Summer Science Program - SSP
COVID-19 impact on Summer 2020: With the college’s announcement on April 13 that summer experiences will not be held on campus in June and July, the SSP faculty and student organizers have switched gears to design a remote program organized around building communities of learning and preparing participants for the fall semester. Our program will necessarily look different but we are committed to making the Summer Science Program a valuable experience for invited students of the Class of 2024.
We will provide updates about the structure of the programs as we make decisions – thank you in advance for your patience. In the meantime, please continue to express your interest in the program by completing the Google form. Note that SSP is designed for incoming Williams students who are excited about science and who are from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences and/or first-generation college students.
In its thirty-third summer in 2020, the Summer Science Program (SSP) provides an enriching and intensive experience for a group of incoming Williams students who are excited about science and who are from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences and/or first-generation college students.
The goals of the program are to promote and encourage continuing participation in science and science-related studies at Williams. Over the summer, we preview your Williams experience by creating a learning community focused on the subjects Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics and on the skills to transition successfully to your first semester at Williams. The program aims to increase confidence in quantitative skills and data analysis and scientific problem solving skills and introduces participants to fundamentals of college writing. We present strategies for engaging your peers and Williams faculty and staff in your learning process, and hope to inspire participants to enroll in science courses and to consider a future in science and related fields such as medicine.
Following the summer, participants are encouraged to pursue research positions during the academic year and the summers in laboratories at Williams through paid research assistantships funded by SSP. We also support participants to pursue research opportunities elsewhere and hope that participants ultimately explore careers in science research and science education.