The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS) has announced that 38 MIT undergraduates and juniors have been named 2021 Burchard Fellows.
Applicants to the Burchard program are nominated by their professors and the selection is competitive. All of the students chosen for the program have demonstrated excellence and commitment to humanistic fields, but may specialize in science, design, and engineering as well as humanities, arts, and humanities. social Sciences.
With the Institute planning a return to campus operations in the fall, 2021 Burchard Fellows will once again be able to participate in the program’s signature dinner series. Each evening, a prominent faculty member gives a presentation on cutting-edge research, after which the researchers, gathered in small table groups by several MIT faculty members, discuss the ideas over an elegant dinner. During the calendar year, researchers also attend several cultural events in the greater Boston area.
Sharpen the art of discussion
The Burchard Scholars Program is designed to provide promising students with a stimulating and friendly arena in which to hone their skills in expressing, criticizing, and debating ideas with peers and mentors. During their conversations, researchers develop respectful and adaptable approaches to engage in complex intellectual discussions.
Speakers at previous seminars included Institute professor Daron Acemoglu, economist, discussing artificial intelligence and the future of work; Kenda Mutongi, professor of history, reflecting on law in postcolonial Kenya; and Vipin Narang, associate professor of political science, speaking on nuclear security issues. Burchard’s cultural events and field trips have included premieres at the Boston Lyric Opera; a behind-the-scenes tour after the concert with cellist Yo-Yo Ma; and a visit to a newly acquired collection of photographs at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Enthusiasm and aptitude
It is perhaps not surprising that a high percentage of MIT students who receive Rhodes, Marshall and other large scholarships are former Burchard scholars.
“These students are an amazing group of undergraduates at MIT,” says Margery Resnick, associate professor of literature and director of the Burchard program. students. “
Burchard Scholars 2021 and their fields of study:
Hillary Diane Andales, physics student
Gabriella Aponte, chemistry and biology student
Prosser Cathey, junior in mathematical economics and political science
Alana Chandler, junior in materials science and engineering
Curtis Chen, second-year computation and cognition student
Laura Chen, junior in biological engineering
Maggie Chen, junior in brain and cognitive sciences
VSlaire Cheng, junior in computer science and engineering and in music and theater arts
Zachary Chin, junior in chemistry and in electrical and computer engineering
Pedro Colon, second year chemistry and biology student
Ryan Conti, second year math student
Amelia Dogan, Second Year Urban Science and Planning and Computer Science and Humanities Student: American Studies
Rujul Gandhi, junior in linguistics and philosophy and in electrical and computer engineering
Swapnil Garg, junior in mathematics
Malik George, junior in biological engineering
Miles George, junior in biological engineering
Stacy Godfreey-Igwe, Junior in Engineering and Humanities: Studies on Africa and the African Diaspora
Ananya Gurumurthy, economics student
Emily Huang, junior in electrical and computer engineering and political science
Ibuki Iwasaki, junior in art and design
Sahithi Madireddy, biology student
Isha Mehrotra, junior in chemistry and biology
Naomi Michael, junior in mechanical engineering
Karna Morey, junior in physics
Rajiv Movva, junior in computer science and engineering
Atharv Oak, second year computer science and molecular biology student
Vaishnavi Phadnis, junior in biology
David Spicer, second year political science and philosophy student
Peter Tone, junior in theater arts and in computer science and engineering
Kathryn Tso, junior in materials science and engineering and history
Max Williamson, junior in computer science and engineering
Kelly Wu, junior in chemical engineering
Westley Wu, second year chemistry and biology student
Megan Xu, junior in biological engineering
Jeffery Yu, junior in mathematics and physics
Daniel Zhang, junior in biology
Diane Zhang, student in computer science and molecular biology
Julian Zulueta, second year bioengineering student