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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Chris Peterson

Aug 3 2015

What It’s Like To Major In Science Writing at MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Majors & Minors

As some of you know, I got my master's degree from the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT. While I was a graduate student, CMS merged with Writing to form CMS/W, which includes the Science Writing program and its associated undergraduate major/minor in Science Writing. 

According to CMS/W: 

The curriculum in science writing is designed to enable the student to develop mastery of the craft and rhetoric of writing about the worlds of science and engineering for broad audiences. This writing major is an option for students interested in science journalism, longer forms like the science documentary, and communication issues related to the public understanding of science and technology. It is also designed to work as a complementary major for students majoring in science, engineering, or another field of study at MIT. This major includes a three-subject exposure to an allied field such as science, or comparative media studies. Students also fulfill an internship requirement,... read the post »


Jul 14 2015

Be A Blogger 2015!

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

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

1) I'm slow-cooking ribs at least once a week

2) My Google search history is basically variations of "where to buy industrial sized vats of SPF 50"

3) It's time for those of you who might want to be bloggers to TAKE THE PLUNGE

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 REX, or UROPing, or deciding how to pick your classes,... read the post »


Jul 10 2015

I am an MIT Admissions Officer, AMA

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It's the middle of July, and my brain is so fried I'm punting on a few projects, so figured I'd make myself useful and answer some questions on a Friday afternoon. 

Ben used to do these big roundup "answers to your questions" posts, where he would just harvest questions from the comments and answer them in the blogs. That was pre-Disqus, and I think Disqus handles that kind of conversation pretty well now, so we can just do that. 

There are 154 people reading the blogs at this very moment, according to Google Analytics, but no one is commenting, so here's a place to do that. Go ahead and ask me anything, about admissions or whatever else, or just talk amongst yourselves in the open thread below. I've got to drive up to a meeting in a few hours, and I've got a sprint triathlon this weekend, so I might not always respond immediately, but I'll pop in and out as I can to answer whatever gets posted. 


Jun 7 2015

The Class of 2015 Graduates from MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

On Friday, June 5th, the Class of 2015 graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the 149th commencement ceremony in the Institute's history. At and by way of the ceremony, 1,054 undergraduates and 1,719 graduate students became MIT alumni, an association that now includes ~131,000 living alumni all across the world.

We are very, very proud of them.

The commencement address was delivered by Megan Smith '86 SM '88, the Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Before becoming the CTO of the USA, Megan worked at Google, where she oversaw Google[x] and, and as an early employee and eventual CEO of PlanetOut, an LGBT media organization. As an MIT undergraduate, Smith was a member of the student team that built a solar car and drove it across the Australian outback in the first Cross-Continental Solar Car race. "One of the very most important things in our school’s history is something that’s not in the motto [of mind and hand]," Smith told... read the post »


Jun 1 2015

ISEF 2015 Recap

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Prepare for MIT

Two weeks ago I flew to Pittsburgh, PA, to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. If you're unfamiliar with ISEF, here is a description from the Society for Science and the Public:

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories showcase their independent research as they compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.


On Wednesday, May 13th, I arrived in Pittsburgh and, as is tradition, invited enrolling MIT 2019s who were at ISEF to a little reception. While some people had to stay with their teams, a few of us met up at the Carnegie Science Center, saw Songela '19 (who works at CSC) light some things on fire, and also... read the post »