This webinar was in collaboration with Lumiere Education – an organisation that helps talented high school and college students work directly with researchers from elite universities.
Getting into top universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and MIT is the #1 goal for many high school students. In the midst of admissions process, the exact recipe to fulfil this is often a mystery to students. Most of the advice that students receive is usually vague, and comes from parents and peers who care a lot but are not experts in the field. This may result in students feeling overwhelmed and scared that they won’t stand out.
Our guest speaker Stephen Turban, a PhD researcher at Harvard Business School and a Director of the Lumiere Research Scholar Program, gave students an insight into Ivy League admissions and outlined the benefits of a research project for developing knowledge and for supporting university admissions applications. He further explained the two big factors of University Applications as Academics & Profile, these play a vital role in the approval process of an application at an Ivy League.
As we progressed through the webinar, Stephan bought light to the idea that most top universities are not necessarily looking for a well-rounded student but in fact are in favour of students that have a “SPIKE”.
Fundamentally, students need show evidence that they have to potential to attain deep accomplishment in a particular field. The student application must highlight that you hold expertise in a certain area and care deeply about it!
Essentially, a spike is what makes you shine in the pool of applicants. It is contrary to the norm of simply being a well-rounded student. By being idiosyncratic, you do not fit in with all of the other well-rounded applicants; you do something that truly stands out in a meaningful way. The spike prerequisites unswerving effort, discipline, & passion to grow.
The webinar was concluded with Stephan explaining to the students, how creating a research project is an effective way for them to highlight strengths and demonstrate abilities for university applications.
Co-founder Lumiere Education,
PhD researcher at Harvard Business School