Summer 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 Science, Williams Summer Arts Internship Program, and STUDIO'62.

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

  • Contact: Individual Faculty Supervisor
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 13 @ 2pm to Saturday, August 20 @ 12noon
  • Housing Assignments made by Housing
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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.


Division III Summer Research

  • Contact: Amy Gehring
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 13 @ 2pm - Saturday, August 20 @ 12noon
  • Housing Assignments made by Housing
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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 180 students working in the summer of 2022 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: Clinton Williams
  • Housing Location: Agard House
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 13 @ 2pm - August 6 @ 12noon
  • 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 eight 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 Hall
  • Housing Dates: Monday, June 13 @ 2pm - Sunday, August 13 @ 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.


Summer Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Contact: Sara LaLumia
  • Housing Location: Perry House
  • Housing Dates for Participants: June 25 - July 30
  • Housing Dates for TA's: June 20 - August 1
  • 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.


Summer Science

  • Contact: Christopher Goh
  • Housing Location: Wood House
  • Housing Dates for Participants: June 25 - July 30
  • Housing Dates for TA's: June 20 - August 1
  • Housing Assignment Process through the program itself
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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.


Williams Summer Arts Internship Program

The Williams Summer Arts Immersion Program is a full-time, paid, 9-week opportunity for students to explore what it looks like to work in the arts in the vibrant Berkshires. Each student will work 30 hours a week at a local art museum, participate in weekly professional development workshops, and learn within a cohort of students.
Just a reminder that we will have 17 students that need housing.