The Independent Activities Period (IAP)

For five decades, IAP has provided 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. IAP 2022 begins on Monday, January 3, 2022, and ends on Friday, January 28, 2022.

ActLingual and the Prehealth Advising Office are teaming up to offer a medical interpreting training this IAP through the University of Massachusetts Medical...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 to 9:00pm
Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures is offered for credit as 15.393. It is also open to others on a Not for Credit basis. This 6 evening session course...

Bowls created at the SAA

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the bowl. Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a bowl...

The annual LIDS Student Conference is a student-organized, student-run conference that provides an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to present...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 8:45am to 5:30pm
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Adventures in Scanning Electron Microscopy is an activity offered by Donald Galler. The activity offers training and introduction to electron microscopy. No...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Monday, January 24-Friday, January 28, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET each day (5 classes) Location: E51-376 Register by January 19. Email Pablo Duenas...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:00am to 1:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by George Varnavides. Generative art is a type of audiovisual art generated using an algorithm. It often lies at the intersection of mathematical...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:00am to 11:00am
What is holography? It is not merely art!

This course will explore the fascinating applications of holography. What is holography? It is not merely art; holography encompasses a variety of...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication experts with advanced degrees and publishing experience....

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:00am to 6:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by Christopher Di Perna Students will learn basic welding techniques including: oxy acetylene welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding. Students are...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:30am to 11:30am

This will be a project-based IAP course that aims to develop new AI for a series of problems. Students will work closely with MIT faculty/staff in small...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Researcher taking out scientific material from a laboratory freezer.

Looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of scientific research, save energy on freezers, improve access to your samples, and get recognized for...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions. Prereq: None. This non-credit class will provide...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by Shaymus Hudson. Students in this class will learn the techniques necessary for lost wax coating of metals. They will first make models of the...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Do you have data? (Who doesn't?!) Learn about the five basic things you can do now to manage your data for future happiness. These tools and techniques...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:00am

This workshop will provide an introduction to the concept of peer review writing groups: small groups self-organized specifically as a space for workshopping...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:30am
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People and families that plan for emergencies will: Help keep people safe;Limit property damage;Know what to do during and after a disaster;Better manage...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Killian Court

Offered by Prof. Lorna Gibson. Birds are amazing. In this series of talks, we’ll look at the materials science of feathers; the mechanics of bird bones; the...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Offered by children's book author Kathryn Hulick. Fusion energy is complicated. It involves ionized gases, superconducting magnets, tritium breeding, and...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Whether you are seeking inspiration or already committed to making the world better and just, this series will give you indispensable insights and the tools...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
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The MIT BRL is hosting an in-person study from the Linguistics and Philosophy department for native Mandarin speakers, where you’ll listen to sound clips and...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 12:00pm to 3:00pm

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Description: This workshop introduces students to the process of biocementing with microbes. Today, the production of cement for concrete accounts for 8% of...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by Mike Tarkanian. Students will learn basic blacksmithing techniques using traditional tools to hand forge mild steel. Drawing a taper, forming a...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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MIT’s sponsored research exceeds $750M annually, with funding received from federal agencies, private foundations, and industry. MIT also has a global...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Experiment with antennas and analog/digital circuits!

Design, build and test your own full-duplex radio with real-world hardware/software engineering! Full-duplex technology is revolutionizing the wireless...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Surface Tension Surface tension is a property of fluid interfaces that leads to myriad subtle and striking effects in nature and technology. We describe a...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In this course you will work with a team to generate concept documents for idea generation, to evaluate concept documents, to create mini-proposals for an...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

This IAP course will teach you how to measure and increase individual happiness and wellbeing, team collaboration and performance, and organizational culture...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Apply creative techniques and win prizes! In this virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit) open to MIT undergraduate students of all majors, you will practice...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Dr. Rachel Fraser, PhD, Impossible Foods, Vice President of Downstream Process Development Dr. Hélène Berges, PhD, Inari Agriculture, Vice President of...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

***Registration for this activity is now closed*** Reading short works of speculative and science fiction, especially by authors writing from outside the...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Are you a scientist or engineer curious about starting a deep tech company? Do you want to visit MIT startups in action and learn from founders who have...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Abstract: We outline how we use Big Data and Machine Learning in our everyday investing process at BlackRock. On the Data side, we strive to incorporate a...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Leading change is never easy but the goal of global decarbonization requires a different approach than the traditional approaches. Although technical...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people. What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? Who was...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Spring recruiting is starting, and is your LinkedIn “recruiter ready”? Does your headline need some attention? Not sure what to put “about me”? Through this...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Not a Metallurgy class! This veteran crash-course is coming back in full force and will have you head banging, air guitaring, and devil horn raising in no...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join the MIT Guild of Bellringers for an introduction to the art of change ringing. Change ringing is a way of ringing bells with teams of ringers working...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies. This workshop covers the basics of U.S....

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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This workshop will review the background and fundamental aspects of microfluidics, design and fabrication methods to develop microfluidic devices, simulation...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 9:30am to 12:00pm
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Congratulations—you’ve got research data! This session will walk you through the dos and don’ts associated with research data and artifacts, all of those...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:30am
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Coordination of nearest neighbor atoms in a 2D atomic array, example PDF plot and Panalytical Empyrean experimental setup

Total scattering or pair distribution function analysis (PDF) is an analytical technique that provides structural information from disordered materials by...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

