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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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Update on Pre-Registration

Dear Students, As you know, pre-registration for summer and fall terms typically opens on May 1st. However, due to the ongoing disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, departments are still developing their fall teaching plans. The Institute is weighing various scenarios with the goal of providing an excellent learning experience for students and safely managing…
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Update on Pre-Registration

Dear Students, As you know, pre-registration for summer and fall terms typically opens on May 1st. However, due to the ongoing disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, departments are still developing their fall teaching plans. The Institute is weighing various scenarios with the goal of providing an excellent learning experience for students and safely managing…
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Academic Continuity Planning Update: New Remote Teaching Resource Site

March 10, 2020 To: All faculty and instructors cc: Undergraduate and graduate administrators and officers, academic officers, deans, and department heads Colleagues, As mentioned in our letter to you yesterday afternoon, we now have guidance available to help you prepare for remote teaching: http://teachremote.mit.edu. Thanks to our amazing colleagues in Open Learning, The Teaching + Learning…
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Important: Academic Continuity Planning Update

March 9, 2020 To: Deans and Department Heads cc: All faculty and instructors, undergraduate and graduate administrators and officers, academic officers Dear Deans and Department Heads, This note is a follow-up to the posture and policies announced by President Reif last Thursday as MIT continues to adapt to the spread of COVID-19. In this message…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: COVID-19 & Educational Continuity Planning

Dear Colleagues, As President Reif outlined in his letter to the community last evening, while the risk to the MIT community is low, we are closely monitoring the global spread of COVID-19 and are developing plans to offer as much educational continuity as we can in situations where students, faculty, and staff may not be able to…
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Vice Chancellor’s Update: Registrar and Sr. Assoc. Dean Mary Callahan to retire

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to let you know that after 38 years at MIT, Registrar and Senior Associate Dean Mary Callahan will retire this summer. She is truly an institution within the Institute, overseeing a remarkable portfolio over the years: academic records, student registration, degree audits, grades and transcripts, subject evaluation, diplomas, class scheduling,…
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