-expression and collective content. Kai Smith, Thera Webb, and Jennifer Pellecchia will focus on ways that new technologies can be incorporated into ancient structures and methods. 

Anyone wishing to attend all three sessions must register for each session separately.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/WunschLab14Jan

Book and Letter Making Lab: Day Two - Form & Content: Book Writing & Bookbinding
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM

Book and Letter Making Lab is a three-day interactive exploration of books and correspondence, including talks, workshops, and making in MIT’s Wunsch Conservation Lab.

On Day Two, we’ll host an author talk with Kaija Langley. Mattie Clear and Alex McGee will talk about journals and SciFi zines from MIT’s collections. At the same time, Martha Edgerton and other trained bookbinders will offer tips and tricks on many aspects of bookmaking, from using a plough to decorating leather with a hedgehog-unicorn finishing tool.

Anyone wishing to attend all three sessions must register for each session separately.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/WunschLab13Jan

Build to a Purposeful Career
Jan/27 Thu 02:00PM–03:30PM

How do you reconcile your interests, passions, and motivations to construct a rewarding career? With a little reflection, and some LEGO, you will have an opportunity to ideate the types of careers you might be searching for—and get feedback from fellow participants about how to make it a reality. Join us for this light, fun, and engaging workshop using the LEGO Serious Play method. Proper mask wearing is required for this in-person workshop.

Open to all current MIT students and postdocs. Registration required via Handshake.

CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) & self-compassion workshop
Jan/07 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/14 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/21 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/28 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM

This four-session introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will utilize self-compassion strategies to help facilitate changes in core beliefs, thinking patterns, and behaviors. The workshop will meet weekly for 90 minutes. Participants will learn what CBT is and how self-compassion can be useful in challenging beliefs and behaviors. There will be short skills practice assignments based on each week’s workshop. 

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Maureen Rezendes, Ph.D., mrezendes@med.mit.edu

Registration deadline: 12/30/21

CMS.S61/S97 DJ Culture and Performance
Jan/04 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM

Students will learn the foundational practices of the live DJ (disk jockey) and explore music and dance scenes across several generations and cultures. Lectures will cover the evolution of the craft and technologies of the DJ and students will have access to equipment to practice mixing music. Students will complete the course by recording a presentation or performance to highlight a chosen contemporary or historical dance scene from around the world.

No prior experience is necessary, but students must sustain interest in some form of popular dance music, broadly defined.

Carpentries @ MIT: Intro to UnixShell/Python/Git
Jan/19 Wed 12:30PM–05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 08:30PM–05:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–05:00PM

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on introductory workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

This four-session event takes place on three days. You are expected to attend the workshop on all three days. If you can no longer make it to the workshop, please be sure to cancel your registration since we may have a long waiting list.

For workshop details: https://carpentriesmit.github.io/2022-01-19-mit/ Please follow the Setup instructions on this linked page to install needed software and packages before attending the workshop.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/carpentries2022-01-19

Registration opens at 12:00pm on December 13, 2021.

Crafting a Compelling Abstract
Jan/24 Mon 10:00AM–11:30AM

For your paper to be successful, people have to actually read it. A compelling abstract is essential for capturing readers' attention and making them want to read more. But writing an effective abstract is challenging because you need to summarize what motivated you, what you did, and what you found, in a small number of words. In this workshop, Thalia Rubio, a WCC Communication Instructor, a technical writer, and a textbook author, will analyze sample abstracts, discuss editing strategies, and guide you through revising abstracts. You'll also have the opportunity to begin developing your own abstract and will leave with a better understanding of how to write a strong abstract that clearly presents your research.

Cultivating Strong Career Mentors during your PhD and Postdoc
Jan/11 Tue 04:00PM–05:30PM

Mentors are important at every stage of your career. As a PhD and postdoc, learn how to strengthen the relationship with your research advisor, as well as find additional mentors to support your career development and success.

This session will include a workshop, followed by a panel of former PhDs and postdocs who will share their experiences with career mentors.

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey.
https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

This CAPD event is open to MIT graduate students and postdocs. Registration required via Handshake.

DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy): Life skills workshop
Jan/04 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM

Missing something in your life skills tool box? 
Amidst all of the events in the past 20 months, you may feel that you have less capacity to easily tolerate stress than had in the past. 

Join this workshop to review potentially helpful skills and evidence-based strategies that have been demonstrated to reduce physical and emotional responses and may help balance your rational, logical mindset with the more emotional mindset, so you can feel more grounded and centered in your responses and decision making. 

DBT (dialectal behavioral therapy) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) whose primary goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. 

If you are interested in changing some of your behavioral patterns and managing your emotions more effectively, while also treating yourself and others less judgmentally, then this could be helpful to you. 

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Maureen Rezendes, Ph.D., mrezendes@med.mit.edu  

Registration deadline: 12/30/21

Data Management: File Organization
Jan/11 Tue 02:00PM–04:00PM

Do you struggle with organizing your research data?  Wonder if there’s a better way to arrange and name your data files to optimize your work? This workshop will teach you practical techniques for organizing your data files. Topics include: file and folder organizational structures, file naming, and versioning. Hands-on exercises will help you to apply the covered concepts to your particular data projects and challenges.

Details for connecting to this online session will be provided to registered participants.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/fileOrg_jan22

Declutter Your Mind and Tidy Up Your Job Search
Jan/27 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

"Marie Kondo" your upcoming US or international job search!

It’s no secret that job searching can be a long, and sometimes demoralizing slog. In this workshop, we will share tools* & best practices for the efficient and effective job search, so that you can finish the academic year strong while making serious progress on your goal of landing a job you love. By participating, you’ll effectively de-clutter your mental load while tidying up your career goals to-do list.

Following our tips & tricks, we'll turn on some music and build in time and support for you to start on the right foot.

*We will be sharing resources using Airtable. If you do not already have an Airtable account, it might help you to get a free account before joining this event.

This event is a collaboration between the International Students Office & Career Advising and Professional Development.

Register on Handshake: https://app.joinhandshake.com/stu/events/926554

EECS Virtual UROP Fair
Jan/13 Thu 11:00AM–12:00PM

Are you interested in learning more about some of the many EECS UROP opportunities available for the Spring 2022 semester?  If so, we’ve got the perfect event lined up for you!  The EECS Graduate Student Association (GSA) is holding a virtual UROP fair on January 13th and 14th.    You will have the opportunity to chat with current graduate students and faculty members regarding their projects to find the best project for you!  We’ve got over 35 available projects spanning all subfields of EECS for you to shop from, so please do stop by!

You can start browsing available opportunities right now by accessing the project booklet below:

https://tinyurl.com/mit-eecs-gsa-urop-booklet-sp22

Event Details:

Date/Time: January 13th from 11 am to 12 pm and January 14th from 1 pm to 2 pm ET

Virtual Location: https://tinyurl.com/mit-eecs-gsa-urop-gather-sp22

If you have any questions feel free to contact eecs-gsa-exec@mit.edu.   We hope to see you at the fair!

EECS Virtual UROP Fair
Jan/13 Thu 11:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM

Are you interested in learning more about some of the many EECS UROP opportunities available for the Spring 2022 semester?  If so, we’ve got the perfect event lined up for you!  The EECS Graduate Student Association (GSA) is holding a virtual UROP fair on January 13th and 14th.    You will have the opportunity to chat with current graduate students and faculty members regarding their projects to find the best project for you!  We’ve got over 35 available projects spanning all subfields of EECS for you to shop from, so please do stop by!

You can start browsing available opportunities right now by accessing the project booklet below:

https://tinyurl.com/mit-eecs-gsa-urop-booklet-sp22

Event Details:

Date/Time: January 13th from 11 am to 12 pm and January 14th from 1 pm to 2 pm ET

Virtual Location: https://tinyurl.com/mit-eecs-gsa-urop-gather-sp22

If you have any questions feel free to contact eecs-gsa-exec@mit.edu.   We hope to see you at the fair!

Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Info Session
Jan/12 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM

The Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are awarded each spring to MIT undergraduates who submit proposals for their own novel research projects and/or further development of innovative ideas, devices, prototypes, etc.

This info session will provide an overview on the Eloranta Fellowships, eligibility guidelines, how to apply, and tips on what makes a strong proposal!

Enameling
Jan/03 Mon 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/04 Tue 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/05 Wed 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/06 Thu 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/07 Fri 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/10 Mon 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/12 Wed 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/13 Thu 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/14 Fri 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/20 Thu 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/21 Fri 11:30AM–01:30PM

Offered by Tara Fadenrecht. Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass to copper, steel or silver resulting in a glossy, colorful finish. Students in this class will gain a clear understanding on how to work with glass on metal through the exploration of enameling techniques such as stenciling, cloisonné, and champlevé. We will work with both flat and formed pieces to create jewelry and sculptural objects. Previous metal work experience is beneficial; however, the only prerequisite is fearlessness to experiment. Advanced signup is required; signup deadline Jan. 1, 2022.

Engineering a Successful Career Plan
Jan/18 Tue 07:00PM–08:00PM

You wouldn't undertake a 20 week project without first making a plan; what about a 20 year project? Your career is a major source of money, success, and fulfillment; it’s worth spending time planning it out.

Learn how to think strategically about your career and create a plan to achieve your career goals. We’ll explore key career questions, professional development, and how to adjust your plan. At the end of this talk you’ll have a framework to create and execute a career plan to maximize your professional growth.

Key take aways:
• Questions to focus your career
• Components of a career plan
• Framework for an actionable career plan
• How to refine and adjust your plan as it unfolds

Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You* (
https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/). From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals.

*Attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive a free copy of Mark's book "The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You"

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Finding Demographic Data
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–02:30PM

Join us for brief overview of census data followed by a demonstration of library resources you can use to query and download demographic data. While the workshop will focus on US data, we will discuss general search strategies for finding international data and include links to library databases. We will also mention resources you can use to map this data.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/demographic_data_jan2022

Flipping Failure IAP 2022 Workshop Series
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–02:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM

Have you ever faced an academic challenge and wished you could share what you learned with peers?

Craft and share your story by joining the Flipping Failure IAP Workshop Series

The workshop series will be a guided process of reflection and discovery to capture and transfigure your unique story. Participants will work with a media artist and a storyteller coach (and past winner of The Moth StorySLAM) to craft their stories into creative audio narratives to be featured in the Flipping Failure website.

To apply, click here

Who should participate

Any undergraduate and graduate student interested in sharing their story of academic challenge, particularly through a creative lens. 

Please note that to establish a close-knit cohort and provide adequate coaching;

  • space is limited to 6 participants.
  • attendance is required for all workshops.

Admitted participants will be notified on a rolling basis. 

We welcome stories of ALL academic challenges. We are also particularly interested in stories that address challenges in navigating professor/advisor relationships, searching for internships and academic jobs, deciding among different career paths (example, industry vs. academia), or balancing work and life. These themes recently emerged as particularly relevant to current MIT undergraduate and graduate students and are ones that are not as well represented on the Flipping Failure site.

 

Duration and time commitment: 

Approximately 9 hours of remote workshop time (over Zoom):

  • WED, 1/12 | 10-2 pm (with lunch break)
  • FRI, 1/14 | 10-12 pm 
  • WED, 1/19 | 10-12 pm 
  • 1-hour individual meeting scheduled at a time that works for you during week of Jan 20-27 (over Zoom)

For more information about this series navigate HERE.

Fulbright Virtual Info Session
Jan/19 Wed 02:00PM–03:00PM

Learn how to apply to Fulbright! The Fulbright US Student Program offers grants to over 150 countries for an academic year of research, graduate study, or English teaching assistantship. Eligible students must be US citizens and have completed at least a bachelor’s degree by the start of the grant in fall 2023/spring 2024. Graduate students and recent alum are also eligible. You should begin working on your application this spring – learn how! More info: Julia Mongo, Fulbright Program Advisor, jmongo@mit.edu

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

GIS Level 1: Introduction to GIS & Mapping (In Person)
Jan/11 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM

Our in-person GIS workshop is canceled but we will still be offering this workshop online on 1/4. Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/gislevel1_jan22

Learn how to read and interpret maps and data and use basic cartography principles to create maps that can be used in reports and presentations. You will have the option of completing short exercises using QGIS or ArcGIS Pro as well as a longer exercise after the workshop for additional learning.

You must already have campus access in order to attend. We will not be issuing guest passes for those not already in MIT covidpass. An MIT ID is required to enter the GIS & Data Lab.

Prefer to attend online? This same workshop will be offered virtually on 1/4/22.

GIS Level 1: Introduction to GIS & Mapping (Online)
Jan/04 Tue 01:00PM–03:30PM

Learn how to read and interpret maps and data and use basic cartography principles to create maps that can be used in reports and presentations. You will have the option of completing short exercises using QGIS or ArcGIS Pro as well as a longer exercise after the workshop for additional learning.

A few days before the workshop we will send information about installing the required software.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/gislevel1_jan22

GIS Level 2: Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–03:30PM

Expand your experience with desktop GIS software and learn how to use analysis tools to query data, conduct spatial statistics, and analyze vector and raster data using QGIS or ArcGIS Pro.

Previous GIS experience is required, such as taking the Intro to GIS workshop.

A few days before the workshop we will send information about installing the required software.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/gislevel2_jan22

GIS Level 3: Automating your work in ArcGIS Pro
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–05:00PM

Do you want to automate your work in Arcgis Pro so you can run processes on many datasets or run the same process on a different dataset a year from now? The goal of this workshop is to get you started on automating your work in Arcgis Pro and giving you tools to make your research reproducable. This workshop introduces you to Model Builder, a visual programming language that gives you access to all Arcgis Pro tools. You will next learn the very basics of coding in Python then start working with arcpy, the Arcgis Pro Python Module. Be prepared to write code during the workshop.

You must already have campus access in order to attend. We will not be issuing guest passes for those not already in MIT covidpass. An MIT ID is required to enter the GIS & Data Lab.

Prerequisite: a basic knowledge of Arcgis Pro, including analysis tools Clip and Buffer. Some scripting experience in Stata, Matlab, R, or another language is helpful.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/arcpy2022

GIS Topics: Introduction to Planet and Planet Explorer: How to Access Daily Imagery
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM

This session is a non-technical introduction to Planet, Planet satellites and Planet imagery. In this presentation you will learn more about Planet satellites and the imaging sensors onboard. You will also learn the different ways in which users can access Planet imagery. Finally, there will be a live demonstration of how to use Planet Explorer, our online tool to help you search and download Planet imagery.

  • Introduction to Planet and Planet satellites
  • Introduction to Planet Platforms and Integrations
  • Demonstration of Planet Explorer

Speaker: Austin Stone, Customer Success Manager, Education & Research, Planet

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/planet_intro_iap2022

GIS Topics: Performing imagery analysis using Deep learning tools in ArcGIS Pro
Jan/20 Thu 02:00PM–05:00PM

ArcGIS Pro allows you to use statistical or machine learning classification methods to classify remote-sensing imagery. Deep learning models can be integrated with ArcGIS Pro for object detection, object classification, and image classification. In this workshop, we will show the workflow from data preparation, run the model, use deep learning tools and parameter. We will also cover the ready-to-use geospatial AI models available in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of ArcGIS Pro

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/deeplearning_ArcGISPro_Jan2022

Image Credit: ESA – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

GIS Topics: Using the Cloud to Compute and Analyze Daily Satellite Imagery
Jan/12 Wed 02:00PM–03:00PM

This session is geared for technical users and those who wish to use cloud computing platforms, such as Google Earth Engine for satellite image processing and data analysis. This presentation, given by Sam Roy, Solutions Architect at Planet, will cover how to deliver Planet imagery directly to Google Cloud Project using Planet’s API’s (Delivery sample will be provided as a Jupyter Notebook). Furthermore, this session will demonstrate how to connect your Google Cloud Project to your Google Earth Engine account and perform spectral analyses in the Google Earth Engine environment.

