The Independent Activities Period (IAP)

For over four 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 2021 will be virtual and begins on Monday, January 4, 2021 and ends on Friday, January 29, 2021.

IAP Course—Biomechanics in everyday life

Most of us learn to breathe, walk and move at a time that we can’t recall much from and use these skills throughout our lives without really knowing how...

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Art & Science

Christine Liu PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley Sarah McGuiness PhD candidate, University of Illinois, Chicago As academics, we work to...

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Your academic path can be one of the most exciting and transformative adventures of your life. It can also be overwhelmingly stressful. Managing heavy...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00pm to 12:30pm
ICEO Community dialogues, description below

The session will cover an introduction to restorative practices, common restorative frameworks, and the difference between restorative practice and...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
The Career Toolkit: Planning Your Career

MIT has provided you with countless facts and formulas to help you with your job, but what have you learned to help you with your career? Mark Herschberg 95,...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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IAP: SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus ion channel structures

Many human viruses have cation-selective transmembrane ion channels that are important for the virus lifecycle and pathogenesis. Researchers at MIT’s Hong...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Pleasures of Poetry 2021

This popular non-credit activity – which aims to reach all those with an interest in poetry, regardless of experience level – has been offered every IAP for...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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The Economics of Partisan Gerrymandering

Alexander Wolitzky, MIT Economics

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Introduction to cleaning and prepping data with OpenRefine

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a free, open source tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Turning Your Science into an Op-Ed

This mini-class is 3 days on Tues 1/19/21, Wed 1/20/21, Thurs 1/21/21 from 2 – 3:30 each day. By the last session you should have a draft of an op-ed to...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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IAP Course—nanoStories: Workshop on science communication at the nanoscale

Designed for students with an interest in science communication and STEAM outreach. Guided by instructors and invited guest speakers, in each two-hour class...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
MakerLodge Virtual Info Session for Class of 2024

MakerLodge is MIT's introductory maker training program for first year undergraduate students. Student peers and staff will train you on how to safely use...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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IAP Course—Explore MIT.nano Live

Explore MIT.nano Live Explore MIT.nano with live zoom tours! This 3-part series takes you behind the scenes of the fabrication, characterization, and...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Seminar Series: Immunity from Principles to Practice, "Interrogating the Immune System through the Lens of Structure-based Ligand Engineering"

Chris Garcia, PhD, Younger Family Chair, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, Password: MITBiology

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:00pm
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Spies, Pirates, and Atlas Lions: US-Moroccan Relations through the lens of the Tangier American Legation

The old American Legation in the medina of Tangier holds a number of distinctions. It is the first property the United States owned abroad, it is the only...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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This workshop will introduce you to the four modules in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a form of cognitive-behavior therapy whose primary goals...

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:30am to 3:30am
MIT Energy Initiative IAP course: Leading the energy transition

MIT Energy Initiative IAP course: Leading the energy transition Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 4:00-6:00 pm ET Registration deadline: December 31,...

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:00am to 6:00am
Molly Solsbury

SSP military fellow Molly Solsbury, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, will lead a presentation. On February 29, 2020, after more than a year of official...

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:30am
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From Inputs to Outcomes: Theory of Change and Measurement

Mike Gibson, J-PAL Global

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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IAP 2021 Activities Brasilidade Workshops - PERCUSSION (2 sessions)

Marcos Santos, Percussionist and Educator Jan/13 Wed 01:00PM-02:00PM via Zoom Jan/20 Wed 01:00PM-02:00PM via Zoom Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up...

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Are you rarely (if ever) satisfied with the quality of your work? Do you spend more time day- dreaming about your accomplishments than working towards...

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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 20, 2021 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT List Center -- IAP Session: Alt-Text Time

Join artists Bojana Coklyat and Shannon Finnegan in a group work session to dig into our collective backlog of alt-text writing for websites or social media....

