First Year Students

First year students 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. 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.

Research Group Selection

Graduate students in chemistry generally select a research advisor during the first term of the program and begin thesis research by the beginning of the spring term. Choosing an advisor is one of the most important decisions you will make during your graduate career. To assist first-year graduate students with this process, the department has developed several ways for students to become acquainted with potential advisors and research groups.