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RSI FAQ

1. Where is the RSI website?
2. When do I find out about my mentor/field/project?
3. What is the address/zip code at Simmons?
4. What does the staff do?
5. What is "Athena"?
6. Is there a printer/scanner/copy machine I can use somewhere?

1. Where is the RSI website?

The website is located at http://web.mit.edu/rsi/www/

2. When do I find out about my mentor/field/project?

For most of you, you won't know the details until Meet-Your-Mentor night on the first Thursday of RSI. Some of you may be contacted beforehand to fill out forms or read up on literature. We try our best to give you projects in the fields you desire!

3. What is the address/zip code at Maseeh?

Your Name
c/o RSI, Maseeh Hall
305 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. What does the staff do?

Everyone has a different job!

  • Director: Manages mentorships, guest lecturers, communications, large-scale networks and programming.
  • Assistant Director: Manages life at RSI, controls problems, implements/runs programs and events, life mentor, regional/MIT liaison.
  • Systems Manager: Creates first week Athena curriculum, manages technology systems, scripts, website, etc., and helps facilitate creation of papers and presentations.
  • Academic Tutors: Walks you day-by-day through the research, paper construction, and presentation learning process, reports to Director.
  • Counselors: Manages your day-to-day life, runs events, comes up with new social opportunities, keeps everything fun, reports to Assistant Director.
  • First Week TAs: Teaches you Athena computing and helps facilitate classes in the first week, reports to Systems Manager.
  • Last Week TAs: Helps facilitate reading papers and providing feedback on papers and presentations, reports to Academic Tutors and Systems Manager.
  • Nobodies: RSI alums that are around that want to help out!

5. What is "Athena"?

Athena is the computer system at MIT, and Athena accounts give you access to the network, cluster computers, and many of the other resources at MIT. You'll all receive your own temporary account for the program, including a @mit.edu email address!

6. Is there a printer/scanner/copy machine I can use somewhere?

There are printers all around campus, including in all Athena (computer) clusters. A full list of printers you can use can be found here.
There is a scanner in Athena cluster in W20-575 (student center 5th floor), across the room from the entrance. There is also a scanner in Maseeh's basement cluster, though its functionality is not guaranteed.
There are copy machines in the CopyTech offices in W20 and Building 11, but they cost money to use.