  • Delivery to Google Cloud Project using Planet API’s
  • Introduction to Cloud Native Environment: Google Earth Engine
  • Demonstrate Examples of Cloud Processing on Planet Imagery

MIT Touchstone authentication is required to register. Email gishelp@mit.edu before the workshop if you don't already have an MIT Planet account.

Speaker: Sam Roy PhD, Solutions Architect, Planet

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/planet_cloud_iap2022

Generative Art Workshop
Jan/25 Tue 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/26 Wed 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM

Offered by George Varnavides.
Generative art is a type of audiovisual art generated using an algorithm. It often lies at the intersection of mathematical patterns and aesthetic appeal and its results can be stunning and refreshing. In this four-day workshop we will explore some of the aspects of generative art, starting with traditional examples such as mathematical fractals and chaotic attractors, and extending it to discrete and continuous physical systems such as diffusion limited aggregation and microstructural evolution. We will also be exploring multiple media such as visual and audio. The instructors will be using both Jupyter and Wolfram notebooks to illustrate concepts and examples, but participants can choose to use any appropriate language of their choice. No prerequisites. Advanced signup required; signup deadline Jan. 3, 2022. Signup here.

How to Talk (and Write About) Your Arts-Based Venture
Jan/18 Tue 12:00AM
Jan/24 Mon 12:00AM

How to Talk (and Write About) Your Arts-Based Venture

This IAP series will help prepare students to present their ventures in writing and discussion in a way that is clear, concise, and compelling. The aim is to help student venture teams succeed in creating their $15K Creative Arts Competition application or other similar pitches, and equip students to effectively promote their entrepreneurial projects in “pitching” situations.

MIT community is welcome to join even if they are not participating in the Creative Arts Competition. Contact Shannon Rose McAuliffe shanrose@mit.edu to register.

Series dates: January 18-24, 2022

More info: https://arts.mit.edu/start/entrepreneurship/creative-arts-competition/

IAP - EN-ROADS CLIMATE WORKSHOP
Jan/20 Thu 03:30PM–05:30PM

The En-ROADS Climate Workshop helps build support for strategies to address climate change via interactive testing of the cutting-edge simulation model En-ROADS. The resulting experience is hopeful, scientifically-grounded, action-oriented, and eye-opening.

The workshop has been run for the U.S. Congress, Stattnet in Norway, a community group in Atlanta, the Energy Transition Forum in London, HSBC bank, the U.S. Climate Action Network, the UN Secretary-General’s Office, and many others. Participants at GreenBiz 2020 rated it the best session of the conference.

Due to increases in Covid rates, this event will now be on Zoom.  

Please sign up for the workshop in the form below and include your email so that we can send you a Zoom link:

https://mit.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6sqQ1l1fdNCMlCe 

IAP - Yoga Sutras 101
Jan/17 Mon 11:00AM–12:00PM

Yoga Sutras 101 introduces fundamental concepts of yoga principles. This is an introductory workshop is based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. This practical class presents the fundamental concepts of yoga, the various yoga paths, and practical insights on how to practice yoga. This workshop would also highlight some of the misconceptions of modern yoga systems and how to avoid common pitfalls in practicing yoga. 

Students will be able to learn simple, practical, and effective yoga techniques which can be applied in one's daily living. Join us to deepen your yoga practice and lead a life of joy, peace, and good health. This workshop is offered by the Vaishnava Hindu Chaplain at MIT, Sadananda Dasa, who has been a yoga practitioner for more than a decade.  

When: 11 am, Monday, Jan 17, 2022

RSVP: tinyurl.com/mityogasutras

IAP 2022: Mission Innovation Program—Dual-use Ventures: Navigating Both Commercial & Defense Markets
Jan/19 Wed 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 09:00AM–05:00PM

Program Description

The Dual-use Ventures non-credit IAP course helps technology startups navigate early-stage challenges in market research, use cases, and federal funding opportunities. We provide insights into navigating SBIRs, STTRs, and other federal funding opportunities while working within the commercial marketplace so that tech founders - when thoughtful and working rigorously - can take their Minimum Viable Product from $0 in revenue to $1,500,000 in defense contracts over the course of 24 months. This program is intentional about instruction and training - our eminent goal is to help MIT-affiliated lab-based tech startups traverse the trough of disillusionment and commercialize tough tech products for the betterment of humankind. 

This course is for students, alumni, and ecosystem members who want to learn useful and actionable steps to create dual-use ventures (DuV). A dual-use venture is one that has both government and commercial (enterprise and/or consumer) customers. We’ll discuss frameworks, funding opportunities, entrepreneur roadmaps, and government resources. Topics in this course are particularly relevant to technology entrepreneurs interested in learning more about working with the Department of Defense.

MIT strives to enable higher levels of diversity and inclusion in the innovation ecosystem. Research shows that diversity is a key factor for innovation, helping unearth inherent biases in technological solutions, enabling teams to make better decisions, and driving stronger performance. We strongly encourage members of traditionally marginalized communities to participate in this course.

This series offers presentations over zoom from MIT and government speakers, a networking event, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions on topics we have found tech startups are most interested in learning more about.

                                             REGISTER

Course Thesis

Startups can be purposeful about designing their company to be ready to pursue both commercial and defense markets. This requires being informed, prepared, diligent, and ready when either market opportunity becomes available.

Key Outcomes

  • Learn about non-dilutive funding opportunities, nuances of the defense and dual-use markets, and stakeholders in the defense acquisitions system
  • Understand the need to move opportunistically across both commercial and defense markets in the early stages of ventures
  • Learn how government data rights interact with a dual-use venture’s commercially oriented IP strategy
  • Gain insights on how to protect the long-term value of your technology for both commercial and government markets
  • Achieve an actionable understanding of DOD contractual requirements for cybersecurity and information protection

Schedule
(updated regularly & subject to change)

Day 1 | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | Dual-use, broadly…

Day 2 | Thursday, January 20, 2022 | My tech startup has a call with the military…

 Day 3 | Friday, January 21, 2022 | Startup funding pinball…

 

                                             REGISTER

SPEAKERS

IAP Course - nanoStories: Workshop on science communication at the nanoscale
Jan/04 Tue 02:30PM
Jan/06 Thu 02:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 02:30PM
Jan/13 Thu 02:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 02:30PM
Jan/20 Thu 02:30PM

Designed for students with an interest in science communication and STEAM outreach. Guided by instructors, in each two-hour class students will explore a new topic, jointly developing an instructional narrative to be told in text, video, and/or interactive multimedia. Outside of MIT labs, nanoscience and nanotechnology appear mysterious. Help us demystify them! The content of the classes will reflect research/exploratory interests of participants.

Instructors: Prof. Vladimir Bulovic, Director of MIT.nano; Dr. Annie Wang, Research Scientist; and Samantha Farrell, Administrative Assistant; and special guest speakers from MIT.nano, the MIT News Office, PBS Nova and TedX Boston. 

Tuesday & Thursday starting January 4 and ending January 20 (Jan. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20).

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Register for this course.

Registration deadline: January 3, 2022. Open to MIT community, limited to 60 participants. To receive course credit (optional), register for 6.S090 (U, 6-units).

 

IAP Course: A practical introduction to biomechanics
Jan/25 Tue 10:00AM

Most of us learn to breathe and walk and move at a time that we can’t recall much from and use these skills throughout our lives without really knowing how exactly they work, and how to improve them. Several scientists and artists have spent their lives deciphering how these processes work. Their insights can help you perfect your craft if you are an athlete, martial artist, performance artist, or even interested in improving your health and well-being.

In this course, you will see how motion capture and physiological recordings can be applied to understand more deeply how our body achieves tasks that seem intuitive and easy to us, and how these tools can be used in research, education, and athletic and artistic improvement.

