The Burchard Scholars Program 
Expand your horizons at dinner seminars with distinguished MIT faculty
 



Applications are now closed.
Program open to MIT sophomores and juniors.


Student Application deadline: TBA.

Faculty Recommendation deadline: TBA.
 

Expand Your Horizons at Dinner Seminars with Distinguished Faculty

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. About 35 MIT undergraduates are selected each year for the competitive program. Each cohort of "Burchards" participates for one calendar year, from February through December.

The format is usually a series of dinner seminars that reflect the vast range of inquiry and research in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science. The Burchard Program consists of eight events throughout a calendar year. Seminars are held monthly, on Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm, during the school year.  We deeply miss our in-person dinners, and this Spring's events will probably be virtual, but there is great probability that the 2021 Burchards will enjoy our normal dinners next fall.

 

Application Information

 

The Burchard Scholars application must include the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé
  • List of HASS classes you have taken at MIT
  • A letter of recommendation from a Faculty member who has taught you in a HASS course
  • An essay on one of three essay topics in less than 500 words:

Students submit applications online here. You are expected to contact your HASS Faculty referee directly no later than the application deadline to make arrangements for them to supply a recommendation directly to burchard-scholars@mit.edu no later than one full week after the application deadline. (For 2020, the deadline for referees to submit recommendations is through Monday, December 21st.)  You should supply them copies of your résumé and your list of HASS subjects. Please allow your referees time to do their job!


Applications are now closed for the 2021 Burchard Program. 

If you have a question about the program or how to apply, please email burchard-scholars@mit.edu.

 

Information on the Burchard Program

Burchard Events
Past Burchard Scholars

 

 



Congratulations to 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

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

 

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