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Freshman Explorations Give Behind the Scenes Perspective

By A. Arif Husain
Staff Reporter

Freshmen will head for Institute laboratories, classrooms, and lecture halls Thursday as part of this year's Freshman Explorations program.

The seminars are sponsored by the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office and are designed to give students exposure to laboratories and centers around the Institute, according to program coordinator and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Bonnie J. Walters.

Freshman Explorations will consist of 31 seminars in a wide variety of fields ranging from feminism to hydrodynamics. There are 10 fewer selections this year because of other commitments of past exhibitors and renovations taking place in some locations, Walters said.

Various departments were invited to participate in this year's program which will focus was on diversity, student coordinator Brian S. Gladstein '96 said.

This year's offerings will include presentations by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Department of Women's Studies, the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, and the MIT Museum.

This years offerings include "Making Music at MIT" presented by the Music and Theater Arts Section, "The Joy of Space" presented by the National Space Grant College Program, and "How to find a UROP" by the UAAO.

Seminars range from 30 minutes to two hours and are geared to "acquaint freshmen with what goes on behind the scenes," Gladstein said.

Freshman will be able to sign up for explorations today in Lobby 7 from noon until 4 p.m., and Wednesday at the Academic Expo. To ease the registration procedure this year, each exploration has been numbered and students will be able to sign up at corresponding tables, Gladstein said.

While there is no restriction on the number of seminars students may attend, many events have limited occupancy.