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Pandemic-related Completion Delays for PhD Students

If you feel that your dissertation research progress has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, and you believe you will need financial support for time beyond your program’s funding package, MIT is committed to ensuring you are funded for the COVID-related delay. Late-stage PhD students who are 1) at or near the end of their funding…
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Update on remote international appointments for summer and fall 2021

A series of notes from the Vice Chancellor about important information about remote international appointments for summer and fall. (March 23, 2021)   TL; DR MIT is expecting graduate students to conduct their U.S.-based appointments from inside the U.S. and to enter/return to the U.S. prior to the start of their appointments (summer for some,…
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New Experiential Learning Exchange

I am pleased to announce the launch of the new Experiential Learning Exchange (ELx), a central portal for students to find and apply for all types of Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) at MIT.
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Brian Canavan Named Registrar for MIT

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to let you know that Brian Canavan, Senior Associate Registrar, has been named the new Registrar for MIT. He succeeds Mary Callahan who retired this fall after 39 years of service, with many exceptional contributions. Brian will lead a talented staff and oversee a wide portfolio of activities, including academic…
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Doctoral Long-Term Financial Hardship Assessment Process

Dear Department Heads, Graduate Officers, Administrative Officers, and Graduate Administrators, In spring 2019, the school deans agreed to develop and implement new policies and practices to alleviate financial insecurity that some PhD graduate students may face during their academic careers. That commitment resulted in the following: Expansion of the Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund (now including…
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Remote Making Summer Pilot

Dear Faculty and Students, A quintessential part of an MIT education is for students to make things. We’ve discovered, not surprisingly, that some kinds of making—whether it’s building a robot, analyzing biological samples or creating art—is particularly challenging when learning remotely. With that in mind, I am pleased to let you know that Martin Culpepper,…
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Update on Remote Student Appointments for Work or Research Conducted Outside the U.S.

Dear students, As you may have heard from your departments, the UROP Office, or your peers, MIT recently issued guidelines for student appointments for work or research conducted outside the U.S. After speaking with student leaders last week, I realized that many of you have questions about the motivations for, and implementation of, the guidelines.…
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AY2021 Stipend Levels, Health Insurance Rates, and Additional Support

Dear Colleagues, In discussion with the Provost, Chancellor, and School Deans, we have established the new ranges for the monthly stipends of full-time research and teaching assistants for the 2020-21 academic year (AY2021). These ranges reflect a 2.9% increase consistent with the 2.9% increase recommended by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Graduate Stipends Committee. Departments…
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