Cambridge, Mass. (June 16) -- Six current MIT student-athletes have been named as 2021 Burchard Scholars by the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS).
Candidates for the Burchard program are nominated by their professors and selection is competitive. All students chosen for the program have demonstrated excellence and engagement in the humanistic fields, but can be majoring in science, design, and engineering fields as well as in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
MIT Student-Athlete Honorees (Areas of Study in Parentheses)
Gabriella Aponte - Women's Openweight Crew (Chemistry and Biology)
Prosser Cathey - Men's Heavyweight Crew (Mathematical Economics and Political Science)
Alana Chandler - Women's Cross Country (Materials Science and Engineering)
Laura Chen - Women's Fencing (Biological Engineering)
Isha Mehotra - Women's Lightweight Crew (Chemistry and Biology)
Julian Zulueta - Men's Lightweight Crew (Biological Engineering)
With the Institute planning a return to campus operations in the fall, the 2021 Burchard Scholars will once again be able to engage in the program's distinctive dinner series. At each evening, a distinguished faculty member gives a presentation on leading research, after which the scholars, joined at small table groups by several MIT faculty members, discuss the ideas over an elegant dinner. During the course of the calendar year, the scholars also attend several cultural events in the Boston metropolitan area.
Enthusiasm and Aptitude
It is perhaps no surprise that a high percentage of the MIT students who receive Rhodes, Marshall, and other major scholarships and fellowships are former Burchard Scholars.
"These students are an extraordinary group of MIT undergraduates," says Margery Resnick, associate professor of literature and director of the Burchard program. "They are thoughtful, smart, and enthusiastic about the opportunity to discuss a wide range of ideas with faculty and fellow students."