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Community Service Bulletin

April 4, 2012


Food for Thoughts: Eat ice cream and share your thoughts at a volunteering focus group event

Calling all volunteers! Do you volunteer in the local community? If so, the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center invites you to share your thoughts about resources for MIT volunteers. Drop by the Chipman Room (6-104) on Friday, April 6, anytime between 1:00 and 3:00pm. We’ll have a short survey, some informal discussions, and, of course, delicious ice cream sundaes from Toscanini’s!

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required: volunteering@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

First annual International Development Group Conference (4/6)

Please join us for the first annual IDG Conference: Reframing International Development, Friday April 6, 8am - 5pm, MIT Faculty Club (E52- 6th floor).

The field of International development has undergone tremendous change in recent decades. In these exciting times, academic and financial institutions, as well as policy makers and practitioners, must re-evaluate our respective roles if we are to achieve the types of innovation necessary to address these challenges moving into the future. With this challenge in mind, students of MIT’s International Development Group within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning have organized this conference on the future of international development.

We hope this conference will bring together established players in the international development field - academic institutions, international financial institutions - with some of the emerging players in development, namely organizations that represent the poor themselves, developing country institutions and foundations. We believe an open dialogue between these groups is necessary to advance the field of international development.

For more information and to register, please visit
http://web.mit.edu/dusp/idg/conference/ Registration is free but required. Do it now! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3177731681

Science Extravaganza (4/7)

Science Extravaganza is an all-day educational outreach event for middle school students in the Boston Area in which we do workshops to teach them and get them excited about STEM fields. We will be having 3 different workshops for the students to learn about circuitry, buoyancy and gravity!

The event will be held from 9am - 5pm in Johnson Ice Rink. At 3pm we will be in Lobby 7. Please sign up on our website: http://web.mit.edu/maes/www/extravaganza/volunteers.html This event will be hosted by MAES: Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists. For more information please contact Emil at eemolina@mit.edu

Summer Community Service Work-Study Information Session (4/10)

Attend an information session for Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about summer jobs being advertised here in Boston or design your own position anywhere around the country.

The info session will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 7-8PM in room W35-299. Dinner will be served. Contact Linden McEntire at studentworker@mit.edu or 617-253-8065 with any questions! http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/students/index.html

“The Other Side of Immigration” Documentary Screening (4/19)

Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Other Side of Immigration” followed by a discussion with Roy Germano, film director. http://www.theothersideofimmigration.com/HOME.html

Co-sponsored by: Center for International Studies, Clubmex, FL&L, International Student Association, Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and MISTI. The event will be held at 7PM on Thursday, April 19 in 3-270. For information please contact Griselda Gomez: gomezg@mit.edu

Participate in the Science of Sports Festival with Boston Students! (4/22)

Do you have a creative idea for how to engage students in learning about math, science or engineering through sports? The Cambridge Science Festival and Office of Engineering Outreach Programs are organizing a "Science of Sports Day" on Sunday, April 22 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Madison Park High School in Roxbury. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your excitement about math, science and engineering with Boston students!

We would like to invite you to join us for the event and host a table with a hands on activity or demo. All you need to do to register to participate is to complete this online form http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/GetInvolved/ScienceOfSports.aspx

Talk to 8th Graders about College Life! (4/27)

Love college? Successful at balancing work and play? Come share your experience with 8th graders at a local middle school in Cambridge to help keep them on the path to higher education! Format will be a panel discussion. The event will be facilitated by a counselor intern associated with Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The event will be held on Friday, April 27th, from 11:30-12:30pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School at 100 Putnam Ave, Cambridge, MA. We will spend a few minutes preparing information and be in the classroom by 11:45am.

For more information, please visit http://www.cpsd.us/mlk/ or contact Ashley Cheng at ayc577@mail.harvard.edu or (412)478-6254

Ongoing Opportunities

D-Lab Study Abroad Program (deadline: 4/13)

D-Lab is excited to open applications for the 2012-2013 pilot of the D-Lab Study Abroad program! Get more information at http://d-lab.mit.edu/study-abroad and apply by April 13.

