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. IAP 2020 begins on Monday, January 6, 2020 and ends on Friday, January 31, 2020. For details, visit the IAP official website.

 

from the DoD Work With Us page

HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR TECH STARTUP IN GOVERNMENT AND COMMERCIAL MARKETS COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is for MIT students and community members who are...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Author Rights Workshop: 2020 Intellectual Property Speaker Series

When you publish in scholarly journals, you’re usually required to give up some rights in your work. In this workshop, MIT librarians will show you what to...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am
GIS Level 2: Introduction to Spatial Analysis

Expand your experience with desktop GIS software and learn how to use analysis tools to query data, conduct spatial statistics, and perform network analysis....

Careers in Business Schools

Robert Gibbons & Namrata Kala (MIT)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Pleasures of Poetry

Free and open to the public; as well as staff, alumni, and students (non-credit IAP activity). This popular activity – which aims to reach all those with an...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Three Laws of Communication with Jean-luc Doumont

Useful as each of them can be, a large body of tips and tricks is impossible to remember, at least in a practical, usable way, unless it is structured into a...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Afternoon Reset

Meet Eat Speak Come to meet other language enthusiasts, students studying new languages, and native speakers of languages you’d like to practice. All MIT...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Divination for the Next Century

In this IAP offering, we frame divination as the drive to ask questions, to seek guidance and advice, to build stories and nourishing narrative frameworks....

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
CAMIT Grantwriting Workshop: Funding for your art projects

New this IAP! Join us for a grant-writing workshop and information session on January 21 at 4pm in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery in Stratton Student Center...

MIT Outing Club: Winter School Lecture Series

Do you enjoy being outdoors but don't know what to do when the temperature drops? Do you live for summer but suffer in winter? Are you cooped up from...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Image of device

Venture Capital has its place for funding companies, but Hard Tech is . . . particularly HARD for VCs to embrace. So how does a startup navigate in a space...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am
PathAI Site Visit

About PathAI (pathai.com): PathAI’s mission is to advance medicine with intelligent pathology. PathAI's platform provides end-to-end data-driven pathology...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 11:30am to 1:00pm
Contemporary Military Topics: Emerging Technology and Warfare Performance

Emerging technologies relevant to augmenting and enhancing Warfighter performance and on future battlefields. Discussion on the findings of a recent...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Brio to Cognos Conversion

During this session, we will cover the following topics: Learn how Brio queries dataLearn how Cognos queries dataConfigure Cognos to use a query from a Brio...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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CV Conversion to Resume

If you are considering exploring Industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop will discuss...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Making Cents of Savings: Evidence from Finance and Agriculture in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Mikaela Rabb and Emily Sylvia, J-PAL Global

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Data Management: File Organization

Do you struggle with organizing your research data? Wonder if there’s a better way to arrange and name your data files to optimize your work? This workshop...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Swing dance lesson and social

The MIT Lindy Hop Society hosts free swing lessons and social dances throughout the month of January. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. The lessons...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Growing Firms, Shrinking Unemployment: Evidence from Business Training and Job Matching Programs

Gaelle Conille, Margaret Andersen, Siena Harlin (J-PAL Global)

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am
HANDLING NEGATIVITY

Oscar Wild said that, ‘There are some people who bring happiness where they go and there are some people who bring happiness when they go.’ So, there are...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:00am
Manage Your PDFs and Citations: Zotero & Mendeley

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is common and important in today’s academic world. These tools...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:00am
Big Pitch Image

Pitching an early-stage science- and technology-based startup to potential funders can be intimidating. Learning how to tailor your presentation and...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am
GIS Level 3: Automating Arcgis Using Python

Learn to use Python and Arcpy, the Arcgis module for automating tasks in Arcgis Pro. This is a hands on class that requies significant experience with Arcmap...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Who's doing what research: Tools to reveal the research landscape at MIT

MIT is full of research and collaboration opportunities. Learn how to discover those opportunities beyond your personal network using tools and resources...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Career Pathways: How One Engineer Pivoted to a Venture Capital Career

What does an engineer with a Ph.D and a partner at a venture capital firm have in common? For Dr. Joel Palathinkal, everything! Dr. Joel Palathinkal,...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am
Copyright Symbol

