Quality of Life Committee

The Quality of Life (QoL) Committee is committed to improving the Department of Chemistry experience for all students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. The Committee is charged with crafting and implementing policies, procedures, and initiatives that seem likely to improve the overall quality of life in the department. The QoL Committee’s objectives fall broadly in four categories: Community; Education and Professional Development; Research and Mentoring; and Diversity.


Since its inception, the Committee has worked to develop policies and initiatives intended to improve the quality of life of all members of the department, with a particular focus on students, postdocs, and staff. The initiatives pursued often develop in consultation with or prompted by members of the department, including student groups such as Women+ In Chemistry (WIC+), Chemistry Graduate Student Committee (CGSC),  and ChemREFS and/or faculty and staff. A few examples of past, ongoing, and ‘in-development’ initiatives are highlighted below.


Members of the Department are welcome to reach out to any member of the Quality of Life Committee with concerns or ideas. You may also share input or feedback with the QoL Committee by filling out this webform. The form can be completed anonymously. However, if you would like someone from the QoL Committee to follow-up with you, please include your contact information.

While feedback and suggestions are always welcomed, please note that this form should not be used to report urgent or emergency situations. A list of emergency resources for members of the MIT Community can be found on the School of Science’s Emergency website. Please also be sure to reference additional MIT resources available for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.


The Quality of Life Committee is comprised of graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. The Committee also invites appointed representatives from the graduate student and postdoc groups. These representatives are full members of the Committee, and help to ensure there is a clear avenue for the groups to provide input to QoL and for the groups to learn about and make suggestions on the issues QoL is actively working to address.

The Quality of Life Committee is currently composed of the following members:

Join Us

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Quality of Life Committee, please email Professor Matt Shoulders.

Attend the Next Meeting

The next meeting of the QoL Committee is TBD. We ask that individuals who wish to attend RSVP to each meeting at qol-rsvp@mit.edu.