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 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


Information on the Burchard Program

Burchard Events
Past Burchard Scholars



Congratulations to the 2021 Burchard Scholars!


Hillary Diane Andales, sophomore


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



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



Malik George, junior

Biological Engineering


Miles George, junior

Biological Engineering


Stacy Godfreey-Igwe, junior

Engineering + Humanities: African & African Diaspora Studies


Ananya Gurumurthy, sophomore



Emily Huang, junior

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science + Political Science


Ibuki Iwasaki, junior

Art and Design


Sahithi Madireddy, sophomore



Isha Mehrotra, junior

Chemistry and Biology


Naomi Michael, junior



Karna Morey, junior



Rajiv Movva, junior

Computer Science and Engineering


Atharv Oak, sophomore

Computer Science and Molecular Biology


Vaishnavi Phadnis, junior



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



Diane Zhang, sophomore

Computer Science and Molecular Biology


Julian Zulueta, sophomore

Biological Engineering