We are a group of graduate students at BCS. We hope to recruit talents from historically underrepresented groups in higher education by sharing social capital and narrowing the information gap among applicants.
The AAP is a volunteer-based, student-run initiative to help applicants get on to their PhD career by providing feedback on their application materials and answering questions related to the BCS program.
We would particularly encourage groups that have been underrepresented in STEM to use this resource. They include, but are not limited to:
ethinic minorities (e.g. African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Native Alaskans and Pacific Islanders),
applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds, and
graduates of institutions that sent few students to MIT in the past.
Participants may receive assistance through one-on-one mentorship or through attendance of office hours hosted by current BCS graduate students. Opportunities for one-on-one mentorship will be sorted on a rolling basis depending on the needs of each participant and the capacity of our mentors. Additionally, three panel discussions on the BCS application process and graduate student life will be held during the application period, and are open to all AAP participants.
We can help our participants best if they indicate their needs and expectations clearly on this Entry Form. Please respect the time and effort that we are volunteering, and only select the type(s) of assistance that you believe you will benefit from.
NOTE: Participation in the AAP is not a mandatory part of your BCS graduate program application, and will not affect how your application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. All identifying information you provide to the AAP will be kept strictly confidential and not shared with the BCS administration. For further questions, please email email@example.com.