Volume 25, Number 12

HST Community Notices


Congratulations to Anne Pigula Tresansky (HST MEMP PhD '20) and her spouse Andrew Tresansky on the arrival of Ernest Christopher in mid-November.

Best wishes to their entire family!


Are you traveling for any of the following reasons?

  • Conference/workshop
  • Giving a talk
  • Visiting your alma mater

Can you help promote HST by talking to prospective students?

Contact Laurie Ward (laurie [at] mit.edu (l)aurie [at] mit.edu (aurie[at]mit[dot]edu)) for talking points and promotional materials to distribute.
A link to an HST Programs Slide to include in your presentations can be found here.


Underfunding of HBCUs

Each week the TWiHST newsletter includes an item (reading, video, podcast, etc.) about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM, academia, research, or medicine. Members of the community are encouraged to submit suggestions here. An archive of previous TWiHST DEI: Weekly Insight posts can be found here.

Course & Academic Resources


Calling all MIT Grad Students!

Applications are now open for the Spring 2024 session of the Teaching + Learning Lab’s Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program.

Anyone interested in improving their teaching practice is encouraged to apply!

This engaging and interactive workshop series is intended for graduate students and postdocs interested in careers in the academy or looking to develop skills to support their teaching at MIT. Upon completion of all remote workshops, associated homework assignments, and two microteaching sessions, participants will receive a certificate and letter of completion from Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz.

The application includes the following two short answer questions (with a 1500-character limit).

  • Describe your teaching responsibilities in the next two semesters. (If applicable)
  • In addition to learning about teaching practices in general, what are two specific goals that motivate you to apply for this program?

You may wish to draft answers before beginning your application.

Applications will close at 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, December 10. All sections will be in personTo apply, visit our event page.


Do you want to be a better leader?

Prof. Thomas Malone, Director of MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Prof. Wanda Orlikowski, Professor of Information Technology and Work & Organization Studies

6-unit (P/F) graduate-level course that meets the Sloan leadership requirement.

  • Build key leadership skills around sensemaking, relating, visioning, and inventing.
  • Understand your strengths, weaknesses, values, and aspirations as a leader.
  • Engage in conceptual discussions, small group exercises, and self-reflection.

Sections: Jan 24 - Jan 26  |  Jan 30 - Feb 1 (9AM - 5PM)

Application: https://tinyurl.com/DLC2024App

App Deadline: Friday, Dec 8 (reviewed on a rolling basis)

Contact: TA, Stacy Liu: stacyliu [at] mit.edu (stacyliu[at]mit[dot]edu)


12.S590 Special Seminar in Geophysics: The Energy Transition Challenge for Geosciences

Schedule: M-F, Jan 29 - Feb 2, 9am-12pm
Level: G
Location: 54-824

The ‘Geosciences and the Energy Transition Challenge‘ course provides the participants with a broad understanding of technical, economic, and societal issues relevant to subsurface energy resource developments. For instructional purposes we will work on carbon storage (CCS), geothermal, and hydrocarbon extraction examples, and consider a range of various production/use scenarios in the context of impact: carbon-free, -neutral and -negative production/use scenarios.

Emphasis is on practical work and involves the assessment and development planning of a geothermal project, a carbon sequestration store, and a hydrocarbon field. The participants analyze hands-on practical and realistic examples that involve technical and basic economic evaluations; risks and uncertainties; dilemmas and stakeholder expectations, and wider socio-economic challenges related to developing an industrial scale subsurface energy resource.

The participants will interpret some basic technical data, create production- and cashflow profiles, take on technical and non-technical challenges, and think about the feasibility and risks of subsurface energy projects from technical, economic, and societal perspectives. By the end of the course the participants will present a development plan for an underground energy resource covering all aspects addressed during class thereby demonstrating an understanding of the complexities involved in the energy transition.

Also, the contributions of these case study projects are placed in the context of the energy system and of the Paris Climate goals to get an appreciation of the scope of the challenges that lie ahead.

This course is set-up for teamwork and is designed using a problem-based learning approach. Learning is through a blend of lectures (5 lecture sessions, 3 hour each) covering the basics of subsurface resource development, practical team-work modules (4 afternoons), and class discussions of interim results. No prior subsurface experience is required.

Instructors: R. Franssen, E. Willemse


Adult and Juvenile Intensive Osteology Research Workshops (Summer 2024)

Our 4-week long (each) intensive training programs, respectively the Adult Osteology Research Workshop and the Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop will train students, both undergraduate and graduate, to conduct osteological analyses and frame appropriate research questions. The combination of an exceptionally rich and well preserved skeletal research collection, the intensive hands-on laboratory training, and relatively small research groups will ensure that each participant develops an extensive osteological skill set. The latter will comprise an in-depth knowledge of all bones in the human body, including landmarks, muscles attachments and articulations, determining sex and age, development and pathologies; an understanding of fundamental concepts related to the human dentition; how to obtain basic demographic data from skeletal populations; and how to conduct proper intensive research under laboratory conditions.