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 3:00pm to 5:30pm
UROP Resume and Email Inquiry Workshop

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 3:00pm
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Brian Novchich

SSP military fellow Brian Novchich, Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force, will lead a presentation: Instructional brief on Basic Fighter Maneuvers (BFM) as the...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00am to 4:30am
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MIT-Denmark Green Campus Challenge

Are you a current MIT student passionate about sustainability and designing solutions to combat climate change? Are you invested in MIT’s environmental...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:00am to 11:00am
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New Year Around the World

You are invited to present how your country/culture celebrates the New Year. Presenters will a receive a $20 gift card! You are also welcome to just attend...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:00am to 11:00am
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IAP COURSE - HANDLING NEGATIVITY

Mind management is both a science and an art. We can classify the mind’s thoughts into four categories– positive (joy, peace), negative (hatred, envy),...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
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IAP: Geothermal energy by a beam of millimeter waves

Deep geothermal heat can become a virtually limitless source of green energy. Powerful millimeter-wave beams developed for fusion energy research will be...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Infinite Careers: Rhonda Jordan-Antoine

Join Rhonda Jordan-Antoine, MIT PhD Engineering Systems, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions. Rhonda has...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Virtual Crafting Corner with Project Manus

Bring your own craft or project and join us on a Zoom call to chill, take a break from the week and spend some time together with other MIT makers! You can...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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Did you know that perfection is a state that is rarely achieved and more often a source of distress and burnout rather than inspiration and passion? Join us...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Make your research computationally reproducible

What do we mean by reproducible or replicable research? What are some ways that you can make your own research computationally reproducible and sharable?...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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So you think you have an invention—now what? How can MIT inventors work with the MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO) to seek protection for intellectual...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Suing Google: What's Monopolization and How Does Antitrust Law Deal with It?

Nancy Rose, MIT Economics

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Creating Effective Figures and Compelling Data Visualization, Part 2

Claus Wilke, PhD Want your figures to look better for presentations and publications? Unsure on how to do it? Join us for a two-part series to get advice...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Have you ever wondered how your life would be if you did not attend MIT? Have you ever thought about changing your major to something different? Is there...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Do Right By Your (Research) Data: 2021 Intellectual Property Speaker Series

Congratulations—you’ve got research data! This session will walk you through the dos and don’ts associated with research data and artifacts, the associated...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Launch Into Spring – Internship Lab

Still not certain about your summer plans? Still weighing your options? Join CAPD for a drop-in session to help you develop a plan to find an awesome summer...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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PhDs/Postdocs: Increase Adaptability to Change Through Improv

Constant change in our lives can present frustrating challenges. Attend this interactive workshop to: - Learn effective approaches from improv comedy and...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Stata Center and public art

In this 4-week practical workshop taught by the staff of the Office of the Arts, you'll learn how to talk about, write about, and pitch artistic projects and...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:00pm
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MIT Prison Education Initiative Discussions About Incarceration

The MIT Prison Education Initiative (MIT PEI) will be hosting some great, educational events this IAP to give the MIT community opportunities to engage in...

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Data-intensive Innovation and the State: Evidence from AI firms in China

Martin Beraja, MIT Economics

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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This is a four-session introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that will employ self-compassion strategies to facilitate change to challenging...

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Career Exploration for PhDs and Postdocs: Creating an Individual Development Plan

Unsure which career option to pursue, or want to learn more about career options for PhDs and postdocs? Learn how to get started in your career planning by...

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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getfit Registration Kick Off

Need some motivation to get and stay active this winter? Join the MIT community for the getfit 2021 challenge that starts on Monday February 1. getfit is a...

Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:59pm
MIT Energy Initiative IAP Course: Computational modeling tools for promoting low-carbon electricity

MIT Energy Initiative IAP Course: Computational modeling tools for promoting low-carbon electricity January 25-29, 9:00 am-1:00 pm ET Registration deadline:...

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:00am to 1:00pm
R Introduction: Interactive learning & Q&A session

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

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
‘Communicating thru Presentations' Lunch Series: Audience Attention

What is inattention blindness? How do I get my audience to pay attention to my critical points? We will address how your audience's brains take in visual...

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:00pm to 12:30pm
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GIS Topics: Exploring Election Maps

You have probably seen countless election maps, but how do you interpret them? What are the best ways to represent election results? How can you make your...

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm