Burchard Scholar Anjali Thakkar, '12, wins 2011 Truman Scholarship


                      "I love the Burchard Program...
                   it is a fantastic way for me to
                   expand my humanities knowledge."  

                                   Anjali Thakkar '12
                                   biology, materials science, engineering major 


Planning a career in global health
Anjali Thakkar, '12, an MIT junior and 2011 Burchard Scholar in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, has been awarded the 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Thakkar, a biology and materials science and engineering major, plans to pursue a career in global health, advocating for low-income populations. 60 students nationwide are selected as winners of the prestigious $30,000 graduate scholarship. Awarded each year, the scholarships recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service.

Seeking humanities knowledge 
On the occasion of the Scholarship award Thakkar commented on the role of the Burchard Scholars program in her MIT education. The Program brings together distinguished members of the faculty and promising MIT sophomores and juniors in a series of dinner-seminars with discussions on current research topics. "Having attended just the dinners this semester," Thakkar said, "I have learned so much! I love the program, and it is such a fantastic way for me to meet my peers who have similar interests, and to expand my humanities knowledge."  

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