The Juvenile Osteology Workshop will further provide participants with an intensive review of juvenile osteology and an overview of the ways in which this kind of unique information is interpreted.  During the Juvenile Osteology Workshop, participants will have the chance to study the growth and development of the human skeleton across various juvenile age cohorts, weaning and dietary stress, as well as reconstruction and interpretation of infant mortality.

These programs provide an unique opportunity to conduct extensive hands-on training and research on an exceptional osteological collection. The very high state of preservation has allowed us to retrieve the skeletal remains of more than 2500 adult individuals and over 800 juveniles (ranging from pre-natal to sub-adult). Our research collections come from five archaeologically excavated medieval lost churches around the town of Odorheiu Secuiesc (Transylvania, Romania), as well as from our on-going medieval “Lost Church” excavation at Patakfalva (RO: Valeni), Harghita County, Romania.

Participants can register to one or both Osteology Workshops, or, in order to develop a wider array of bioarchaeological skills, combine an Osteology Workshop with a session of our Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation. Undergraduate and graduate academic credits can be acquired separately from University of South Florida (although it is not mandatory to register for credits to participate in our programs) – USF deadlines apply.

Program details:
Adult Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop Dates: June 9 - July 6, 2024
Juvenile Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop Dates: July 7 - August 3, 2024
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania


University of South Florida Brochure and Credit Application Page:

Program Director / Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (University of South Florida)

Contact: Dr. Andre Gonciar at archaeology [at] archaeotek.org (archaeology[at]archaeotek[dot]org)


This year, the MIT community is adapting to new ways of taking care of ourselves and others. If you’d like to connect with your community, stay active, sleep better, relieve stress, and more, Community Wellness at MIT Medical can help you find wellness programs that fit your needs.

View all Community Wellness classes here.


The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication specialists with advanced degrees and publishing experience. The WCC can help you further develop your oral communication skills and learn about all types of academic and professional writing.

Schedule Consultations with the Writing and Communication Center!

When: Mon-Fri, 9am - 6pm (except institute holidays)
Location: 18-233 (50 Ames Street, room 233) or by Zoom
Website: https://cmsw.mit.edu/writing-and-communication-center/
Contact: writing-center [at] mit.edu (writing-center[at]mit[dot]edu)

The Writing and Communication Center (WCC) is open for scheduling in-person and remote consultations. We offer free one-on-one help with your written and oral work including research papers, fellowship applications, dissertations, and presentations. We provide support at all stages of the writing and communication process: from brainstorming to the final draft. We can help you make progress through writer’s blocks including procrastination, perfectionism, demoralization, and imposter stress. To learn more about the WCC, check our website and make an appointment at https://mit.mywconline.com. See you at the WCC soon!


Our Mission
The Teaching + Learning Lab (TLL) partners with MIT educators, staff, and administrators to create a reflective educational environment where students are academically challenged, actively engaged, and personally supported.

Learn More about TLL here

TLL Speaker Series

Balancing High Expectations and Flexibility: Supporting Student and Faculty Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge

Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Senior Associate Director for Teaching and Learning in the Center for Faculty Excellence, Simmons University

Co-sponsored by DoingWell at MIT

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 12 pm (ET)
  • Online MIT Wellbeing Lab
  • For more information and to register, please visit our event page

Join us for the final talk of the semester online, with the option to attend a viewing in the Wellbeing Lab located in the newly renovated Student Center

About the Talk
How can we create classrooms that encourage students to set challenging goals for themselves, that mobilize energy and stimulate creativity, while also being compassionate about the many difficulties our students face to adjust to their learning needs? In this interactive talk, Sarah Rose Cavanagh will present some research and food for thought based on her most recent book on creating learning environments of compassionate challenge, ending with practical tips for teaching self-determined seekers of knowledge.

About the Speaker
Sarah Rose Cavanagh is the Senior Associate Director for Teaching and Learning in the Center for Faculty Excellence at Simmons University, and is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Psychology Department. She is author of four books, including The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion (2016) and Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge (2023). She gives keynote addresses and workshops at a variety of colleges and regional conferences, blogs for Psychology Today, and writes essays for venues like Literary Hub and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She's also on BlueSky too much, at @SaRoseCav.

Find information on upcoming TLL programs, speakers, workshops, etc. here.

For any questions about programs and resources available to graduate students through the TLL, contact Ben Hansberry, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Teaching (bhansber [at] mit.edu (bhansber[at]mit[dot]edu))

Subscribe here to the TLL Newsletter.


Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard University’s schools and affiliate academic healthcare centers to build and grow an environment focused on team science – where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. We catalyze research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, free resources such as biostatistics consultations, training and mentoring programs, and numerous courses. To facilitate communication, collaboration, and data collection, our informatics team develops a range of open-source tools available to the community within Harvard University and beyond.

Information on courses and training through Harvard Catalyst can be found here.
A calendar of Harvard Catalyst events can be found here.
Subscribe to the Harvard Catalyst Newsletter here.


Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars


MIT Biotech Group and the Consulting Club at MIT are jointly hosting a Panel on Life Science Consulting

  • Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • 6-7pm
  • E51-063
  • RSVP here

Learn from consultants at top life sciences firms (including Boston Consulting Group, L.E.K. Consulting, and Health Advances) about their career paths, their caseloads, and the role they play in supporting drug commercialization. Panelists will include former MIT PhDs and others!

