The Nominations Board is charged with recruiting and selecting students to serve on the many Institute Committees. These committees are responsible for many of the decisions that affect the way MIT operates on a day to day basis, and provide a very important opportunity for graduate students to provide input and feedback.
The Presidential and Faculty Committees with graduate student representation may be found on the GSC website. The Nominations Board is chaired by the GSC Vice President, and consists of members of the GSC and the general graduate community. Information on the Nominations Board may be found in the Article II.C.2 of the GSC Bylaws.
Nominations are conducted on a rolling basis. Institute committees request one or more graduate student nominations from the GSC as the need arises, and committees with open positions can be found on the Institute Committees page. Graduate students can then submit applications on the applications page and the Nominations Board will convene once per month to review the applications and fill the nomination requests. Generally, the vast majority of Institute Committees request nominations from the GSC in early May.
Based on the application and interview, the Nominations Board will rank all applicants for a particular committee and then submit the top applications to that Institute Committee’s Chair. The Chair of the Institute Committee then determines which nominee(s) will fill the position(s) based either on the GSC rankings or an internal review process. Nomination by the GSC is not a guarantee of appointment, as the Institute Committees make the final decision and notification to accept a candidate. However, all candidates for graduate student representative positions must go through the GSC nomination process.
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All Institute Committee representatives are expected to maintain communication with the chairs of the appropriate GSC Committee. The reporting relationship is summarized below.
Graduate Student Council Officers
Academics Research and Careers (ARC) Committee
Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) Committee