In its thirty-third summer in 2020, the Summer Science Program (SSP) provides an enriching and intensive five-week immersion in science, mathematics, and English 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, and to provide program participants with a preview of the Williams experience. We hope that participation in SSP motivates participants to pursue research opportunities at Williams or elsewhere and that participants ultimately explore careers in science research and science education.
Will the Summer Science courses count for the regular academic year?
Summer Science courses DO NOT count toward academic year work, but they are taught by Williams faculty in a manner similar to academic year courses, with lectures, homework, review sessions and office hours.
Are we going to spend the whole summer in class?
While a significant portion of your time will be spent attending classes and completing work for those classes, you will have opportunities to make friends, explore the college and make use of our facilities (e.g. Williams has excellent recreational facilities which include an Olympic sized-pool and a fitness center). You will be introduced to the many offices on campus that support our students. We also organize trips so you get a sense of the local area. Towards the end of the program, we spend 2 days at Mystic Seaport, CT, and go to the theater festival.
Where will I live?
SSP participants live in an upper-class dormitory with typically four SSP tutors. The tutors are upper-class students who participated in SSP. They are superheroes and help you with academics and they organize the social aspects of the program.
How much will it cost to attend SSP?
Your room, board, and round-trip transportation to Williams will be paid for by the program. In addition, you will receive a small stipend for expenses, and depending on your financial aid status at Williams, your summer earnings contribution as part of your financial aid award will be waived.
How many people attend the program?
Typically 18-24 students are admitted into SSP each year. There are often more students who wish to participate than the program can accommodate. The pre-requisites to participate are curiosity and willingness to engage with the course material, not necessarily extensive experiences in the sciences.
I’m interested in Summer Science. How do I apply?
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. To apply, please complete this Google form by May 2. Early Admit students may apply by February 21 for an early decision on participation. Note that the number of openings in SSP is limited. We will contact you by email within a week or two after the May 2 deadline to let you know whether or not you are selected.
If you are eligible and have not already received an invitation to participate in SSP contact: Professor Christopher Goh, Director, Williams College Summer Science Program.