Volume 25, Number 16

HST Community Notices


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.


The $40,000 tax on Black scientists

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


The Libraries are sponsoring and co-sponsoring an excellent series of IAP workshops covering scholarly communications, intellectual property, GIS, and data management and more.  Some of the offering are listed below.  Please register for those sessions of interest.  

Data Management:

GIS workshop Series:  


Scholarship and Intellectual Property:


Register for IAP 2024 Introduction to Deep Learning today!

Interested in learning more about neural networks, generative AI, large language modeIs, cool applications of ML, and more? Want to build ML-related projects to win prizes?

Then MIT’s Introduction to Deep Learning is the place for you! Introduction to Deep Learning will be running as a for-credit class in-person this IAP, January 2024! This is a great opportunity for those interested in AI and/or in gaining practical experience implementing deep learning architectures and algorithms. The class will run from January 8 - 12 from 3 - 6pm in 32-123. Listeners are welcome! No prior ML experience is necessary :)

The class is a combination of content-based lectures on neural networks (basics, different architectures and their applications, LLMs, and Generative AI) and practical software labs, which will guide students through implementing these algorithms in TensorFlow. The course will conclude with guest lectures from leading researchers from Google, CometML, and more, as well as project competitions for prizes.

Attendees will also get swag!! MIT students can pre-register here; all other attendees and listeners can register here by January 8th, and visit http://introtodeeplearning.com/ or reach out to introtodeeplearning-staff [at] mit.edu (introtodeeplearning-staff[at]mit[dot]edu) with any questions!


We still have spaces in these two IAP Art Classes at the MIT Arts Studios in W20.  

Making Art for Scientists

Introduction to Physical Computation for Artists

About the instructor: 

Timothy Lee is an interdisciplinary artist whose works explore the relationship between bodies, boundaries and rituals. He received his B.A. in Neuroscience and Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 2012, and his MA in Computational Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2021. Working across mediums, and exploring themes such as racial politics, of migration, of death and legacy, and of sexuality that emerged from personal experiences, Timothy’s works have been exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum, The Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the National YoungArts Foundation. Prior to joining MIT SAA, Timothy was the GSP Teaching Artist at the Brooklyn Museum.


Join the first-ever Tech-Enhanced Student Assembly at MIT! January 22-24.

Are you interested in deliberating on how generative AI tools such as ChatGPT and DALL-E are changing the way we learn? Are you fascinated by the opportunity to explore how digital tools might weave into civic and political life? Do you want to learn how Citizens' Assemblies work and be part of an assembly here at MIT?

We invite you to be a member of the first-ever Tech-Enhanced Student Assembly, where you will deliberate about the risks and benefits in using Generative AI as part of the learning experience in the classroom. How can these tools be leveraged and steered to help people learn and teach better, as well as ensure intellectual growth?

Over the course of this assembly, you will work together with your fellow students to learn more about this issue, hear from experts, listen to one another about your own experiences of using generative AI for learning, and develop a set of collective recommendations for your fellow students and your professors.

It is an opportunity to learn about Citizens' Assemblies by joining one. Citizens’ Assemblies represent an approach increasingly used for public decision making by governments around the world to involve everyday people in policy making, which is demonstrating that another democratic paradigm beyond elections is possible. Together, we will reimagine constructive communication and democratic deliberation about complex issues, and explore how technology can connect Citizens' Assemblies to broader public engagement, and be leveraged to improve their quality and transparency.

Register and find additional information, including sponsorship, dates, and schedule here.


IAP 2024 (3-0-0) – January 22 to January 26 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Course Instructor: Brandon Leshchinskiy (branlesh [at] mit.edu)

Political polarization. Technological disruption. Social inequality.

Intractable challenges face human groups at every scale. And whether at the level of individual families or entire nations, people must change their own habits, values, and mindsets in order to make progress. In this five-day intensive, students learn to identify and address – from any organizational position and with or without authority – systemic challenges that demand change.

This course combines theory with practice: students not only learn an intellectual framework, but also gain first-hand experience with the complexity and intensity of real-world change-making. Students explore diagnostic tools such as stakeholder mapping and group dynamics, as well as action strategies such as managing attention and mobilizing shared responsibility. Learning from failure is also a key part of the course.

Ultimately, students develop three core capabilities1 for creating change: seeing the larger system; fostering reflection and generative conversations; and shifting focus from reactive problem-solving to co-creating the future.

Sign up here or pre-register for MAS.S76 for updates!

