EAPS Application Mentorship Program

We value the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of all members of our community, and we hope to support this diversity amongst future generations of students. The Application Mentorship Program provides support for those navigating the graduate admissions process. We especially encourage applicants from underserved and non-traditional academic backgrounds to use this resource!

Students interested in studying in EAPS (Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences) are welcome to apply to the EAPS Application Mentorship Program.

If you are interested in applying to the Joint Program with the Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography, you can also consider clicking here to apply through their program.

Information about our mentors is below, application assistance resources can be found here and FAQ page, & more info can be found below!

To apply for the EAPS Application Mentorship Program, please follow the link to the form.

Information for volunteers is here.

The EAPS Application Mentorship Program for 2021 will open on August 15, 2022 and close on November 14th, 2022 to give our mentors adequate time before the application deadline.

Mentors are assigned in batches every other week and then on a rolling basis a couple weeks before Nov. 14th.

Applications are now closed for the Fall 2022 application cycle.

Meet our Grad Student Volunteers!

Mason Rogers

I am a fourth-year graduate student studying physical oceanography with Raffaele Ferrari. I study the stratification and circulation of the mid-depth ocean with theoretical and numerical models. Outside of work I enjoy hiking and playing tennis.

Lesly Franco

I'm currently a 4th year PhD candidate in Jesse Kroll's group studying atmospheric chemistry. I look at long-term aging of organic carbon using a chamber & flow tube to simulate atmospheric conditions. In my free time I like to dance salsa, hike, and drink boba.

Lyssa Freese

I research the intersection of air quality, climate, and energy policy, working with Prof. Noelle Selin. In college I studied international affairs, followed by a few years working in DC and China on environmental policy. After this, I decided to pursue my PhD, bringing together the earth science with social science. I also think a lot about how we can make the earth (and energy) sciences more diverse and equitable spaces. When I'm not in my office I love spending my time making ceramics, rowing, or hiking.

Eli Mansbach

Hi! My name is Eli Mansbach and I am a fourth year graduate student working with Ben Weiss in the Geophysics department. I am originally from Atlanta, GA and spent a year teaching high prior between college and graduate school. When not in lab, you can find me at the local climbing gym or volunteering as an EMT on the MIT ambulance.


I work on subducting seamounts and their effect on megathrust earthquakes together with Camilla Cattania. In my free time I enjoy climbing and going to concerts.

Bailey Fluegel

Hi! I'm Bailey and I am a geophysics student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program working with Dr. Juan Pablo Canales to learn more about tectonic plate boundaries (mainly subduction zones) using seismological techniques. I grew up in Minnesota, and majored in Earth and Planetary Sciences during my undergrad at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Outside of school, I enjoy playing soccer, spending time by the water, and eating ice cream.

Megan Gillen

I'm a 3rd-year student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program working with Dr. Andrew Ashton (WHOI) and Dr. Taylor Perron (MIT) studying coastal geomorphology. I'm originally from Virginia and studied Geology & Data Science at William & Mary where I also conducted research through the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Outside of graduate school you can find me playing ultimate frisbee and baking!

Sammy Hasler

I am a 3rd year Planetary Science student working with Kerri Cahoy and Julien de Wit on projects for both exoplanet and Solar System science. I study how we can assist exoplanet characterization for direct imaging missions and search for small bodies (like asteroids) in the Solar System. I am originally from the St. Louis area and enjoy cooking, hiking, and playing piano in my free time.

Zahra Essack

I am a PhD Candidate in the Planetary Science Program, working with Professor Sara Seager on the detection and characterization of exoplanets (planets outside the solar system). I earned my undergraduate and Masters degrees in South Africa, majoring in physics and applied mathematics. I enjoy cooking, traveling, and swimming, and can often be found outside enjoying the Cambridge weather.

Katherine Squires

I am a first-year Chemical Oceanography student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program working with Dr. Ann Dunlea. I grew up 20 minutes from MIT, and did my undergrad at Colby College, where I studied Chemistry and Studio Art. When I’m not in the lab/office, I like to spend time outdoors, make art, and cook.

Susana Hoyos

I'm a fourth-year graduate student working with Prof. Tim Grove on the thermal and chemical evolution of planets. We melt meteorites/Moon to understand how planets form and differentiate. When I'm not working, I enjoy dancing, taking care of my urban jungle, and hiking.

Arianna Krinos

Arianna is a fourth-year graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. She has bachelors degrees in Biological Sciences, Computer Science, and Computational Modeling and Data Analytics from Virginia Tech. She is the oldest of 5 children and loves kayaking and scrapbooking in her spare time.

Madeline Garcia

Maddie is a part of STAR Lab under Dr. Kerri Cahoy. She majored in Aerospace Engineering at MIT for undergrad, and transitioned to Planetary Science in STAR Lab for graduate school. She is interested in space-based instrumentation and works in the cross-section of engineering and science.

Emmie Le Roy

I'm a second year PhD student in Noelle Selin's group studying atmospheric chemistry. My current research investigates the impact of climate variability on tropospheric ozone.

I grew up in California and did my undergraduate studies in Geology and Chemistry. Before coming to MIT, I worked for a global air pollution measurement network. Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors, learning languages, and training with the MIT Sport Taekwondo club!

Phillip Tuckerman

My name is PJ, I currently work with John Marshall. I am interested in trying to understand simple physical mechanisms behind complex climate phenomena, and am currently working on understanding tropical precipitation (especially monsoons) and convective events (tornadoes, hailstorms) in North America. I also like cookie hour

Zoe Aarons

I am a 3rd year biological oceanography graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program working with Dr Mick Follows. I am interested in using numerical models to phytoplankton ecology and the subsequent impact on carbon cycling. I graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Earth and Oceanographic Science and, outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors and cooking.

Ishir Dutta

I'm a fourth year graduate student in Prof. Colette Heald's group studying trends in anthropogenic emissions over the United States. I graduated from Colgate University in 2017 with majors in physics and mathematics, and I enjoy baking on the weekends.

Additional Information

What is EAPS about?

EAPS is divided into eight distinguishable categories: atmospheric science, climate, geobiology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, oceanography, and planetary science. More information about the categories, faculty, and more can be found here: https://eapsweb.mit.edu/research/overview

How does the mentorship process work?

Applicants selected for the EAPS Application Mentorship Program will be matched to a graduate student volunteer who will provide feedback on the applicant's personal statement and answer questions about EAPS, MIT, or graduate school in general.

Additional resources for applying to graduate school

We hope that the list of resources here (kindly compiled by Diana Dumit) will be helpful to you both before the application opens, and throughout your application process! We also recommend that you read the MIT Black Graduate Student Association's Application Tips, where you can find tips on recommendation letters and thinking about how to approach your applications.


The EAPS Application Mentorship Program is completely separate from the EAPS Graduate Admissions Process. The views of the graduate student volunteers are their own and do not represent the views of MIT or EAPS, and assistance from this program does not guarantee admission to EAPS. Information you provide to the EAPS Application Mentorship Program will not be shared with the admissions committee or any official MIT entity and will be de-identified in any reports to MIT administration. Your privacy is important to us. For further questions, please contact us at masonr@mit.edu (do not e-mail the esac officers email).