The Independent Activities Period (IAP)

IAP provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. For details, visit the IAP official website.

 

LCE Conversation Cafe

Bonjour! Salut! Ciao! Start your day off right with coffee and conversation. Meet other language lovers and learners, practice your Spanish, brush up on your...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:30am to 10:00am
Preparing and Delivering Presentations

Not sure where to start in preparing a presentation? Would you like a safe space for practicing and improving your public speaking skills? This participatory...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:00am to 1:00pm
Individual Consultations at the Writing and Communication Center

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required Sign-up by 01/08 Prereq: none Go to https://mit.mywconline.com to register and to schedule...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Regression Models in R

This hands-on, intermediate R course will demonstrate a variety of statistical procedures using the open-source statistical software program, R. Topics...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
The Matter of Facts

Karen Boiko Sign-up by 01/23 Limited to 30 participants In this troubling time of truthiness, alternative facts and “fake news,” how might we as...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
You've Invented Something Cool! Now What?

Chris Noble (MIT ESI Director of Corporate Engagement) and Tod Woolf (MIT Technology Licensing Officer) will give you the inside scoop on getting a patent...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
The SBIR Program, How Do I Get Involved?

The Federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program Provides R&D funding to small businesses. The program helps small businesses engage in R&D...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
The State of the Union: Social Policy, Financial Regulation, and Populism in the Trump Era

A Symposium Presented by the MIT Department of Economics

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 12:50pm to 6:30pm
 
Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists

This session will help you turn ideas into products. Join this interactive time of learning and fun where you can explore what the Libraries have to offer...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
IAP Class Waste management 101: Where Does Our Trash Go?

This 3-day session will run through the end-of-life treatment of all types of waste--trash, recycling, and compost--following their path from the trash...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
IAP Course: The MIT Moderns: Graphic Design in the 1960s-1980s

The course will provide an overview of modernist graphic design with a particular emphasis on the important contributions of the MIT Office of Design...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Introduction to Python Workshop

This workshop introduces the basic elements of Python that are commonly used for data cleaning, analysis, visualization, and other applications. Participants...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Alumni Talks: Introduction to Credit Analysis and Equity Valuation

Credit Analysis The corporate bond markets are a key financing markets for a variety of companies. The first part of this seminar will introduce students...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Commercializing Research, Creating Change: MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Since 2002, the Deshpande Center has helped spur the creation of 32 spinout companies. These firms, which have raised over $600 million in capital, are...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Digital Rhetoric and Mobile Learning

Robert N. Calton, Lecturer – Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required Sign-up by 01/22 Limited to 20...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Managing Your Research Code

Do you write software in the course of your research? Have you been required by funders or publishers to share your code, or do you want to make it...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
SO BAD IT'S GOOD: An Introduction to Media Analysis Through Watching Bad Media

Kaelan Doyle Myerscough Enrollment: contact kaelandm@mit.edu before day you plan to attend Limited to 20 participants Attendance: Participants are...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Patent Searching Fundamentals

Demystify the patent literature and learn resources for finding patents. Learn about and search for patents from all over the world. This hands-on session...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Infinite Careers Alumni Speaker Series: Tarikh Campbell (Course 10b)

Want to network but don’t have the time to send countless emails or travel off campus for informational interviews? Good news! GECD and the Alumni...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Unleashing Alternative Futures: Constructing New Worlds through Imagination, Narrative, and Radical Hope

Lawrence Barriner II, Program Director, Community Media, Grant Tank Williams Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required Attendance: Participants must...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Basics of Financial Planning

MIT has done a great job teaching students how to earn money. Unfortunately, no one teaches students what to do with it when they get it! This hour-long...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Introduction to R Graphics with ggplot2

This introduction to the popular ggplot2 R graphics package will show you how to create a wide variety of graphical displays in R. Topics covered included...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding How to Reason with Sources

Suzanne Lane, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required Sign-up by 01/24 Limited to 30...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Short Course on MINITAB Statistical Software: Experimental Designs for Robust Product/Process Optimization

Hosted by MIT-PDA Professional Development Committee MINITAB is a powerful statistical software for process optimization and research enhancement. It...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:30pm to 4:30pm
The Art of Behavioral Interviewing

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. In this workshop we will discuss...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Data Visualization: Introduction to Tools and Principles

This introductory session will provide an overview of concepts and tools for visualizing data. Attendees will be introduced to web-based, open-source tools...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ed Tech Mini Design Studio

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session Technology can be designed and used for education...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Artists' Books @ MIT

Back by popular demand! Curious about what an artist’s book is exactly? Wondering what makes it different than the other books at the Libraries? Whether...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Alumni Talks: Death to Riemann! Long Live Minkowski using Quaternions!

