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Chris Peterson

Aug 22 2016

Listen to Admissions: the creative process for Pi day videos

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

The blogs have been quiet lately. Summer is ending, freshman are arriving on campus, upperclassmen are returning to campus, admissions officers are preparing for the admissions cycle (sort of like preparing for hibernation, but for being buried in applications instead of snow). 

So here is some #Content for you: last November, Loren S. '17 and I were interviewed by the Video4Colleges podcast about the drone delivery video from Pi Day 2015. Loren and I collaborated, with Elizabeth, on that video (and this past spring's droid delivery video, and also the Tim Beaver epic splits video), and the V4C folks wanted to know more about the creative production process for these weird videos we make that aren't at all standard fare for the industry. 

I already posted some of the cinematographic behind the scenes for the drone delivery video, but this interview delves a little bit more deeply into how we came up with that concept, the philosophy and strategy behind how we communicate to... read the post »


Jul 28 2016

Recap: SHASS Lightning Talks @ CPW

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

Are you interested in any of: 

  • making governments work better? 
  • how to design human interactions with technical systems? 
  • the electoral consequences of international trade?
  • universal grammar?

Last April, at our Campus Preview Weekend (CPW), MIT hosted the inaugural "Taste of SHASS Lightning Talks" for our admitted students and parents. Nine faculty members gave five minute talks about their core research project(s), and then met new admits at a reception to discuss classes and undergraduate research opportunities. The goal of the event was to help survey the kind of work done at MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, or SHASS, to people deciding whether they wanted to come to MIT.

Here at MIT, we typically don't have to advertise our programs in science, engineering, business, or architecture. People associate MIT with these fields, and these fields with MIT; our co-identification with STEM is a core strength of the institutional brand and our... read the post »


Jun 28 2016

Be a Blogger 2016!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It's summer in Cambridge, which means three things:

1) Powerlifting is saving my life (RIP The Toast)

2) My officemates are food-shaming me for bringing huge containers of steel-cut oats into the office and eating them like an actual horse

3) It's time for those of you who might want to be bloggers to SHARE YOUR SPECIAL TALENTS

What does it mean to be an admissions blogger? Here is the opening paragraph from the blogger training manual that Lydia and I send to all the new bloggers during blogger training:

The mission of the blogs is to allow our bloggers to express to the world what being a student at MIT is like.

You should interpret this mandate expansively. We want you to write about the formal admissions process (essay tips, interview advice, etc), but we also want you to write about things you do at MIT. Admissions officers can write about holistic admissions authentically. We can’t write about what it’s like to be in a Sadoway lecture, or planning stuff for... read the post »


Jun 22 2016

Notes from the Road: NorCal, Netherlands, Nick Cannon, and Nerd Camp

Posted in: Miscellaneous

People often ask me what admissions officers do in the summer. They seem surprised when I say "work." I guess there's an expectation that, because I work at a university, and because there aren't any admissions applications to read in the summer, we must not have much to do. It's probably true that the workload is somewhat lower than it is during the cycle, but summer is a key time for us to travel, work on dormant projects, and take vigorous vacations. In fact, I'm nominally on vacation right this minute, but figured I'd blog because I've been quiet for awhile and there are some things worth updating y'all about.  

So: a brief accounting/recounting of life since my ISEF Trip Report on May 13th.

Week of May 16-22

After a few days back in Boston, I flew to San Francisco to present about maker portfolios at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Along the way I got to meet up with Ari and Conrad, two MIT-students-turned-Thiel-fellows whose company Workflow was recently named the most... read the post »


Jun 11 2016

PSA: The 2016 Siemens Competition is now open

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

As I've blogged before, many students who are interested in MIT are also interested in high school research competitions, including (but not limited to) those listed on our enrichment opportunities page. One of these is the Siemens Research Competition. MIT is a University Partner for Siemens, which means that we 'host' a (virtual) regional event and provide volunteer judges to review student projects.

All students in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to win up to $100,000 in college scholarships through their participation in the competition. Siemens encourages all students, working as individuals or in teams, to submit research they are currently working on or to begin research now with the goal of applying. 

You can review the student entrant toolkit, as well as competition flyers, in both English and Spanish at the Siemens Research Competition Resources page. The deadline for submission is September 20th, 2016. 

Just wanted to share a PSA! Sorry I... read the post »