February 2013 Newsletter
Without the generous support of friends of the office like you, we wouldn't be able to offer our programs free of charge to our incredible students. 

now available
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Institute
July 8 - August 10, 2013
Open to current 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders who attend public school in Boston, Cambridge or Lawrence.
Applications due March 22.
July 1 - July 27, 2013
Open to current 7th and 8th grade boys who attend public school in Boston or Cambridge.
Applications due April 26.
Applications available soon
August 5 - August 16, 2013
Open to rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders who attend public school in Boston or Cambridge.
Applications available 
March 1 and due in May

2013 is off to an exciting start for the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP). The deadline for applications to our longest-running program, the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), was January 24, and our staff is busy processing nearly 2,000 applications. We're looking forward to welcoming some of the brightest high school juniors from across the country to campus this summer through our three national outreach programs: MITES, Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT), and MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC).

While we review applications from our incoming students, our recent alumni are hearing back about their applications to prestigious colleges. We're looking forward to sharing more detailed college admissions information as we receive it, but we're happy to announce now that 78 high school seniors from our national outreach programs (MITES, E2@MIT and MOSTEC) and Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, our academic-year program for local high school students, were accepted into MIT during the early action admissions round!

Thank you for your continued support of OEOP!

Shawna Young
Executive Director
Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Summer teaching positions now open

Staff of the 2012 STEM Program (back row) celebrated a successful summer with two of their Level I students in August

Are you looking for a rewarding teaching experience this summer? Apply for a position with the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs!


This summer, we are running six programs for middle and high school students, which require staff from a variety of backgrounds. While each position has different requirements, we're excited to receive applications from candidates who have a passion for teaching and mentorship. Current undergraduate and graduate college students as well as experienced professionals are encouraged to apply. Benefits for instructional staff include a generous stipend, free food, great field trips and free housing (depending on the position).


All applications are due March 1, 2013. Please visit our website for instructions on how to apply. This system will allow you to apply for any of the positions you are interested in with one application. Our instructional staff are the backbone of our programs, so we are looking forward to reviewing your application.

MOSTEC concludes with two webinars

MIT undergrads Michelle Szucs (left) and Eloho Akpovi (right) joined Associate Director of Admissions Quinton McArthur for an interactive webinar in September
The 2012 MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) session wrapped its six-month term on January 12, concluding with two interactive webinars in the final months of the program.
On December 5, MOSTEC hosted Stephen Payne, a developer at the computational finance company D.E. Shaw, for a presentation on "How to Not Write Crappy Code." The presentation featured material relevant both for students interested in computer science and those interested in pursuing other fields. The candid discussion enabled MOSTEC students to ask a number of questions about programming and careers.
On September 27, MIT Admissions joined MOSTEC for a live, interactive webinar. MIT Associate Director of Admissions Quinton McArthur led the discussion with assistance from Michelle Szucs, a junior in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Eloho Akpovi, a junior in Brain and Cognitive Sceinces. The webinar complimented the "Admissions Corner" feature of MOSTEC that allowed students direct access to MIT admissions staff throughout the course of the program.
OEOP instructors tapped to give TEDx talks
MITES instructor Tyler Dewitt and MSBP instructor Andy Andres spoke at TEDx BeaconStreet 2012 in November
TEDx BeaconStreet 2012, an independently organized spinoff of the popular TED Talks series, hosted innovators from across Greater Boston to share ideas around the central theme of "Ideas in Action" in November. Organizers selected two OEOP instructors, Tyler Dewitt and Andy Andres, to speak on November 17 at the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA.

Tyler, a Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology at MIT, spoke about the power of teaching science through appealing narratives. He has served as an instructor in the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program and also teaches through the MIT School of Engineering's MIT + K12 videos project.

Andy, an instructor for the MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP), presented on the connections between baseball, math and science. His TEDx talk has not yet been posted online, but Andy also spoke about his work with MSBP in a video produced by the MIT Libraries in 2008.
SEED Academy alum volunteers, prepares for med school at Bucknell

Breeze Victor (SEED '10) volunteers with Bucknell Brigade, a group that provides humanitarian relief to a hurricane-ravaged area of Nicaragua

Entering John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in fall 2006, Breeze Victor was a bright student who was uncertain of his direction but hungry for a challenge. Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, which he heard about from a friend, presented him with that challenge.

"The [SEED Academy] curriculum was very vigorous, which helped me stay focused in school," Breeze says. He participated in SEED for seven semesters from the spring of his freshman year through the spring of his senior year.

Breeze's intense focus helped lead to his acceptance to Bucknell University, where he is a junior studying Biology. Outside of the classroom, he works with Bucknell Brigade, a group that supports a medical clinic in an area of Nicaragua that was ravaged by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Breeze also volunteers to help underprivileged preschoolers gain the skills and confidence needed to enter first grade through Head Start.

Encouraged by his experiences in the classroom and in the clinic, Breeze is looking ahead to medical school, where he hopes to train to become a pediatric cardiologist. Breeze continues to cite SEED Academy as a critical guiding force in his self-discovery.

"SEED opened my eyes to different fields that I had never heard of," he says. "It helped me to really discover my passions."

Breeze Victor is a 2010 alum of SEED Academy and a junior at Bucknell University. His younger brothers Fax and Love are students in SEED and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program, respectively.