Boba and donuts will be provided!


An exhibition on the scientific method and science advances via comics and illustrations — called “Paradigm Shift in Infectious Diseases” — will be taking place December 4-13, at the Rotch Library Gallery, MIT.

A Paradigm Shift in Infectious Diseases

December 4–13, 2023
Rotch Library Gallery, MIT Building 7
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Panel Discussion
“Exhibition on the Scientific Method and Science Advances via Comics and Illustrations”

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 / 5:00pm
The Nexus (Building 14S-130), Hayden Memorial Library
160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Registration is recommended.

As part of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) project, we aim to showcase a historical perspective on the scientific method and (the "highly nonlinear") evolution of ideas in science (paradigm shifts in link to evolution of instrumentation for example) through a range of examples (physics/astronomy to infectious disease transmission) from ancient Greece to current times, and via the use of comics as illustration.

As part of this project (with short and longer term goals), we  have developed and will hold an initial exhibit running from December 4th to 13th and an exhibit launch panel discussion on December 5th.

For this exhibit, Lydia Bourouiba, collaborates with Argha Manna, a cancer researcher turned comics artist from Kolkata, India. They continue their previous work translating the complex science of fluid dynamics of disease transmission into comics. Their joint project, Be Aware of Droplets and Bubbles, was published in Annals of Internal Medicine and featured in JAMA Networks’ “Graphic Medicine—The Best of 2020.”

As an extension of their ongoing collaboration, A Paradigm Shift in Infectious Diseases aims to clarify confusion about the mechanisms of transmission of airborne pathogens, and more broadly, the importance of crossing boundaries between fundamental physical processes, biology, and physiology, and how the scientific method coupled with advancement of scientific instrumentation has shaped paradigm shifts in science. They leverage visual storytelling using comics to communicate these entangled concepts vital to the public understanding of the advancement of the frontier of human knowledge.


Please join us for an exciting Machine Learning for Health Symposium on December 10, 2023, at the Intercontinental New Orleans, USA. The registration site is officially open! 

Registration link: https://ahli.cc/ml4h2023/

Program details: https://ml4health.github.io/2023/schedule.html

We look forward to seeing you at ML4H 2023!


The 2024 Conference on Health, Inference, and Learning (CHIL) invites submissions focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) techniques that address challenges in health, which includes clinical healthcare, public health, health economics, informatics, and more. For full details, refer to the online Call for Papers: https://www.chilconference.org/call-for-papers.html 

This year, CHIL 2024 will accept submissions for three distinct tracks: Models and MethodsApplications and Practice, and Policy, Impact and Society. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of Machine Learning Research (PMLR). We are also offering Best Paper Awards to recognize outstanding work across all tracks.

Submissions are due on February 5th, 11:59 PM EST in the form of anonymized PDF files. All submissions for CHIL 2024 will be managed through the OpenReview system (submission link coming soon). Similar to last year, we have a full author response period and reviewer discussion period to ensure proper feedback on the work. 

Hosted by The Association of Health, Learning, and Inference (AHLI), the CHIL conferences have consistently served as premier scientific meetings, uniting clinicians and researchers from both industry and academia, and weaving a rich tapestry of knowledge and innovation.

Building on a series of conferences and events since 2019, CHIL has persistently set a benchmark in interdisciplinary research within the realms of machine learning and health, demonstrated through its impactful sessions (2020202120222023). Following the resounding success of CHIL 2023 at the Broad Institute, Cambridge, we are thrilled to announce that CHIL 2024 will continue fostering insightful discussions and collaborations in the field. The 5th annual conference will take place in-person from June 27-28 at the Verizon Executive Education Center at Cornell Tech in New York City. 

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: Feb 5, 2024 at 11:59pm
  • Bidding opens for reviewers: Feb 6, 2024 at 11:59pm
  • Reviews released: Mar 4, 2024 by 11:59pm
  • Author/Reviewer discussion period: Mar 10-21, 2024
  • Author notification: Apr 3, 2024 by 11:59pm
  • CHIL conference: June 27-28, 2024

-----------------------DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM-----------------------

The AHLI CHIL 2024 Doctoral Symposium is an opportunity for PhD students to broadcast their research and get feedback on their directions from CHIL attendees and leaders in the field. Participants will present their ongoing and/or future doctoral dissertation work as both a 5 minute lightning presentation and as a poster, encouraging discussion of ideas with senior leaders and CHIL participants. Our main CFP can give an indication of the areas that are covered in CHIL. In addition to the lightning talks and poster session, participants will have facilitated opportunities to connect with and meet established researchers one-on-one throughout the conference. The Doctoral Symposium will be held on June 28, 2024 in New York City, NY, United States. It is an in-person event.

Important Dates

  • Application due: Feb 9, 2024 11:59 PM EST
  • Notification: April 3, 2024
  • Doctoral Symposium: June 28, 2024 (New York City, NY, USA)

Please apply by filling out the application form at https://forms.gle/w21NGS8X59N2QnMu9 by February 9, 2024.