Einstein asked his great buddy and math savant Marcel Grossman for a flexible math tool for geometry. Marcel went to the library and returned the next day...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The Future of Climate Policy: Experts Discuss Carbon Pricing

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/8DxDxA36M6f0cbco1 Massachusetts is at the forefront of climate policy, with an opportunity to lead the nation in...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Writing Your Dissertation? Writing Your Proposal? Planning Ahead?

Get resources, strategies, and tips to streamline your writing process. We’ll discuss similarities between writing a dissertation (or Master’s thesis) and...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Prior Art Searching of the Patent Literature

Patents are unique documents that provide detailed information about inventions. This session will introduce you to the types of information you can find in...

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
Promoting Your Value through Transferable Skills

You have valuable transferable skills apart from technical skills, but sometimes they can be difficult to recognize. Join us to learn the importance of...

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
The cosmic origin of the chemical elements

A talk by Anna Frebel, MIT We are made from star stuff -- but how exactly? I will describe how elements up to and including iron are made in fusion...

Sharing Research Materials: Best Practices to Maximize Collaborations

Are you a researcher? Do you utilize and share biologics, chemical compounds, and/or devices? Come join Viqar Hussain, MTA/ Technology Licensing Associate...

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:45am to 12:45pm
 Introduction to Web Scraping with Python

Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from web pages. This workshop will introduce basic techniques for web scraping using the...

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Engineering Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Participate in the Independent Activities Period at MIT by editing Wikipedia! Experienced and beginning editors alike are welcome: Experienced editors from...

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
WMBR Open Radio Shows

Ever wanted to be on the radio? WMBR 88.1FM is MIT's campus radio station. Drop by during one of our IAP Open Radio Shows to play your music, chat on the...

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
ORC IAP Seminar 2018

Operations Research for Social Good The applied nature of operations research makes it an important force for good in alleviating poverty; promoting...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 9:00am to 4:30pm
 
IAP Employer Site Visit - Sanofi

Would you be interested in learning more about some of the world’s top Biotech, Pharma and Chemical Engineering firms? How about cutting edge research in 3D...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 9:30am to 11:00am
 
 Social Networking Sites & Article Sharing

Many researchers promote and share their publications on sites like ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Come to this IAP session to learn about how sharing on...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
MIT Writers' Group

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions Prereq: none Calling all creative writers! Want to write...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Use of Name: Policy and Philosophy

MIT is one of the most widely respected and known trademarks in the world. This class will examine MIT’s use of name policy as well as general ideas of...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Introduction to Using APIs with Python

An application programming interface (API) is a tool that allows computers to communicate and share information. For social scientists, APIs can be useful...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Cracking Your Career with Dr. Ken Davis, PhD '95

Dr. Ken Davis Gartner, Inc. “Cracking Your Career” As a physicist, you have developed and honed a skill set that has vast potential in a wide variety of...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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IAP Workshop: Vocal Variation

Part of the MIT Can Talk series, open to the MIT-community. If everything that you say is delivered in the same exact way, with little variation in your...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Improv to Improve Communication Skills

Have you had that awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question? Has an employer asked an unexpected question in a job...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Infinite Careers Alumni Speaker Series: Anna Wexler (SB Course 9 & 21S; PhD HASTS)

Want to network but don’t have the time to send countless emails or travel off campus for informational interviews? Good news! GECD and the Alumni...

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Introduction to Remote Sensing

Come learn about satellite remote sensing and an overview of the many ways to process satellite imagery. There will be demos in ENVI and ArcGIS software,...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Business Data: Finding & Mapping Company Information

Did you ever wonder where grocery stores are located in a city? Or perhaps biotech firms? We will learn how to query several business directories and then...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:30am to 12:00pm