Hosted by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab
Instructor: Dr. Praneeth Namburi, Postdoctoral Associate

January 25, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This will be a 1-day virtual course on Tuesday, Jan 25 from 10am to 12pm. (Please note the change from the original listing.)

Register for this course.

This course is sponsored by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab, which provides space, tools, and a platform to connect scientists and engineers with artists, musicians, and performers through creative projects that bridge multiple disciplines. It also showcases the capabilities of the MIT Clinical Research Center, which supports human research and medical innovation.

Registration deadline: January 21, 2022. 

IAP Course: Introduction to Blender: Modeling, materials, and simulations
Jan/19 Wed 12:00AM

Introduction to Blender: Modeling, materials, and simulations is an introductory class that provides a basic overview of the Blender software. During this two-hour session, we will introduce 3D modeling, materials, and simulations in Blender and help you kickstart your own 3D creations. This session is designed to give you the resources and skills to create your own 3D models that can be applied to game design, architecture, simulations, animations, and more. (beginners)

Hosted by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab
Instructor: Talis Reks, AR/VR/Gaming/Big Data IT Technologist

January 19, 2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual 

Register for this course.

Registration deadline: January 8, 2022

IAP Employer Site Visit - Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center - Virtual
Jan/19 Wed 03:30PM–05:30PM

NOTE: This Event has changed to a VIRTUAL Employer Site visit due to Covid-19.

Attend this VIRTUAL employer site visit to learn more about career opportunities in Data Science for Life Sciences at Johnson & Johnson. This program will include an introduction, company and innovation center overview, as well as a review of data science career opportunities by members of J&J’s talent acquisition team.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 3:30 – 5 pm RSVP on Handshake at: https://app.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/919414

Johnson & Johnson is accelerating innovation worldwide in consumer health, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. With a goal to bring forth highly differentiated healthcare solutions that extend and improve lives, collaboration with innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world is a business priority, and necessity in order to unleash the power of science and technology to advance the health of everyone, everywhere.

Data Science at Johnson & Johnson From pharmaceuticals to medical devices, consumer products to supply chains, we’re assembling a global team of data scientists to innovate, accelerate discoveries and drive so much real-world impact. A career as a Data Scientist at Johnson & Johnson is an opportunity to solve a range of complex challenges in a fast-paced environment where your solutions directly impact the lives of patients around the world. You’ll work collaboratively in partnership with the business to bring bold innovations to life, guided by insights from today’s most advanced algorithms, technologies, and data sets. Grow your skills and experience as you disrupt and transform how diseases are detected, improve how we manage our supply chain, and help discover life-changing drugs.

Innovation Center (Cambridge, MA) The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers identify early stage transformational healthcare solutions from academics or startup companies who want to partner with us to accelerate their novel program. Our Innovation Centers are located around the globe in the central life sciences hot spots of South San Francisco, Boston, London and Shanghai. The Boston-based Innovation Center has a footprint that spans the East North America region. The Boston team is embedded in the innovation ecosystem (from Toronto to Washington, D.C.) connecting entrepreneurs, scientists and emerging companies to our own expertise and to our broad global network. The team comprises deep scientific, commercial, investment and deal-making expertise as well as company incubation, lab space and networking opportunities that can help accelerate promising science.

For more information about this employer site visit, please email the employer relations team in MIT Career Advising & Professional Development at fborrego@mit.edu.

IAP Workshop: Crafting your Thesis Proposal
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM

Your Ph.D. thesis proposal is likely your first foray into writing a research or grant proposal.  Different from a research paper or report, it represents an (open-ended) plan of work you hope to do rather than work that you have done.  The thesis proposal process represents an opportunity to critically review the literature and collaborate with your faculty advisor on a proposed project. However, there is no class to teach you how to refine a general idea into a critically thought out plan.  Regardless of the amount of support you receive from your faculty advisor, you can still find the process daunting or intimidating.  Will it be too ambitious? Will it be enough to satisfy a committee?  How do I know it will work?

 

This workshop will provide you with structure and insight into the nebulous art of writing a thesis proposal.  Designed to help you refine your general idea into a 1-page summary, the workshop uses a combination of instruction and partner/small group discussions.  The collaborative environment will enable you to refine your ideas and strategize navigating the iterative process of thesis proposal writing. 

 

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand what components come together to form a thesis proposal
  • Learn a powerful collaborative brainstorming technique for partner and group discussions
  • Strategize how to solicit feedback on your proposal
  • Create a 1-page summary statement of your thesis proposal
  • Form useful and meaningful connections with peers at a similar stage in their academic journey

 

Offered by MechE Grad Student Coaching (MEGSC)

https://meche-gradcoach.mit.edu/

Dr. Kelli Hendrickson, Program Lead Coach

 

All MEGSC programs abide by the four core guidelines of Confidentiality, Presence, Authenticity and Respect. This provides you the space to openly reflect on any challenges you face in refining your proposal ideas while adding structure and strategies to getting your proposal crafted.

 

 

Signup Link:

https://mit.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0VCXvoYC0vinrFQ

IAP: How to Become a Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor
Jan/19 Wed 05:30PM–06:30PM

Meet virtually with MIT Recreation's Assistant Fitness Directors to learn how to become a nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor! This event is free, and all are welcome. Registration is required to receive the Zoom Recording and Powerpoint. Zoom link will be sent the morning of the session. Come prepared to learn and move through a 15 minute exercise demonstration.

Credentials:
Josie Wielinski: ACE Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian, Crossfit/Cycle Certified, Red Cross CPR Instructor Certified
Emily Lin: AFAA Group Exercise/Cycle/Yoga/Personal Trainer Certified, Barre Above Certified, Red Cross CPR Instructor Certified

Registration opens 12/6/21 at this link: https://mit.clubautomation.com/calendar/event-info?id=31618&style=0&isFrame=0  It is free to make a guest account. Email fitness@mit.edu with any questions. 

IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop
Jan/12 Wed 12:30PM–02:00PM

Do you have an idea addressing social and environmental challenges of our day? Then, join the IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge proposal writing workshop to help you formulate a proposal that you can submit to the annual challenge by the deadline on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6 PM EST. 

Infinite Careers: Amy Wibowo
Jan/20 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join Amy Wibowo, MIT SB and MEng in EECS, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions.

Amy Wibowo is the founder, editor, and CEO of BubbleSort Zines, a zine dedicated to making computer science more accessible. It has been Amy's life long dream to create zines that make computer science more accessible.

Registration required via Handshake. Space is limited to 30 people. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

Infinite Careers is an alumni speaker series designed to expose students to a variety of career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. This series allows students to hear the stories of alumni with both traditional and unconventional career paths, and get to know alumni in interesting fields.

Learn more about Amy here: https://shop.bubblesort.io/pages/about-us

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Infinite Careers: Gloria Chao
Jan/10 Mon 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join Gloria Chao, MIT SB in Management Science, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions.

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of AMERICAN PANDA, OUR WAYWARD FATE, RENT A BOYFRIEND, and WHEN YOU WISH UPON A LANTERN (forthcoming 2023). As an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths.. Space is limited to 30 people.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Infinite Careers is an alumni speaker series designed to expose students to a variety of career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. This series allows students to hear the stories of alumni with both traditional and unconventional career paths, and get to know alumni in interesting fields.

Learn more about Gloria here:
https://gloriachao.wordpress.com/

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Infinite Careers: May-Li Khoe
Jan/18 Tue 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join May-Li Khoe, MIT SB and MEng in EECS, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions.

May-Li Khoe is a designer, researcher, prototyper, engineer, game developer, director, and VP. She has previously worked for Khan Academy, founding and co-directing a long-term research group and served as the VP of Design. She is also the co-founder of Scribble, a collaborative whiteboard for long-distance drawing.