The legislative process still takes place mostly without input from those who understand the realities of newly deployed technologies. How can scientists,...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Before you write a thesis or dissertation, you are usually required to get the approval of a “proposal” or “prospectus.” In this workshop, Bob Irwin, a WCC...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:30am
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Speaker: Sam Wurzel, Technology to Market Advisor, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy Over the past five years the number of fusion energy startups has...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
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"Marie Kondo" your upcoming US or international job search! It’s no secret that job searching can be a long, and sometimes demoralizing slog. In this...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Suppose we are trapped in a cell with a cellmate who constantly draws our attention to the many terrible images on the cell walls. While we may try to...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join the PKG Center for our last “Stretch Your Impact” session of IAP. For this season finale, we are thrilled to be joined by Pabel Martinez and Adán...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Photo: Kristen Dorsey and her soft mechanical sensors

MLK Visiting Scholar Kristen Dorsey talks about developments in soft mechanical sensors, 3D printed textiles, and more; the need for culture change in...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Over 50% of Americans are worried about climate change – but why is the rest of the country not? Do they just not get it? Are they duped by misinformation...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The BioMakers IAP Google Calendar (Check for Updates) Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 pm starting Jan 6th (+ Friday session 1/14 1-2 PM) Workshop...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
CMS.S61/S97 DJ Culture and Performance

Students will learn the foundational practices of the live DJ (disk jockey) and explore music and dance scenes across several generations and cultures....

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wiesner Building, E15-320
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Have you ever wondered how technology that’s developed in universities and other academic institutions gets translated into a product to benefit the public?...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Workshop exposes students to a multi-media way of capturing a sense of place through an observational tour of the Cambridge and Boston area. This course...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Your Ph.D. thesis proposal is likely your first foray into writing a research or grant proposal. Different from a research paper or report, it represents an...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Open and reproducible research has become essential for scientific research. What do we mean by reproducible or replicable research? Why do you need to...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

How do you reconcile your interests, passions, and motivations to construct a rewarding career? With a little reflection, and some LEGO, you will have an...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Do you feel that you are frequently thinking about food, your weight, or your body image? When we are so focused on these things, we often miss important...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Office of Minority Education (OME) invites all Institute members to our annual Momentum Competition Day on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 2:30-5:00 p.m....

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:30pm to 5:00pm

Schedule: 2 hour sessions (Jan 17th, Jan 19th, Jan 25th, Jan 27th in the afternoon 3 pm - 5 pm). Only sign-up for one session! Workshop Contact: Ellie Feng,...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The MIT math department music recital will be returning once again this IAP, taking place in Killian Hall on 1/27/2022 from 3pm-5pm. The recital is a yearly...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Offered for 3 credits P/D/F and open to listenersMeets T/Th 4-6p in E15-359 (1/11, 1/13, 1/20, 1/25, and 1/27) Course Description The replication and...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
techno-inquiry

With this reading group, we aim at slowing down and promote critical reflection over the work we do everyday. We will do this by investigating, together,...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ulan Bator

Virtual info session (IAP, not for credit) for a new six-unit spring course where students tackle real-world climate & sustainability challenges. All...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 5:00pm to 5:30pm
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Braxton Cook, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Sean Jones

Three Thursday conversations with renowned jazz artists on composing with a social justice lens IAP 2021: It Must Be Now!— Advancing social justice actions...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 5:00pm
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In this four-week long intermediate and advanced level clay class, we will learn several pitcher forms. With an emphasis on handles and spouts, we will learn...

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Winter School is a chance to learn how to safely go on winter adventures. We lead a variety of day trips on the weekends for beginners to advanced outdoors...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Many today would say they do not want to believe in God, but that those who do are driven to do so as a kind of wish fulfillment. This “You wish” argument...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Come learn some West Coast Swing steps this IAP with MIT Ballroom Dance Club! Our classes are free, fun, energetic and suitable for beginners! No partner or...

The legislative process still takes place mostly without input from those who understand the realities of newly deployed technologies. How can scientists,...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
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The Alchemist

Product Innovation and invention surges ahead at rates unimaginable just a few decades ago. With good reason inventors protect their intellectual property...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ukraine and Russian flags

Please register for this Zoom event at https://bit.ly/Russian-UkrainianConflict Featuring: Dmitry Gorenburg is a senior research scientist at CNA, where he...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:30am to 11:30am

Online only with interactive live video of mycotecture techniques. Dr. Andreas Mershin, director of the MIT Label Free Research Group, hosts key doers in...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12:15pm to 3:00pm
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The Alchemist

Cybersecurity mechanisms to date are inadequate. Moving Target Defenses ─ the Fourth Generation of Security - while beneficial, is incomplete. Third...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
A representative schematic of pump-probe experiment

Pump-probe spectroscopy is a versatile and powerful technique to probe the microscopic dynamics of energy carriers. This course is designed to give a clear...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
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Close up of hands sewing

Explore the basics of clothing construction by creating a simple garment such as a tank top, skirt, or sweatshirt. Learn to use a sewing machine and serger,...

Stata Center and public art

This four-session introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will utilize self-compassion strategies to help facilitate changes in core beliefs,...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Speaker: Nathan Howard The SPARC tokamak is scheduled to begin operation in 2025 and will later become the first tokamak to achieve burning plasma...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Ohad Yosefson, PhD, Associate Director of Protein Sciences, Repertoire Immune Medicines Nathan Young, PhD, Associate Director of Molecular and Cellular...

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Come for some fun, energetic and free ballroom dancing classes this IAP, to practise social dancing with the MIT Ballroom Dance Club! We will go over the...

Student creating mugs at SAA

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the mug. Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a mug fit...

Come by W11 Main Dining Room Mondays between 6-7 for a free meal! Take it grab-and-go, or (when permitted by Institute policies) join a table for...

Monday, January 31, 2022 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Dr. Lucas Farnung, Assistant Professor at Harvard University

Tuesday, February 01, 2022 at 12:00pm

Come watch MTG's performance of Pippin, a musical about a traveling performance troupe putting on the story of a young prince in the Middle Ages searching...