Beginning September 2 until December 18, 2020, the OME will be open virtually for office hours on Mondays and Thursdays: 11:00am-1:00pm EDT and 4:00-6:00pm EDT via Zoom.  You can ‘drop in’ during these hours by using the appropriate zoom link, or you can schedule an appointment: Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm EDT by mailing us at or emailing an OME team member directly.  Please Note: There will be no office appointments or office hours on holidays.

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Programs & Services

Laureates and Leaders

The Laureates & Leaders program is a graduate school initiative designed to encourage and support students, in particular those who are underrepresented in the sciences and engineering, in their quest to achieve a doctoral degree.

2023 Cohort Application Key Dates:

September 4th - Application opens APPLY HERE

September 28th at 11:59pm EDT - Application closes


The Laureates and Leaders Program is designed to encourage highly motivated and talented underrepresented sophomore students in their pursuit of a graduate degree; specifically dual M.D./Ph. D. or Ph. D. programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are identified by their interests in advanced studies and by their strong academic records at MIT.

Throughout the students' remaining undergraduate years, the Laureates and Leaders program helps participants prepare for graduate school by:

  • Connecting a group of select undergraduates who share an interest in attending graduate school.
  • Facilitating networking opportunities with faculty, alumni, and graduate students through research talks and panels.
  • Providing financial subsidies to help offset the costs of graduate school preparation, including application fees, GRE test fees, conference registration, travel to graduate schools and more. 

Responsibilities of Laureates and Leaders’ students include:

  • Maintain a competitive GPA
  • Remain in the program from sophomore year until graduation
  • Perform and present research
  • Attend monthly workshops and events
  • Meet with a faculty mentor and Laureates and Leaders' staff
  • Apply to graduate school 

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Laureates and Leaders Class of 2022


 Laureates & Leaders Class of 2021. Photograph by Chris McIntosh.

Laureates & Leaders Class of 2020. Photograph by Iaritza Menjivar