2020 Cohort: 1st Year Office Value Statement
This statement is expected to be a reminder of the positive atmosphere the MIT Chemical Engineering department would like to foster among the first-year class. Central to the first-year environment are the offices due to their proximity to classes, recitation, office hours, labs, and other MIT events. Although these offices will not be open due to the ongoing pandemic, their spirit is carried onward in a virtual setting where students will be able to work and collaborate. The first year of graduate school is a major experiential shift for most students, and will likely be more so this year. This document is intended to remind the first-year cohort of the values we hope to collectively foster to facilitate learning, collaboration, and community among peers, the department, and the institute.
The offices should foster inclusivity, and “inclusion” is different for everyone. Individuals have different expectations and modes of expression. Inclusion is acknowledging different personalities and values that students may have and trying to make everyone feel invited to and valued during activities.
Respect differences between you and your peers. Students come from many different environments, identify under various groups, and are sensitive to different topics. An important component of respecting your peers and others in the MIT community is to use their correct pronouns and names; take the time early on in the semester to learn these. Sometimes, unintended offenses are made; if this occurs, work to rectify it as soon as possible. Resources for student mediation and counselling through both the chemical engineering department and student services at MIT can assist with this.
Respect virtual space. Valuable sharing and discussion spaces are available within online group work platforms. These spaces are meant to assist all students with their studies. Some students may be naturally more confident in these spaces than others; work to foster an environment in which all students present are given time and attention to voice their thoughts and opinions.
Practice empathy: understand the impact your words can have on other people. Statements such as “that assignment was easy” likely will not be shared amongst all students, and may negatively impact the experience of some. In general, try to avoid statements regarding time spent and difficulty of homework assignments. This time might be better spent learning about and getting to know your classmates and talking about non-class-related topics or fostering a greater understanding of course content.
Share class resources, they are limited. Your teaching assistants, peers, professors, and other resources have limited time. Certain periods (i.e. during difficult homework assignments or before exams) will strain these resources. Please share the resources so that everyone has the opportunity to get help.
Take care of your peers. Other students will likely be your best source of support during the first-year experience. Use your best judgement to reach out to peers that are struggling, and do so with care and kindness.
Take care of yourself. A major contribution to your success in graduate school is ensuring that you are taking care of yourself. If you find that you need assistance, resources are available through the student office and MIT that can assist with self-care, coping with stress, and even implementing and adhering to value statements.
*This is intended to be a living document reviewed by the first-year cohort each year. Suggestions on additions and revisions should be directed to the student office.
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Integrated ChemEng Modules (ICE)
Graduate Student Handbook/Forms
- Student Handbook (2019-2020)
- Student Office Online Forms (Cert Protected)
- Advisor Selection Form
- Annual Doctoral Student Mentoring Meeting Worksheet
- Specifications for Thesis Preparation
- Thesis Packet for Doctoral Candidates
- MSCEP Departure Form
- PhD/ScD/PhDCEP/MS Student Departure Form
- University MicroFilm Form (UMI)
- MIT’s DSpace Electronic Thesis Collection
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AIChE Student Chapter
AIChE Student Chapter
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a professional organization representing nearly 60,000 chemical engineers. AIChE encourages the activities of student chapters at academic departments, and works to integrate the student members into the professional world.
At MIT, the AIChE student chapter provides a voice for undergraduates in department affairs, encourages the professional development of students, and provides seminars concerning graduate school application, job hunting, and life in industry. The chapter also organizes study breaks and student-faculty get-togethers.
The objectives of this AIChE chapter are (1) to promote the professional development of its members through its programs and by its relations with other student chapters and the parent body, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and (2) to contribute to the development of chemical engineering at MIT through activities involving the faculty and student members.
Our student chapter does not necessarily have conditions for membership and, in a sense, functions as a student interest organization. All chemical engineering students in the Department are invited to participate in AIChE activities. These include attending industrial seminars, study breaks, lunches, and opportunities to get to know faculty and staff within the Department.
- MIT AIChE Students Chapter (Undergraduate)
- MIT AIChE Executive Board (2020-2021)
- Contact a Current Student (ChemE has a team of juniors and seniors with diverse research interests who want to answer your questions! Feel free to reach out!)
