During your first year, you will be assigned to teach either laboratory sections or recitations as a Teaching Assistant (TA). First-year students usually teach in both the fall and spring terms. You will take graduate-level classes relating to your background and research interests in Chemistry and start taking cumulative exams. In addition, you will select a research supervisor and begin working on a research project. There are also many opportunities to get to know other graduate students in the department through social events organized by our student organizations! A lot happens during your first year, and the faculty, staff, and students are here to help you have a smooth transition to life as a graduate student at MIT.