Registration required via Handshake. Space is limited to 30 people. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

Infinite Careers is an alumni speaker series designed to expose students to a variety of career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. This series allows students to hear the stories of alumni with both traditional and unconventional career paths, and get to know alumni in interesting fields.

Learn more about May-Li here: http://www.maylikhoe.com/

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Introduction to CRISPR (BioMakers Workshop)
Jan/17 Mon 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 03:00PM–05:00PM

Schedule: 2 hour sessions (Jan 17th, Jan 19th, Jan 25th, Jan 27th in the afternoon 3 pm - 5 pm). Only sign-up for one session!

Workshop Contact: Ellie Feng, Kenneth Wei, Angela Gao, Abigail Lo (ellief@mit.edu, kewei@mit.edu, angao@mit.edu, abbylo@mit.edu)

 

Description: An introductory workshop to DNA editing in E. coli using CRISPR/Cas9. Participants will learn the basic mechanism of CRISPR and then transform E. coli with plasmids containing elements of the CRISPR/Cas9 system and observe results!

 

 

Introduction to Metalcasting
Jan/03 Mon 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/04 Tue 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/05 Wed 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/06 Thu 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/07 Fri 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/10 Mon 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM

Offered by Shaymus Hudson. Students in this class will learn the techniques necessary for lost wax coating of metals. They will first make models of the items to be cast – either by sculpting wax into the desired shape, or by casting wax into a rubber mold of an existing object. They will then build ceramic shells around the models, burn out the wax, and cast molten bronze into the resulting mold. If time permits, the basics of sand casting will also be covered. Class length is 2 hours every day for five days and will be offered three times over IAP. Three sessions conducted over the length of IAP, of two hours each day over one work week (five days). No prerequisites. Advanced signup required; signup deadline Dec. 31, 2021.

Introduction to Welding
Jan/03 Mon 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/04 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/05 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/06 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/07 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/10 Mon 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/25 Tue 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/26 Wed 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/27 Thu 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/28 Fri 09:30AM–11:30AM

Offered by Christopher Di Perna
Students will learn basic welding techniques including: oxy acetylene welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding. Students are required to attend all sessions. Please do not sign up for this activity if you cannot attend all sessions. Safety equipment will be provided. However, please do not wear synthetic clothing of any kind, including shoes. No advanced signup; first come first served. No signup deadline.

Introduction to cleaning and prepping data with OpenRefine
Jan/13 Thu 02:00PM–04:00PM

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a free, open source tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data. In this workshop, we’ll go through how to use OpenRefine to explore your data, clean it, transform it, and prep it for further analysis or visualization work. This is an introductory session; no prior experience with OpenRefine is required. A basic understanding of tabular data (spreadsheets) and familiarity with Microsoft Excel is helpful.

Attendees should download and install OpenRefine onto their computers prior to the class.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/openRefine_jan22

LabArchives Inventory at MIT
Jan/12 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM

LabArchives is an Electronic Lab Notebook system which MIT has an enterprise license for. The LabArchives support team (labarchives-support@mit.edu) has invited trainers from LabArchives to provide two virtual training sessions. These sessions will introduce the key features relevant to your use in a research or teaching lab, provide tips on tailoring a notebook to your specific needs, plus time to ask questions in order to save you time and get started using the platform.

The focus of this session is the new Inventory feature for streamlining the organization, tracking, and ordering of lab inventory.

Speaker: Hannah A. Clark, Enterprise Client Services, LabArchives, LLC - Better Science

Register: https://labarchives.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsf-msrzIrGtMVWZAK9S-BVj2DMzu236n1

LabArchives Scheduler at MIT
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM

LabArchives is an Electronic Lab Notebook system which MIT has an enterprise license for. The LabArchives support team (labarchives-support@mit.edu) has invited trainers from LabArchives to provide two virtual training sessions. These sessions will introduce the key features relevant to your use in a research or teaching lab, provide tips on tailoring a notebook to your specific needs, plus time to ask questions in order to save you time and get started using the platform.

The focus of this session is the new Schedule feature for reserving Laboratory equipment, meeting rooms, or resources.

Speaker: Hannah A. Clark, Enterprise Client Services, LabArchives, LLC - Better Science

Register: https://labarchives.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqf-mhpjgiHtF_fXyBdI3hydqEesqcRg6K

Labyrinth Lab IAP: Labyrinths and Wellness
Jan/24 Mon 03:00PM–04:00PM

A labyrinth is an ancient tool for stress reduction, wellness, and centering. In this workshop, learn about different ways labyrinths can be used to enhance your health. 

Labyrinth Lab IAP: The Labyrinth's History and Geometry
Jan/10 Mon 03:00PM–04:00PM

A labyrinth is an ancient tool for stress reduction, wellness, and centering. In this workshop, learn about the history of this tool, and what's so special about its geometric elements.

Launch Into Spring: Draft Your Cover Letter
Jan/20 Thu 06:00PM–07:00PM

“Ugh, a cover letter? How do I write a cover letter?”-- Whether you are new to this feeling, or have felt it many times before, take 60 minutes out of your IAP to learn how to start, draft, finalize, and be proud of the cover letter you will send alongside your resume! At the end of the workshop you will have a deeper understand of how to write and leverage a cover letter to really appeal to different employers. This is offered exclusively to first year undergraduates, so don’t let this opportunity slip by you!

Registration required via Handshake.

Launch Into Spring: Elevate Your LinkedIn Profile
Jan/26 Wed 06:00PM–07:00PM

Spring recruiting is starting, and is your LinkedIn “recruiter ready”? Does your headline need some attention? Not sure what to put “about me”? Through this 60-minute workshop you will learn ways to make your LinkedIn profile an “all-star”. This is offered exclusively to first year undergraduates, so don’t let this opportunity slip you by! Registration required via Handshake.

Launch Into Spring: Find a Summer Experience
Jan/24 Mon 06:00PM–07:00PM

Develop a plan to find the right summer experience for you. We will cover the resources, tools, and strategies to help you find a summer internship or other experience. During this interactive workshop, you’ll be following along as we review various resources available to you. Offered exclusively to first year undergraduates.

Registration required via Handshake.

Launch into IAP with MIT.nano
Jan/03 Mon 08:00AM

Join MIT.nano IAP instructors to learn about MIT.nano's offerings during IAP. Ask questions about the classes and workshops, meet MIT.nano staff and fellow MIT community members, and find out what exciting things MIT.nano will offer in-person and virtually during IAP 2022.

This info session will take place virtually and no pre-registration is required.

Visit the MIT.nano 2022 IAP courses website for the zoom link!

 

Literature Review Writing (2-session series)
Jan/06 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/11 Tue 10:00AM–11:30AM

Conducting and writing a literature review is a daunting multi-step process. In this two-session series, we will demystify the process of literature review writing by addressing how to organize your literature review (in the first workshop on Jan 6th) and how to write it (in the second one on Jan 11th). Through this hands-on virtual workshop, you will learn and practice how to launch your literature review process, synthesize your sources, and craft your narrative.

MIT Biotech Alumni Panel
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Curious about a career in biotech and pharmaceuticals but don't know where to start? Let MIT alumni shed light on these ever-expanding fields through this panel with industry leaders. Following a moderated discussion, get your questions answered to gain greater clarity on what it would be like to embark on your career in biotech or pharmaceuticals.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.. Registration required via Handshake.

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

MIT D-Lab Build Your Own Bicycle (EC.S02)
Jan/04 Tue 02:00PM–05:00PM

Manufacture a steel single speed bicycle frame, install parts, and ride it. Students will meet with D-Lab instructors for a required meeting in December to choose geometry. MIG welding training is a prerequisite and will not be taught as part of this course. One complete set of components needed to make the bike rideable will be provided.

For credit, 2 units.  Five undergrad students only.

Interested students will need to be available for December meeting with instructor. Contact Jack Whipple (whipple@) directly to confirm prereq and confirm December meeting date.  Twenty additional hours to be scheduled with Instructor in shared lab space.

