Ivy Plus Symposium
From March 13-15, Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity Jane Seibel traveled to the second bi-annual Ivy Plus Symposium for diverse scholars co-hosted by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Symposium, which took place for the first time two years ago at the University of Pennsylvania, was attended by 130 undergraduate students from around the country who are interested in pursuing a PhD. In addition, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and administrators from all of the Ivy League schools, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago, participated in the event.
At the Symposium, undergraduate students had the opportunity to present their research during a poster session and to attend other talks and panels; these included research presentations by faculty members, a graduate school fair, a graduate student panel, career development panels, and a conversation among graduate school program and admissions directors. George Church, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School whose thesis work at Harvard included the development of the first methods for direct genome sequencing, gave the keynote address. Students also participated in lab and school tours at the two host institutions.
Faculty from a variety of fields, including anthropology, American studies, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, comparative literature, computer science, engineering, history, psychology, and sociology, presented their work as part of the concurrent faculty research talks held on Friday and Saturday. Dartmouth professors Robert Caldwell of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Brian Pogue of the Thayer School of Engineering both accompanied Seibel to the event and gave talks.
Seibel noted, “The Ivy Plus Symposium is a chance for students from diverse backgrounds, who are considering getting a PhD, to learn more about graduate programs at the Ivy Plus schools. They can ask questions and receive advice from current grad students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. The Symposium is an important resource for students in preparing to apply to graduate school, and it is also valuable for the Ivy Plus schools since we have a chance to connect with bright and enthusiastic students from a variety of places all at one event.”
The next Ivy Plus Symposium will be held in 2016 at Princeton University.
by Elizabeth Molina-Markham