The mission of the ACCESS program is to increase the diversity of qualified applicants to PHD programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science.
The MIT-ACCESS program, which aims to open doors and promote diversity in science and engineering, held another action-packed and informative weekend from October 11-13, 2018.
The mission of the ACCESS program is to increase the diversity of qualified applicants to PHD programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science throughout the United States. ACCESS is a weekend of educational and informative events that will introduce talented sophomores, juniors and seniors to the benefits of a graduate education in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. The goal of ACCESS is not to prepare students for graduate school at MIT specifically, but rather to introduce them to the advantages of choosing a graduate career path at an institution that best meets each participant’s individual needs.
The weekend-long program offers students an overview of graduate education through seminars, faculty talks, and interactive sessions, all designed to give a greater understanding of the application process and an insight into the doors a graduate career can open. The majority of participants in prior years have gone on to apply for and enroll in PhD programs.
Ten of the program’s 23 attendees participated in the weekend’s Chemistry schedule, which was kicked off with a welcome from Department Head and R.R. Taylor Professor Timothy F. Jamison and included faculty presentations from Professors Robert W. Field, Timothy M. Swager, and Alex K. Shalek. Professor Daniel L.M. Suess also engaged with the participants in a Careers in Chemistry panel.
In addition, the weekend included a campus tour, a Quantum Dots presentation with members of the Bawendi Group, a dinner in Harvard Square hosted by the Chemistry Graduate Students, a Communications Workshop, and two-minute drills. The program concluded with a reception dinner at the MIT Museum.
This year, the Department of Chemistry’s ACCESS program was supported by a grant from the PPG Foundation. “PPG is delighted to support the mission of the ACESS program, to increase the diversity of qualified applicants to PhD programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science throughout the United States,” said Michael Makowski, PPG Manager of New Technology Initiatives. “Through our community engagement, the PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to communities around the world.”
To learn more about the MIT-ACCESS program, including how to apply, visit the MIT-ACCESS website.