This entry brings to a close one of the longest periods of blog inactivity ever since I began this blog. What’s been keeping me so busy?
- Domestic selection (final stages). It’s been a long season of Regular Action, but we are finally beginning to see the Class of 2010 truly take shape. I can’t help but be excited.
- International selection. Choosing slightly more than 100 students out of more than 2500 super-qualified applicants is a daunting task. I’m excited about the choices we’ve made, while at the same time hopeful that the students we couldn’t find room for at MIT will have other great opportunities elsewhere.
- RSI selection. I am honored to be a part of the selection committee for the Research Science Institute, a summer program hosted by MIT and run by the Center for Excellence Education. RSI, which is free (except for the application fee), actually has a lower admission rate than the MIT freshman class. I don’t know when decisions will be released, but for those students who are not admitted, I hope you’ll still apply to MIT, since we have 1400 more admission spaces than RSI does.
- MITES selection (preliminary phases). I am also honored to participate in the selection committee for the Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (free) summer program at MIT. And again, I don’t know when decisions will be released, but for those students who are not admitted, I hope you’ll still apply to MIT, as many students turned down for MITES are still very competitive for freshman admission.
- Campus Preview Weekend preparation. CPW is just three weeks away! We’re planning a 4-day weekend for the Class of 2010 that will hopefully help admitted students determine whether or not MIT is the right fit. For those of you who are admitted this weekend, I hope you’ll sign up ASAP for CPW, which is April 6-9.
- Intel Science Talent Search. Each year I am fortunate to attend the banquet and celebration of the Intel Science Talent Search (STS), which is also referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize.” Previous STS winners include Prof. Eric Lander (my MIT freshman biology teacher, and this year’s CPW keynote speaker). One of the reasons I really like Intel STS is because it is a great celebration of science research and education, and we need more celebrations of excellence in these fields.And in this season of high anxiety over selective college admissions, I think it’s worth noting that this year’s STS winner, Shannon Babb, will attend Utah State University, and that last year’s winner, David Bauer, attends the City University of New York Honors College.