Resources to Survive the Quarantine


  • Stay Up to Date with MIT’s Response to COVID-19
  • Resources to Alleviate Stress
  • Updated TQE and RQE requirements

Please know that the EECS GSA is here to support our graduate students during this pandemic. We hope to help out as best as we can. Feel free to reach out to use with any queries and concerns that we can help convey to the department.

We understand that isolation can be boring and frustrating at times. If there are events that we can organize for our graduate community via the web or remotely please continue to contact us with your ideas!

Stay Up to Date with MIT’s Response to COVID-19


MIT is tracking the spread of Covid-19 and is providing daily updates to the community at this website.

You can also view updates from MIT Medical here.

Financial Support for Students

Please see the latest updates concerning financial support for students here.

Updated Graduate Housing Policies

There have been several updates regarding graduate housing. You can track these changes here.

Please refer below to an FAQ sent out by the EECS Graduate Office.

1. Do we plan to force students out of grad housing in the future?

No. Please know that in this crisis, we have no intention of leaving members of our graduate community and their families struggling with no place to live. 

2. What were the goals of the letter and do we have specific numerical targets for the population in MIT grad housing?

The goals were two-fold — to encourage those who have housing alternatives in a less-dense living arrangement to move to those alternatives, and to require all remaining residents to practice stricter social distancing practices.

We do not have a numerical goal for the size of the population in MIT graduate housing.  

3. Who gets to decide what is “a reasonable alternative”?

Individual graduate students decide. We did not plan for an exception process, and do not have one in place. Our staff are available to help address financial barriers for those who have reasonable alternatives. They are not being asked to evaluate students’ judgment. If students need help thinking this through, they should

4. Why is the deadline so short?

Given the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we wanted to express the situation’s urgency and concentrate the work to be done in a limited period of time. We want students to do their best to complete the form by Sunday, but please know that we will be flexible given that complications may arise.

5. What if I am experiencing financial hardship, can you help?

All graduate students should complete the form embedded in the email from Friday to let us know of their situation. If graduate students are experiencing financial hardship, they should follow the already established urgent grant process and email

6.  I didn’t get the email, or my link doesn’t work, or I need to update my information.

Please know that only license-holders got the email on Friday. Spouses, partners, and students who already checked out did not receive the email and do not need to complete the form. If the license holder cannot find the email from Friday, have them contact and someone will help them as soon as possible.

Feeling Stressed? Check out these Resources

This can be a stressful time for many members of the MIT community. Please find some resources below that may help in destressing yourself.

MIT@2:50, Ten minutes of daily mindfulness

This compassionate resource comes to us from Arthur Grau at MIT:

Let’s stop at 2:50 and take 10 minutes of mindfulness together on Zoom:​·         


  • Because ongoing stress can lower immune response
  • Because social distancing can cause feelings of isolation
  • Because the things on your plate can wait ten minutes

We are all in this together.

Support Group Meeting

MIT Student Mental Health & Counseling Services is partnering with iHope Network to provide :

Managing Stress around COVID-19 – a confidential web-based support group helping MIT students in managing their stress around COVID-19 related events. This series of online groups will be free to all MIT students and will be available Mondays from 10-11 am and Thursdays from 6-7 pm during March and April.

This confidential group discussion hopes to provide a safe, supportive space to talk about any COVID-19 related concerns that currently affect MIT students. Recognizing signs of distress, healthy coping strategies to manage stress, practicing effective self-care, & ways of supporting MIT community will be discussed. Updated information on COVID-19 and resource sheets will also be shared.

Wherevia Video Conference

When : Mondays, 10-11am, on 3/16, 3/30, 4/6 and 4/13 & Thursdays 6-7pm, on 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, and 4/9

Facilitated by : Xiaolu Hsi, PhD and Rachel Ganz, LICSW

Interested students can sign up here for any/all sessions

Updates to TQE and RQE Qualification Process

  1. COVID-19 NOTES from Monday, March 16th
    1. Information regarding TQE qualification process:
      1. For the 2020 spring term, a grade of PE will be equivalent to a grade of A.                                      
      2. For the 2020 spring term, a grade of IE that is changed to a grade of PE (upon completion of the missing work) will be equivalent to a grade of A.                                     
      3. For the 2020 spring term, a final grade of IE will indicate that the TQE subject is not completed, or a final grade of NE will indicate that the TQE subject is not satisfactory for the TQE qualification process.
    2. Information regarding RQE qualification process:
      1. All RQE exams that have been scheduled are now postponed, effective March 16 and through the 2020 spring term; the RQE exams should be rescheduled for the summer (although further postponement may be required). RQE exams currently scheduled for the summer session (June-August) can remain scheduled. Prof. Kolodziejski will be in contact with all graduate students who are currently in the RQE process. Graduate students can apply for the RQE exam using the EECS online application portal  here 
  2. Grades for other subjects taken by doctoral graduate students in EECS:
    1. For the 2020 spring term, a grade of PE will reflect performance at any level A, B, C.                                      
    2. For the 2020 spring term, a grade of PE will be accepted for satisfactory completion of minor subjects.                                     
    3. For the 2020 spring term, a grade of IE that is changed to a grade of PE (upon completion of the missing work) will reflect performance at any level A, B, C.                                     
    4. For the 2020 spring term, a final grade of IE will indicate that the subject was not completed, or a final grade of NE will indicated that the subject was completed unsatisfactorily.
  3. Information regarding submission of theses:
    1. For those persons on the 2020 June degree list, Janet will be reviewing all graduate requirements and will be in communication with those SM/PhD graduate students with deficiencies.                                      
    2. The Thesis Defense may be completed remotely; more details regarding this process will be forthcoming.                                     
    3. Thesis submission will be conducted electronically. More details regarding dates of submission and process for submitting thesis (with signatures) will be forthcoming. 
  4. Information regarding Graduate Office:
    1. The Graduate Office will remain open for the week of March 16 to March 20 from 10am to 4pm. There will be a single staff member available with the other staff available via telephone for consultation. Or you may call the Graduate Office at 617-253-4605 also. Email to Leslie Kolodziejski at is available to you and she will reply as soon as possible to your email request.