About the instructor: Brandon Leshchinskiy has taught hundreds of people about transformation, both personal and systemic. He has worked as the head coach for two Harvard Kennedy School professors, as well as with the City of Boston, the US and British militaries, and executives from around the world. Brandon holds dual SM degrees from MIT (’21) in Technology & Policy and Aeronautics & Astronautics.


6.S977 Ethical Machine Learning in Human Deployments
Instructor: Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi

Satisfies: Concentration Subject in AI

Spring 2024; Friday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room 45-102, College of Computing Building

This course focuses on the human-facing considerations in the pipeline of machine learning (ML) development in human-facing settings. Students will learn about the issues involved in ethical machine learning, in three progressing areas: (1) Introductory material on the inequities that arise in the machine learning pipeline when working with human processes, (2) focused dives in to technical focus areas, (3) topic area presentations in healthcare, education and employment.

In this class, students will hear lectures by leading researchers in the field, and read current papers related to ongoing efforts and challenges in ethical ML. The graded components of this course will involve weekly reflections, attendance, and homework that culminates with a final project. The course will also have several in-class multi-party negotiation exercises that highlight the difficulty of ethical machine learning in practice.


MIT Edgerton Center IAP 2024
EC.050/EC.090 (G)
Re-create Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past
Monday Wednesday Friday, 1pm-5pm plus TBA. 6 units. First session Jan. 8, 2024
Create and re-create experiments fueled by your own questions and curiosities.
       Discover your interests in dialogue with historical figures and indigenous experience.
       Explore hands-on.
       Listen to voices of others, now and in the past.   Examine injustice.
       Build community that is relational.  Encourage each other’s curiosity, vulnerability and growth.  
Your own story uncovers insights for educational research.
Past projects: following shadows; watching the sky; historical instruments; reenacting historical and feminist drama,; art using historical methods; making educational or high speed videos; collaborative experiments; presentations; MIT History…
Whatever your interests, this is a place to explore them.
Contact: Elizabeth Cavicchi ecavicch [at] mit.edu (ecavicch[at]mit[dot]edu)

MIT Edgerton Center Spring 2024
EC.050/EC.090 (G)
Re-create Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past

Tuesday Thursday 3pm-5pm. 6 units. First session February 6, 2024  

Wonder. Question. Explore. Collaborate. Reflect.

This hands-on seminar opens space and time to explore your own curiosity.

Collaborate in experimenting with everyday materials, instruments and methods of science and art, from history and indigenous practices.  Listen to past voices: Euclid, Galileo, Ibn al-Haytham, da Vinci, Banneker, Dewey, Ramon y Cajal, poets, artists and others.  Examine injustice.  Build a learning community with classmates. Encourage each other’s curiosity.   Museum visits and field trips. Past projects include: watching the sky; following shadows; art projects with historical methods; using and making historical instruments; creating and enacting stories; collaborative experiments; presentations; enacting historical and feminist drama; MIT History…  What will you notice and question, explore and express? Your own story uncovers insights for educational research.

Contact: Elizabeth Cavicchi ecavicch [at] mit.edu (ecavicch[at]mit[dot]edu)


Are you passionate about, or researching, or working on, innovations in the substance use disorders and/or medical devices spaces? If so, the MIT Bootcamps is hosting the SUD Ventures Program at the Media Lab on January 15-19, 2024 in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. MIT folks are invited to join in-person in whatever capacity makes the most sense for them. You can find out more about the Teaching Team here, and a draft of the schedule here. Anyone interested should submit this form by December 22nd if they are interested in stopping by, checking out the program, or even participating in some sessions or teamwork during the week.


We are excited to announce the third annual IAP workshop… Beyond the Lab: Journey from Scientist to Founder!

Hosted by E14 Fund and MAS, this engaging workshop will bring together MIT founders to share their experiences and insights on transitioning from scientists and engineers to entrepreneurs. The workshop is designed to guide you through the entrepreneurial process, encourage meaningful connections with both experienced and budding founders, and build a supportive community of peers at various stages of their startup journey.

Space is limited and applications to join are due by December 18: https://beyondthelab.mit.edu/iap

Please pass this message along to your MIT friends, especially those you might see yourself creating something new with in the future.

And not sure if the workshop is right for you or have other startup questions, we’re always available for a chat during office hours.


Prereq: None 
Units: 1-0-2 [P/D/F] 
Meets 1/17-1/31. (Begins Jan 17.)  Lecture: MWF 1-3 (E51-151)

Intensive introduction to the basic provisions of US patent law, emphasizing the requirements for patentability and the process of applying for a patent. Topics include requirements of utility, novelty, and non-obviousness; eligible subject matter; applying for a patent, including patent searches and the language of patent claims; infringement, defenses, and remedies; comparison of patents with other forms of intellectual property (copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks). Reading materials include key sections of the US patent statute (Title 35, US Code) and related judicial decisions. 
J. Meldman
No required or recommended textbooks and no course packs to purchase.

The Canvas website for 15.620, which includes a course syllabus, is also currently open to the MIT Community.


Become familiar with the science and practice of negotiations in a three-day crash course (the last week of IAP) from an award-winning professor of negotiations at MIT's Sloan School of Management!

No matter how excellent your ideas, most significant achievements require the ability to communicate with and influence others. This course examines the theory, research, and practice of negotiation across a variety of settings. It provides multiple opportunities for students to develop negotiation skills through role-plays, exercises, and useful analytical frameworks. Topics include distributive and integrative bargaining, psychological biases, lessons from game theory, principles of influence, multiparty negotiation, and the value of relationships and trust.

For more information and to apply now, visit the course website at http://negotiation.mit.edu. The course will be taught in-person this year.


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


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.

Writing and Communication Center Programs During IAP 2024

Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing break!

As you set up your New Year resolutions and plan your IAP activities, the WCC is ready to help you become a more productive and accomplished writer. We offer a variety of programs to assist you!

WCC Individual Consultations resume on Monday, Jan 8th. During these consultations, you can work on your written or oral projects with WCC instructors who can guide you at all stages of your communication process.

WCC has prepared a series of workshops on style, literature review writing, and other topics. You can register for our offerings through this link.

If you want to write regularly and make progress with your research and writing, join the Writing Together Online during IAP 2024, launching on Mon, Jan 8th, through Thu, Feb 1st. These writing sessions create a community of scholars who connect, set realistic goals, and write together to motivate each other.

For more information or to register for these programs, check the WCC website.


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

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


HSI Lunch Seminar with Karim Malek, MD, MTh

  • Thursday, February 8, 202
  • 11:30am - 1pm
  • E62-450

Register at Sloan Groups
Lunch will be provided in person.
Join Zoom Meeting
Password: 100

Join us for an illuminating seminar in medical ethics, where we delve into the complex challenges faced by healthcare professionals. Prepare to engage in a thought-provoking discussion exploring the fundamental principles of medical ethics and discuss real-world dilemmas in the age of cutting-edge medicine.

Karim Malek is a quadruple-board internist, medical oncologist, hematologist and emergency medicine physician with 30+ years experience caring for patients with life-threatening illnesses, be it in the rush of an emergency room, in the confines of a cancer clinic or more recently as a developer of novel cancer therapeutics. His career spanned over France and the United States. In addition to a Masters in Theology where he has formally studied Medical Ethics, Karim brings the practical experience gained through sitting on committees examining difficult decision making healthcare professionals face in their daily practice of medicine.


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.


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's with great enthusiasm that we extend an invitation for you to apply to the Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize (SHIP) Competition 2024, MIT's prestigious pitch competition for entrepreneurs in the healthcare/biotech space. The competition will take place at the MIT Museum on 2/22/24.

Important Details:

  • Deadline for Applications: January 21, 2024
  • Application Process: Submit your application via our SHIP 2024 website.
  • Stay Informed: Sign up here for regular updates and reminders about SHIP.
  • Dates: Semi-finals on 2/8 or 2/12 and finals on 2/22

Why Apply to SHIP 2024?

  • Up to $30k in Prizes: Compete for substantial awards, including first, second, and audience choice prizes.
  • Esteemed Panel: The 2024 panel boasts judges and speakers from renowned firms like Flare Capital, General Catalyst, and Redesign Health.
  • Mentoring Opportunities: Semi-finalists will receive access to training from MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services, and finalists will receive personalized guidance from top executives and investors.
  • Networking: Engage with leading healthcare professionals and fellow innovators at our in-person finals at the MIT Museum, featuring a networking cocktail hour.
  • Publicity and Exposure: Winners will showcase their pitches to a wide audience during the prestigious MIT Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference the following day.

We are eagerly anticipating your innovative contributions and are here to support you on this journey. Thank you for considering this opportunity to further your impact in healthcare innovation.


