GradRat @ MIT

The ring to commemorate your graduate experience at MIT

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Your GradRat Team

The GradRat ring committee consists of graduate students across different MIT departments.

We firmly believe that every MIT graduate student and graduate alum should own a GradRat. There are many reasons to get a GradRat. Find out what ours are below!

Do you have any questions for us or are interested in joining the committee? Get in touch! We are here to help!

Sami Khan

Role: GradRat Chair

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering, PhD
Hobbies and Interests: Sailing, tennis, running, cooking, archery (certified MIT Pirate Class of 2016).

Sami on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
It’s an almost 90 year old tradition! No matter where you go in the world you will always be recognized when you wear the ring. Part of the ring proceeds go back to MIT to help support the many programs and activities which you greatly enjoyed during your time at MIT. And what’s best is that it has been specially designed in house by your fellow graduate students. Wear it with pride!

What he is wearing:
Yellow gold in natural finish and large bezel.

Akshata Krishnamurthy

Role: Head of Ring Design 2018

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Degree Program: AeroAstro, PhD
Hobbies and Interests: Baking, traveling and exploring, dancing, yoga, working with various student groups on campus.

Akshata on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
I’ve heard it’s a great conversation starter! Besides, it’s one of the most intricate class rings showcasing some great features of MIT and Boston.

What she is wearing:
Yellow gold in natural finish and medium bezel.

Geeticka Chauhan

Role: Committee Member

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Degree Program: EECS, PhD
Hobbies and Interests:  Photography, drawing, cooking, teaching, yoga.

Geeticka on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
Purchasing the GradRat ring will allow you to take part in a long tradition for MIT students and will remind you of being a part of a dynamic community for years after you have graduated.

What she is wearing:
Rose gold in antique finish and small bezel.

 

Meicen Sun

Role: Committee Member

Hometown: Xiamen, China
Degree Program: Political science, PhD
Hobbies and Interests: Dreaming, nomading, generally Peter Panning.

Meicen on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
Because we're nothing without our scars. Who peaks in college anyway?

What she is wearing:
Yellow gold in antique finish and large bezel.

Michael J. Lee

Role: Committee Member

Hometown: Modesto, California
Degree Program: Brain and Cognitive Sciences, PhD
Hobbies and Interests: Cooking, video games, lively debates about anything.

Michael on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
We will graduate from MIT with many treasured but intangible things: new ideas, skills, and memories. The GradRat is a rare tangible that you can take with you (and wear on a finger, unlike a diploma). If that doesn't convince you, buy it to wear to networking events!

What he is wearing:
Yellow gold in antique finish and medium bezel.

Leilani Gilpin

Role: Committee Member

Hometown: Novato, California
Degree Program: EECS, PhD
Hobbies and Interests: Swimming, rowing, hiking, and baking.  

Leilani on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
This commemorative ring is a staple for the MIT community.  It is recognized around the world as a strong symbol to your tenure at MIT. In this design, we’ve worked hard to embody the culture and achievements of the Graduate student community.  

What she is wearing:
Rose gold in natural finish and small bezel. 

 

Sloane Philips

Role: Committee Member

Hometowm: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Degree Program: MIT Sloan School of Management
Hobbies and Interests: Painting, dog watching in the Common, anything healthcare (especially from the preventative end).

Sloane on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
Owning a GradRat ring is one way to proudly display your MIT affiliation and connect with MIT alumni - plus, it looks pretty cool.

What she is wearing:
Yellow gold in natural finish and extra small bezel.

Tobias Ehrenberger

Role: Committee Member, Webmaster

Hometown: Kematen an der Ybbs, Austria
Degree Program: Biological Engineering, PhD
Hobbies and Interests: Riding, racing, and talking about bikes; all kinds of other outdoorsy sports, including hiking, running, and climbing.

Tobias on why you should get yourself a GradRat:
Not only is a GradRat ring on your finger a great way to show your affiliation with MIT; it is also a great souvenir you can take home from the exciting journey that grad school is.

What he is wearing:
Yellow gold in antique finish and large bezel.