In the 2013-2014 academic year, MIT students once again rolled up their sleeves to tackle difficult problems in the hope of improving the quality of life in communities around the world. In this issue, we highlight three projects with amazing potential. Grace Teo, a recent PSC Fellow, led a groundbreaking 10-week interdisciplinary workshop that developed adaptive clothing for people of all abilities. Other PSC Fellows brought data-driven healthcare to an HIV clinic in Kara, Togo. Meanwhile, CleanData-CleanWater, one of the winners of the 2014 IDEAS Global Challenge, devised a sensor that helps nonprofits and companies monitor the efficacy of their water quality programs.
These represent only a glimpse of the ways in which the PSC helps students take charge of MIT’s call to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind. Through its varied programing, the PSC enabled approximately 550 MIT students to take part in or lead their own service projects last year. Working throughout the world, together they served in 21 countries.
We are thrilled to be celebrating these service achievements with you and look forward to new inspirational projects in the coming year.
PSC Program Updates
The PSC offers the MIT community, students in particular, a broad range of opportunities, including Fellowships & Internships, IDEAS Global Challenge, Freshman Urban Program, CityDays, Community Service Work-Study, ReachOut, Four Weeks for America, and Grants. Click here to read a selection of program updates. Read more...
Open Style Lab: Fashion design with a social impact
Students create innovative clothing through assistive technologies and user-centered design. Read more...
Can data solve the world's health and sanitation problems?
Over the last year, several MIT graduate and undergraduate students used data analysis to address critical problems in healthcare and access to clean water around the world. Read more...
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