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Community Service Bulletin

November 20, 2013


Nominate your favorite high-school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award!

Thank a high-school teacher who inspired you. Nominate that inspiring teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award!

Show that you remember and help your favorite high-school teacher gain recognition and access to great MIT resources. Most of us have had a high-school teacher, counselor, or coach who stands out in our hearts and memories as a significant influence in our lives. The lessons such outstanding educators teach often go far beyond the subject matter of their fields. They may instill values and a love of learning that shape our educational and career choices, and guide us well throughout our adult lives.
MIT wishes to recognize a few of the exceptional high school educators who have influenced the lives of our students. Selections will be made on the basis of information and insights presented on this nomination.

Submit your nomination now at: web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html
Have questions about the award, process or application? Please contact us: info-inspire@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Nov 20: Global Poverty Initiative Talks

November 20, 7-8PM in 32-141.

Come hear about action projects MIT students have taken on to fight global poverty and improve developing areas. Food will be provided.

Contact gpi-paw@mit.edu for more information!

Nov 24: Volunteer to Usher and Help LGBT Chorus

The LGBT chorus, Coro Allegro, is looking for volunteers who can help us out with our November 24 concert and also future concerts, if possible. This is an opportunity to listen to some beautiful music, help the LGBT community, and get a good reference, for those who ask. The volunteer tasks include ushering, staffing tables and other activities. We also need a few of people to help put up and take down risers on other days, which won't require strenuous activity.

The November 24 concert, titled "Reflections of Mercy," is a musical celebration of the life of two gay composers, along with other music. It will take place at the Church of the Covenant in the Back Bay. Coro Allegro is widely recognized for its excellence. Its work has been broadcast on WGBH's "Classical Performances", and its music is available on the Internet and CDs. If you can help us out with the concerts, please send an email to utumwa@verizon.net or call 617-236-4011. If you have a resume, please also email it to us. More information is at:  www.coroallegro.org/season/subscriptions/november-concert/ and www.coroallegro.org/season/

Dec 7: Count/Stack Legos for Science Kits

Saturday 12/7/14, 9:30-12:30 or 1:30-4:30
Register by 12/2 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmdlego120713

Help us accurately count/stack nearly 600,000 bricks for 300 classroom sets, described at http://edgerton.mit.edu/k-12/atoms-molecules-set. Manipulating Lego bricks representing atoms helps middle school students around the country model elements, compounds and mixtures with the bricks and also model more complex concepts such as chemical reactions. For volunteers age 8 and older able to focus for full, fast-paced 3-hour shift.While no science knowledge is required, this project does require manual dexterity and careful attention to detail while seated or standing.

All individuals age 16+ may only sign up themselves (and may not sign up others who are age 16+). Volunteers age 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult who also registers individually and participates fully. After you sign up successfully, you will see a confirmation screen but NOT receive an email confirmation message. Then the week before the project, PMD will email a PDF with specific information, including directions to the project site by public transit and by car, checklist on how to prepare, what to expect, directions and map, and a waiver.

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

Ongoing Opportunities

Looking for a Mechanical/Materials Science Engineer

We would like a motivated student with background in mechanical engineering/materials science to collaborate on the development of a low-cost, specialized cane for elderly and pregnant women in impoverished, mountainous regions around the world. Please contact me to set up a time to meet. We are in the beginning phases of development, so you can be a significant contributor to the project.

Contact: Victoria Park, jvpark@mit.edu, 2606157002

MEET: CS, teaching, the Middle East (Due 11/29)

Interested in tech for social good? Want to spread your love of technology for a good cause?

MEET (Middle East Education through Technology) is an NGO affiliated with MIT that teaches Israeli and Palestinian high school students business and computer science with the hopes of empowering them to bring social, political, and economic change to the region over the course of three years. Every year, MEET recruits summer instructors from MIT to come to Jerusalem and teach these topics for a few weeks over the summer. We are looking for course 6-types and management types to teach computer science and business topics, ranging from introductory Python to web development.

Applications for summer instructors are here: http://apply.meet.mit.edu/instructor and are due by November 29th. Feel free to send any questions to me (mprat@alum.mit.edu) or to mit-officers@meet.mit.edu.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

[Graduate Assistant] MIT IDEAS Global Challenge - Job Description

Level of Effort: 18 hours/week
Compensation: $13/hour (depending on experience)

This Graduate Assistant will be an integral part of the team that makes the IDEAS Global Challenge, run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, possible! (globalchallenge.mit.edu)

We are seeking a Graduate Assistant to:

  1. Run logistics for several events, large and small, which includes duties such as ordering food, reserving space, contacting A/V, publicizing widely throughout campus, organizing rsvp’s and name tags, etc
  2. Help manage the multitude of details that make the competition a success, including developing communications, working with teams and volunteers.
  3. Provide assistance with website and social media management
  4. Complete research relevant for resource development for the IDEAS Global Challenge (e.g. fundraising, publicity strategies, partnerships, sponsorships, other competitions and innovation projects, etc.)
  5. Other responsibilities as needed.


  1. Must be enrolled in a graduate program within the Boston area
  2. Ability to multitask
  3. Detail oriented
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills
  5. Demonstrated writing skills and creativity
  6. Experience running complex events and/or managing complex tasks
  7. Familiarity and interest in growing MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is a plus

Contact: Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Keely Swan at globalchallenge@mit.edu

City Year Corps Member Opportunity

Next Open House: Thursday, January 16 at 6pm at City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (next to Back Bay Station)

Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of school. City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, aims to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At our 25 urban locations across the United States, teams of highly-trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

City Year provides real world experiences of incomparable value in terms of personal and professional development. With over 340 hours of training, corps members develop skills that employers seek and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of corporate sponsors and a network of over 18,000 City Year alumni. City Year also partners with top graduate schools across the country to provide tuition scholarships exclusively for corps members. Don't miss out on a life-changing opportunity and apply today.

Benefits include living stipend, loan forbearance, $5,645 education award, extensive training and professional networking opportunities. Applicants must be between 17-24 years old and a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident. Visit www.cityyear.org/joincorps for more information and to apply. Next application deadline: February 15th. Contact Thuy Le, Senior Recruitment Manager, at tle@cityyear.org with any questions on the application process.

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