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.

 

Alumni Talks: Effective Group Facilitation Techniques

This class will introduce you to the basic micro-structures of these techniques and how they can be combined into exercise tailored to a groups needs. ...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
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...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
IAP Employer Site Visit - Vertex

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...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:30am to 12:30pm
 
Asymptotology: a primer on the art of caricature in applied mathematics

A class by Ryan White, MIT The goal of this IAP course, which consists of four 90 minute lecture sessions, is to equip the students with the fundamental...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
Exceptional Service

This interactive workshop will focus on ways to build and maintain relationships with customers, including administrators, faculty, colleagues and others...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Python Programming in ArcGIS

This is a 2-day workshop; please attend both days. Day 1: You'll learn just enough Python scripting to work with Python in ArcGIS and feel comfortable in...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Making the Most of Your Presentation

Strong oral presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and other professionals, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task....

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm
India and Indianisms: Documentary Master Classes

Anandana Kapur, Fulbright Fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up Attendance: Participants welcome at individual...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Presenting with Skill and Confidence

Juergen Schoenstein, Lecturer: Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, and Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer in Music and Theater Arts at MIT Jan/17...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
 
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 17, 2018 at 9:00am to 1:00pm
Basics of Obtaining a Patent 2018

Come and hear Jack Turner, Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office, and IP Officer Theresa Latham discuss the ins and outs of obtaining...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
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...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Home Buying: Fixer Uppers, Home Inspection & Renovations

Thinking about buying a fixer upper? Want to learn more about the home inspection process? Come meet the experts from MIT Federal Credit Union, Vita Realty...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Rollercoaster Ride of RNA Biotech Companies: From Obscurity to a $20B Industry

Novel therapeutic platforms usually go through the phases of initial enthusiasm, followed by a trough of disappointment to meet the initial hype, and then...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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 17, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Lunch Around the World

Twice monthly lunch mixer for language enthusiasts to meet native speakers and exchange about language and culture! All MIT community members welcome....

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Negotiating a Job Offer

This workshop will examine the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of Job Offers. How do you know if this job is right...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Data Management: Strategies for Data Sharing & Storage

Not sure how to publish and share your data? Unclear on the best formats and descriptive information for optimal data reuse? This workshop will review...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
IAP Employer Site Visit - Formlabs

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...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
Business Information for Engineers and Scientists

This session will introduce engineers and scientists to business information resources that will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas,...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Communicating Science to the Public

Suzanne Lane, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Sign-up by 01/18 Limited to 30 participants This workshop, developed by the...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Introduction to GIS & Mapping

Learn the basics of visualizing geographic information and creating your own maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). We will introduce open source and...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Creating Effective Research Posters

Most research posters at conferences or in university hallways seem to defy common sense: from two steps away, passersby can’t read anything -- assuming they...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Get Up. Stand Up! History of Activism at MIT via a Glance at the Institute Archives

MIT students have been involved with activism for decades. While the most well-recorded protests are those of the 1960s and 1970s against the Vietnam War,...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Finding Gene Info & More: A Tour of the NCBI "Omics" Network

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) family of databases are filled with information for molecular level bioscience research. Class...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
 Basics of Copyrights, Data, and Software Intellectual Property

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,...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
 Introduction to R

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets,...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
 
Theses@MIT: Thesis Specifications and Copyright Issues

This session will cover the required specifications for submitting your thesis, and review some common copyright questions related to theses, including...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
GIS Level 2

Expand your experience with GIS software and learn how to manage map projections, create and edit GIS files, and use tools like Clip, Buffer, and Spatial...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Zine-Making Workshop

Zines (rhymes with “beans”) are independently and often self-published, photocopied, cut-and-paste publications created for passion rather than profit. They...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
From Black Holes to Black-Scholes: A Physicist’s Adventures in Finance

This talk will aim to give an overview of where financial markets sit within the wider economy, the role of professional investment managers in that...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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IAP: Ikebana

WAITLIST ONLY. Thank you for your interest in Ikebana. We currently are now only waitlisting people for this event. Hiroko Matsuyama-sensei will lead and...

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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 19, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
First Shot Kyudo: the art of Japanese archery (IAP 2018)

Kyudo, or Japanese archery, means the "way of the bow" and was considered the highest discipline of ancient Japanese samurai. Kyudo is based on standing Zen...

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Author Rights Workshop

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

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
Introduction to 3D Scanning

Shirin Anlen, Fellow – MIT Open Documentary Lab An introductory workshop about 3d scan technology that costs little to no money. Enrollment: Limited: First...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00pm to 3:00pm
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 22, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Open Access Clinic: How to Make Your Publications Open

Take advantage of your rights! Bring your CV or list of publications to this drop-in clinic where we’ll help you determine how to make your already-published...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Stories of Our Lives: Autobiographical Writing for Everyone

Louise Harrison Lepera, Lecturer, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, Susan Carlisle, Lecturer, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Successful Interviewing Through Body Language

This presentation will focus on research related to non-verbal behavior during job interviews, including the work of Amy Cuddy—a social psychologist who...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Additive manufacturing, fusion technology, wolves and places I like to hike

A talk by Richard Nygren, Sandia National Laboratory Richard Nygren has spent four decades developing advanced materials and components for fusion in R&D at...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Finding Images with the MIT Libraries

Looking to liven up your presentations, papers, and class work with images? Join Librarian for SA+P Anna Boutin-Cooper, on Monday, January 22, in the DIRC...

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Infinite Careers Alumni Speaker Series: Khalea Ross Robinson (Course 1, 17, 21)

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 22, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Alumni Talks: Improv Skills for Business

This workshop will introduce a set of simple improv games or exercises that promote creativity, problem solving, and are easy to learn. They are also fun. We...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
Alumni Talks: Improv Skills for Business

This workshop will introduce a set of simple improv games or exercises that promote creativity, problem solving, and are easy to learn. They are also fun. We...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:30am
Basic R Programming for Data Analysis

This hands-on, intermediate course will guide you through a variety of programming functions in the open-source statistical software program, R. It is...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
Exploring the universe through discovery science on NIF

A talk by Bruce Remington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Ultra-high power lasers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) allow laboratory study of...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Infinite Careers Alumni Speaker Series: Ayanna Samuels (Course 16)

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...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm