While the opportunities for professional advancement and development may dictate a graduate student's choice of institution, each student is also properly concerned about the general environment, cultural and recreational opportunities, and living conditions at a particular university under consideration. In these respects MIT presents an unusual opportunity. There is a close relationship between faculty and graduate students, not only in research and study but also in a wide array of professional, cultural and recreational activities sponsored by the Institute and by student groups. Concerts, dramatics, arts, and athletic, religious, and social activities are all open to graduate students.
Student activities on campus accommodate all types of tastes and preferences. The MIT Student Center provides a wealth of services including shops, restaurants, bank, post office, self-service copy center, optician, barber, tailor, cleaners, and game room. It also houses the MIT Computer Connection, a student travel agency and a branch of the Tech COOP. Kresge Auditorium, adjacent to the Student Center, is the site of many plays, films, concerts, and lectures by prominent figures in the world.
Many programs are organized by students. There is a student-run film society which offers a wide and inexpensive choice of movies on campus each weekend throughout the year. Sports enthusiasts will find that intramural sports are very popular. The list of intramural sports spans the spectrum from backgammon to wrestling, and the Chemistry Department enters a graduate student team (supplemented by faculty members or support staff) in many sports. There are innumerable clubs and societies on campus which will satisfy any interest. Finally, there are excellent athletic facilities available on campus, including indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, gymnasia equipped with weight lifting and exercise rooms, ice skating rink, and indoor and outdoor tracks, all of which are available for recreational use. On the Charles River are a sailing pavilion and boathouse. The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is a group of graduate students that works with the Department's administration and serves as a liaison between the administration and the students. The GSC is active in several areas, such as intramural sports, preparation and analysis of subject evaluations, and arrangement of many social functions between the students and faculty.
Graduate students are housed both on and off the campus. On-campus housing for single graduate students includes: Ashdown House, which accommodates 420 single graduate students; Tang Hall, with accommodations for 404 single graduate students; the Warehouse (NW30), a new dormitory for 120 single graduate students; Sidney & Pacific (NW86), a new dormitory with accommodations for 750 single graduate students; and Edgerton for 190 single graduate students. Housing for married graduate students are available at Eastgate, a 30-story apartment tower with 197 units for student families and at Westgate, an apartment development for 209 student families. Housing information is forwarded to new graduate students along with admission material. See graduate student housing for more information.
Chemistry Graduate Student Commitee
For more information on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee, see the CGSC website.
Women in Chemistry
For more information about Women In Chemistry, please see the WIC website.
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Chemistry Mediation and R.E.F.S.
Also available for conflict mediation are the CHEMISTRY "R.E.F.S" (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress), a group of chemistry graduate students trained and certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as mediators, and specializing in conflict resolution. All REFS were trained through MEDIATION@MIT in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, c. 233, sec. 23C. All interaction with the Chemistry Mediators and REFS program is confidential and voluntary. Please visit the REFS website for a comprehensive description of the program and REFS contact information.
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