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Community Service Bulletin

November 22, 2011


Thank a high school teacher who inspired you!

Nominate your favorite high school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award. Help your teacher get recognition as an inspiration — and get access to some great MIT resources.

Submit your nomination now! The opportunity closes on December 16.


Questions? Ask us at inspire@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

The 2011 MIT Giving Tree is here!

Brighten the holidays for a local child! Please join your fellow MIT community members in supporting this great MIT holiday tradition. Through the Giving Tree, you can donate gifts to children in the Boston and Cambridge area. Each year, over 300 MIT faculty, staff, students, and partners provide gifts to over 600 children affiliated with 12 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and the Panhellenic Association and currently in its 20th year, the Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.

Here's how to participate:

  1. Stop by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center) at 4-104 between November 21 and December 12 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm).
  2. Pick up a gift label for a child--or choose more than one!
  3. Purchase, wrap, and place the gift label on your gift, and return it to the PKG Center in 4-104 NO LATER than 10AM on Tuesday, December 13.

We will also gladly accept your monetary donation if you are unable to purchase a gift, but want to participate.

Questions? Email mitgivingtree@mit.edu. More info can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/programs/givingtree/

Looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving weekend? (11/25)

Join the MIT Museum for the Friday After Thanksgiving (FAT) chain reaction event on November 25 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium.

Here’s how it works: Teams build their own chain reaction machines out of everyday objects (mousetraps, jars, beach balls, whatever you have lying around) and then bring their finished product to the Rockwell Cage to join it together with other teams’ contraptions into one continuous mega Rube Goldberg-type machine.

Get Involved:

  • Form a team and design and build a machine for the event. (Register at http://museum.mit.edu/forms/fat-team.)
  • Volunteer at the event (sell tickets, help with set up/clean up, run hands-on activities, etc. – shifts available from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Contact Erika at ereinfeld@mit.edu.
  • Cheer on the participants! Doors open at 1:00 pm and the giant machine launches at 3:30 pm (Admission: $5 for MIT ID holders)

For more information visit http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/fat2011.html We hope you can join us on the 25th!

Want to make an impact? (11/28)

How does 1 billion people sound to you? If you’re up for the challenge, join us to meet like-minded people for the SEID + MIT $100K Accelerate Emerging Markets Mixer.

This is a great opportunity to find your teammates or a team to join in!People with and without ideas are welcome! Interest in Emerging Markets a MUST.

Location: MIT Stata Center (Bldg. 32) 4th floor, R&D Commons. Date and Time: Nov. 28, 2011, 6-9 pm. RSVP: http://bit.ly/SEID_100K

Vote for your favorite FSILG&D service photo(s)! (deadline 11/29)

Five groups submitted photos to the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge Photo Contest. Vote for your favorite picture(s) by "liking" them here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.276423252401336.65233.152162144827448&type=1&l=4efb4a66fb . The winning team will be able to choose a charity to receive $50 in their name. Vote by Tuesday, November 29, and tell your friends!

For more information about FSILG&D Community Service Challenge check out http://web.mit.edu/fsilgdchallenge or contact ServiceChallenge@mit.edu.

Ongoing Opportunities

Public Service Grants submission preferred deadline (11/28)

Are you working on a sustainable public service project over IAP? Are you looking for funding? The PKG Center offers grants that can help cover individual or group work in areas such as travel to the community in need, materials and food that helps facilitate the service. We also have funding available for training, such as workshops and conferences in the public service arena. Projects can range from exploratory to the implementation of a sustainable solution. To meet the preferred deadline submit your proposal by 11/28, 5pm.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/index.html or contact psc-grants@mit.edu.

2012 Google Roots in Science & Engineering (RISE) Awards! (deadline 11/30)

Google’s RISE Awards exist to promote and support STEM education initiatives at both the K-12 and university levels. Google believes that technology will continue to play an important role in shaping our future and that an investment in the youth of today will drive innovation and technology for years to come. To that end, the Google RISE Awards seek to provide funding to innovative organizations that are making waves, sparking interest and excitement, while improving education and creating opportunities for hands-on learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

We funded some great organizations<http://www.google.com/diversity/rise/recipients.html> in 2011 and we are looking forward to seeing what 2012 applicants will come up with! This year, we hope to make a larger and more lasting impact on STEM communities by providing increased funding to groups with a big vision. We anticipate submissions will have proposals befitting $10,000 to $25,000 award amounts, however requests of $5,000 or more will also be considered.

