Summer 2018 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.

    • Contact: Individual Faculty Supervisor
    • Housing Locations: Currier, East, Fayerweather, Horn, Morgan
    • Housing Dates: Monday, June 11 @ 2pm to Saturday, August 18 @ 12noon
    • Housing Assignments made by Student Life
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    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.

    • Contact: Chip Lovett
    • Housing Locations: Currier, East, Fayerweather, Horn, Morgan
    • Housing Dates: Monday, June 11 @ 2pm – Saturday, August 18 @ 12noon
    • Housing Assignments made by Student Life
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    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 2016 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.

    • Contact: Molly Magavern
    • Housing Location: Perry
    • Housing Dates: Monday, June 11 @ 2pm – July 21
    • Housing Assignments made by the program
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    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.

    • Contact: Steven Miller
    • Housing Location: Fitch
    • Housing Dates: Monday, June 11 @ 2pm – Sunday, August 12 @ 12noon
    • Housing Assignments made by the program
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    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.

    • Contact: Katie Kent
    • Housing Location: Wood
    • Housing Dates for Participants: Sunday, June 24 @ 8am – Friday, July 27
    • Housing Dates for TA’s: Thursday, June 21 @ 8am – Saturday, July 28
    • Housing Assignment Process through the program itself
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    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.