We welcome applications from PhD students in computer science, data science, medical/health informatics, and other related fields. Successful candidates can be either senior students with concrete dissertations or junior students without full plans who may benefit from feedback from other participants.

Contact Us
Please direct questions to: info [at] chilconference.org (info[at]chilconference[dot]org) and follow us on Twitter at @CHILconference.


A calendar of upcoming events is available here.

MLK Visiting Scholar Christine Taylor-Butler - The Importance of Dreaming: Why Diversity Matters in STEM and Children’s Literature 

Christine Taylor-Butler, ‘81, MLK Visiting Scholar and author of children’s literature, shares her journey from living in an urban environment where systemic barriers limited access to opportunities to writing as an act of civil disobedience. Despite advances in education, students from urban and rural areas are still entering kindergarten with lower STEM literacy levels and are unable to make up the gap by grade twelve. She’ll discuss the importance of integrating STEM into all aspects of literature, the barriers that still remain in children’s publishing, and how books often fuel the “dreaming’ that helps children see potential beyond the boundaries of their neighborhoods.

We are committed to making this event fully accessible to everyone who wants to attend. Please let us know if there is anything you need to participate fully in this event by e-mailing vulfp [at] mit.edu (vulfp[at]mit[dot]edu.)

ICEO Community Dialogues: Holding Space for Differences

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023
  • 12-1pm
  • Bush Room (10-105)
  • Register here

The ICEO Community Dialogues is a monthly series that supports inclusion and belonging at MIT. These facilitated conversations serve as a forum for community members to learn from each other and their shared experiences. Each Community Dialogue is an opportunity to explore assumptions and have candid conversations about critical issues in our community. 


  • Opportunities for all MIT community members to “come as they are” and gather, listen, share, and reflect 
  • Conversations where curiosity, openness, respect, and belonging are modeled 
  • Connections across a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, identities, and experiences

This in-person event is open to all MIT community members.

We are committed to making this event fully accessible to everyone who wants to attend. Please let us know if there is anything you need to participate fully in this event by e-mailing vulfp [at] mit.edu (vulfp[at]mit[dot]edu).


The Medical Development Group Boston (MDG Boston) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care.

MDG's Mission is to contribute to the continuing development of medical devices and other medical technologies by enhancing the professional development of its members, fostering and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, serving as a forum for exploration of new business opportunities, and promoting best practices in enterprise management.

MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

We would love for you to attend and spread the word in your community!

For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website.


Boston has long been known as a medical mecca of scientific discovery. Boston’s healthcare professionals and administrators are adopting practices from other high-risk and service industries. The ‘big data’ movement is thriving, fundamentally changing our healthcare delivery systems. Digital health investments are higher than ever before. Medical hackathons and un-conferences are now an every-weekend occurrence. And both redesign and innovation promise to change medicine as we know it. It’s all happening right here, right now. But the problem is that many of us don’t know it. Despite Boston’s innovative energy and a solid medical infrastructure, many medical providers and health care entrepreneurs remain in the dark about the opportunities, events and work happening in and around the city of Boston – and across the country. That’s where we come in.

At Medtech Boston, we highlight exciting medical innovation work in and around the city of Boston. We aim to start a discussion about the most exciting and controversial new healthcare offerings, igniting a new reputation for Boston as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but also as a city full of passionate people who use new technology to think big thoughts about medicine’s most pressing problems.

More organizational information and event postings from Medtech Boston is available here.


Future topics will be similar to the previous Brainmap season, with some talks on Optogenetics, MR-PET, BOLD physiology, ultra-high field MRI, multimodal integration, contrast agents, and many more exciting topics! Unless otherwise noted, seminars (webinars) are held on Wednesdays at noon.

Find out about Brainmap here. Sign up here for our mailing list, in order to receive notices about our upcoming seminars.

Student Opportunities



It is that time of the year again! The Dessert Tour, a.k.a. Giro dei Dolci is on Monday, December 4th. Where you will be able to savor dozens of different typical desserts from different Italian regions.

From sfogliatelle to tiramisù, from cannoli to cioccolatini, there will be plenty of desserts to satisfy everyone's taste!

The event will open to the public at 7:00pm, at the Lobdell Dining Hall at Stratton Student Center W20. Please notice that we always expect high attendance at this event, so be sure to be there early!

This year, the event will be open to the entire MIT community and to MIT alumni. Anyone can also bring a +1 which does not belong to MIT community!


The Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response office (IDHR) is currently recruiting volunteers for our Student Liaison group.

Student Liaisons are Undergraduate and Graduate Students from across the institute who provide feedback and input to IDHR. We are actively seeking Graduate Students who can balance our group and provide the essential viewpoints of our Graduate population.

Students who are interested in applying or learning more information can visit this link.


I am collecting interest in starting an MIT (and possibly Harvard via HST) chapter for the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO), which is the student component of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), under the advising of Professor Lonnie Petersen of the Aerospace Physiology Laboratory.

The goal would be to build community across schools, departments, disciplines, and laboratories for the field of Aerospace Medicine. Furthermore, I would hope to create a community that spans undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, medical students, and residents. MIT has continued to play a major role in the field of Human Spaceflight across several decades, and considering our partnership with Harvard through the Health Sciences and Technology program, I believe we have a significant but dispersed population within this small field across several levels of schooling that could benefit from coming together and being recognized as a formal chapter. 

