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HBS to Expand Spring Peek Weekend to Broader Applicant Pool

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Frei, together with Felix Oberholzer-Gee, faculty leader of Peek and the current chair of HBS’s MBA program, and Youngme Moon, a professor of business administration and the senior associate dean for strategy and innovation, led a series of four cases for last year’s participants selected precisely to help facilitate nuanced discussions of why and how companies succeeded or failed and what mistakes executives made.

Seeing just how readily the case method took hold, even despite time constraints and with an audience previously unfamiliar with it, already had Leopold thinking just a few days after 2015 Peek Weekend about the program’s potential for expansion. “If it works for them, it will work for other populations as well,” she said as part of an interview with Clear Admit late last June.

The 2016 Peek Weekend will take place on HBS’s Boston campus from Friday, June 10th, to Sunday, June 12th. Much like last year, 2016 Peek participants will learn from current HBS faculty members, who will use the case method to lead class discussions on management challenges and opportunities facing actual companies. In the evenings, participants will analyze cases in preparation for the next day’s classes, and each morning they will convene in small study groups to flesh out their ideas based on the readings before joining their larger cohort for group discussions. Sessions with current HBS students, alumni/ae and staff will round out the weekend’s activities.

How to Apply for 2016 Peek Weekend
To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduates in the Class of 2016, 2017 or 2018 and meet the criteria for one or more of the three cohorts (women’s college, STEM major or family business background).

To complete the application, which will be available online at the beginning of March, applicants will need to supply a resume, an undergraduate transcript and an essay on a topic yet to be announced. Materials will be due on or before April 21st and decisions will be released at noon on May 5th.

The cost of the weekend will be $500, the same as last year, which covers case materials, weekend accommodations in the school’s on-campus dormitories and all meals. (Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Boston.)

There will be a limited number of need-based fellowships available through HBS, but applicants are also encouraged to inquire about additional funding that may be available from their own college or university. (Many Peek participants last year received such funding from their schools.)

We will notify Clear Admit readers once the application has gone live, but interested students can also sign up to receive updates by joining the Peek mailing list.