News – 2017

Laura Kiessling wins Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry

Professor of chemistry is the first woman to win the prestigious prize, awarded annually for creativity in organic chemistry or bioorganic and medicinal chemistry.

Former MIT President Paul Gray dies at 85 after lifelong career of service and leadership at the Institute

Guided by a passion for teaching, MIT’s 14th president helped steer the Institute through decades of social change.

Empowering young entrepreneurs in West Africa

MBA student Meghan McCormick leads a venture that helps African youth develop small businesses.

American Sign Language at MIT

A new club is spreading awareness of Deaf culture and American Sign Language.

Expanding the pipeline to graduate school

Outside of the chemistry lab, PhD candidate Tsehai Grell works to make MIT more inclusive for grad students.

Lindsey Backman awarded Gilliam Fellowship

Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellows are chosen for their potential to be leaders in their scientific fields and for their commitment to diversity.

Letter to the community regarding the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia

History teaches us that human beings are capable of evil. When we see it, we must call it what it is, repudiate it and reject it.

MIT hosts STEM boot camp for veteran students

Warrior-Scholar Project helps vets transition to college with intensive summer program.

Investigating the dynamics of war and peace

Erik Sand brings a perspective shaped by eight years of service in the U.S. Navy to his doctoral studies.

Division of Student Life introduces statement on diversity and inclusion

Statement is intended to inform and guide staff on issues related to diversity and inclusion.

Closing the gender gap in mechanical engineering

Women make up 49.5 percent of MIT’s undergraduates in mechanical engineering, due to department’s proactive approach, study finds.

Department of Biology welcomes three new faculty members

Recent additions bring diverse expertise and cultural perspectives to research community.

Defiance: Disobedience for the good of all

MIT Media Lab summer event explores responsible dissent, embodied in its new Disobedience Award.

Spreading kindness far and wide

Senior Bettina Arkhurst, founder of Random Acts of Kindness Week, is making a better world at MIT.

3Q: Update on MIT staff member facing deportation

MIT is working with attorneys on behalf of Francisco Rodriguez.

Office of Multicultural Programs

These awards celebrate students, faculty and staff who have used their platforms to make positive change in the realm of diversity and inclusion in the MIT community.

Jessica Myers: Liberté, Égalité, Sécurité

A novel thesis in the form of a podcast gives voice to issues of security and identity in New York and Paris.

Lucas Mason-Brown named 2017 Echoing Green Fellow

MIT graduate student in mathematics honored for using equations to boost racial equality.

Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford to be newest chaplain

Boswell-Ford will be only the second chaplain to the Institute in MIT’s history, succeeding Robert Randolph.

DiOnetta Jones Crayton receives inclusive culture and equity award

Award recognizes efforts to “promote positive change to the climate and culture for women in engineering fields.”