If an MIT-Harvard AMSRO chapter is something you would be potentially interested in joining, or would even assist in leading/starting as an exec member, please fill out this form.

Furthermore, if you have recommendations for how to go about starting this, such as other potentially interested groups outside of MIT AeroAstro, I, limited to the undergraduate perspective, would greatly appreciate the advice.


Grad students, interested in improving graduate life & community at MIT while earning a partial stipend? Apply to become a Graduate Community Fellow!

When would I start? Start dates are flexible and based on the Fellow and the hiring organization. If you’re looking for a job starting this semester, over IAP, or next semester, these openings may be a great fit for you!

What would I do? Graduate Community Fellows work on projects and assignments that enhance the graduate community at MIT in targeted, impactful ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the OGE or a partner organization. See specifics below.

What are the requirements? Must meet minimal eligibility requirements and agree to the terms of appointment. Appointment periods for Fellow positions vary. All positions serve 10 hours per week, and receive compensation of $700 per month.

International students with full-time RA/TA appointments should note that there are eligibility restrictions.

Available positions are listed at the current Fellow positions page.

Some current positions are listed below; find more info on each position at the current Fellow positions page.

How do I apply? Once you’ve reviewed position details, download the application to apply. Applications for all positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to hear from you!

Questions? Contact Jessica Landry, jlandry [at] mit.edu (jlandry[at]mit[dot]edu).


Welcome! The MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.

Visit MITAC​ ~ Your Ticket to Fun for movies, museums, sports, theatre, music, family, seasonal & special events since 1984!

  • Online Website: https://mitac.mit.edu/
  • On campus: The MITAC Stata Center ticket office is open Tues-Fri 12-4pm.

Feel free to stop by and visit!  

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Members of the MIT community: subscribe here (at the bottom of the page) to our mailing list/newsletter to receive the latest updates delivered right to your inbox!


Fellowship Newsletter
Our Fellowship Newsletter is a monthly/bimonthly occurrence that includes upcoming opportunities and events, tips on applying to fellowships, announcements, and generally an avenue for us to relay fellowship related information. 

Interested in receiving the newsletter? Please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here. Future Graduate Fellowship Bulletins will be sent right to your email inbox.

Other financial literacy resources:


Check out the completely free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union).

Customized for MIT, iGrad includes videos, articles, games, job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, and spending-smarts. It is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. Find more information at https://mit.igrad.com/. We encourage everyone to sign up!

OGE website’s Financial Literacy section: https://oge.mit.edu/finances/financial-literacy/

OGE website’s fellowships section: https://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/ including Fellowships Tipshttps://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/fellowship-tips/

Please reach out to the OGE at grad-ed [at] mit.edu (grad-ed[at]mit[dot]edu) with questions about our workshops or our financial literacy resources.

If there are further questions about fellowships, the OGE Fellowship section can be found here, especially the Fellowships Tips content here.  


Read current and past issues of the ISO Newsletter here. For non-students, you can also subscribe to receive published copies by email.


The Office of Graduate Education (OGE)’s GradDiversity seeks to support the success of underrepresented and under-served graduate students at MIT. This takes place through a series of programs designed to strengthen recruitment, enhance community, and ignite development in academic, leadership, and professional skills.

Together with the Institute Community and Equity Office and our faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute, we are committed to fostering a more inclusive and caring climate that intellectually engages and values all members of our MIT community.

Sign up for the GradDiversity Newsletter here.

Sign up for the ICEO Newsletter here.


We connect people across MIT for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect - open to significant others of MIT students, postdocs, and staff


MIT students and employees may sponsor a guest Kerberos account for their spouse or partner to establish their digital identity in MIT's systems. Once registered, the spouse or partner may activate their digital MIT ID and obtain a physical card if needed. 

Get started at https://ist.mit.edu/idPlease read the instructions carefully as there are different processes for those who live in an MIT residence and for those who live off campus.

For more information about where you can use your MIT ID card, see this page.


The best way to stay up to date on all of our events and activities is to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Private Consult with MS&PC Staff
Facilitated by Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, this private appointment via Zoom or in-person is a time to ask questions, voice concerns, and reimagine your life here in Boston. We can spend the time talking about whatever is on your mind - from job search and career development to navigating a new city to figuring out how to make your experience in Boston productive and meaningful.

Appointments will be available at various times during the week.

Book a 30-minute private Zoom or in-person appointment here: https://mspc.youcanbook.me/


Subscribe to our email newsletter or visit our event calendar for all of the dates and details

  • Weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 2pm starting September 13
  • Career Connect Communications Group starting mid-September
  • For Parents – Open Swim, Music Classes, Kids Clothing Exchange
  • English Conversation Group on Fridays
  • Monthly Crafternoons
  • MS&PC Professional Development Fund
  • And much more…


MIT Language Conversation Exchange - open to all members of the MIT community

Save the Date for our Fall Events – Meet Eat Speak!

