November 2012 Newsletter
 
The amount of support we secure from friends of the office like you has a direct impact on the number of students who we are able to serve, free of charge. 
 
 
   
 
June 17 to July 27, 2013
 
Open to current high school juniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 
Application due 
January 15, 2013
 
 
Applications available soon
   
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Institute
 
Summer 2013
 
Open to current 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders who attend public school in Boston, Cambridge or Lawrence.
 
Applications available in December 2012 and due in March 2013
 
 
 
 
Summer 2013
 
Open to current 7th and 8th grade boys who attend public school in Boston or Cambridge.
 
Applications available in December 2012 and due in May 2013
 
 
 
 
Summer 2013
 
Open to current 7th, 8th and 9th graders who attend public school in Boston, Cambridge or Lawrence.
 
Applications available in December and due in May
 
MITES alumni: Watch for survey
 
OEOP will be distributing a survey to all MITES alumni to discover ways to improve the program and to learn more about our alums' trajectories. Please watch for an email in the coming weeks for more details.
 
MITES alumni who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.




Hello!
 
Two months into the academic year, the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) is enthusiastically preparing for the spring semester and next summer. Among that work, we're beginning to process applications for Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, our academic-year program for local high school students.
 
Last week, we began accepting applications for Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES). We'll also begin accepting applications for the Confronting Obstacles and Realizing Excellence (CORE) Program, the MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP) and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Institute by mid-December. Please see the sidebar on the left for more information.

In this newsletter, I am happy to share updates on our academic-year programs and good news about some of our recent alumni. Their accomplishments are possible in part because of donations from supporters like you. Please consider making an end-of-year donation to OEOP to help us continue to provide our students with life-changing experiences.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Shawna Young
Executive Director
Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Academic-year programs kickoff for local middle and high school students
 
OEOP launched its 2012-2013 academic-year programming this fall, which will provide nearly 150 middle school and high school students from Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence with enriching experiences in engineering and science.

The OEOP Middle School Mentoring Program partners students with MIT undergraduates for engineering activities during brunches held one Saturday per month. In the most recent brunch on October 27, teams of mentees worked with their mentors to redesign everyday objects -- such as water bottles, hair brushes, and staplers -- to create better experiences for those objects' users. The winning team designed the Pill÷w, a pillow that gently wakes users with the help of built-in LED lights.

SEED Academy is wrapping up its fall semester, during which students took classes in civil engineering, computer science and electronics. A new cohort of freshmen and additional sophomores will join SEED Academy in the spring, when students will transition into classes covering mechanical engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, robotics and synthetic biology.
Obama campaign video features MITES alum
 
Screenshot of Eric Smalls
 
Eric Smalls, a 2011 alum of MITES, shared his inspiring journey from homelessness to Stanford University in a video created by the campaign to reelect President Barack Obama in October. Eric cited President Obama's support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives as one of the factors that helped him achieve his dream. He is currently a freshman studying computer science and artificial intelligence.
American Physical Society awards alumni with prestigious scholarships

Marianna Agudelo, a 2011 MITES alum, joined a number of OEOP alumni to receive the American Physical Society Minority Scholarship. The award is presented to top underrepresented minority students who major or plan to major in physics. Marianna spent last summer interning with the Quantum Information Systems group at the Georgia Tech Research Institute before returning to MIT as a freshman to study physics and nuclear engineering.

Last year, Mario Morales, a 2010 MITES alum, received the APM Minority Scholarship. 2009 MITES alum Gustavo Resendiz received the same accolade in 2010.
Alum's international research, service recognized on MIT homepage



In late September, Victoria Okuneye, a 2008 MITES alum and MIT senior studying brain and cognitive sciences, was featured on MIT's homepage. The spotlight highlighted Victoria's fascinating undergraduate career that has extended beyond campus to Mexico and Jamaica, where she improved workplace culture using cognitive neuroscience, encouraged entrepreneurship in high school and college students, and taught computer skills to teachers.