It has been said that content is king. Copyrighted works – whether media, software, or art – are a major portion of the world’s creative, intellectual, and...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
 Writing your literature review: a hands-on workshop

Are you writing a literature review for a thesis or an article? Need to find background information and go deep into the literature to find out what has been...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Videos by Robert Blanchon and Discussion with Becca Albee and Mary Ellen Carroll

In conjunction with List Projects 20: Becca Albee, the List Center will present a screening of three videos by Robert Blanchon selected from the Robert...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Cognos@MIT

Cognos is MIT's enterprise reporting tool. In this session, we'll discuss what it is, and how the MIT community can take advantage of this tool. Topics to...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Exhibition Opening: Reflections from Beyond the Desk

Please join Artists Beyond the Desk in the Rotch Library (Building 7, Room 238) for a reception celebrating the launch of a new exhibition of work by our...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:00pm
Das Kapital - Wuming Theater Production IAP 2020

Wuming Theater Club is proud to present "Das Kapital", our IAP 2020 production at the W97 theater. Das Kapital is a play written by renowned playwright Nick...

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00pm
The Importance of Being Earnest - A Play Presented by the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble

Smothered by the social pressures of country life, Jacqueline “Jack” Worthing regularly assumes the identity of a man named Ernest to escape to London. As...

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Join us for a Japanese tea ceremony performed by Mrs. Kyoko Wada, who has been studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony for more than 30 years. She will share "the...

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
 Introduction to R

This hands-on workshop will teach you how to use R to import and manipulate data, install and manage packages, conduct basic statistical analyses, and create...

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:30am to 12:30pm
Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations

Jacob Binde and Arielle Rawlings (J-PAL North America)

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
Got PPE? Getting the Right Safety Gear on the Right Person at the Right Time

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can play an important role in minimizing the risks present in labs. During this session participants will learn: The...

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Designing Your Life for First Years

Careers are ill-defined, "wicked" problems. Learn how proven design thinking mindsets like curiosity, bias to action, reframing, and collaboration can help...

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Mergers and Monopolies: Does U.S. Policy Do Enough to Protect Consumers?

Nancy Rose (MIT)

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
ORSEL Community Meal

Join us over IAP for a weekly meal in W11. Sit and eat or take it to-go! Food prepared and served by MIT Origins Club, with support from the Protestant...

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Introduction to Python

This hands-on workshop introduces the basic elements of Python, a general purpose programming language commonly used for data cleaning, analysis,...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9:30am to 12:30pm
Say Yes To Giving Back: How Effective Scientific Outreach Can Be Good For The World -- and For You

Many scientists enjoy giving back by visiting local schools or museums and engaging with children there, but doing so can sometimes feel like a distraction...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
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The Economics of Ride Hail Platforms

Tobias Salz (MIT)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Contemporary Military Topics: The Maritime Fight-- Redefining the Navy and Marine Corps Fighting Partnership

The Navy and Marine Corps are working thru operational concepts for high-end warfare and have developed a Maritime Fight plan outlining how applying the...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Optimize Your Presentation: A Mini-Course

In this mini-course (T, W, Th from 1-2 pm) we go in depth into 1) how the brain takes in and processes information in a presentation setting, 2) the 5 goals...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Tableau Prep

This is an introduction to the Tableau Prep tool. This tool allows you to combine multiple data sources into one data source to be used by Tableau Prep. You...

Are Universal Basic Incomes the Solution to Poverty in the Developing World?

Ben Olken (MIT)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Data Visualization: Introduction to Tools and Principles

This introductory session will provide an overview of concepts and tools for visualizing data. Topics will include use cases and tool selection, data...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
 Introduction to Web Scraping with Python

This hands-on workshop will introduce basic techniques for web-scraping using popular Python libraries. This workshop is intended for those who are new to...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:30am to 12:30pm
Eli Lilly Site Visit

About Eli Lilly (lilly.com): Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Meridian Singers - A Renaissance Sampler

Join the Meridians Singers, directed by Michael Barrett, for their IAP concert, “A Renaissance Sampler,” featuring music by such composers as Palestrina,...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 12:00pm to 12:50pm