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

Students, you can apply here.
Program open to MIT sophomores and juniors.
Application deadline: Sunday, November 4, 2018

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 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 nine events throughout a calendar year — a large reception at the beginning of spring term, seven dinner-seminars, and one cultural event in the fall. Seminars are held monthly, on Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm, during the school year.

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 no later than one full week after the application deadline. (For 2018, the deadline for referees to submit recommendations is extended through Monday, November 12th!)  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 due on November 4, 2018 for the 2019 Burchard Program.

Please note:

A Burchard Scholar can be a major in any department of the Institute; no preference is given to HASS majors. All sophomores and juniors in good standing are eligible to apply. If you have a question about the program or how to apply, please email

Information on the Burchard Program

Burchard Events
Past Burchard Scholars



Congratulations to the 2018 Burchard Scholars!  

Vilhelm Andersen Woltz ’20
Major: Physics

Emma Bernstein ’20
Major: Computer Science and Molecular Biology

Emma Bingham ’19
Major: Physics
Minor: Political Science

Ali Daher ’19
Majors: Mechanical Engineering

Riley Davis ’19
Major: Materials Science and Engineering, Global Studies and Languages

Megan Diehl ’20
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Neena Dugar ’19
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Julia Ginder ’19
Major: Biological Engineering
Minor: Public Policy

Mehitabel Glenhaber ’19
Major: Comparative Media Studies

Erin Grela ’20
Major: Chemistry

Daniel Guberek ’19
Major: Physics

Karina Hinojosa ’20
Major: Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science

Jenna Hong ’19
Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Brice Huang ’19
Major: Mathematics

Anna Kazlauskas ’19
Major: Mathematical Economics
Minor: Computer Science

Lawson Kosulic ’19
Major: Physics

Ohyoon Kwon ’20
Major: Brain and Cognitive Science

Ivy Li ’20
Major: Physics
Minors: Ancient and Medieval Studies, Literature

James Li ’19
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Computer Science

Kevin Li ’19
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Babatunde Ogunlade ’20
Major: Material Science and Engineering

Mira Partha ’19
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Nolan Peard ’19
Majors: Physics, Music

Daniel Perry ’19
Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Miloslawa Piszczek ’19
Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Sarah Powazek ’20
Major: Political Science
Minor: Computer Science

Roshni Sahoo ’20
Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Anna Sappington ’19
Major: Computer Science and Molecular Biology

Kathleen Schwind ’19
Major: Planning

Mahi Shafiullah ’19
Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics

Farita Tasnim ’19
Major: Electrical Science and Engineering
Minor: Design

Adam Theriault-Shay ’19
Major: Mathematics

Ethan Vo ’19
Major: Physics

Rachel Wei ’20
Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Michelle D. Xu ’20
Major: Physics

Joseph Zurier ’19
Major: Mathematics