D-Lab Study Abroad is a new collaboration between the MIT Global Education and Career Development Center and D-Lab for an organized, community-based, credit-bearing study abroad program set in developing countries. D-Lab Study Abroad will give you the opportunity to spend a semester studying and living in a developing country, collaborating with other students, faculty, established partners and community members. This will strengthen connections in the community, lead to significant progress on research and community development projects, and promote more in-depth cultural immersion. Study Abroad students will have a field-based, hands-on experience while remaining linked to MIT, and students at MIT will benefit from Study Abroad students’ shared learning and an increased ability to work more closely with partners and users throughout the semester. D-Lab Study Abroad proposes a new model where, while abroad, you enroll in classes at MIT and are actively engaged in those classes as a remote participant, adding a new dimension to on-campus classes at MIT. The rest of your abroad semester will be made up of independent research projects, local language instruction, and more.

The D-Lab Study Abroad program will pilot in 2012-2013, as a cohesive academic year with students traveling in the spring semester. You will spend the fall semester taking classes in your major, development-related courses with faculty who are interesting in advising students while abroad, and a seminar organized by D-Lab to help prepare for going abroad. The fall semester will lead into the spring semester abroad, with clear connections between them. In the spring, you will be placed with a D-Lab partner in a developing country, working on projects that match your backgrounds and interests. We have identified great potential partners in Brazil, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Zambia. This is a unique MIT study abroad program, blending classroom and field experiences as you complete academically rigorous courses and research while being deeply engaged within a community. Each student will be able to craft a semester abroad program that focuses on their interests while allowing them to stay on track for meeting degree requirements; you may receive a traditional semester’s worth of MIT academic credit, including engineering credit under the 2A program.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Coordinator Rebecca Smith (smithra@mit.edu) or check out our website, http://d-lab.mit.edu/study-abroad We look forward to hearing from you!

Enter a GOOD Challenge! (deadline: 4/16)

Check out the following challenge/contest opportunities sponsored by GOOD occurring this month! For all competitions, details and submission tips can be found online at http://good.is For more information contact Wendy Levine at wendy@goodinc.com

GOOD Magazine: $500 to Use Sports for GOOD

Between waiting for the start of baseball season and compulsively eyeing the latest college basketball scores, we’ve been more than a little preoccupied with sports lately. Luckily for you, we’re funneling our Final Four fever into a GOOD Maker Challenge. Tell us how you would use $500 to improve and uplift your community through sports, and the three proposals with the most votes will receive a grant. We love creative, unconventional ideas. Maybe you’ll use the cash to plan a citywide triathlon or a neighborhood kickball tournament. Perhaps you’ll start a pee wee soccer club or an intramural badminton league for seniors. Imagine how the love of the game can change your community, then submit your best plan of action here.

The 3 top-voted ideas will each receive a $500 grant. Submit an application for a chance to win. Submit a proposal between March 15 and April 16 (noon Pacific Time). From April 16-30, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the top three grant winners. http://goodsports.maker.good.is/

Cambridge Science Festival 2012 (4/20-4/29)

The Cambridge Science Festival is a 10-day festival (April 20-29) calling on community, university, corporate, and informal institutions to come together and excite all people around the science, technology, engineering, and math in our lives. The 2012 festival will comprise of over 100 events, including the Science Carnival, Science of Sports, and Astronomy Day in a host of events for families throughout Cambridge and beyond. We’re also scheduling a wide assortment of more adult events - everything from career advice and networking meetups to a science historian-improv comedian match up in "What if?: Alternative Histories of Science".

There are a couple things we'd like your help with:

1) Everyone has a question about climate change. What's Yours? Submit your question today at http://bit.ly/climateq.

2) We need your help as volunteers, helping with set-up, photos, blogging, ushering and more. Please sign up as a CSF Volunteer at http://bit.ly/csfvolunteer !!