Practice a language with a group of native speakers and other language learners, meet other language enthusiasts, and learn about the LCE.

  • 12 noon in 10-105 on November 13, December 11 (lunch provided) 

How to find a conversation partner at MIT so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker.

Visit our websitehttp://lce.mit.edu

  • Search and contact native speakers of languages you want to practice for one-on-one conversation held at your convenience
  • Watch this video to learn how our website works

Join our Slack Spacehttps://bit.ly/lce-slack

  • Join or create channels for the languages you are interested in
  • Practice your writing skills while meeting other people at MIT who share your language interests

Subscribe to our newsletterhttps://lce.mit.edu/subscribe

  • Stay informed about upcoming small group meetings & events


Email us at lce [at] mit.edu (lce[at]mit[dot]edu)

Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE

Visit our calendar


At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.

As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.

Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.

News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.

Professional Opportunities


Postdoc or Research Assistant Positions at the Intersection of Single Cell, Multiomics, Spatial Genomics and Predictive Spatiotemporal Modeling

The Qiu Lab, set to commence on December 16, 2023, within the Departments of Genetics and Computer Science (Courtesy) and the Basic Science and Engineering (BASE) Initiative of Stanford University, is in search of exceptional experimentalists or technology developers. We welcome applicants with expertise in genomics, bioengineering, developmental biology, synthetic biology, or closely related fields. While our primary interest is in post-doc level candidates, undergraduates and master's research assistants are also encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate a solid grounding in molecular biology, single cell, multiomics, spatial genomics assays, genetic editing, and other pertinent experience areas, including cell culture, imaging, mouse work, Perturb-seq, lineage tracing, nanopore sequencing, cardiovascular diseases, and more. Our goal is to apply and develop next-generation experimental tools for emergent single cell and spatial genomics technologies, focusing on dissecting the molecular mechanism during development and diseases such as embryogenesis, hematopoiesis, heart organogenesis, and congenital heart disease. An ideal candidate will not only bring a rich experimental background but will also exhibit a collaborative spirit, enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research, and an appetite for pioneering new research domains in genomics.

The Qiu Lab at Stanford is a brand-new lab that previously made significant contributions to the development of novel predictive computational tools in single cell and spatial transcriptomics. Representative publications include Spateo: Qiu et al., bioRxiv, Stereo-seq: Chen et al., Cell, 2022; Dynamo: Qiu, Zhang, et al., Cell, 2022; Monocle 2: Qiu et al., Nature Methods, 2017a/b. We pride ourselves on our aptitude for developing innovative and foundational algorithms and software that combine advanced genomics approaches with advanced machine learning, dynamical systems, and other systems biology approaches to learn data-driven models to push the boundary of technology and biology and to eventually empower biologists to gain mechanistic and predictive insights of cell fate transitions in development and diseases. The chosen candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of biologists, engineers, machine learning experts, mathematicians, and physicists. We offer an enriching training environment where post-docs, students, and other members can grow into leaders in both academia and industry.

We offer a highly competitive salary, adjustable based on the candidate’s training level. The candidate will need to primarily work in the lab located in Stanford's picturesque main campus, which is also close to Silicon Valley, a hub for biotechnology, engineering, and computer science. If you are interested in this position and would love to become a founding member of a new lab, please email your CV and a cover letter that briefly describes your previous research, your future research goals, as well as your passion for your research career to Dr. Xiaojie Qiu at xiaojie [at] stanford.edu and xqiu [at] wi.mit.edu. Kindly include the contact information of three referees.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion are core values of Stanford and the University is committed to non-discrimination in employment.


Postdoctoral research fellowship to study the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in mediating barrier tissue homeostasis and tissue repair, as well as its role in tumorigenesis and cancer immunity. The project will focus on the evaluation of AHR as a modulator of mucosal immunity, protein interaction networks, cell metabolism, and tissue repair using animal models of colitis, gut barrier injury, and gut organoid assay systems (Science Advances 2020; 6:eaay8230). Opportunities also exist to investigate the role of AHR in modulating the tumor immune microenvironment. The candidate is expected to closely interact with an interdisciplinary team of immunologists, medicinal chemists, GI pathologists, and biomedical engineers. PhD in immunology, molecular or cell biology or related discipline required. Submit CV and the names of three references to Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD echaikof [at] bidmc.harvard.edu (echaikof[at]bidmc[dot]harvard[dot]edu).  


Integrate knowledge from immunology, protein interaction networks, and cell metabolism to define mechanisms that underly epithelial repair and restoration of gut barrier integrity. 

  • Initiate and direct experiments that utilize murine models of colitis and other models of gut barrier injury. 
  • Opportunities also exist to investigate the role of AHR in modulating the tumor immune microenvironment. 
  • Apply a variety of in vitro tools, including organoid assays and conduct molecular and cellular bioassays, flow cytometry, as well as other assay systems.  


  • Requires a PhD in immunology, biological and biomedical sciences or related discipline. 
  • Collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team to efficiently pursue novel strategies that support the discovery of immune modulators for tissue repair and regeneration, as well as for cancer immunotherapy.  
  • Experience in cell and molecular biology, flow cytometry, other complex bioassays, as well as in vivo studies using mouse models.  
  • Must be an energetic, out-of-box thinker with positive attitude. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as is the desire and ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment. 
  • Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts. Demonstrated success as exemplified by peer-reviewed publications, scientific creativity, and independent thought.    