- AIChE Website
- AIChE Events Calendar
SBE Student Chapter
MIT’s student chapter of the Society of Biological Engineers is a dynamic group of undergraduate Chemical Engineering students that plans events to help cultivate a sense of community within the ChemE department and to create ties between undergraduates and industry professionals. SBE strives to show undergraduates the different paths one can take with an MIT ChemE degree (including going to medical school, graduate school, or entering directly into industry) by inviting a wide variety of speakers to give talks, attend small round-table discussions, or sponsor undergraduate competitions. SBE also plans fun events such as brewery tours and study breaks for ChemE undergraduates.
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- SBE Officers (TBA)
- SBE National Website
Diversity in Chemical Engineering (DICE)
DICE promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department, focusing on the graduate experience while collaborating with undergraduates, post-docs, staff, and faculty. DICE facilitate community building and networking, support education and growth on diversity related topics, advocate for a more equitable student experience, and support the department in building an inclusive culture and environment.
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Emily Krucker Velasquez
Graduate Student Council (GSC-X)
The Graduate Student Council for Course X (GSC-X) represents graduate students in the department. We host a variety of social events, including monthly TG’s with free food and drinks, a summer BBQ with alumni, and a holiday party. We also organize department intramural teams each season as well as mentorship and outreach events throughout the year. For more information please reach out to us at: email@example.com.
GSC-X is composed of second year graduate students who volunteer for one year.
The 2019-2020 members are:
Matthew Van Beek
Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB)
Submit your confidential comments or concerns to GSAB here. The page is certificate-protected to reduce spam, but your name will not be associated with your responses unless you choose to provide it.
Selection of Advisory Board Representatives
The GSAB is comprised of 8-10 graduate students, 2 from each class year (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th+). Representatives are nominated and elected by their peers, and serve a term of one year from March to March.
You may nominate yourself or another graduate student. You may nominate multiple individuals, via separate nomination submissions.
The names of students who are nominated, who have agreed to participate, will be entered into the GSAB election. Each grad student in the Department may cast two separate votes, one vote per nominee, within their class year. The two nominees from each class year who receive the most votes will be elected to the GSAB as the representatives of their class.
GSAB Nomination: (nomination period is now closed)
|2020 – 2021 Advisory Board|
Mary Joens (2nd yr)
Advisor: Prof. Swan
Katie Steinberg (2nd yr)
Advisor: Prof. Manthiram
Alexi Khechfe (3rd yr)
Advisor: Prof. Román
Brianna Lax (3rd yr)
Advisor: Prof. Wittrup
Bertrand Neyhouse (3rd yr)
Advisor: Prof. Brushett
Amber Phillips (3rd yr)
Advisor: Prof. Roman
Kara Rodby (4th yr)
Advisor: Prof. Brushett
Thejas Wesley (4th yr)
Advisor: Prof. Román and
Kindle Williams (5th yr)
Advisor: Prof. Manthiram
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- Science Perspective: “What to Expect From Your Advisers“
- MIT GSC Academics, Research, and Careers
- MIT GSC professional development series
- MIT Global Education and Career Development
- MIT Center for Entrepreneurship
- MIT Infinite Connection (Alumni)
Undergraduate Student Advisory Board (USAB)
The Undergraduate Student Advisory Board is a student committee that advises the Department of Chemical Engineering on matters related to the academic and professional growth of the undergraduate student body. USAB’s main focus is to enhance the student experience in the department and provide input to continuously improve the undergraduate program. The board consists of two representatives from each undergraduate class as well as two reps from AICHE and they will have regular meetings throughout the year with the Department Chair and the Student Office.
2019 – 2020 USAB Members
|Class of 2020 Representatives|
Class of 2021 Representatives
Class of 2022 Representatives
National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe)
The mission of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is to build an eminent cadre of successful diverse global leaders in STEM and advance their professional endeavors by adding value to their academic, development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout the life-cycle of their careers. To that end we have established educational partnerships with school districts, municipalities, businesses, universities, and other organizations in the public and private sectors to provide and support local, regional, national, and global programs that assist people of color in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. At MIT, our NOBCChE chapter works to provide professional development opportunities along side community building events. This includes, company sponsored events, career fair prep, and faculty-student meals.
Jordan Alford, President
Ashton Dacon, Treasurer
Graduate Women in Chemical Engineering (GWiChE)
Graduate Women in Chemical Engineering (GWiChE) supports graduate women in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT by facilitating the formation of social and professional networks, providing opportunities for personal growth and empowerment, and promoting a supportive and inclusive environment.