Outreach and Mentoring Opportunities

This page contains information about opportunities to engage in science-related mentoring and outreach opportunities within our department, on campus, in the local area, and in the broader physics community. The opportunities are grouped based on whether they are primarily geared towards students, towards faculty, or can be engaged in by everyone. 

Primarily geared towards students

Mentoring and outreach within the physics program

  • First-year buddy program for graduate students
    • First year matched with senior grad student
    • You will receive an email about this in early August
  • Physics Department Tutors and TA's
    • The physics department hires part-time Tutors, TA's, and Graders for a variety of undergraduate classes. Hiring emails are sent out at the beginning of each semesters.
  • Physics Department mentors for 8.01*, 8.02*, 8.03, 8.033, and 8.04
    • Look for emails!
  • GWIP-UWIP mentoring program
    • Female/non-binary graduate students paired with undergraduates. Request for mentors sent by email to GWIP mailing list in August.
  • Physics Directed Reading Program
    • Pairs undergraduate and graduate students together to learn a topic of mutual interest
    • Runs during IAP

Mentoring and outreach within MIT

Outreach to the broader community

Primarily geared towards faculty

  • MIT Summer Research Program - program for talented underrepresented and underserved students to spend a summer working in MIT research groups
    • The Physics Department also engages an MSRP Application Review Committee; be on the lookout for emails. 
  • APS National Mentoring Community - APS program that matches faculty member mentors with local Native American, Hispanic, and African-American undergraduate students pursuing physics degrees

Open to everyone

Physics focused

Broader lists of community outreach opportunities