MIT VMS Boot Camp Event: Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales 4 Startups
Jan/10 Mon 09:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 09:00AM–12:00PM

Presented by VMS Mentor Kent Summers:

A 2-Day Crash-Course!

As a popular (14+ year) IAP course on “B2B sales,” this workshop is consistently received by attendees with a great deal of enthusiasm and positive reviews. Highlighting practical knowledge of "how to sell," the sessions provide entrepreneurs starting a new venture and business school graduates entering a new profession with basic sales knowledge, skills and tools for success: how to target enterprise sales opportunities, manage a sales process, acquire customers and generate revenue.  

This boot camp includes 2 days of 3-hour sessions, combining lecture, interactive exercises, and anecdotal evidence from real sales situations. During the 2-day boot camp, you will focus on basic concepts, tools and mechanics for sales focus and efficiency. You will also learn more “qualitative” aspects of selling, with emphasis on how to navigate an organization, overcome obstacles and objections, build buyer team consensus, and negotiate to close deals. Attendees will also troubleshoot “failed sales case studies” and recommend corrective action or behavior. 

Kent Summers has been offering the Sales Boot Camp in collaboration with VMS since 2008. He regularly presents sales workshops at the Harvard MBA program, the Wharton School of Business and many domestic and international business accelerators. Summers founded and sold three software companies in the Boston area, and since 2002, has helped many new MIT companies navigate critical sales strategy and execution challenges. His success with early-stage ventures and enterprise sales is uniquely suited to the needs of start-ups and scale-up ventures.

 

Please register here: https://bit.ly/3oWaLpD

 

MIT VMS IAP UX Boot Camp: Defining the Problem Statement, User Experience Research and Journey Mapping
Jan/13 Thu 05:30PM–07:30PM

Presented by Karen Donoghue and Craig Newell

Register here: https://bit.ly/3m5JLCg

 

You’re an early-stage founder with a new product concept, or you are thinking of developing a new product. To realize your idea with the least amount of risk, you should validate the product idea before building it. This involves designing a prototype and gathering customer feedback to fine-tune the product, validating your assumptions about the benefits of your product and to whom your offering is delivering value.

User experience exists at the intersection of the needs of end-users, business needs, technology capabilities and engineering realities - and is a continual balancing act between all of these constraints. Your product’s user experience should function like a well-oiled machine, driving user behavior that enables your business model to flourish. Conversely, a poor user experience damages customers’ perception of your product and can grind your business model to a halt. 

This 2-hour UX Bootcamp presented by MIT VMS assumes little or no prior technical or UX experience and provides concrete recommendations on designing, validating and de-risking new software product concepts. 

 

Topics covered:

  • User experience in the context of envisioning new products
  • How to develop a great Problem Statement
  • Personas and User Research: how to build knowledge about end-users of your product to create the right solution for the right customer
  • Journey mapping: understand your end users’ journey with your product to deliver the right experience

 

About the Presenters:

Karen Donoghue (MS MIT Media Lab) is a practicing product designer with many years of experience delivering successful projects for startups and corporate clients. Karen founded and runs HumanLogic, a user experience consultancy. She is a former Principal UX Designer at Microsoft and a Senior UI Design Manager/Architect at Motorola, where she worked on designing the enabling software platform and UI framework for the Razr2 cell phone. Karen has been holding UX Expert Office Hours at MIT VMS and advising VMS entrepreneurs since 2011.

Craig Newell is the former Chief Architect for Mobile at VMware and a Principal at HumanLogic. Craig co-founded and was Chief Architect at SavaJe Technologies, a VC-backed mobile device platform startup in Boston acquired by Sun Microsystems.

Together, Karen and Craig launched Local Haze, an iPhone app that crowdsources air quality sensor data for over 29,000 sensors across six continents. In 2021, Karen and Craig co-authored the book “Envision Product User Experience for Founders”.

 

This bootcamp is designed for MIT IAP participants, VMS entrepreneurs, early-stage founders and teams and grad and undergrad students who are learning about becoming entrepreneurs – but all are welcome to join.

Please register here: https://bit.ly/3m5JLCg

Make your research computationally reproducible
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM

Open and reproducible research has become essential for scientific research. What do we mean by reproducible or replicable research? Why do you need to enhance the reproducibility of your work? What are some ways that you can make your own research computationally reproducible and shareable? This workshop will introduce a reproducible research pipeline that connects data collection, analysis, visualization, and presentation, using tools and platforms including R, Python, Docker, Binder, GitHub, Open Science Framework, and Zenodo.  Attendees will gain familiarity with principles, strategies and tools to document, manage and share your work to facilitate reproducible research. This workshop is appropriate for any researchers who are interested in applying these tools and strategies to their research

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/repro-20210127

Manage Your PDFs and Citations: Zotero & Mendeley
Jan/25 Tue 11:00AM–12:00PM

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is common and important in today’s academic world. These tools will help you to save citations from your favorite databases and websites, store related PDFs or attachments, and quickly build a bibliography for your papers and publications. We’ll review Zotero and Mendeley and show how to use them together to help your manage your PDF’s and citations.

A Zoom invitation will be emailed to registered participants.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/event/8742112

Managing Your Research Code
Jan/24 Mon 01:00PM–02:00PM

Do you write software in the course of your research? Have you been required by funders or publishers to share your code, or do you want to make it accessible to others to use? Documenting, sharing, and archiving your research software can make your research more transparent and reproducible, and can help you get credit for your work. This workshop will go over reasons to share your software, and will cover some best practices and considerations that will help you document your software and make it citable. We'll also go over options for archiving and publishing research software, including software papers and managing software with associated data sets, and some best practices for citing and documenting all of the software that you use.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/software_iap2022

Medical School Application & Committee Letter Overview
Jan/12 Wed 06:00PM–07:30PM

Are you planning to apply to medical or health professions school in June 2022? Then join MIT's Prehealth Advising to learn about the various steps to submit a competitive application, an overview of MIT's Committee Letter Process (COPA), the application timeline, and the many resources available through Prehealth Advising.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans: What, Why, and What's Next
Jan/19 Wed 02:00PM–03:00PM

So, you want to write an NIH grant and need to know more about their new policy on Data Management & Sharing Plans (NOT-OD-21-013, effective 25Jan2023)? This session will highlight its key elements and changes, give an overview of the background and rationale of the new policy, and help you lay out a path for successfully meeting its expectations at MIT. This workshop will be over Zoom and the link will be emailed to participants.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/event/8612296

Nourish Yourself
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–01:45PM

Learn practical skills for mindful and intuitive eating and how these approaches can help alleviate stress around food and increase self-trust and satisfaction at meals. If you like, please bring a small food item or snack for mindful eating practice during the workshop.

This workshop is part of a Wellness Coaching Series for IAP 2022. Register for any or all workshops using the same link. Attendees who complete all three workshops will receive a Wellness Education Certificate for IAP 2022 from Community Wellness at MIT Medical.

Upcoming workshop in this series:

Three Habits of Happiness on January 21

Origami Flying Turtle Workshop
Jan/19 Wed 05:30PM–07:30PM

Want to get back into or level up your origami? Really love turtles perhaps? Sign up for a 5-day origami workshop and learn to fold a flying turtle!

As per origami conventions, this turtle is folded entirely from a single uncut square. To teach the model however, we will be practicing on separate sheets for each feature of the turtle.

Each day will focus on a different part of the model and introduce new origami concepts. You will be introduced to crease patterns and how to solve them, basic box pleating theory, and transitions. This model is complex, but there will be a lot of guidance: demonstrations, procedural diagrams, 3D folding simulations, a crease pattern reference sheet etc. The final sheet for the model will also be provided pre-creased for you on a vinyl cutter.

