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Beyond the Infinite

Beyond the Infinite Summer 2014

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge update
From Peru to Indonesia (and destinations in between), MIT students will be tackling big challenges over the next 15 months. We give a heartfelt round of applause to the 13 student teams who won funding awards. These teams will apply their innovative and humanitarianism to communities in need around the world in a variety of sectors – including health and medical, energy and environment, water, and others. Meet these teams here, and read more about this year's awards ceremony.

In other exciting news, the PSC is launching a new crowdfunding effort! As we look to the future of IDEAS, we need your help to ensure that we can continue to support the innovative work of MIT teams. Over the next month, we are aiming to raise $10,000 to fund one of next year's top IDEAS prizes. IDEAS winners have gone on to secure over $12 million in additional funding, and over half remain active in some way since the launch of the competition in 2001, so this early award funding goes a long way! Check out our video with some of the 2013 winners and learn how you can help.

Beyond the Infinite, Summer 2014

Through Fellowships and Internships, Grants, and our IDEAS Global Challenge, the PSC supports MIT students who go abroad to implement public service projects in communities around the world. These projects, driven by individual students' compassion and talents, amaze us.

We also find MIT students doing inspirational public service work closer to the Institute. Because the PSC seeks to build a lifelong commitment to service in all MIT students, the work of the Center encompasses meaningful projects closer to Cambridge. Programs like CityDays, the Community Service Challenge, and ReachOut introduce MIT students to public service and engage them in opportunities to help the communities in which they live. In this issue, we highlight some of the inspiring work of MIT students in local communities.

Success in and out of the water
In three short years, Amphibious Achievement has seen tremendous growth and a demonstrated impact on the high-school students it serves through academics and athletics.

Bridging a 50-year generational gap through service
MIT's classes of 1967 and 2017 may be separated by 50 years, but they are bridging this generational gap through public service and their shared connection to the Institute.

The evolution of CityDays
Over its 22-year history, CityDays has been a mainstay of MIT's community service. Now, the program offers a series of service days open to the entire MIT community throughout the academic year.