The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) is currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 J-WAFS Fellowships for Water and Food Solutions. This opportunity is for MIT PhD students with research in water or food systems. Please see below for more information and help spread the word to any students in your DLC who may be interested/eligible.

Please reach out to me with any questions. Thank you, as always, for your help promoting J-WAFS funding opportunities.

J-WAFS Fellowships for Water & Food Solutions

Open to: MIT PhD students who are graduating no earlier than May of 2025 and who have passed their qualifying exams by March 1, 2024. Applications are by faculty nomination.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1st, 2024

MIT faculty are invited to nominate outstanding PhD students with water and/or food-related research. Fellowships cover one semester of academic funding. Students should be engaged in research focused on alleviating the problems of water supply for human need or other solutions-based research and innovation related to the water sector, or research related to food supply, agriculture, or other solutions-based research and innovation related to food systems.

Click here for more info


Interested in sharing your grad school experience with the MIT community, honing your writing skills, and getting paid? Consider writing for the MIT Grad Blog! The MIT Grad Blog is a student-led blog hosted by the Office of Graduate Education. Our readership spans grad students within the MIT community to prospective applicants interested in getting a peak into the life of an MIT grad student.

If you are interested in writing for the blog, apply to our IAP Grad Blogging Workshop! This workshop, which is a pre-requisite for writers to write for the blog, will train you on how to write a compelling blog post, with individualized feedback from communications staff across the Institute, and help you brainstorm content for the blog. The overall commitments and requirements, in brief, are as follows:

  • Attend the two day workshop on January 17 and 19 from 11-1
  • Write and submit one blog post
  • Earn $100 upon completion of the post
  • If interested, continue writing for the blog and earn $100 per subsequent post

Applications are due at midnight on January 3d and the application link can be found here. If you have any questions about the MIT Grad Blog, feel free to reach out to me (ssmelyan [at] mit.edu (ssmelyan[at]mit[dot]edu)) or to the Grad Blog editor team at gradblogeditors [at] mit.edu (gradblogeditors[at]mit[dot]edu)


MIT Sandbox applications for new teams open on January 5th – join an info session to learn more!

Did you know that MIT Sandbox provides funding and mentorship to help you explore your innovative idea as an entrepreneur?  Join us for the information session where you will learn more about the program and how Sandbox provides up to $25K in seed funding, mentorship, and training to support your entrepreneurial journey!

  • Not a competition
  • Open to all MIT undergraduate and graduate students from all schools
  • Focused on student-driven entrepreneurship
  • Supports students at all stages of the start-up process - from idea to launch
  • Applications open on January 5th. – deadline Monday, January 15th.

Interested? Have questions and want to know more?

Register for an info session: January 10th info session, 1-2pm (virtual) 

Visit Sandbox website: https://sandbox.mit.edu/


Advances in computing will transform human society in fundamental ways.

Some transformations may be for the worse. It may be that we lose privacy. It may be that we lose autonomy. It may be that algorithms systematically entrench unfairness. And, in the long run, weaponized AI may destroy us all. These things are eminently worth thinking about.

But some transformations may be for the better. These things are eminently worth thinking about too. Now you can win a prize for thinking about them.

The winning entry will be awarded a grand prize of $10K. In addition, two runner ups will be recognized with $5K each, and up to 12 honorable mentions will each receive $1,000.

The Assignment
In no more than 3,000 words —

  • Describe or otherwise present a particular computing-related technology that could, on balance, improve our lives.
  • Describe the particular ways in which it could improve our lives (it could be a new, yet-to-be-developed technology, or an existing technology that can be used in novel ways).
  • Describe the particular social pitfalls and dangers associated with the technology.

Explain how the net social effects could be on-balance-positive.

This prize competition is open to all presently-enrolled MIT students, undergraduate or graduate. You are free to enter as an individual or as a team. Submissions are due by midnight on February 4, 2024.

Visit the prize website for more information on how to apply and to sign up for a workshop to help with your essay.

About the Prize
Envisioning the Future of Computing Prize is presented by the Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC), a cross-cutting initiative within the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, in collaboration with the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The goal of the prize is to encourage students to think in a creative, informed, and rigorous way about the societal benefits and costs of the technologies they are or will be developing.

Thank you to MAC3 Impact Philanthropies for their generous support of this year’s competition.

To learn more, visit the prize webpage. Questions? Email us at serc [at] mit.edu (subject: Envisioning%20the%20Future%20of%20Computing%20Prize, body: null) (serc[at]mit[dot]edu).


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.


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!  

