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BSS: Astronaut and Prof. Jeffrey Hoffman - The Future of Space Exploration Wed, Feb 24

Jeff HoffmanSpace technology and public interest is experiencing an exciting renaissance with new companies like SpaceX making rapid advances and movies like The Martian winning audiences at the box office.

To learn more about space travel, we hope you can join the MIT Club of Boston at the Microsoft NERD Center in Kendall Square for Prof. Jeffrey Hoffman's talk about the future of human spaceflight and Mars exploration.

Skating Party Sat, Mar 12

Join other alums for a fun-filled family-friendly ice skating party at the MIT ice rink. We'll have exclusive use of the ice. Snacks and hot chocolate will be provided. Bring the whole family. A great time is guaranteed for all. Please register in advance to make sure your name is on the list for access to the private ice time.  


Campus Preview Weekend 2016 Parent's Reception Fri, Apr 08

Over 1,000 newly admitted students will visit the campus in April during CPW (Campus Preview Weekend) to experience life at MIT first hand. Many of these students will be accompanied by one or more of their parents. Parent impressions of a college campus play a critical role in students' decisions about where to attend college.

The MIT Club of Boston is joining with the Admissions Office and the Parent Connector program to host a reception specifically for parents. We are looking for alumni/ae who are willing to mingle with parents and help them understand the benefits of the experience of being a student at MIT. 

This is a free event, but please be sure to RSVP to assist with planning.

Science Trivia Challenge 2016 Team Entries Wed, Apr 20

 

The Science Trivia Challenge (STC) is a friendly, spirited contest hosted by the MIT Club of Boston that is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, organized annually by the MIT Museum. The ninth annual Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016. [Learn more about STC]
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Reflections on MIT SEPT 2015 by Ben McGraw, Oak Hill Middle School

We are pleased to share the attached reflections from Ben McGraw, the teacher who the MITCOB sponsored last summer to participate in SEPT.

The MIT Club of Boston sponsors teachers to participate in MIT’s Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT). This is program for teachers to offer them a drink from the MIT firehose: an intensive weeklong program to expose teachers to the latest and greatest science and engineering research at MIT as inspiration for their future teaching. Below please find reflections from Ben McGraw, a teacher at Oak Hill Middle School who was sponsored by the MIT COB to participate in the 2015 SEPT program. 

For those who wish to be considered for sponsorship for the 2016 program, please contact Bonny Kellermann <bkellermann@mitcob.org>. Please know that the deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.
 

For those who wish to contribute to the MITCOB SEPT Fund (to provide support for outstanding teachers from the greater Boston area) to participate in SEPT, you can make your contributions here.

Open MITCOB Leadership Positions

Social Media Manager
The club currently has accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We are seeking a volunteer to help maintain our presence, scheduling postings and responding to messages when necessary. Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week. Contact Clinton Blackburn at cblackburn@mitcob.org if you are interested in this position.

Chair of Professional Development
The professional development chair is responsible for organizing events that are focused on career development and connecting members within, and across, industries. Previous events have included happy hours, career panels, and lectures, to name a few. Our goal is to organize an even every 1-2 months. Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Contact Clinton Blackburn at cblackburn@mitcob.org if you are interested in this position.

Vice President of Volunteer Development
Oversee processes to effectively engage alumni as volunteers for MIT COB programs, make sure that volunteer experiences are positive and meaningful, collect information about the experience of serving as a volunteer, and provide feedback and appreciation to those who volunteer. In conjunction with program VPs for Social Programs, K-12 and Community Service, and Enrichment, plan gatherings to give alums the opportunity to meet club leaders and get engaged. Supervise activities of the Assistant VP for Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement and the Assistant VP for Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation. Working with AVP for Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation, plan one or more annual appreciation event(s) for volunteers.  Recruit volunteers as needed for various club programs. Requirement: enthusiasm, good organization, positive attitude, inspirational. Contact Clinton Blackburn at cblackburn@mitcob.org if you are interested in this position.

Climate CoLab is seeking a talented full-time web developer

The MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) http://cci.mit.edu seeks to understand how crowds and experts can be combined to address large complex problems. CCI has already developed the Climate CoLab (see http://climatecolab.org), a project in which a rapidly growing community of more than 35,000 members, working with world-renowned experts, uses an online forum to develop and evaluate proposals about what to do about climate change. Another project, which is in the early stages, will apply crowdsourcing to gain insights into the future of work. CCI envisions that the underlying software engine that drives both of the projects described above can serve as a general-purpose online platform for solving complex social problems (we sometimes refer to this vision as X CoLab, where X can be any large problem). We are currently exploring collaboration with several other organizations to apply the software in this way. We seek a Web Developer to contribute to maintaining and extending this tool.
Full job posting and specs:  http://web.mit.edu/sloan-hr/jobs/2015-08CoLabWebDeveloper(00000002).pdf.

BIEN: Entrepreneur Leadership Support & Mentorship Group

The MITSBAA, spearheaded by Neheet Trivedi, is launching a leadership, support & mentorship group for a small number of alumni on their entrepreneurial journey.  This group, moderated by Melissa Webber, an expert faciliator, will provide a confidential setting to get real with fellow entrepreneurs in the trenches and learn from each other. The group would meet for three to six months, once or twice a month for two hours on a weekday evening, starting January 2016.

For more information, click HERE

MSRP seeking alumni to share their experiences and offer academic/career advice.

Each year, the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) brings around 40 talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the Institute for nine weeks to conduct research under the guidance of MIT faculty, attend academic and professional development seminars, and participate in social and cultural activities.

MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to increase participation by underrepresented graduate engineering and science programs in the US, and has a mission of promoting the value of graduate education; improving the research enterprise through increased diversity; and preparing and recruiting the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

MSRP would like to connect our summer students to MIT alumni who could share their experiences and offer academic and career advice. If you are an MIT alumna/alumnus and are open to being contacted by MSRP participants during the summer, please get in touch! You can reach us at msrp@mit.edu.

MITCOB Scholarship Fund

The MIT Club of Boston Endowed Scholarship Fund was established on December 2, 1985 by an initial gift of the MIT Club of Boston on November 5, 1985.

The Fund shall be held as an endowment and additions to the Fund may be made at any time by the Club or members.  The annual net income of the Fund will be applied to undergraduate financial aid, except that first preference shall be given to undergraduate students who are club member relatives and second preference to Greater Boston residents, in accordance with the student financial aid policies of the Institute.

In establishing the Fund, the MIT Club of Boston recognized the importance of endowed scholarships to support the Institute’s commitment to providing need-based financial aid to undergraduate students. 

FY2015 MITCOB Scholarship Fund Recipient

Dear MIT Club of Boston,

Thank you for your generous support of the MIT Club of Boston Endowed Scholarship Fund. As the cost of an MIT education increases annually, the role of scholarships in ensuring both access and affordability becomes more critical. About 56% of MIT undergraduates receive need-based financial aid, and generous donors like yourselves allow us to admit students regardless of their financial
circumstances.

The student scholars who benefit from alumni-supported scholarship funds are talented and ambitious - traits that will allow them to succeed at MIT and beyond. Your gifts not only allow the best and brightest students to flourish at the Institute, but also demonstrate the importance of philanthropy for these future alumni.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of the Alumni Association and MIT, I thank the alumni and friends who contribute to this fund, and the leadership who continue to make scholarships a fundraising priority.

Sincerely,

Beth McGonagle

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, MIT Annual Fund

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