Thank you! And please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in helping out at the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival! For more information or to get involved please contact Kristyn Maiorca at chemmusica@gmail.com or 646-267-5146, or visit cambridgesciencefestival.org. Follow us on twitter @CSFtweets and facebook

Mentor a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team (Oct 2012-March 2013)

Enjoy mentoring kids? How about building robots? What about getting to do both, while making a difference in the local community? Community Charter School of Cambridge is looking for two student mentors for their FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team next year. The commitment would be around 4 hours a week, starting in October and going through March, with extremely flexible hours. Take a look at their website, https://sites.google.com/site/team5397/home, to see the awesome work they've done this year!

If you're at all interested or would like more information, please contact Sarah Weiss at saweiss@mit.edu.

Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP) at the Boston Housing Authority

Lend your voice to low income families who are seeking housing assistance through the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and need language support. Our Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP) offers a flexible, on call volunteer opportunity which solicits no more than 10 hours a month of your time.

Upon training, volunteer interpreters may assist at hearings, eligibility interviews, resident meetings, walk-ins and phone inquiries. Volunteers may also help translate housing documents or review translations for accuracy.

We are looking for volunteers who are fluent in Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Somali, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Cape Verdean, Spanish, Albanian, Russian, Arabic, or French, and have a demonstrated competence and sensitivity working with low income, culturally diverse individuals.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Johane Alexis-Phanor at 617-988-4032 or LanguageAccessTeam@bostonhousing.org.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

IDI Technology Dissemination Fellowships (deadline 4/9)

The emphasis of the IDI Technology Dissemination Fellowships is on disseminating technologies developed by MIT students and student teams, but we are open to other models. If in doubt, ask! The TDF program may be a good resource for you if your project is currently in one of these phases:

  • Incubation – Conducting feasibility studies, generating business plans, refining products, arranging licensing agreements and attracting early adopters.
  • Market Development – Raising product awareness, building supply chains, creating financing options, and promoting wholesale and retail sales.
  • Impact Expansion – Deepening relationships with current customers, creating new products, increasing production capacity and distribution opportunities.

The deadline for summer 2012 is Monday, April 9, 5pm. Details and application materials: http://web.mit.edu/idi/idi_programs.htm

Interested in teaching middle & high school students this summer? (deadlines vary)

In conjunction with the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP), you can make a true impact by teaching students at critical junctures in the pre-college academic pipeline. As an instructor/teaching assistant, you will support our endeavor to educate 500-600 students through engaging, hands-on curricula that will strengthen students’ foundations in STEM skills. You will also contribute to exposing these students to cutting-edge STEM content and world-class resources we have available at MIT. Our programs offer competitive salaries coupled with the additional benefit of paid room and board to instructors and teaching assistants.

Programs include:

-Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program http://mit.edu/mites
6-week residential summer program (06/11-07/28) for rising high school seniors
Seeking instructors/TA's in Calculus, Life Sciences, Physics, Engineering and Architecture
Apply at http://mit.edu/mites/Instructor.html or http://mit.edu/mites/Teaching_Assistant.html

-Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT) Program;
1-week residential summer program (07/29-08/05) for rising high school seniors
Seeking instructors/TA's in Engineering
Email e2@mit.edu to apply

-MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Collaboration (MOSTEC)
6-month online-enrichment program (June-Decemeber) for high school seniors
Seeking part-time online facilitators
Email mostec@mit.edu to apply

-Confronting Obstacles and Realizing Excellence (CORE) Program http://mit.edu/core-program/
2-week math-intensive summer program (08/06-08/17) for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders
Seeking instructors/TA's in mathematics with an algebra focus
Apply at http://mit.edu/core-program/To_Teach.html

-MIT Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program http://mit.edu/stem/
5-week (06/26-08/12) summer program for rising 6th-9th graders
Seeking undergraduate instructors in science, mathematics, and robotics
Apply at http://mit.edu/stem/Teach.html

-MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP) http://mit.edu/msbp/
4-week summer program for rising 8th and 9th grade boys
Seeking instructors/TA's in science and mathematics with baseball experience
Apply at http://mit.edu/msbp/To_Teach_Coach.html

Please note that each program has different deadlines, however you are encouraged to submit your applications ASAP and apply for all programs of interest. Priority will be given to all staff applications received by March 30th.

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