Student life is inseparable from cohort life in the MDE program. Students work closely together in core MDE courses, and use studio space as an all-purpose work area in and out of class. Across first-year and second-year cohorts, students attend events together and frequently overlap in electives. The program provides a rich environment for both academic and non-academic life, allowing students to partake in MDE, GSD, and SEAS communities.
As part of the GSD...
...MDE students are elected to Student Forum, an organization that works with the larger student body and administration to discuss and improve student life at the GSD. Student Forum also organizes GSD-wide events that embrace MDE as part of the community, including the frequent and much loved Beer 'n Dogs, the annual Beaux Arts Ball, and Thanksgiving Dinner. MDE projects are nominated and included in the annual Platform publication and exhibit based on rigor and quality. Life at the GSD
As part of SEAS...
...MDE students are invited to school-wide social events, and showcase work at the annual Design & Project Fair. Limited spots for dinner discussions with SEAS speakers and guests are extended as available, and MDE students frequently work as teaching fellows in undergraduate courses. Because the SEAS/FAS student body is largely undergraduate, MDE students are afforded unique opportunities in mentorship and instruction, whether directly within SEAS or within organizations like the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) Mentorship program. Life at SEAS
Beer 'n Dogs occurs most Friday nights, and is a time to unwind, dance, and chat after long hours working on studio projects. Pictured: Bollywood night at BnD
Beyond the GSD and SEAS, Harvard has an array of facilities and resources, opportunities for extracurriculars, and academic support. MDE students and graduates have used the Harvard iLab, and student projects have received funding from the Harvard Office of Sustainability, supporting project work into the summer. A comprehensive list of resources would be impossible. Network and explore!
There is far more to being a student at Harvard than on-campus life. The Boston area has a wealth of local events, venues, and opportunities, and there is something for everyone, from foodies to outdoor enthusiasts. The rich intellectual life surrounding Harvard further ensures ample opportunity for research and academic engagement, including MIT, where MDE students can take a limited number of electives.