The application portal <http://www.google.com/diversity/rise/application.html> opens November 1st and will close November 30th. Please remember to submit your proposals on time and submit all supporting documentation via Google Docs. Award recipients will notified in January 2012.

If you have questions about how to apply or the eligibility of your proposal, please review the RISE site <http://www.google.com/edu/rise/> or email google-rise@google.com

Global Challenge Opportunity: Harness the Value of Solid Waste in India by Developing a Biodigester

Without a low-cost and low-tech methodology for processing organic waste, methane from anaerobic decomposition on dumping grounds will continue to destroy the atmosphere. The challenge is to design a low-cost, technologically simple and environmentally sound system to centrally process waste into biogas (or bio-methane) and distribute for fuel consumption to households, restaurants, as a replacement for CNG gas in transportation uses, or for generating electricity.

This design challenge presents MIT students with an opportunity to change the direction of municipal solid waste management and waste picker empowerment across the globe. This is a chance to make an indelible impact on designing for social enterprise as well as in the environmentally critical clean energy space.

Interested in connecting with Waste Ventures and getting started? Drop us a note at globalchallenge (at) mit.edu and we'll connect you. Weblink: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/problems/view/59

Help Develop an Exciting and High Impact Disaster Relief Tool!

Do you enjoy problem solving or writing? Have an interest in disaster relief or international development? Then join our team and help produce a high impact disaster relief tool!

Relief Labs International is a nonprofit consulting and technology group focused on optimizing the field operations efficiency of disaster relief organizations. We have recently released aidReg (www.aidreg.org), a free web-based logistics tool that aims to revolutionize the way NGOs coordinate the transport of small mission critical items into areas with limited or destroyed supply chains.

We are actively looking for volunteers who want to help us transition this project from a limited beta release into a tool used by every disaster relief NGO around the world! We are interested in driven individuals who can help in one or more of the following areas: website content creation, search engine optimization, social media marketing, or statistical analysis of generated data. This opportunity has the potential to turn into a paid position.

For more information please visit www.aidreg.org or contact Bill Dixon at wrdixon@relieflabs.org. Relief Labs is located in the CIC, right in Kendall Square. www.relieflabs.org

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science, and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred.

Tutors are needed on Mondays/Thursdays from 3-6PM, and Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 3-8PM.

We are looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at upwardbound@mit.eduor 617-253-5124

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Fellowship Announcement: Asia Pacific Leadership Program at East-West Center in Hawaii (deadline 12/1)

We are writing to inform you about a Fellowship opportunity at the East-West Center. The Center is announcing fellowships for its respected Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) and I am writing to you personally to request your assistance in identifying potential candidates for the 2012 - 2013 class. Now in its 11th year at the East-West Center, the APLP has created a network of 400 dynamic leaders in 53 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The 40 participants selected each year have strong leadership experience or exhibit high leadership potential. All participants have at least a bachelor’s degree and most have a master’s degree. APLP participants come from virtually all Asia Pacific countries and a tremendous range of professional backgrounds (for example, science, business, development, politics, government, civil society, medicine, religious orders, art, finance, academia, and research). The age of participants ranges from mid-20s to mid-40s, with an average age of 32. Peer learning between participants and alumni is a centerpiece of program design.

Applications for the 2012 - 2013 cohort, also known as Generation 12, are now being accepted. The priority application deadline for the 2012 – 2013 APLP class will be December 1, 2011. This is about two weeks away and so time is getting tight. Applications mailed by that date will receive a decision no later than March 1st, 2012. Applications sent after December 1, 2011, will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Our website is at: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/aplp

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship! (deadline 2/2)

Davis Projects for Peace offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward, and at least one is guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially — this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace.

The award will be made to an MIT undergraduate, but the undergraduate may use the funds to also support team members as appropriate.

Find the details at: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

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