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Heads Up! Newsletter October 2, 2017

Announcements & Opportunities


OME Closed for Staff Retreat: Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 - Re-Opens on Thursday, October 5 @ 9AM 

The OME will be closed on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 and will re-open on Thursday, October 5 @ 9AM.

If you need to reach any member of the OME team, please contact them directly via email.</p>

Vice Chancellor's Letter Regarding MIT's Support of its Transgender Students

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Vice Chancellor, Ian Waitz, wrote "Letter Regarding MIT's Support of its Transgender Students "who have committee to serving our nation through the Institute's ROTC programs."

Please click here to read the Vice Chancellor's letter in its entirety.

Are You an Upperclassman in Physics or Math? Like Teaching Others?

The Seminar XL/LE program is seeking 18.01/18.01A/18.02/18.03 & 8.01/8.01L/8.02 facilitators for the Fall!

Seminar XL/LE is a class primarily for freshmen that enables participants to develop mastery of core subject matters as well as intellectual skills for future success in advanced coursework. Graduate students and academically advanced upper-class undergraduates serve as facilitators for a small group of 3-7 students, guiding them through extensive discussions, board work, and collaborative thinking.

Time commitment is 4-5 hours per week and pay is $17/hr.

We are currently accepting applications. For more information visit http://ome.mit.edu/programs-services/become-seminar-xl-facilitator or contact Dean Uchima at lilen@mit.edu

Procter & Gamble - TGIF: October 13

Come and meet representatives from Procter and Gamble at their upcoming TGIF.

Enjoy good food, giveaways and hear about internship and employment opportunities.

Date: October 13

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Location: W20-407

Click here to RSVP

Distinguished Peers - Nominations Due 15th of each month

Have you or a classmate done something that deserves recognition? We are currently accepting Distinguished Peers nominations for the 2017-2018 academic year. All submissions are valid through the academic year.

Winners are chosen on a monthly basis and will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, be profiled via the OME website and bulletin board, and receive a name plate on the Distinguished Peers Perpetual Plaque located in the OME. Current MIT undergraduate students can be nominated or self-nominated in the following categories:

i. Entrepreneurship

ii. Public Service

iii. MIT Spirit

iv. Performing Arts/Athletic Achievements

v. Global Initiatives and Experience

vi. Prestigious Fellows

Nominations due the 15th of each month. Apply online here

Apply online at: http://ome.mit.edu/who-ome/distinguished-peers-nomination

Questions? distinguishedpeers@mit.edu

Diversity Scholarship for Steam Majors/Box Diversity Scholarship ($20,000 grand prize) - Accepting Applications until October 2, 2017

Box is excited to announce that the annual Box Diversity Scholarship is back and accepting applications. The Box Diversity Scholarship was created to give student from historically underrpresented groups that have a passion for technology a chance at a $20,000 grand prize scholarship (and $4,000 runner up scholarship).

Applications are open now and due by October 2, 2017.

For more details, please see our website. For any questions, please send a note to scholarship@box.com

MindHandHeart Innovation Fund: Offering Grants up to $10,000: Applications open as of October 2

MindHandHeart Innovation Fund is offering grants of up to $10,000 to students, faculty and staff members. This year, out fund is looking to support projects that build community at MIT - in addition to funding projects that make MIT a more healthy and welcoming place.

Now accepting applications from October 2 - 31, 2017 and hosting info sessions on the following dates:

* October 11: 12:30-1:30PM in 5-232

* October 24: 12:30-1:30PM in 5-135

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss an idea with any member of our team, please contact Maise O'Brien: maisieob@mit.edu

The Gender/Race Imperative: The Future of Title IX - A Series of Presentations and Workshops Moderated by Professor Anita Hill: October 3

The Gender/Race Imperative aims to revive awareness of the broad capacity of Title IX, the crucial law mandating equal education opportunities for women. In addition to the lectures, there will be open panel programs that engage the audience as participants with presenters in responding to the gender and race disparities in STEM fields.

Date: Tuesday, October 3

Time: 4:00-6:00pm (Doors Open at 3:30PM)

Location: Bldg 50-Walker Memorial

For more information visit: www.rle.mit.edu/anita-hill

From Stud to Stalled: Social Equity and Public Space: October 3

The interdisciplinary lecture will address a proposed shift to make multi-stall bathrooms on campus accessible to people of all genders, ages, sizes, and abilities.

