BCS 2019 Application Assistance Program
Thank you for your interest in the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) PhD Program! The Gradvocates are BCS graduate students dedicated to improving the graduate experience in the department, and this includes the recruitment of exceptional researchers from communities historically underrepresented in higher education. We recognize that the academic community prospers when minds from diverse backgrounds work together to solve scientific problems. Further, to address disparities in support that applicants receive throughout the graduate application process, we offer the student-run BCS Application Assistance Program (AAP).
BCS AAP is a volunteer-based, student-run initiative, which provides peer assistance to prospective BCS applicants. As participants in this program, prospective students will be paired with current BCS graduate students who will provide feedback on application materials as well as general advice about preparing the application. Pairings will be made on the basis of information volunteered in this form.
If you are currently applying to MIT's BCS PhD Program and would like to participate in the AAP, this form will help the Gradvocates match you with a current graduate student to guide you through the application process so that your strengths truly shine through. The AAP will accept applications until November 20th in order to provide assistance before the BCS program's December 1st deadline.
Finally, please keep in mind that all of our mentors are volunteers and full-time graduate students. They will do their best to offer you guidance and advice, so please be respectful of their time and effort.
NOTE: Although we strive to give you our best guidance from the perspective of current students, participation in the AAP will not affect how your application is reviewed by the admissions committee and is not a guarantee of admission. Information you provide to AAP will not be shared with the admissions committee or any official BCS entity. Your privacy is important to us. Any information you provide will be kept confidential and de-identified in any AAP reports to the BCS/MIT administration. For any further questions, please contact us at
Legal Name (as it appears on application)
Preferred Name (optional)
Why you would like to participate in the AAP?
Use this space to let us know how you expect the AAP to strengthen your application. For example, what kind of help are you looking for? (Keep response to a few sentences).
Describe your academic interests and previous experiences
Let us know which general areas of neuroscience research you're interested in, and feel free to describe any previous research/professional experiences. (Keep response to a few sentences).
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