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.

FAQs

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. For Summer 2020, this format will be changed to a remote format.

Are we going to spend the whole summer in class?
The remote program will run most likely in July, with a commitment of about 3-5 hours a day during the period from July 5 to 31, and some online events leading up to the program.

How much will it cost to participate in SSP?
There are no costs to participate in SSP. You will also 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, interest in the sciences and a willingness to engage with the course material – not extensive experiences in research or in STEM courses.

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 no later than June 1.  Note that the number of openings in SSP is limited. We will contact you by email no later than June 8 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.

 

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