This is joint venture between MIT's Architecture Department, the City Design and Development group, and the Women's and Gender Program.

Date: Thursday, October 3

Time: 6-8PM

Location: Long Lounge, 7-429

Please click here to view the poster

GECD: Career Events for Freshmen: Beginning October 3

* Update your resume for UROPs, the fair, the Alumni Association's January Externship Program (applications due Oct 3 @ 12N) by visiting us at drop-in advising hours.

* Join the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) - Build the skill you will need to land internships and succeed in your career. Click here for more info.

"An Unfinished Conversation" with Lee Mun Weh - October 4

Join us for "An Unfinished Conversation" with Lee Mun Weh. Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, Asian folkteller and master diversity trainer, will be coming to MIT on Wednesday, October 4. He will begin with a keynote address followed by workshops for faculty/staff and for students. p>

Registration is required: https://leemunwahmit.eventbrite.com/

Please click here for a schedule of events

Interesting in an MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University? Info Session: October 5

Come to a Graduate Admission Information Session with Howard Zebker, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Geophysics.

Date: Thursday, October 5

Time: 12PM

Location: 3-133

Lunch will be provided

RSVP here

Let's Chat in the OME: Next Session - October 10

Let's Chat let's you talk about a problem with a counselor from MIT Medical Mental & Counseling Service without committing to anything more.

* It is free and confidential

* No appointment needed - just drop in

* Meetings are 20 minutes

* Common concerns include stress, sadness, anxiety, difficulty adjusting, family problems, and relationship issues.

Dates: October 10, 24; November 7, 21; December 5, 19

Time: 5:00-7:00PM

Location: OME Suite Bldg, 4-107

Ohio State Graduate Engineering Open House: October 13

The Ohio State University, College of Engineering- Open House. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about engineering at the Ohio State University! Our two-day event will give you insight into the academics, facilities, and world-leading research that can take your career to the next level.

We encourage applications from historically underrepresented populations, African Americans, American Indians/Native Americans,and Hispanic Americans, female, first generation students.

All students who attend the Open House will be given an application fee waiver to apply to their first choice College of Engineering graduate program.

Apply today

3M - Social Hour: October 18

Come and network with representatives from 3M at its Social Hour! Learn inside information about upcoming internships and employment opportunities. Enjoy free food, raffle prizes and giveaways.

Date: Wednesday, October 18

Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Location: W20-491

RSVP here: https://ome.mit.edu/events-calendar/events

Lockheed Martin - Employer Information Session: October 24

See attached Come and network with representatives from Lockheed Martin at its Employer Information Session.  Learn inside information about upcoming internships and opportunities, enjoy good food, cool raffle prizes and giveaways.

Date: Tuesday, October 24

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

Location: W20-491

RSVP here: https://ome.mit.edu/events-calendar/events

Prehealth Advising Drop-In Days: Next Session - October 25

Do you want to learn more about health professions? MD? MD/PhD? Dental or Vet? Stop by the OME office for 15-minute drop-in appointments with Prehealth Advising staff.   Please see flyer for additional details.

Dates: October 25, November 15.

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: OME Suite Bldg 4-107

Momentum Participant and TA Applications Close November 3

Momentum is an IAP Design Course for Freshmen and Sophomores. Student teams prototype and present solutions to real-world problems. Momentum 2018 will focus on mixed reality devices.

For Participants: No prior experience necessary. All majors welcome.

For TAs: Upperclassmen or graduate students with experience in Courses 2, 6, 9, 18, and/or Media Arts and Sciences preferred. Experience with mixed reality devices a plus.

Online application opens September 18, 2017. Priority deadline is Friday, November 3, 2017.

Participants apply here

TAs apply here

Check out the Momentum 2017 video here

OME's Innovations Fund - Deadline for Fall Submission: November 15

The OME’s Innovations Fund provides small grants (average range $100-$500) of seed money for innovative individual or group projects with local and global community impact. Proposals are assessed twice each semester, on a case-by-case basis as funding is available.

Grant Criteria:

* Current MIT undergraduate student (all years eligible) or student group

   * Special focus on Office of Minority Education Student Advisory Council (OMESAC) groups

* Submission of a proposal and budget by the deadline below

* Approved grants are required to submit 1-2 page summary of outcomes and how funds were used within two weeks of the event/project launch

AY 2017-2018: Fall Semester

Submission Deadline/Notification

November 15/November 22

AY 2017-2018: Spring Semester

Submission Deadline/Notification

February 15/February 22

April 6/April 13

Note: If proposal does not come in by first deadline, it will not be reviewed until the second review. Additionally, proposals submitted after November 15 will be reviewed in the Spring semester and those submitted after April 6 will be reviewed in the Fall.

