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IAP planning gets in gear

It may only be October, but planning is already underway for the 2002 Independent Activities Period.

Organized by the Academic Resource Center, IAP 2002 runs from Jan. 7 through Feb. 1.

For more than 30 years, IAP has provided a unique opportunity for all members of the MIT community to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. Past IAP activities have ranged from credit activities such as electron microprobe analysis and the Martin Luther King Jr. design seminar to noncredit activities such as introductory blacksmithing and ballroom dance lessons.

"IAP provides a wonderful opportunity for all members of the Institute to share creative and innovative learning experiences. It allows us to not only continue developing knowledge in a particular area, but to try something new and different," said Julie Norman, associate dean for academic resources and programming.

Any MIT affiliate can create an activity, independently or together with his or her department, club or living group. Those who would like more information about listing an IAP activity should contact the Academic Resource Center at x3-1668 or

All activities are posted directly to the IAP web site. Information on how to post activities is located on the web site. An MIT personal certificate is needed to post activities. Users must have an MIT e-mail username with password and an MIT ID number to obtain a certificate; further information is also on the web site.

Activities posted by Nov. 2 will also be listed in the hard-copy version of the IAP 2002 Guide, available Dec. 3, said Assistant Dean Michael Bergren.

Students planning to participate in credit subjects during IAP will preregister on WebSIS. Preregistration begins Dec. 3.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 3, 2001.

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