The Burchard Scholars Program brings together distinguished members of the faculty and promising MIT sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, or social sciences.
Faculty can nominate a student.
Students can apply.
Dinner seminars — and a warm community
The format is a series of dinner-seminars at which an MIT faculty member or visiting scholar makes a brief presentation of research work-in-progress, followed by a general discussion. The Burchards Scholars will enjoy eight such evenings of “intellectual feasting,” over two consecutive terms beginning in February 2012. The gatherings take place on Wednesday evenings, from 5 to 7 pm.
In a letter to MIT sophomores and juniors, Dean Deborah Fitzgerald writes, "The Burchard program is a terrific way to expand your intellectual and social horizons, be part of a warm, exciting community of students and faculty — and enjoy four evenings of elegant dining. If you are a sophomore or junior with strong intellectual interests in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, have done consistently excellent work in one or more of these areas, and wish to participate actively in our dinner-seminars, I encourage you to apply for this distinctive opportunity."
Apply by Monday, December 3, 2012
All MIT sophomores and juniors in good standing are eligible. A Burchard Scholar can be a major in any department of the Institute; no preference is given to HASS majors. All applicants must have a reference from a HASS faculty member, and must be able to attend and participate regularly in the Burchard dinner-seminars. Applications are due by December 3, 2012 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Burchard Selection Committee at 4-240. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision before the end of the fall term.