News – 2018

The Math Prize for Girls, held annually at MIT, features 20 multistage problems in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry.  Photo: Jake Belcher

Math Prize for Girls competition helps to close the gender gap in mathematics

MIT hosts the 10th annual contest encouraging STEM careers for female middle and high school students.

3Q: Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford on religion, ethics, and the role of the chaplain at MIT

Chaplains “are here to help guide the MIT community toward being more inclusive, more caring, more supportive, and more ethically minded,” Boswell-Ford says.

3Q: Sheila Widnall on sexual harassment in STEM

National Academies report cites need for strong leadership and cultural change; will be focus of upcoming MIT panel discussion.

“Being a teacher was something I wanted from the youngest age,” says Cynthia L. Reed Associate Professor of French Studies and Language Bruno Perreau.  Image: Bryce Vickmark

Civil rights in a complex world

Professor Bruno Perreau examines the relationships between personal identity and public institutions.

MIT's 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray fellows are (l-r) Jarrett Smith, Quinton Smith, and Matheus Victor.  Photos: Scott Eisen/HHMI

New perspectives at the bench

Three MIT postdocs earn competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowships that support diversity in the sciences.

Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart (right) poses with Paint Nite organizers Shaiyan Keshvari (left) and Xueying Zhao.  Photo: Maisie O'Brien

MindHandHeart plus art at Paint Nite

Social event gives graduate students an opportunity to paint, unwind, and mingle.

Sasha Costanza-Chock  Image: Allegra Boverman

3 Questions: Sasha Costanza-Chock on new “#MoreThanCode” report

Study of 188 practitioners distills key recommendations about using technology to advance social justice and the public interest.

High school students (l-r) Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner, and Bria Snell, whose water purification system won them second place in a NASA technology competition, got a tour of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel as part of their visit to MIT. The visit was sponsored by AeroAfro, an organization of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics students.  Photo: William Litant

NASA student competitors honored for persistence

MIT student group welcomes an all-black, all-female team who had been targeted by racist and misogynistic members of an infamous online forum.

Joan Ilacqua (left), co-chair of the board of directors for The History Project, leads a group of MIT students through the LGBTQ history of Boston.  Photo: DSL Communications

Documenting, preserving, and sharing Boston’s LGBTQ history

Through the PKG Summer Series, students follow the trail of the first-ever Boston Pride parade and view archives of early LGBTQ activism in Boston.

Recipients of a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation are (l-r) Radha Mastandrea, Carina Belvin, and Shuo Zhang. Professor Lindley Winslow, who established the grant program, is at right. Not pictured: grant recipient Clara Sousa-Silva.  Photo: Sandi Miller

Paying it forward: Fellowship boosts women in physics

Four students are first beneficiaries of grant program established by Assistant Professor Lindley Winslow with support from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics head Jaime Peraire calls Rebecca Masterson “an outstanding researcher with an impressive record of accomplishment in space systems engineering and design.”  Photo: William Litant

Rebecca Masterson appointed AeroAstro principal research scientist

Mechanical engineer and instrument scientist on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is the first female principal research scientist in the department's history.

MIT Sloan Executive Education innovation@work Blog

The Ruderman Family Foundation and MIT present LEAD20@MIT—a digital advocacy and leadership program focused on disability inclusion

Nancy Hopkins (center) stands with Salvador Luria (left) and David Baltimore at the MIT Cancer Center in the 1980s.  Photo courtesy of the MIT Museum.

Institute Archives spotlights pioneering women at MIT

Initiative is building collections highlighting the contributions of female faculty.

Fraternal twins Miles (left) and Malik (right) George will matriculate at MIT this fall.  Photo: Lillie Paquette, School of Engineering

Dynamic duo

Incoming first-year students Malik and Miles George double down on their dream of attending MIT.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff (center) joins four MIT Summer Research Program students at the Building 68 retreat.  Photo: Mandana Sassanfar

Fighting implicit bias in STEM with increased cognitive control

In a visit with the Department of Biology, Lydia Villa-Komaroff PhD '75 explains how “thinking fast makes changing slow.”

Members of The Standard gather for a photo before a workshop.  Photo: Maisie O'Brien/MindHandHeart

Setting The Standard for excellence

A new program sponsored by the Office of Minority Education and supported by offices across campus is working to advance the success of men of color at MIT.

Scene at MIT: PhD baby and her amazing mama

A new daughter helped Alejandra Falla PhD ’18 gain perspective on life — and her tiny MIT regalia stole the show at Commencement.

MIT hosts University of Puerto Rico students after Hurricane Maria

In the wake of the devastating 2017 hurricane, MIT hosted five Puerto Rican undergraduates to help them continue their path toward graduate school.

Letter from the ICEO Ed Bertschinger

This brief update summarizes the state of our change efforts along the three dimensions of Engagement, Assessment, and Accountability. It ends with thanks and a note about changes ahead.

GAIN program to connect community college students to career opportunities

Jaramillo lab launches a summer program to broaden the horizons of local students interested in materials science and engineering.