The SMALL Undergraduate Research Project is a nine-week summer program in which undergraduates investigate open research problems in mathematics. 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. Around 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. Some have gone on to complete PhD’s in Mathematics. 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.
The program will run from Monday June 15 to Friday August 14, 2015; the 2016 program will run for similar dates, and applications will be due in mid-February. In Fall 2015 please apply online at http://www.mathprograms.org/db (it is listed under Williams College as SMALLREU); you can look at the required information through the following links: DOC file or PDF file (note these files contain all the additional information you need to add when you apply, so you may download these and upload your completed copy). Arrange for one letter of recommendation to be uploaded. There are five projects summer 2015: Arithmetic Combinatorics (Leo Goldmakher), Commutative Algebra (Susan Loepp), Geometry (Frank Morgan), Knot Theory (Colin Adams) and Number Theory and Harmonic Analysis (Steven Miller and Eyvi Palsson). For more information on each of these project groups, click here. For more information about the program (including stipends, travel, meals, …) click here on the applications page.
We have created a page for frequently asked questions; click here to see these and answer. If this doesn’t anwer your questions, or if you need more information, please contact the Program Director, Professor Steven Miller (email: sjm1 AT williams.edu). Click SMALL2015Poster for this year’s poster.