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Academics, Research, & Careers

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 project coordinators, each of whom work with the committee chairs to organize a particular event or initiative. ARC is also responsible for pursuing academic and career-related advocacy issues for the GSC. In 2005, ARC was awarded the William L. Stewart Jr. Award for contributions to extracurricular activities and events during the preceding year.

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. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact the ARC committee chairs at or attend the next committee meeting (keep an eye on the GSC anno newsletter)!  Meetings generally take place the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7pm.


Committee Roles:

Gain valuable leadership experience by being a coordinator for one the following projects on ARC! Being a coordinator will also prepare you to run for more senior positions in the GSC. Most of these positions have well-defined tasks that will not require a large time commitment. To get involved, please contact and let us know what interests you, and if we can answer any questions!

  1. Project Coordinators

ARC hosts a variety of events for graduate students, ranging from small networking events to large campus-wide career panels. For these events to be successful, good event coordinators are essential. For each event the coordinator is responsible for both planning (set up goals, pick date and time) and executing events (e.g. invite speakers, publicize events, maintaining registration etc). The coordinator has lots of independence in determining the scope and feel of the event, so this is a fun and rewarding experience!

  1. Advising Initiative Associate

ARC 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.

  1. Committee Members

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. ARC committee members attend monthly meetings at the GSC office on campus and contribute ideas to our ongoing initiative and event planning.


ARC Programs

Current Programs

  • Visiting Student Association (VISTA): represent the 800 students visiting MIT from another institute
  • Advising Initiative: advocacy for adoption of MIT advising
  • 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
  • Travel Grants: ARC funds conference travel expenses that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other MIT-related funding
  • Dissertation Boot Camp: ten days of quiet time thesis writing, coffee and breakfast, and workshops and mentors on wellness, writing, etc.
  • Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT)
  • MIT Career Fair
  • Institute Awards

Past Projects

  • Legislative Action Subcommittee (former; now independent, as the External Affairs Board of the GSC)
  • Tax Workshops (Now organized by ODGE and ISO)
  • Graduate Mentoring and Advising
  • Childbirth Accommodation Policy
  • Airport Shuttle (No longer offered)
  • Grad School 101/102 Lecture Series (Now under the Orientation Committee)
  • International Student Mentorship Mixer (Now under the Orientation Committee)
  • Interdisciplinary Lecture Calendar
  • International Student Mentorship
  • Diversity Subcommittee

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