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Vice Chancellor’s Update: Advancing our support for graduate students

Updated: February 6, 2020 TL; DR: Making progress on advancing support for students in acute financial distress and helping those with children; Graduate Families Support Working Group report released with key commitments: dedicated staff person for graduate students with children, portable grants, intentional data collection. Dear Graduate Students, Happy new semester! I am writing to…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: Grad Family Working Group

Dear Graduate Students, I am pleased to share the interim report from the Graduate Family Support Working Group. Over the past year, a team of students, staff, and faculty has been focused on better understanding the environment for graduate student parents at MIT and developing potential options for ensuring they are appropriately supported. This charge…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: MacVicar Nominations

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to remind you of the call for nominations for the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program, due Friday, November 15. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute. Nominations should address the candidate’s work within the…
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OVC & OGE respond to Tech piece on grad mental health

This is a response to an article published Oct. 10, “Graduate student mental health is in crisis.” To the editors, We are writing in response to the opinion piece “Graduate student mental health is in crisis” that appeared in the Oct. 10, 2019 issue of The Tech. Authors Jeff Rosenberg, Sarah Cowles, and Nick Selby,…
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New Atlas Process Paves Way for Supporting Undergraduate Research Innovation

Starting in fall 2019, all undergraduate students applying for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will be asked to sign an Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement (IPIA). This is not a change to MIT’s Ownership of Intellectual Property Policy. Students will continue to own their intellectual property except when working on government or third-party sponsored…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: A Case for Mid-Semester Feedback

Faculty and instructors are likely most familiar with end-of-term evaluations. While incredibly useful, they are not designed to address a need I’ve heard about from many students: the ability for an instructor to make a few tweaks or changes as a class is running. The collection of mid-semester, formative feedback from students can be an…
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3Q: Supporting MIT international students experiencing processing delays this summer

An uptick in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing delays for international students seeking to pursue internships in the U.S. this summer has affected some MIT students. The International Students Office (ISO) and MIT’s Washington Office have been actively engaged in addressing these delays and are working to find ways to support students who…
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From the Vice Chancellor: First Year Discovery class development opportunities

As part of our experimental efforts to improve the first-year undergraduate experience, we have introduced a new category of subjects starting in Fall 2019: First-Year Discovery Subjects (FYDs). We are writing to ask for your help in developing FYDs that highlight opportunities such as experiential learning, resources for specific groups of students, extracurricular options on and near campus, and…
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OVC Update: AY2020 Graduate Stipend Rates

Dear Graduate Students, In consultation with the Provost, the Chancellor, and the School Deans, we have established the new ranges for the monthly stipends of full-time research and teaching assistants for the 2019-20 academic year (AY2020). These ranges reflect a 3% increase, consistent with the 2.92% cost-of-living increase recommended by the Graduate Student Council (GSC)…
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