Questions? Email drodrigu@mit.edu

#ThisisMIT Video Contest - Cash Prizes Offered

#ThisisMIT video contest is for MIT students and graduate students. We are looking for students to create videos that feature something they do outside of the classroom, and post it on their own social channels using the hashtag #ThisisMIT.

The contest will run until Thanksgiving

Three winners will each receive $100 in TechCASH, and two runners-up will receive $50 in TechCASH. Throughout the contest, videos will be selected to post on the main MIT and MIT Division of Student Life social channels. Click here for additional details.

MIT Libraries: MIT Reads Fall Selection - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The selection for the MIT Reads program this fall is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chosen in partnership with My Sister's Keeper. Americanah is a powerful story of race, identity, and love.

The MIT Libraries has multiple copies of Americanah - visit their website for more details on how to find them. In addition, the MIT Press Bookstore (301 Massachusetts Avenue) is offering this book at a steep discount to the MIT community, just show your MIT ID when purchasing.

Events related to this book will include a panel discussion and several community discussions. Dates and locations will be announced soon, be sure to join their mailing list for all updates.

MIT Media Lab Job Listing - Senior Backend Engineer, Scratch Position

This is a unique opportunity to shape the development of the leading platform for teaching kids to code and encouraging creative expression through technology.

This appointment is for one year with possibility of extension based on funding and project priorities.

Please click here to read more about this position.

Msaada Partners - Employment Opportunities

Msaada Partners is offering two externship positions for January 2018 and would like to connect with and mentor students interested in entrepreneurship, business, or in solving interesting problems.

Pease click here to view the externship for details.

MIT Mental Health Offerings for Students

MIT Mental Health will be offering the following:

* MIT Mental Health: Graduate Men of Color Group: Informal drop-in group of graduate men of color held in the Black Student Union in Walker Memorial. Please contact Christopher Smith (cdsmith@mit.edu) to be added to the list for future times.

* MIT Mental Health: Graduate Women of Color Group: Informal drop-in group of graduate men of color held in the Black Student Union in Walker Memorial. Please contact Christopher Smith (cdsmith@mit.edu) to be added to the list for future times.

* MIT Mental Health: Asian Women of Color Group: Psychotherapy group for Asian women that will meet at MIT Mental Health and Counseling E23-368. Joy Yang LICSW (yang@med.mit.edu) is currently requesting students to participate for this arriving semester.

* MIT Mental Health: "Imposter Syndrome" Group: Psychotherapy group for undergraduate and graduate students that experience "imposter syndrome" (or feeling out of place) which people of color often do at MIT. Contact Maryam Khodadoust, PsyD (khod@med.mit.edu) to enroll with that. It will take place on Fridays: 5:30pm - 7pm, Mental Health and Counseling, E23-368.

IvyUntold - Call for Submissions - MIT

IvyUntold, a website devoted to telling the stories of minorities at prestigious institutions, is looking for submissions from minorities from MIT.

They are looking for submissions from students or recent alumni who can share stories that highlight racial, socioeconomic,religious, and sexual diversity. The website is a space devoted to challenging preconceived notions and stereotypes. For length, this can be anywhere from 1-4 pages single spaced.

Check out our website at www.IvyUntold.com

MIT Alumni Advisors Hub

The Advisor Hub is an online platform that allows students and alumni seeking tangible, actionable career advice to tap into a network of experts from a variety of fields - made up of many of the 137,000+ MIT alumni worldwide. Advice seekers can receive guidance in the form of a career conversation or an informational interview, assist with critiquing resumes or conducting mock interviews.

The MIT Alumni Advisors Hub is available for MIT alumni and students. Institute staff working directly with students can request access on a case-by-case basis by emailing alumniadvisorshub@mit.edu

Please click here to learn more about MIT Alumni Advisors Hub.

MIT Prison Education Initiative - TA and Tutor Volunteer Opportunities

Steffen Seitz, Director of the Petey Greene Foundation in MA, in conjunction with the MIT Prison Initiative, train and support TA's and tutors in prison university programs. Petey Greene strives for diversity in its tutors and TA's.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Steffen Seitz: sseitz@peteygreene.org