Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program is a program driven by the principles of social justice and centered around equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM. We want to speak out against the systemic racism we have borne witness to both recently and throughout the history of this country. We are horrified and appalled by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more. The American tragedies of racial dehumanization are too numerous to enumerate here.

We are saddened by the hundreds of thousands of deaths due to the current pandemic and recognize the disproportionate impact of this health and economic crisis on communities of color and on communities with limited resources.

We stand by the Black community and allies in protesting systemic racism and advocating for safety and equity.

We stand by those who are underrepresented in STEM to be seen, heard, appreciated, and celebrated for all that you/we have contributed, do contribute, and will contribute to our collective STEM community. And here, in our small program, we hope to have a warm, welcoming space to celebrate our scholars and support our scholars on their journeys, while recognizing that the road has not been smooth, that it remains rocky, and that there is a tremendous amount of work to be done.

Robin Gottlieb
Director, Emerging Scholars Program
Allechar Serrano López
Emerging Scholars Program Administrator
Hakim Walker
Emerging Scholars Program Administrator

The Harvard College Emerging Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program that seeks to support STEM-interested students who are enrolled in introductory calculus. The program itself provides auxiliary support in a variety of ways, outside of a participating student’s enrollment in Math M.


Participation in a year-long Emerging Scholars seminar: A weekly seminar with math department faculty will focus on higher-level problem solving & cognition and offers students the opportunity to apply mathematical concepts to fields of interest. Complex multi-step problems and in-class projects are chosen to highlight problem-solving techniques such as generalization, induction, analogy, variation, reverse engineering, and specialization. Students collaborate to build mathematical models, critique arguments, analyze data, and present policy recommendations.

Personalized academic advising and support: Students participating in the program will have access to an experienced and knowledgeable team of academic advisors, which include long-time members of the Board of Freshman Advisors and alumni of the College, with faculty connections across the university.

Unique opportunities to engage with faculty: Students will participate in an engaging and insightful weekly lunch with faculty and staff from across the university. Past speakers include Dr. Cassandra Extavour (Evolutionary Biology), Professor Steven Chong (Computer Science), Professor David Charbonneau (Astronomy), Dr. Brian Persaud (Harvard Medical School), and Dean Rakesh Khurana (Danoff Dean of Harvard College).

Extracurricular social events: such as field trips, movie nights, coffee hours, and other excursions on and off campus. (Please note that our ability to organize in-person social events this year will depend on university and governmental regulations regarding the ongoing pandemic.)

Acclerated summer courses with specialized support: in the summer after the first year, students in the cohort will have the opportunity to take Math 1b with their peers, along with an additional course, before beginning their sophomore year. In Math 1b, ESP students will receive additional academic support from highly experienced and effective teaching staff.

Questions may be directed to Hakim Walker at hjwalker@math.harvard.edu.