Committee on Academics, Research, & Careers (ARC)


The GSC’s committee on Academics, Research, and Careers (ARC) spearheads initiatives and events aimed at improving professional and academic life at MIT. The committee includes a number of subcommittees, such as VISTA, alumni relations and advising initiative. ARC is also responsible for pursuing academic and career-related advocacy issues for the GSC.

Gain valuable experience by getting involved in one the following projects on ARC! ARC’s current projects and advocacy items are listed below, but we are always interested in exploring new ideas and advocating for an improved academic and professional experience for all graduate students.


Advising Initiative

ARC Advising Initiative is working with MIT’s academic departments and administrative offices to enhance the research advising experience for grad students. While working with the advising initiative, you will interact with graduate department chairs and administrators, as well as collect information from graduate students and student councils through surveys or forums.

Alumni Relations

The Alumni Relations Subcommittee is to bridge the gap between grad alumni and grad students. To that end, the Subcommittee works with the Alumni Association to host a variety of networking events and talks to bring together alumni and students. 

VISTA (Visiting Student Association)

MIT VISTA – Visiting Student Association has an objective that all visiting students make the most of their stay. They want everybody to connect with their fellow visitors as well as regular MIT students, who are interested in getting involved in an international community. And to make that process as efficient as possible, MIT VISTA not only helps the visiting students with their paperwork and a plethora of advice – coming from experiences of former visiting students – but they also organize countless social events, trips, and outings and offer lots of opportunities for people to network or find new friends.

Projects and Programs

Here’s what our committee is doing right now:

Travel Grant: ARC funds conference travel expenses that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other MIT-related funding

Academic Career Series: career panel series for academic jobs, finding a postdoc, and exploring non-conventional PhD career opportunities

Professional Development Skills Workshop: workshops for career skills including communication, leadership, conflict management, improv and networking

Professional Development Exploration Grant: ARC offers funding to students to explore a professional development opportunity in an area outside their academic or research focus

Patent Webinar Series: MIT alumni teach inventors and entrepreneurs about patents; broadcast live on Tuesdays at 7:30pm-8:30pm ET in fall 2021; contact for details.

How to get involved

We are always looking for diversity of all kinds on our committee so that we can best serve the needs of all graduate students across MIT–regardless of department of study, school, gender, age, race, etc. Maintaining diversity of thought within ARC is critical to our success as a representative body for MIT graduate students.

If you would like to get involved or just to find out more about ARC, please feel free to contact the ARC committee chairs at or attend the next committee meeting (check the GSC anno newsletter to be always updated)!  Meetings generally take place the third Thursday of each month, starting at 6:30pm.