Department News and Notices
Upcoming important physics related dates this summer
- Advanced Standing/Validation Exams:
- 8.01: Monday, August 8, 12:00 to 3:00pm (VIRTUAL)
- 8.02: Wednesday, August 10, 12:00 to 3:00pm (VIRTUAL)
- 8.03: Tuesday, September 6 (Reg Day), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in 4-261
- 8.04: Tuesday, September 6 (Reg Day), 2:00 to 5:00 pm in 4-261
- Fall Written Exam for graduate students (Times and Locations TBA):
- CM and EM: Monday, August 29th
- QM and SM: Tuesday, August 30th
- Deadline to sign up: Monday, August 22nd
- Institute Holiday: Labor Day - Monday, September 5, 2022
- Registration Day - Tuesday, September 6, 2022
- See https://registrar.mit.edu/calendar for more dates
Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
Monday, August 8, 2022 at 3:00pm in VIRTUAL
"Three-particle mechanism for unconventional superconductivity with potential application in moiré materials"
Presented by Valentin Crepel
Committee: Liang Fu, Leonid Levitov, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
(Email Sydney Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Zoom link)
Good luck Valentin!
Latest Physics news
New Design Classes For Fall
For the first time, the Integrated Design & Management program will be offering new classes on human-centered design and product design that will be open to all MIT students. We would love to have your help to spread the word among your graduate students and undergrads.
These classes are especially relevant for students in Course 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 15, MAS, ACT, CMS, and STS.
Here are our new classes for Fall
Acroyoga Beginner Summer Series (6 weeks)
Who: Graduate Students
When: Thursdays thru August 18, 2022 from 6:15pm to 7:45pm ET
Where: Killian Court (Rain/Cold: is inside the Z Center in the Dupont Lower Matted Court)
Acroyoga is a communication practice disguised as a partner movement practice. The physical aspect combines yoga and acrobatics. This class is a great place to start, whether you’ve never tried acro before or you’re returning to it after some time away. We’ll go over the 3 key roles (base, flyer, spotter), refine the fundamentals and learn how to transition smoothly & gracefully.
Feel free to bring a friend to class but it's not necessary to participate. You’ll leave the class with more friends than when you arrived!
This class is covered by funding from the MIT Office of Graduate Education so there is no cost to you. You can try anything once right? Especially if it's free! Join us even if you can’t make it to all the classes.
For questions please contact us at email@example.com
Follow us on Social Media!
Join our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1882939961870753/
Sign up for class here: https://forms.gle/TwK44RD5ncueRwyr7
Summer CAPD workshops
Who: Graduate Students and Postdocs
When: See below
Where: See below
Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm ET (VIRTUAL)
Faculty Job Search Deep Dive: STEM Research Statements - Faculty Panel
Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm ET (VIRTUAL)
Faculty Job Search Deep Dive: SHASS Research Statements - Faculty Panel
GSC laser tag and air park
Who: Graduate Students
When: Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Where: XtremeCraze, Woburn MA (round-trip shuttle is also provided (stops at Ashdown and Media Lab))
Join GSC to burn off some energy and have a lot of fun next Saturday (8/6) at 4pm. We will go to the XtremeCraze center in Woburn. We will play one session of laser tag and one session of air castle. There will also be a $5 arcade card, pizza, and sodas (regular price $35+). A round-trip shuttle is also provided (stops at Ashdown and Media Lab). The event costs $20, and there is a $5 discount if you arrange your own transportation. Buy tickets at https://mit.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1569. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Laser tag and air park
When: Aug 6 from 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: XtremeCraze, Woburn MA
- Join GSC to burn off some energy and have a lot of fun
- One session of air castle, one session of laser tag, arcade games, pizza, and soda
- Round-trip shuttle provided
$20/person, 1 ticket per person, $5 discount if you arrange your own transportation
Maria Mitchell Women of Science Symposium 2022 - Registration Now Open
Who: All Students
When: September 22-24, 2022
Where: Babson Executive Conference Center
The Second Maria Mitchell Women of Science (STEM) Symposium is designed to serve as a source of inspiration and support and to be a hands-on experience in which all attendees are actively participating and problem-solving. Keynote speakers, panels, and salon-style gatherings will offer a unique environment in which all voices can be heard and encouraged. Participants will connect with colleagues and mentors and devise strategies to encourage and keep girls in STEM and support women in STEM at the beginning, middle, and late career stages.
Registrations include a lunch and dinner, as well as amazing coffee hours with fantastic treats served by our host – the Babson Executive Conference Center. Partial scholarships are available for students and teachers.
COVID-19 Precautions will be taken – see our registration page for more information.
2022 Fall Career Fairs
Who: All Students
When: September 2022
Where: MIT and Virtual
Registration for the 2022 MIT Fall Career Fair (FCF) is now open for employers! This year there will be an in-person career fair on Sept. 23rd and a virtual career fair on Sept. 28th for employers and candidates to attend one or both. Please visit the Fall Career Fair site for full details on sponsorship, event logistics, virtual fair support, and more.
Register in Handshake by August 17th for the In-person Fall Career Fair and separately for the Virtual Fall Career Fair by September 12th.
