The Residential Scholars Program at Simmons Hall

Simmons Hall, an MIT undergraduate dormitory opened in 2002, is a unique living and learning environment. The Simmons Founders Group envisioned this dormitory as a combined residential and multi-use environment, in which students could integrate seamlessly with other members of the MIT and Boston metropolitan communities. In support of this goal, the building includes lecture, teaching and performance spaces for use by residents, members of the MIT community, and visitors to MIT. As a key part of this broad engagement program, the Simmons community sponsors a Simmons Hall Residential Scholars Program.

Established in 2002, the Simmons Residential Scholars program is meant to enrich all of MIT with fresh ideas and perspectives. Our resident scholars are academics, artists and other professionals, who visit MIT for periods of typically one year, and who live in apartments within our building. MIT faculty members and staff, who have demonstrated an interest in engaging with our community, have also been appointed as Simmons Residential Scholars for periods of one to several years.

Simmons Residential Scholars have a wealth of life experiences, both academic and personal, and are eager to share them with our community. While based in Simmons Hall, many programs and events are also open to all of MIT and, in some cases, residents of the Boston metropolitan area. The Scholars, working with the permanent House Team, typically host at least two to three programs per semester.

Since its inception, the financial resources to support these programs have been provided by the scholarly allowance associated with the William R. '56 and Betsy P. Leitch Professorship, held by the Head of House of Simmons Hall. The community is indebted to the Leitch family for their generous support of this program.