07 Nov 2011
An Autumn Update
It has been a busy fall term at HBS. After welcoming our new students at the end of August, we've all been busy with research, courses, and staying engaged as a community of students, faculty, and staff. Early in the term, we welcomed our new faculty chair of the HBS doctoral programs, Kathleen McGinn, the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration. We are thrilled to have Kathleen in this important role and look forward to working with her in leading the doctoral programs. Kathleen took over from Mihir Desai, the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, who oversaw the HBS doctoral programs for the past three years. Mihir played a key role in providing steady leadership and stability during a period of dramatic change in the doctoral programs; our thanks to Mihir.
Our students continue to overwhelm me with their research ideas and creative intellect. We recently honored five of our students with the Wyss and Martin Awards. The Wyss Award is awarded to those doctoral students who have excelled at academic research while enrolled in the HBS Doctoral Programs. The Martin Award is presented to students in the Ph.D. in Business Economics program who have produced outstanding academic research while in enrolled in their program. This year, the field of submissions was truly extraordinary and, as a result, the selection process was very difficult. In the end, the faculty selected four students for the Wyss Award and one for the Martin Award.
The 2011 Wyss Award recipients:
Ryan Buell (DBA, Technology & Operations Management)
Zoe Chance (DBA,Marketing)
Andras Tilcsik (PhD, Organizational Behavior)
Chia-Jung Tsay (PhD, Organizational Behavior)
The 2011 Martin Award recipient:
Jacob Leshno (PhD, Business Economics)
The Doctoral Programs office staff is in the midst of several recruiting trips in preparation for the December 1, 2011 admissions application deadline. To date, we have visited Princeton U., Stanford U., UC-Berkeley, University of Southern California, Harvard College, and Hampden-Sydney College (where we met with several surround schools). Later this month, we will be in Wisconsin and in Chicago. So far, the interest level is high and the early indicators are this will be another very successful admissions season.
Lastly, I wanted to mention a few of the amazing events we have had this fall, including a doctoral program BBQ, the HBS Alumni Achievement Awards, a performance by Yo Yo Ma and several other great musicians, and the IBM challenge where HBS and MIT students competed against the WATSON computer of Jeopardy fame.
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. I could go on and on about the HBS doctoral programs, but I'm going to save something for the next time.