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/mru5R5sVN8MhDQra7

Limited to 10


Date: Jan 19, Jan 20, and Jan 21, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26 (optional) from 5:30-7:30PM

Location: 4-402 (except Tuesday: 4-409)

 

Personal Storytelling Workshop
Jan/22 Sat 03:00PM–05:00PM

During your journey towards that perfect job after MIT, you will network with a diverse range of people. Some will have deep technical skills and easily grasp your research. Others will have no technical background and may not fully understand your unique skills. There is one guaranteed way to create meaningful impressions with both of these audiences: personal storytelling. Like a muscle, this essential skill becomes stronger with exercise. Interested in a light workout?
You are invited to participate in a personal storytelling workshop where you will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and complete a series of fun and engaging exercises designed to help you craft a personal story around your research or area of interest.

This workshop was designed specifically for you by Course 2 alumnus Ravi Patil '93 SM '95 based on his experience as a hiring manager in the information technology industry. If you'd like to get a sense for Ravi's storytelling style, check out his podcast called Institrve - True stories about MIT. A trove of wonder, discovery, and madness.

Open to MIT Graduate Students. Registration required via Handshake.

More about the presenter:
Ravi Patil is Director of Product Management and Strategy at Broadcom, where he is responsible for the complete mainframe security and compliance software portfolio. He has 20 years of B2B information technology marketing, strategy, and consulting experience and 4 years of automotive industry experience in business planning and engineering. Ravi earned his SB and SM in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He received the MacVicar Award from the MIT Alumni Association in 2019 for his service to the Institute.

Pursuing Academic and Industry Trajectories Simultaneously
Jan/13 Thu 03:00PM–04:00PM

Not sure if you want to apply for positions in academia or pursue an industry job? You can do both! Join this workshop to learn more about job search timelines, networking in academic and industry spheres, and preparing yourself to apply for faculty positions and industry opportunities at the same time.

This CAPD event is open to MIT  graduate students and postdocs. Registration required via Handshake.

Quick and Dirty Data Management: the 5 things you need to be doing now
Jan/26 Wed 10:00AM–11:00AM

Do you have data? (Who doesn't?!) Learn about the five basic things you can do now to manage your data for future happiness. These tools and techniques support practical data management and you can start using them immediately. Work with your personal data or research data, but start working now to ensure a future you who is secure in the existence, understandability, and reusability of your data!

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/event/8612232

R for the true beginner
Jan/25 Tue 02:00PM–03:30PM

Heard of R but not sure what it does? Want to dive into it but not sure how to get started? In this session, we will go through the basics of R from what it is, when to use it, and how to perform simple tasks in the user-friendly RStudio interface. The workshop is geared towards people new to R with little to no programming experience. Attendees will be expected to download and install R and RStudio on their computers. Instructions will be provided to registrants ahead of the session.

Regsiter: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/Rbeginner_jan2022

Reboot Your Sleep
Jan/07 Fri 01:00PM–01:45PM

Start the new year by learning strategies to help you reboot your sleep schedule, get the best quality sleep you can, and make getting up in the morning easier. Learn about resources to decrease stress and improve sleep health available from MIT.

This workshop is part of a Wellness Coaching Series for IAP 2022. Register for any or all workshops using the same link. Attendees who complete all three workshops will receive a Wellness Education Certificate for IAP 2022 from Community Wellness at MIT Medical.

Upcoming workshops in this series:

Nourish Yourself on January 14

Three Habits of Happiness on January 21

Recruiting + Interviewing UROPs Workshop
Jan/05 Wed 04:00PM–05:00PM

Learn about how to advertise UROP opportunities and other ways to recruit UROP students. We will also cover tips to interviewing potential UROP students with key questions/topics to cover in interviews. There will be time for Q+A at the end. No advance sign-up.

Romantic relationships during the pandemic and beyond
Jan/03 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM
Jan/10 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM
Jan/17 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM
Jan/24 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM

This four-week workshop will focus on some of the key elements in building healthy relationships. We will consider challenges commonly faced by couples, explore the role of sexuality, discuss recovering from a breakup, and more. Each session will have a didactic part followed by a reflection and discussion part. Participants are welcome to submit questions of personal interest in advance. 

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Maria Minkova, Psy.D., mminkova@med.mit.edu  

registration deadline: 12/30/21

Spice Up Your Writing: Add Music, Personality, and Voice
Jan/21 Fri 10:00AM–11:30AM

Academic writing does not have to be boring and insipid. During this hands-on virtual workshop, you will play with sentences, explore rhetorical devices, and have fun with punctuation. Pamela Siska, a WCC communication specialist, instructor, and published scholar, will equip you with tools to make your writing spicy and exciting, and you will leave with a mission to start exploring your personal voice.

Styling Your Academic Writing (4-session series)
Jan/13 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/18 Tue 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/20 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/25 Tue 10:00AM–11:30AM

This four-session series will equip you with the tools to take your academic writing style to the next level. You will learn how to clarify your meaning in complex sentences (Part 1), how to cut down your word count so that every word matters (Part 2), how to enhance the flow and coherence of your sentences and paragraphs (Part 3), and how to add "good words" to increase clarity and thick description (Part 4). This interactive workshop series will offer diverse and creative methods for styling writing. We will engage with examples from academic, technical, and creative writing to get us thinking about the context of "good style.”

This series is tailored to suit the needs of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across disciplines as well as researchers and other scholars. We encourage you to attend all sessions of the series, but you are also welcome to sign up for separate sessions.

Summer Internship Search Strategies
Jan/12 Wed 04:00PM–05:00PM

During this virtual session, you’ll hear about resources you can use to secure your next summer experience. We’ll discuss these 5 tactics to find a summer internship:

1. Focus your search
2. Set up systems to learn about opportunities
3. Get organized
4. Develop your candidacy
5. Make connections

At the end of the session, you’ll develop 3 SMART Goals you’ll work on during IAP to find the right summer experience for you.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates. Registration required via Handshake.

Technical Leadership Panel: The Value of Leadership Development During Graduate School
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–03:00PM

Do you envision “making the world a better place” after graduating from MIT as an engineer or technical expert? If so, you will need more than technical skills to build the teams and support needed to implement creative solutions to today’s complex problems.

Join other MIT graduate students for this workshop focused on the importance of preparing as a student to lead teams in engineering and technical environments. David Nino, a Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager of the MIT Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership, will be moderating a panel to discuss the value of developing leadership skills while completing graduate degrees in technical fields. All panelists are leading practitioners who will share their unique perspectives and experiences on this topic.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Leslie Dewan, CEO of RadiantNano and former MIT Corporation Board Member
  • John Strackhouse, Senior Partner at Caldwell Partners
  • Dr. Natalya Bailey, Co-founder and CTO of Accion Systems

This workshop will be held virtually on January 14, 2022, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The Technical Leadership Panel will be held during the first 90 minutes, and the last 30 minutes of the workshop will review details about how to earn our program’s Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership.  Members of the Dean of Engineering’s Graduate Student Advisory Group will discuss our graduate certificate.

Who Should Join this Event and Why

All MIT graduate students are invited to join. Employers in both academia and industry consistently rank leadership as among their most sought-after skills and this is especially true today. Anyone who is motivated can build leadership skills while also earning MIT graduate degrees. For those interested in learning more about our Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership, see https://gelp.mit.edu/grad-students/graduate-certificate-technical-leadership-interim-requirements

 

To Register

Sign up here https://mit.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bErWcdlFN8A2sUC by January 12, 2022

Contact: Lisa Stagnone, Senior Program Assistant, 617-253-3251, lstag@mit.edu

Registrants are encouraged to review the backgrounds of our speakers and submit your questions for them in advance of our workshop.  We will send everyone more details on this once students are registered.

Three Creative Techniques for Solving Open-Ended Challenges
Jan/12 Wed 02:30PM–03:30PM

In this virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit) open to MIT undergraduate students of all majors, you will practice and apply three creative techniques for solving open-ended challenges in any field. All participants will tackle the same challenge and generate creative ideas for solving it.

Following the ideation activity, participants will vote anonymously on the best idea generated by each technique. Participants with the top scoring idea for each technique will each receive $40 in TechCash.

