Battle of the Bands — Call for Applications

Applications for the prestigious MIT Battle of Bands is now open. You are a band? You have at least 50% members that are at MIT? You know how to get a crowd going? All styles are welcome, as long as they are not pre-recorded and can be performed live. The Battle of Bands takes place on March 10th in Morss Hall. Professional judges will elect and announce the winners, which can win great prices. Musicians, apply!


Apply online here by February 19!

Board Game Nights — Starting this Friday (1/20) night @ 6pm!

For all the board game lovers: MIT-PDA, in association with the graduate student council, and CSAIL student committee are happy to announce a recurring board games night, starting this Friday (Jan 20th).

What: Board Games Night

Where: Fourth floor, Stata building | 32-D46

When: 6:00 PM, Jan 20th, 2017

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Some of the PDA committees are looking for members!

As we head into the new year, please consider joining some of our committees that need your help! Getting involved with the PDA is a great way to meet your fellow postdocs. Here are a list of some of the committees looking for members. Please send them an email if you are interested.


Community Building Committee

Our objective is to encourage participation and involvement of postdocs within the MIT community. We organize various networking and social events every month to create a welcoming and supportive environment for the postdocs, which would lead to better community integration. We have organized a Halloween Bash, a postdoc mixer with Sloan, a music performance and a Christmas market trip to Maine this Fall. Upcoming events include an ice skating event, a dancing event, a recurring board games event, a band contest and much more.

If you want to participate in organizing and executing events, please contact us. All help is welcome, from active organization of events, through helping hands with the set up, clean up, during the events, and even with promotion or small errands outside of the actual events. In particular, we are looking for somebody to take care of the recurring board game nights.



Sports Committee

The sports committee organizes events in the athletics center and outdoors on a weekly or bi weekly basis, currently on Fridays. We also have social events following these sports events. In the future we plan to sponsor intramural sports and have larger physical activity based post doc events. We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to help organize these, availability is needed on certain Fridays from 7:30 to 10 pm.



Professional Development Committee

The role of the professional development committee is to help all postdocs in shaping their careers by organizing career-building workshops, research symposiums, industry ventures, etc. We are looking for several volunteers to help organize these professional development events and programs.



Fundraising Committee

The role of the fundraising committee is to raise funds to support the activities and services provided by the PDA. We are looking for several volunteers to help out.


Postdoc Volleyball (Friday, November 18)

Please join the PDA this Friday for post-doc volleyball!! The court is located on the first floor of the Zesiger center. Enter through the Vassar street entrance and the attendees at the gate should let you through if you say you are with the PDA and present MIT ID. There are bathrooms in the facility where you can change or come with someone with a membership who can give you access to the locker rooms. Spouses and significant others of postdocs are welcome free of charge. Friends and colleagues may join only if they have an athletics membership (otherwise you may need to pay a 1 time entrance fee that is around $15). Anyone can join for the Muddy afterwards (you just need to be with someone who has MIT ID) providing you are 21 or over. Note the Muddy is cash only if you want to buy drinks.

Date and Time Friday, November 18, at 7:30 PM, followed by pizza at the Muddy at 9:30 PM.
Location Zesiger Rockwell North Court
Please also add yourself to our sports Facebook group!