News – 2020

In online vigil, MIT community shares grief, anger, and hope

“If you say you care about the injustice in this nation and in this world, you have a role to play,” said Associate Dean DiOnetta Jones Crayton.

MIT Community Vigil

Our community vigil is available for re-watch here.

Admiral William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, delivered MIT’s 2020 Commencement address.

With touches of technical wizardry, MIT holds its first online Commencement

The online ceremony featured virtual reality, crowdsourced music, a surprise visit from space, and more.

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Letter regarding Minneapolis, our nation and our community

The following letter was sent to MIT's community today by President L. Rafael Reif.

Admiral William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, delivered MIT’s 2020 Commencement address.

William McRaven's Commencement address

"To save the world, you will have to be men and women of great integrity," McRaven told graduates.

Student Success coach smiling at computer

Weekly calls keep students connected to the Institute during a pandemic

Through the MIT Student Success Coaching program, volunteer faculty and staff check in with students to assist with whatever “bubbles up.”

Helping K-12 students overcome school closures

CovEducation matches college students with younger learners to facilitate online learning.

Afeefah Khazi-Syed and Jeba Sania

I can save the world from my livingroom

MIT engineering students Afeefah Khazi-Syed and Jeba Sania became close friends as active members of the MIT community. Now, even from a distance, their friendship and resolve to help make the world a better place continues to grow.

Older adults and high school students collaborate during the MIT AgeLab’s 2019 OMEGA Summit.

In a time of physical distancing, connecting socially across generations is more important than ever

MIT’s AgeLab offers ways to maintain conversations between younger and older adults.

Drawing of man alone on laptop

How to manage the hidden risks in remote work

Remote work can work. But without careful attention, productivity and sound decision-making will suffer.

The three winning teams from the Hack for Inclusion 2020 and the crowd's favorite pose with their checks.

Hacking the challenges that are hard to talk about

Hack for Inclusion partnered with corporations and organizations to pose 14 challenges directly related to problems those groups are currently facing.

Geathers and Isidor

BCAP Fund Supports MIT Student Projects in Communities of Color

"I'm trying to impact the lives of people that I may not even get to see or that may not even go to MIT. Still, I know that over the course of the program our team will make a difference."

Renae Irving

3 Questions: Renae Irving on creating supportive learning environments for middle- and high-school students

Molecular biology researcher and MIT alumna is an Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) instructor.

Catherine D'Ignazio, head shot

The elephant in the server room

Catherine D’Ignazio’s new book, “Data Feminism,” examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information.

Christine Soh

MIT senior Christine Soh integrates computer science and linguistics

Knowledge in both a technical and humanistic field prepares her to make new tools in computational linguistics.

3 Questions: Joe Steinmeyer on guiding students into the world of STEM

Since 2009, Steinmeyer has taught more than 400 students in the MITES, MOSTEC, SEED Academy, and E2 programs.

Design, power, and justice

In new book “Design Justice,” Associate Professor Sasha Costanza-Chock examines how to make technology work for more people in society.

MIT students set records at this year’s Putnam Competition: (left to right) Shengtong Zhang, Yuan Yao, Kevin Sun, Daniel Zhu, Qi Qi, and Dain Kim. Not pictured: Ashwin Sah.

MIT students dominate annual Putnam Mathematical Competition

Participating MIT students make history by taking all top five spots — the first time this has happened for any school.

Ben McDonald in the lab

Answering "Why?"

MLK Visiting Scholar Benjamin McDonald uses synthetic organic chemistry in the Swager lab to answer questions with more questions.

A force for health equity

Through on-site projects in developing countries and internships in the business world, Kendyll Hicks explores the political and economic drivers of global health.