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Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Purdue University is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the next Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. This is a rare opportunity to lead a strong and growing Biomedical Engineering school at a time when it is poised to benefit tremendously from major University initiatives. The first is Purdue University in Indianapolis - Purdue University’s first comprehensive urban campus which will be a fully integrated extension of our flagship campus in West Lafayette. This will facilitate closer and new partnerships of the Weldon School with the Indiana School of Medicine located minutes from our new downtown campus. This will provide the Weldon School faculty and students close access to the start-up and industry ecosystems in Indianapolis. The second major opportunity stems from Purdue University’s investments in the Purdue Computes initiative. This includes major investments in the Institute for Physical AI in which the application of AI for human health is one of 4 focal points. Purdue Computes also includes a $100M investment in the Birck Nanotechnology Center with upgrades to equipment for microelectronics and semiconductor fabrication. This will significantly help implantable and wearable biomedical devices work in the Weldon school and open new partnership opportunities with semiconductor and microelectronics industries.

The Weldon School has grown to over 500 students, 30 primary faculty, 30 affiliated faculty, 1,500 program alumni, with 100,000 ft² of laboratory space, $15 million of annual extramural expenditures, and an MD/PhD program with IU School of Medicine. The Weldon School has a rich history of excellence and collaboration with industry to bring impactful innovations in healthcare from research to patient use. Our fundamental research, education, and translation missions have resulted in 100 US patents, $30 million in licensing royalties, 25 start-up companies, and extramural funding from NIH, NSF, DOD and other sources, impacting 3 million patients worldwide and creating a unique and diverse experiential learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate education. A powerhouse in engineering, Purdue was recently ranked the fifth most innovative university in America by US News & World Report, and its graduate program in engineering was ranked #4 nationally. Biomedical engineering is central to this rise, with areas of excellence in biomaterials and biomechanics, computational biomedicine, imaging, instrumentation, and neuroscience, attracting top talent from around the country and internationally.

In this period of rapid growth and transformation for Purdue BME, we seek a visionary leader who has, through their accomplishments, demonstrated an understanding of the current needs and future directions of the biomedical engineering profession, and can leverage unique opportunities and partnerships in West Lafayette and Indianapolis to lead the school into the future.

Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or a closely related discipline, and meet the qualifications for appointment at the Full Professor level with tenure. Candidates will have a distinguished track-record of leading independent, competitively funded research and excellence in scholarly work. The successful candidate will also have a strong record of teaching, professional service, leadership, and outreach. The Weldon school is seeking a dynamic head with superior interpersonal and communications skills; a collaborative mindset; experience in resource management and team building; and dedication to building relationships with and between faculty, staff, students, alumni, start-ups and industry partners. Ideal candidates must be able to articulate their plans to increase the School’s preeminence within the field through:

  • Growing our research enterprise
  • Building on BME’s culture of translational innovation and taking it to the next level in terms of IP, start-ups, and industry partnerships
  • Mentoring and increasing prestigious recognitions of our faculty
  • Creating the next generation of innovative educational and training programs for undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral trainees
  • Expanding revenue streams including our philanthropic base to support the Weldon School

Interested candidates are asked to submit applications with the following:

  1. A cover letter
  2. An up-to-three-page personal statement addressing the applicant’s vision for the future of the School, relevant experience and qualifications, leadership and mentoring philosophy
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. Names and contact information for at least four references (Named references will not be contacted without permission from the candidate)

A confidential review of applications will begin on November 6, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at https://bit.ly/45jDgQd.

Questions about the position can be addressed to Stephanie Ferguson, Executive Recruiter, at stephanieferguson [at] purdue.edu. Nominations are encouraged and should be submitted at https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b25o7ca8NpS6HSS.

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution. Purdue University, the College of Engineering, and the Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their application documents how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

Purdue’s main campus is in West Lafayette, Indiana, a welcoming and diverse community with a wide variety of cultural activities, events and industries. Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program to assist new faculty and facilitate their relocation.

A background check is a requirement for this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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."

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We hope your 2023 has been fulfilling and that you have a wonderful holiday season! 

Starting in January, we will begin recruiting for those interested in our full-time Associate role who graduate between December 2024 – Summer 2025. Advanced Professional Degree (APD) candidates are postdocs or working toward the following degrees: PhD, MD (including medical interns, residents and fellows), JD, PharmD, Nursing, and non-MBA Masters. Non-MBA Master candidates must have at least four years in between the completion of their undergraduate degree and graduate degree to be qualified as having an APD.

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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     


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