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Program for Scientifically Inspired Leadership (PSIL)

MANIPUR, INDIA – January 13-21, 2019 

Are you interested in travelling to India during Wintersession on a cultural immersion trip and working with local high school students? If so, apply to The Mittal Institute’s Inaugural Program for Scientifically Inspired Leadership!

PSIL will bring a motivated team from Harvard College to India, to work with the most promising high school students in the state of Manipur. Harvard students will:  

  • serve as teaching staff;
  • conduct a variety of workshops, discussions and projects for over 100 high school students;
  • and be an integral part of a civic minded and evidence based leadership development program.

Selected students will travel to Imphal, Manipur, for the week of 13-21 January 2019. You must be able to commit to meetings and pre-orientation training during November and December 2018. The program will cover round trip flights to India and accommodation in Manipur.

Eligibility: Any current Harvard undergraduate student, sophomore through senior. While the program’s focus is to use science to inspire students to think about leadership and social innovation, we encourage students from all concentrations to apply If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Li (Associate Director) at

More information: Those interested in applying are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two info sessions with Dr. Dominic Mao, Program lead, PSIL:

Monday, Nov 5, 7.30PM
Thursday, Nov 8, 7.30PM
Venue: Sherman Fairchild 095B (MCB/CPB Concentration Office)

Faculty Chair: Venkatesh Murthy, Professor Chair, Dept. of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Director: Dominic Mao, Lecturer in Molecular & Cellular Biology


Sunday, November 11 at 11.59PM


Students at Laxmipur Mission High School come from a range of backgrounds including Bengali, Tripuri, Manipuri, Mandi, Tea Garden Ethnicities as well as Khasis.