Summer 2019 College Programs

Read below for information about Division I, II, & III Summer Research, Mellon Mays & Allison Davis Research Colloquium, SMALL, Summer Humanities & Social Sciences, Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy, Summer Science, and STUDIO’62.

Class of 1957 Summer Research Program (Division I & II Summer Research)

  • Contact: Individual Faculty Supervisor
  • Housing Locations: Currier, East, Fayerweather, Fitch, Prospect
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 10 @ 2pm to Saturday, August 17 @ 12noon
  • Housing Assignments made by Student Life
  • Link to More Info

The Class of 1957 Summer Research Program focuses on projects in the humanities & social sciences. Summer is a time when faculty members work to advance their scholarship, conducting research in libraries and archives, doing fieldwork, organizing and analyzing data, and preparing conference presentations or manuscripts for publication. Many of them need research assistants. These are full time jobs for up to ten weeks. Students seeking this kind of experience should talk directly with their professors and department or program advisors. When interests align, faculty members submit a proposal for project support.


Division III Summer Research

  • Contact: Tiku Majumder
  • Housing Locations: Currier, East, Fayerweather, Fitch, Prospect
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 10 @ 2pm – Saturday, August 17 @ 12noon
  • Housing Assignments made by Student Life
  • Link to More Info

The summer is a relaxed, yet focused time when both faculty and students can work closely together on original research projects. We expect to have approximately 190 students working in the summer of 2019 with faculty mentors in the sciences, mathematics, and psychology. At the end of the summer, we will hold our own scientific conference in the form of a poster session, in which students present results to the other participants of the Summer Science Research Program and the greater Williams community. In addition to the actual research experience, the Science Center sponsors a weekly Tuesday luncheon featuring a member of the faculty lecturing on current research.


Mellon Mays & Allison Davis Summer Research Colloquium

  • Contact: Molly Magavern
  • Housing Location: Perry
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 10 @ 2pm – July 20
  • Housing Assignments made by the program
  • Link to More Info

The Mellon Mays & Allison Davis Summer Research Colloquium is the launching point for the Mellon Mays and Allison Davis Research Fellowships. The Colloquium lasts for six weeks and includes classes on the research process, library workshops, writing workshops, oral presentations, time for research, and cultural and recreational activities.


SMALL (Math)

  • Contact: SMALL Director
  • Housing Location: Horn
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 11 @ 2pm – Sunday, August 12 @ 12noon
  • Housing Assignments made by the program
  • Link to More Info

The SMALL Undergraduate Research Project is a nine-week summer program in which undergraduates investigate open research problems in mathematics. (SMALL is an acronym from the names of the founding faculty, Silva, Morgan, Adams, Lenhart, Levine.) One of the largest programs of its kind in the country, SMALL is supported in part by a National Science Foundation grant for Research Experiences for Undergraduates and by the Science Center of Williams College. Over 500 students have participated in the project since its inception in 1988.

Students work in small groups directed by individual faculty members. Many participants have published papers and presented talks at research conferences based on work done in SMALL. Many have gone on to complete PhDs in Mathematics or related fields. During off hours, students enjoy the many attractions of summer in the Berkshires: hiking, biking, plays, concerts, etc. Weekly lunches, teas, and casual sporting events bring SMALL students together with faculty and other students spending the summer doing research at Williams College.


Summer Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Contact: Katie Kent
  • Housing Location: Wood
  • Housing Dates for Participants: TBD
  • Housing Dates for TA’s: TBD
  • Housing Assignment Process through the program itself
  • Link to More Info

The Summer Humanities & Social Sciences program is a five-week program for talented incoming first-year students with a passion for the humanities or social sciences who are from underrepresented minority groups and/or who are first-generation college students.


Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy

The Williams College Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy is a four week program devoted to the study of American foreign policy and grand strategy. The program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, & seniors. No experience with the field required.


Summer Science

  • Contact: Christopher Goh
  • Housing Location: Agard
  • Housing Dates for Participants: TBD
  • Housing Dates for TA’s: TBD
  • Housing Assignment Process through the program itself
  • Link to More Info

The Summer Science Program provides an enriching and intensive five-week immersion in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and English for science-oriented incoming first-year students who are from underrepresented minority groups and/or who are first-generation college students. The goal of the program is to promote and encourage continuing participation in science and science-related studies at Williams and ultimately careers in research science and science education.


STUDIO’62 (Theatre Program)

  • Contact: Corissa Bryant
  • Housing Location: Horn
  • Housing Dates: June 22 – August 12
  • Housing Assignment Process through the program itself
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Designed to foster deep learning alongside creative experimentation, STUDIO’62 provides students with an intensive, collaborative, paid immersion in the art & practice of making theatre. The program consists of three major components: Masterclasses with professional artists, educators, & Williams College alumni; collaborative workshops with visiting artists; and independent projects overseen by the STUDIO’62’s artistic program director.