Who is OME

- November '17

Rebecca Grekin - Public Service

Her nominator writes:

Since coming to MIT, Rebecca has dedicated 100+ hours to community service through a variety of programs. As a freshman, Rebecca mentored 7th graders through STEM, a program run by the MIT OEOP, and was a Freshman representative for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Girls Scout Outreach program, where she planned and ran three events per semester to introduce 4th and 5th grade girls from around the Boston/Cambridge area to STEM subjects. She also began volunteering at the MIT Museum and participates in a variety of initiatives, but particularly enjoys demonstrating the NXT Lego Robots to introduce young children to robotics and beginner programming. As a Sophomore, Rebecca became the chair for the SWE Girls Scouts Outreach and strove to increase the program size to attain a larger reach, and also was the founding project lead for the Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability Outreach. As the project lead, Rebecca spearheaded and organized 15+ events for the MIT and greater Boston/Cambridge community that focused on bringing attention to important aspects of sustainability and environment. In its inaugural year, the events had 150+ participants and 50+ volunteers participate. Events included beach clean ups, a Fenway Park clean up, teaching a Splash class, running a screening series, and establishing outreach at two local elementary schools where students were introduced to the concepts of carbon footprints, and experiments were run to determine water quality. Volunteering has been a big part of Rebecca’s life for a while and she has volunteered 750+ hours since freshman year of high school. She looks forward to continuing these endeavors and continuing to learn and grow alongside those she reaches through her community service efforts.