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Proposals for teaching and education enhancement due Feb. 1

The Office of Faculty Support is seeking proposals to the Alumni Class Funds for projects to improve the quality of teaching, enrich undergraduate learning and uphold MIT's tradition of innovation. While the Funds are not restricted to one goal, funding priorities closely align with MIT's efforts to enhance education for undergraduates through technology, innovative teaching or the wider dissemination of useful tools and good practices.

Among the projects recently supported by the Funds is 6.S196 (Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology), taught by Professors Seth Teller and Robert Miller of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In the course, teams of students work closely with people with disabilities in the Cambridge area to design a device, app or other solution that helps the person live more independently. The teams meet with their clients, develop multiple prototypes and learn the challenges of designing assistive technologies.

The Funds are made possible by contributions from members of the classes of 1951, 1955, 1972 and 1999. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover a wide variety of creative and academic projects. Larger scale and multiple-year projects, and project renewals, will also be considered. Funding commitments are made annually.

Proposals for the 2013-2014 academic year are due Friday, Feb. 1. For more information, contact the Office of Faculty Support at 617-253-6776 or write to

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