The Beaver, representing the MIT graduate student, is seen determinedly looking towards the future. He is wearing a Grad Rat on the right ring finger and is firmly holding a branch symbolizing his hard work. The Beaver is extending his index finger to symbolize MIT’s position as the #1 university in the world.
As a symbol of the Beaver’s hard work, the branch represents a diploma still taking form. It shows the numbers “1”, “5”, and “0” recalling MIT’s 150th anniversary.
The Beaver has carved the stump into a memorial. The ribbon and the shield are tributes to the events of the 117th Boston Marathon and MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. The date of the 2013 Boston Marathon, “4/15”, is inscribed on the stump.
In the background, a group of beavers swim together towards the world beyond MIT, each clutching a diploma. This symbolizes the teamwork and community that is essential to graduate student life. While his friends swim out into the world, the Beaver realizes that his funding is running out and he has to finish his dam research.
The overturned coffee mug sitting on top of the thesis underneath the beaver represents the caffeine-induced chaos necessary for graduate students to complete their work at MIT. The bottom of the thesis looks like unfinished piece of wood, that the beaver is turning into the thesis page by page.
The tail of the beaver is represented as a globe with many connections symbolizing the global reach and impact of MIT and its graduate students’ work. It also symbolizes the network MIT graduate students develop during their time at MIT.
The branches form the word “GRAD” behind the beaver, symbolizing that the ring is unique to graduate students.
The Ivy leaves
Flowing in the river are eight ivy leaves that symbolize the Ivy League schools that are left in the wake of the buddy beavers.
Represented at night, when the graduate students do their best work, the skyline represents the iconic buildings that influence our time at MIT as seen from the Boston side. It starts on the left with the main dome and continues through with the Stata building, Walker Memorial, the Green Building and finally the Sloan School of Management.
Embedded in the skyline of the Stata Center is the Dropbox symbol. Dropbox has been named one of the most essential tools used in graduate life at MIT and is also an example of MIT’s leadership in technology and entrepreneurship.
The Seal Shank
MIT’s official seal shows two figures, the worker and the thinker, personifying ‘Mens Et Manus’ (Mind and Hand). The flame between the two figures demonstrates the light of knowledge and our burning desire for science and arts.
In the classic “nuts and bolts” icon, MIT is spelled with formulas symbolizing the importance of blending innovation with tradition.
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The GradRat features several elements that have come to be expected in a Brass Rat of the 21st Century: the skylines of Boston and MIT, and the map of MIT on the inside of the ring.
The Boston Skyline
The Cambridge Skyline
The Boston Skyline features a view of the Charles River with the Longfellow Bridge on the left side and the Harvard Bridge on the right side. A rowing boat and a Tech Dinghy can be seen adjacent to the bridges along with a Red Line train on the Longfellow. In the back, many famous Boston landmarks can be seen including the Hancock Tower, the Prudential Center, the Millennium Building and the familiar Citgo sign over Fenway Park.
The Cambridge Skyline centers on the Great Dome, one of the most recognizable places on campus. The Skyline also features such iconic buildings as Old Ashdown, the new Media Lab, and the new Sloan building. Captured in the Green building is the silhouette of a Tetris piece, recalling the Holy Grail of hacks.
|The dome of Building 10 is a renowned icon of MIT, and it is featured in the GradRat department side.||Your graduation year will be engraved into the scroll at the foot of the shank.|
MIT Map Features
The map depicts the areas of campus where most of graduate student life, classes and research take place. From Tang Hall to E62, the new map is the most comprehensive map to ever be depicted on an MIT ring. Confusing to the outsider, the map is included so that we never forget the places we spent time working or partying and the convoluted paths we took to get to class on time and avoid harsh weather conditions.
Timothy (Tim) F. Flynn is the Balfour artist who helped design the GradRat using the committee members input.