The workshop will be conducted by two experts on thinking skills in science and engineering education: Dr. Rea Lavi, Lecturer and Curriculum Designer for the NEET undergraduate program at MIT School of Engineering, and Dr. Deniz Marti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Learning Incubator at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

You do not need to register to the workshop, just join via zoom (MIT Touchstone login): https://mit.zoom.us/j/95869719648

To receive an email reminder 24hrs before the event and a calendar invite, click here.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Lavi will briefly introduce his new spring class, open to all majors, where first-year students and sophomores will practice and apply a wide variety of problem-solving methods and techniques to real-world challenges in climate and sustainability. 

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Rea Lavi and Deniz Marti

Three Creative Techniques for Solving Open-Ended Challenges
Jan/26 Wed 02:00PM–03:30PM

Apply creative techniques and win prizes! In this virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit) open to MIT undergraduate students of all majors, you will practice and apply three creative techniques for solving open-ended challenges in any field. All participants will tackle the same challenge and generate creative ideas for solving it.

Following the ideation activity, participants will vote anonymously on the best idea generated by each technique. Participants with the top scoring idea for each technique will each receive $60 in TechCash.

The workshop will be conducted by two experts on thinking skills in science and engineering education: Dr. Rea Lavi, Lecturer and Curriculum Designer for the NEET undergraduate program at MIT School of Engineering, and Dr. Deniz Marti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Learning Incubator at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

You do not need to register to the workshop, just join via zoom (MIT Touchstone login): https://mit.zoom.us/j/95112800490

To receive a calendar invite to the event and an email reminder 24hrs before the event, click here.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Lavi will briefly introduce his new spring course, open to all majors, where first-year students and sophomores will practice and apply a wide variety of problem-solving methods and techniques to real-world challenges in climate and sustainability. You can view the course syllabus here.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Drs. Rea Lavi and Deniz Marti realavi@mit.edu

Three Habits of Happiness
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–01:45PM

Three habits - gratitude, self-compassion, and mindfulness practices - can have a positive effect on mood and reduce stress. In this workshop, try some of them out and discover what works for you.

This workshop is part of a Wellness Coaching Series for IAP 2022. Register for any or all workshops using the same link. Attendees who complete all three workshops will receive a Wellness Education Certificate for IAP 2022 from Community Wellness at MIT Medical.

Tips + Strategies to Find a UROP
Jan/13 Thu 03:30PM–04:30PM

Join us to learn key ways to find research opportunities in your area(s) of interest. Includes overview on UROP postings, how to identify faculty/labs that align with your research interests, best practices when emailing supervisors, as well as resume and interviewing tips. There will be time to ask questions and receive suggestions based on your personal research interests! 

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Productive Writing: Building a Supportive Community for Feedback and Motivation
Jan/26 Wed 10:00AM–11:30AM

This workshop will provide an introduction to the concept of peer review writing groups: small groups self-organized specifically as a space for workshopping drafts, staying on track with writing projects, and practicing scholarly communication with colleagues. In this workshop, you will learn about the advantages of peer review writing groups and the best practices for establishing your own group. We’ll cover different possible models and the “predictable pitfalls” that can occur in sustaining a group and running meetings. We will also introduce tools and resources you can apply to support structured and constructive ways of giving and receiving feedback on writing.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Productive Writing: Constructive Procrastination as a Part of a Healthy Writing Process
Jan/19 Wed 10:00AM–11:30AM

Society tells us that procrastination is bad, when in fact it can be a useful part of the writing process. In this workshop, Susan Spilecki,  a WCC Instructor, communication specialist, and poet, will help you brainstorm all the specifics of your individual writing process, from the beginning of a project to the end,  and discuss the usefulness of different strategies for different people. By reflecting on the way individuals actually learn, synthesize ideas, write, and revise, we can make our own processes more effective. Getting to know what you need for your particular process puts you in control of it, rather than letting it control you. In addition to gaining a better understanding of your existing writing process – and how you actually procrastinate constructively – participants will leave with resources and tools to better manage your process.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Productive Writing: Managing Your Time and Expectations
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–11:30AM

Writing a dissertation can seem distinct from earlier work, with fewer deadlines, less structure, and less contact with others. At the same time, tackling this bigger project can be seen as a continuation of previous work, but one with more options for choice. During this workshop, Betsy Fox, a WCC Instructor and Communication Specialist, will offer suggestions on managing time, being productive, and making the long-distance journey of a dissertation more comfortable and companionable.

Tools and tips for thesis authors
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–02:30PM

So it's time to write your thesis. What do you need to know about the process? What tools and experts are out there to help? This session will cover the required specifications for submitting your thesis, writing with the Overleaf LaTeX thesis template, ways to approach your literature review section, tools for organizing your literature, and options for managing and sharing related data and code. We'll review some common copyright questions related to theses, including whether you need permission to use certain figures in your thesis, and what is involved when you want to publish parts of your thesis before or after the thesis is submitted.

This session is appropriate for anyone who is planning to write a thesis or is currently writing a thesis at MIT. 

Registration is limited to current MIT affiliates.

Register here: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/thesis_iap2022

UROP IAP Expo (virtual)
Jan/19 Wed 04:00PM–05:00PM

Undergraduates - Join us (virtually) to learn about UROP opportunities at MIT!  We will have faculty, postdocs, graduate students and administrators from academic departments and research labs/centers available to speak with you about research projects in their areas.  This is a great way to start learning about and looking for a Spring or Summer 2022 UROP! Sign-up here!

UROP Project Planning Workshop for Supervisors
Jan/11 Tue 04:00PM–05:00PM

Join us as we review key characteristics of a successful UROP experience, and tips and strategies to develop a UROP project that best helps the UROP student, the lab, and you! No advance sign-up.

What Every International Student and Trainee Should Know about U.S. Employment
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–02:30PM

Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com, shares the potent job search system used by many international students and trainees to find U.S. employment. H-1B's are won in ways you likely don't expect. What you'll discover in this presentation may surprise you:
• Learn how to secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
• Learn why 80 percent of open jobs are never advertised - and how to find them before anyone else.
• Learn why human resources is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job-and how to bypass it.
• Learn why submitting résumés online is not an effective use of your time-and how you can better invest that time.

Dan’s programs at MIT have been very popular in years past. Find more information about him and his book, The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States, at
www.powerties.net. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

This event is sponsored by Career Advising & Professional Development, the Office of Graduate Education, the Office of the Vice President of Research, and the International Students Office.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

When your relationship with food, weight, and body image are in conflict with your values
Jan/20 Thu 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 02:00PM–04:00PM

Do you feel that you are frequently thinking about food, your weight, or your body image? When we are so focused on these things, we often miss important aspects of life in front of us. We might also find that we are unable to participate in meaningful activities for fear of how they may affect these concerns. If we continue to maintain our focus on these eating and body concerns, what else might we be missing in our lives? In this two-part workshop we will identify individual values you may use to move towards a more meaningful life.

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Christina Brothers, L.ICSW, cbrothers@med.mit.edu

registration deadline: 1/17/2022

Writing Your Thesis Proposal in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Jan/27 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM

Before you write a thesis or dissertation, you are usually required to get the approval of a “proposal” or “prospectus.” In this workshop, Bob Irwin, a WCC Lecturer and Communication Specialist, and Elena Kallestinova, WCC Director, will address what makes a prospectus successful. Join us to learn how that smaller task can help you with the larger one.

Writing better READMEs: mini workshop
Jan/12 Wed 11:00AM–11:30AM

README files are standard for software, but they provide useful basic documentation for datasets as well. Get up to speed on efficiently writing useful README files for datasets and software in this short class. We'll cover some common things you should include in these files, as well as how to provide a citation to ensure you get credit for your hard work, and will share links to resources. Save yourself time and trouble -- if you are sharing data or software, you need READMEs! This workshop will be over Zoom and the link will be emailed to participants.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/readmes_iap2022