Interested candidates should contact: Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, echaikof [at] bidmc.harvard.edu (echaikof[at]bidmc[dot]harvard[dot]edu)

The Chaikof lab is located in the Center for Life Sciences (CLS) Building in the Longwood medical area, directly adjacent to Harvard Medical School. CLS 11090, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02115. 


Clinical Research Coordinator
We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital / Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The CRC I will mainly record and analyze human electroencephalography (EEG) and MRI-navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) data. Other types of recordings may include MRI, fMRI, diffusion MRI tractography, MEG, and behavioral recordings. In addition, the CRC I is responsible for recruiting and scheduling participants, obtaining consents, maintaining files, data management, data cleaning, quality assurance, and some analysis duties, as well as generating correspondence, reports, and graphics. This requires training and experience, a detail-oriented personality, learning to use complex devices, and excellent organizing skills.

You will be working as an integral member of an experienced team, reporting directly to the Martinos Center TMS Core leadership. The position will give world-class experience in multimodal human brain stimulation and imaging.

This would be an ideal opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in fields related to neuroscience, or for a candidate preparing for a laboratory staff position.


Research Technician
We are seeking a full-time Research Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital / Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The Research Technician will mainly record human electroencephalography (EEG) and MRI-navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) data. Other types of recordings may include MRI, fMRI, diffusion MRI tractography, MEG, and behavioral recordings. In addition, the Tech is responsible for recruiting and scheduling participants and managing instruments, obtaining consents, maintaining files, data management, data cleaning and some analysis, as well as generating correspondence, reports, and graphics. This requires training and experience, a detail-oriented personality, learning to use complex devices, and excellent organizing skills.

You will be working as an integral member of an experienced team, reporting directly to the Martinos Center TMS Core leadership. The position will give world-class experience in multimodal human brain stimulation and imaging.

This would be an ideal opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in fields related to neuroscience, or for a candidate preparing for a laboratory staff position.



Columbia Threadneedle Investments, the global asset management subsidiary of Ameriprise Financial, is seeking a Biopharmaceutical Analyst to be based in Boston, MA or New York, NY.


  • Conduct primary research on the broader industry and specific companies through key opinion leader calls, earnings calls, management interactions, company visits, medical meetings, and sell-side events.
  • Find clinically relevant innovations that could lead to large market opportunities.
  • Formulate hypothesis on therapeutic innovations and identify investment ideas that can best leverage the hypothesis.
  • Identify and maintain clinical catalyst calendar including clinical trial data, regulatory events or other important events relevant to the industry.
  • Proactively work with healthcare team analysts and portfolio managers to formulate thesis on investment ideas.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of dedicated clinical, laboratory or patient care experience at an academic institution or industry participant such as a drug development company or contract service clinical provider

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MD/PhD or equivalent in the sciences, clinical science or medicine
  • MBA and/or CFA
  • 7-10 years' experience preferred.
  • Tacit understanding of clinical trial design and drug pathways
  • Ability to analyze preclinical and clinical data and adjudicate trial conduct.
  • Strong analytical and statistical skills
  • Experience as a buy-side equity analyst
  • Ability to create detailed financial models, valuation analysis, and written reports to support stock recommendations.

About Our Company
We’re a diversified financial services leader with more than $1 trillion in assets under management and administration. Our team of 20,000 people in more than 20 countries advise, manage and protect the assets and income of more than 2 million individual, small business and institutional clients. We are a long-standing leader in financial planning and advice, a global asset manager and an insurer. Our unwavering focus on our clients and strong financial foundation connects each of our unique businesses - Ameriprise Financial Services, Columbia Threadneedle Investments and RiverSource Insurance and Annuities. Here, we foster meaningful careers, invest in the future, and make a difference for clients, institutions and communities around the world.

Additional information: Senior Analyst Biopharmaceutical, Boston, Massachusetts / New York, New York | Ameriprise Careers


A joint project with FDA-NIOSH is open. It requires rapid action to fill a position that would be a type of ORISE fellowship (2 years).


The posting  is written in broad terms and does not include all the specifics and is written with emphasis on the protective equipment side. Depending on qualifications of the fellow, the project will include work with BSL1 or 2 organisms and fluorescence/RNA technology developments in addition to nano- or micro-particles and complex fluids to address a number of fundamental questions on the fragmentation from human-like exhalations and their persistence. 

The fellow will in practice spend a lot of time in our Fluids and Health Network at MIT (and primary The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory at MIT for biological work) and rest of the time in other labs at MIT-IMES and FDA in MA  and with our collaborating team involving NIOSH as well. 

Expression of interest are time-sensitive and can be done via the submission site or email to bgadmin [at] mit.edu (bgadmin[at]mit[dot]edu) are needed this and next week as the posting will close imminently. 

For questions about the position and project contact bgadmin [at] mit.edu (bgadmin[at]mit[dot]edu).


Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), announces several post-doctoral fellowship positions. All positions are two-year, full-time fellowships that provide an opportunity for individuals who have completed a PhD or other terminal degree to gain expertise and experience in health services research broadly, with the goal of preparing for a scholarly career. All openings are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; research activities must relate to NIDILRR’s Long Range Plan.

Information about and application requirements are available on the Integrated Program in Health Services and Outcomes Research website: https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/cehs/fellowships/index.html

Contact Allen Heinemann at 312.238.2920 or a-heinemann [at] northwestern.edu (a-heinemann[at]northwestern[dot]edu) for questions about eligibility and program fit. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers.


Postdoctoral training opportunities are available in Biological, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is actively recruiting talented researchers to join us for the next phase of their career. MSK is a top-ranked cancer center that consistently produces innovative research aimed at preventing, controlling, and ultimately curing cancer among other diseases. We write to actively invite your graduating or recently graduated PhD students as well as postdocs seeking more experience to apply to be a part of MSK. We’d greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word amongst your students.

At MSK, postdoctoral trainees are embedded in a scientifically invigorating environment in the heart of NYC, an exciting hub for biomedical research. Postdocs would join a vibrant community of nearly 500 others pursuing a fertile range of scientific topics, all the while developing their skills and professional potential among a diverse mix of talented colleagues.

MSK provides postdoctoral researchers with a highly competitive salary and benefits package with yearly increases; full medical, dental, and vision coverage for themselves and any eligible dependents; low-cost housing options, affordable childcare, and minimum of 12 week paid parental leave.

To learn more about the diverse laboratory specialties in SKI and in Memorial Hospital and to peruse currently open positions, please visit our Postdoctoral Opportunities page HERE and the Career portal HERE, where candidates can also upload their CV to be contacted about future opportunities.


The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education offers an extensive range of clinical research training opportunities to prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. Brief descriptions of the programs are provided below. As world’s largest biomedical research agency, the NIH encourages future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to consider adding an NIH experience to their portfolio.

Graduate Medical Education
NIH currently sponsor 17 medical specialty or subspecialty programs which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also jointly sponsor clinical training programs with extramural training partners, to include Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium. In addition, we sponsor numerous "one of kind" translational medicine fellowship training programs. https://cc.nih.gov/training/gme/programs1.html

Clinical Elective Programs
Short term—4 to 12 week—clinically oriented elective rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD). https://cc.nih.gov/training/students/clinical_electives.html

Postdoctoral Research Training Awards
Provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postdoc_irp

Graduate Partnerships Program
This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp


For information on EU – U.S. cooperation in doctoral and postdoctoral education opportunities for U.S. researchers and organizations. Visit IIE online at www.iie.org. Please contact the programs directly for additional information or with any questions you may have.

A quote from a recent Fulbright U.S. student, "My advice to Fulbrighters of the future is that which was given to me. Go at it with an open mind; your experience will not be anything like you predicted and will mark you indelibly, but it will be great."

Career & Financial Guidance Programs


The Advanced Professional Degree (APD) recruiting team is excited to share our March APD recruiting newsletter with you. Below you’ll find more information about our upcoming virtual recruiting events, including details for our flagship programs - Insight & Diversity Connect! Scroll down for more information.

Virtual Events
Join us for our upcoming virtual events! Stay up to date with our full list of events by clicking here.

You can view a full list of upcoming affinity-specific events here.


Join us for CAPD’s New Faculty Job Search Series and prepare yourself to strategize, anticipate, and effectively execute a faculty job search. These workshops will help you understand the conventions and expectations for required documents (CVs, cover letters, diversity statements, teaching statements, and research statements); revise, polish, and perfect your application materials; develop interview skills; and be ready to negotiate salary, benefits, research provisions, and more. These workshops are open to MIT Graduate Students and Postdocs, and you may register for all the workshops or just the few that you need.

You’ll find the latest updates on upcoming workshops in your CAPD Newsletters or you can always check the CAPD Events page. Sign up for our newsletters and automated emails by updating your uConnect profile and preferences.

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The MIT Alumni Advisors Hub is an online platform that students can use to ask for advice when they need it—from MIT alumni around the world. Students can get advice on their job and internship search, conduct a mock interview or informational interview, explore career paths and future entrepreneurial pursuits, and navigating life at MIT.

Sign up to gain access to a community of alumni who are eager to share their advice at https://alumniadvisors.mit.edu/.

Find an advisor today!


MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by Career Advising & Professional Development. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments. MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.

To get the most of your career fair experience, see our Tips for Career Fair Success. You can also view the CAPD events calendar for career fair workshops.

Find out more about career fairs at MIT.


The OGE sponsors MIT's iGrad financial literacy portal, with resources to help with financial support.

The iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered for free to the entire MIT community in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union) is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general.

More information can be found at oge.mit.edu/finances     


For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here: http://capd.mit.edu

The CAPD Event calendar can be found here. 

Sign up for the Graduate Student Career Advising mailing list here.


MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) is pleased to announce MIT’s subscription to The Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia. Our subscription, generously supported by OGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via CAPD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly (www.versatilephd.com)


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