Jade Fischer and Sarah Weidman selected as 2020 Burchard Scholars
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) welcomes 38 exceptional sophomore and junior students, including Jade Fischer and Sarah Weidman of EAPS, as the new Burchard Scholars for 2020. These students will expand intellectual horizons and leadership skills at dinner-seminars with MIT faculty.
Dinner seminars and conversations with MIT faculty
The selective Burchard Scholars program, named in honor of John Ely Burchard, the first dean of MIT SHASS, recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding abilities and academic excellence in some aspect of the humanistic fields — the humanities, arts, and social sciences — as well as in the STEM fields.
Over one calendar year, from February to December, the “Burchards” attend a series of dinner-seminars with distinguished MIT faculty, as well as cultural events in the Boston metropolitan area. These experiences provide a challenging, intellectual space in which the scholars further expand their intellectual horizons.
Excellence in the HUMANISTIC and STEM fields
“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 scholars themselves represent a diverse swath of studies across the Institute. This year, the Burchards come from over a dozen different fields of study, among them Biology, Anthropology, Mechanical Engineering, Management, and Music. This year’s selection process was especially competitive, with one hundred applicants vying for a spot.
Developing powerful skills
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 conversations, the Scholars develop respectful and adaptable approaches to engaging in complex intellectual discussions.
Many of the MIT students who receive Rhodes, Marshall, and other major scholarships and fellowships are former Burchard Scholars. Most recently, Steven Truong ’20, a 2019 Burchard Scholar, was awarded a Marshall Scholarship.
Applications for the Burchard Scholars program will open again in Fall 2020.
The 2020 Burchard Scholars
Paolo Adajar, junior Mathematical Economics + Computer Science + Public Policy
Ifeoluwapo Ademolu-Odeneye, sophomore Mathematics with Computer Science
Boluwatife Akinola, junior Mathematical Economics
Anna Aldins, sophomore Music and Theater Arts
Isabel Barnet, sophomore Mechanical Engineering
Israel Bonilla, junior Aeronautics and Astronautics
Owen Broderick, junior, Management
Kevin Costello, junior Mathematics + Music
Hope Dargan, junior Computer Science and Engineering + History
Nadezhda Dimitrova, junior Aeronautics and Astronautics
Jade Fischer, junior
Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science
Rogerio Guimarae Jr., junior Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Madeline Holtz, sophomore Chemistry
Lily Huo, junior Biological Engineering
Aditya Jog, junior Biology
Shuli Jones, sophomore Computer Science and Engineering
Melissa Klein, junior Mechanical Engineering + Music and Theater Arts
Maximillian Langenkamp, junior Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Keiran Lewellen, sophomore Physics
Bhavik Nagda, junior Computer Science and Engineering
Neosha Narayanan, sophomore Materials Science and Engineering
Avery Nguyen, sophomore Materials Science and Engineering
Samuel Nitz, junior Computer Science + Molecular Biology
Isloma Osubor, junior Mechanical Engineering and Management
Noopur Ranganathan, junior Anthropology + Biology
James Santoro, sophomore Management
Haniya Shareef, sophomore Biological Engineering
Aaditya Singh, junior Brain and Cognitive Science + Computer Science and Engineering
Nailah Smith, sophomore Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Madison Sneve, sophomore Biology
Edwin Song, sophomore Mathematical Economics
Sarah Spector, junior Electrical Engineering and Computer Science + Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Shobhita Sundaram, sophomore Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Sarah Weidman, junior Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science + Physics
Alyssa Wells-Lewis, junior Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Wesel, junior Biology
Carine You, sophomore Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Story Image: Jaume Plensa's "Alchemist" sits across Massachusetts Avenue facing MIT's main entrance. Comprised of stainless steel symbols and mathematical equations, this modern-day alchemist has been interpreted by some to represent the need to internalize interdisciplinary knowledge so that it can be used to address today's complex challenges and transform our world. (Photo: John Parrillo)