Grad Experience Grants
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: July 31, 2022
Grad Student Experience Grants from OGE (Office of Graduate Education) funds numerous events/programs that enhance the graduate community at MIT. We have 3 yearly cycles for the grants program intended for events in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Apply now for Fall event funding.
Since 2002, the grants program has been a successful proposal process that invites graduate students, spouses, faculty, and staff to submit creative ideas that kick start community-building projects. This program has expanded to include more facets of the graduate student experience including supporting students with families, diversity, equity, & inclusion, professional & leadership development, healthy living, arts and civic engagement, community-building across disciplines, outreach, advisor - advisee relations, and more!
We encourage anyone (faculty, staff, spouses, students) to apply for funds -- especially in collaboration with other students or student groups. Proposals may address a specific community such as families, a particular department, or a cultural community; they may cross departments or focus within a discipline. The purpose should be to create a more vibrant and fulfilling graduate experience at MIT.
Previous successful grants include AcroYoga, American Sign Language Lessons, Resin Jewelry workshops and many others (please see our website).
More details and the application can be found here.
The application deadline is July 31, 2021. Please contact us with any questions: email@example.com
Help compile the Course 8 Handbook!
Who: All Students
Are you looking for something to do this summer? Itching to connect to the physics community? Do your friends come to you for advice on everything from their cat's nail polish color to what kind of bread they should buy next week?
Sign up at https://forms.gle/kuDvH38wRVLpSjGy9 to help contribute to the SPS Course 8 Handbook! whether you just finished your first year at MIT or going off into the real world, we'd really appreciate your thoughts on all aspects of the physics experience here. And if you're not sure you're qualified to give advice, we're also looking for help editing and compiling! We'll send out an email to everyone who fills out the form in a few weeks to coordinate different parts of the handbook.
Click here to view. Search or link to this question with @119.
Sign up for more classes at http://piazza.com/mit.
Makerworkshop Fall 2022 mentor recruitment
Who: All Students
Deadline: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 by 11:59pm ET
Now accepting applications for our Fall mentor recruitment drive. If you have always desired for a deeper involvement with the making community or just are interested to gain some mentoring experience, this is the chance for you!
Please apply here to indicate your interests and experience. Mentors can hail from any department at MIT and can have wide variety of experience and skill levels. So please feel free to spread the word to your friends who might be interested.
The application cycle is open until 11:59 pm Tuesday, Aug 9th. In case you are interested to know more about the roles of mentors, or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRISM 2022 - Register to Present
Who: Undergraduate Students
PRISM is an annual physics conference organized by MIT SPS, open to undergraduates at MIT, Harvard, or Wellesley doing any kind of physics project. PRISM is a great way to showcase your work in a friendly and welcoming environment, hone your presentation skills, and see the exciting research that your peers are doing in all areas of physics. This year, PRISM will have both virtual and in-person components. You can also choose to either orally present your work or show your posters, whatever works best for you!
The conference will take place on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2, 2022 [11am - 4pm on both days]. Register here by August 10 if you are interested in presenting!
You can find more information at our website
Feel free to email email@example.com if you have any questions!
Announcing IDDEAS@MITSloan October 6-7, 2022
Who: Graduate Students
Are you considering PhD training and an academic career?
IDDEAS@MITSloan (Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship) is a two-day immersion program being held October 6-7, 2022, aimed at introducing a diverse group of outstanding undergraduates to the field of business research and academia.
IDDEAS@MITSloan will give participants an opportunity to experience what it means to be a PhD student and to enter a career as an academic researcher. IDDEAS@MITSloan participants will take part in doctoral-level research exercises, take mini-master classes with MIT Sloan faculty, hear from MIT Sloan doctoral students, and much more. The program is designed for undergraduate students who demonstrate a strong interest in math, statistics, economics, psychology/sociology, and/or engineering-related disciplines and want to know more about PhD research degrees in business. We encourage all interested students to apply.
To enrich the field of business academia and research, the IDDEAS@MITSloan program invites applicants from all academic and personal backgrounds. Attendance and accommodations are free of charge, and travel costs are covered by the program.
IDDEAS scholars from programs held at Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, Booth and Kellogg have gone on to enter top business doctoral programs including Emory University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Duke University, INSEAD, University of Indiana and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
To learn more about IDDEAS@MITSloan and to apply, please see
https://mitsloan.mit.edu/programs/phd/iddeasmitsloan. The application deadline is September 1, 2022.
Learn NASA Astrophysics Mission Design from the Experts!
Who: Graduate Students, Recent PhDs, and Postdocs
New! Astrophysics Mission Design School, an early career immersive, experiential, 3-month mentored opportunity for:
- Science & engineering doctoral candidates recent Ph.D.s, postdocs, junior teaching faculty
- Engineering master’s degree students near graduation
- Individuals living and working in the U.S.
- U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents
- Foreign Nationals from non-designated countries (maximum of 2 admitted)
Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged - we highly value diversity, equity, & inclusion.
Register now for informational session - July 27 3:00 pm ET
Apply by September 28, 2022
Session dates: January 30 – April 14, 2023