The Baker Foundation focuses on Long Term Foundation Initiatives, MIT Community Projects, Baker Fellowships, Baker Teaching award, and any additional projects that are of interest to the committee members.
- Long Term Initiatives: One of the Baker Foundation’s current initiatives promotes cross-campus relationships by funding inter-living-group mixers. In the past, the Foundation has focused on improving undergraduate advising and fostering greater faculty-student interaction. One such program initiated by the Foundation was the Associate Advising program. The Foundation also has worked on a Visual Arts Initiative to provide free studio art time to students on campus.
- Projects: The Foundation elicits student initiatives that enhance the undergraduate experience. The Foundation helps students define the strategic vision of their projects and provides seed funding. Examples of previously supported or initiated projects are the Associate Advising Program, Coffee Chats for the Network of Sloan Undergraduate Women, Faculty Meet and Greet, UROP Newsletter, Undergraduate Mentorship Program, and the Global Poverty Initiative, and the Visual Arts Initiative. Download a funding application here: word (.doc) file or PDF
- Baker Fellowships: Baker Fellows are MIT students who choose to work on sustainable community service projects that build capacity for underserved communities locally, nationally, or internationally. The Foundation works closely with the MIT Public Service Center to select the fellows. MIT faculty serve as mentors to the Baker Fellows.