MIT SHASS names 38 extraordinary students as 2021 Burchard Scholars

The students enjoy a year-long seminar series over dinners with distinguished faculty.
   


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"It’s perhaps no surprise that a high percentage of the MIT students who receive Rhodes, Marshall, and other major scholarships and fellowships are former Burchard Scholars."



The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS) is delighted to announce that 38 sophomores and junior students have been named 2021 Burchard Scholars. During a year unlike any other, these students have demonstrated the high aptitude for studies in both the STEM and Humanistic fields that characterizes the “Burchards,” as the scholars are affectionately called. This year’s cohort represents a broad selection of academic fields and many departments at the Institute — including the sciences, engineering, design, social sciences, arts, and humanities, as well as ingenious combinations of fields. 

With the Institute planning a return to full campus operations in the Fall, the 2021 Burchards will once again be able to engage in the program’s exciting and distinctive dinner series. At each evening, a distinguished faculty member gives a talk about leading research, after which the Burchards, joined at table by several MIT faculty members, discuss the ideas and research. During the course of the calendar year, the scholars also attend selected cultural events around the Boston metropolitan area.

Conversations about ideas over festive dinners with distinguished faculty

The Burchard Scholars program is designed to provide promising students a challenging and friendly arena in which to hone skills for expressing, critiquing, and debating ideas with peers and mentors. In the course of their conversations, the Scholars develop respectful, adaptable approaches to engaging in complex intellectual discussions.

Speakers at previous seminar events have included Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science, speaking on nuclear weapons and strategy; Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, discussing AI and the future of work; and Kenda Mutongi, Professor of History, reflecting on Law and Disorder in Post-colonial Kenya. The Burchard cultural events and field trips have included attending new work premiering at the Boston Lyric Opera and a visit to the newly acquired Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Enthusiasm and aptitude

It’s perhaps no surprise that a high percentage of the MIT students who receive Rhodes, Marshall, and other major scholarships and fellowships are former Burchard Scholars. “The Burchard Scholars are an extraordinary group of MIT undergraduates who have demonstrated enthusiasm and aptitude for the humanities, social sciences or arts,” says Margery Resnick, professor of literature and director of the Burchard program. “Selection is competitive, and the students who are chosen are thoughtful, smart, and grateful for the opportunity to discuss ideas with faculty and fellow students.”

 

The 2021 Burchard Scholars

 

Hillary Diane Andales, sophomore

Physics
 

Gabriella Aponte, sophomore

Chemistry and Biology

 

Prosser Cathey, junior

Mathematical Economics + Political Science

 

Alana Chandler, junior

Materials Science and Engineering

 

Curtis Chen, sophomore

Computation and Cognition

 

Laura Chen, junior

Biological Engineering

 

Maggie Chen, junior

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

 

Claire Cheng, junior

Computer Science and Engineering + Music and Theater Arts

 

Zachary Chin, junior

Chemistry + Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 

Pedro Colon, sophomore

Chemistry and Biology

 

Ryan Conti, sophomore

Mathematics

 

Amelia Dogan, sophomore

Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science + Humanities: American Studies

 

Rujul Gandhi, junior

Linguistics and Philosophy + Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 

Swapnil Garg, junior

Mathematics

 

Malik George, junior

Biological Engineering

 

Miles George, junior

Biological Engineering

 

Stacy Godfreey-Igwe, junior

Engineering + Humanities: African & African Diaspora Studies

 

Ananya Gurumurthy, sophomore

Economics

 

Emily Huang, junior

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science + Political Science

 

Ibuki Iwasaki, junior

Art and Design

 

Sahithi Madireddy, sophomore

Biology

 

Isha Mehrotra, junior

Chemistry and Biology

 

Naomi Michael, junior

Mechanical Engineering

 

Karna Morey, junior

Physics

 

Rajiv Movva, junior

Computer Science and Engineering

 

Atharv Oak, sophomore

Computer Science and Molecular Biology

 

Vaishnavi Phadnis, junior

Biology

 

David Spicer, sophomore

Political Science + Philosophy

 

Peter Tone, junior

Theater Arts + Computer Science and Engineering

 

Kathryn Tso, junior

Materials Science and Engineering + History

 

Max Williamson, junior

Computer Science and Engineering

 

Kelly Wu, junior

Chemical Engineering

 

Westley Wu, sophomore

Chemistry and Biology

 

Megan Xu, junior

Biological Engineering

 

Jeffery Yu, junior

Mathematics + Physics

 

Daniel Zhang, junior

Biology

 

Diane Zhang, sophomore

Computer Science and Molecular Biology

 

Julian Zulueta, sophomore

Biological Engineering

 

Suggested links

The Burchard Scholars program

Past Scholars

Seminar topics and events

 

 


Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
Editorial and Design Director: Emily Hiestand
Staff Writer: Alison Lanier