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.

Check out some photo albums: 2013: Photo Album A and Photo Album B;     2012 photo album.

The program will run from Monday June TBD to Friday August TBD, 2015; applications are due by Wednesday, February TBD, 2015 (DOC file: 2015SMALLApplication; PDF file: 2015SMALLApplication; however we are in the process of setting up an on-line application with MathJobs, and we hope to have that available by November 22). There are seven probable projects this summer: Arithmetic Combinatorics (Leo Goldmakher), Combinatorial Geometry (Satyan Devadoss), Commutative Algebra (Susan Loepp), Geometry (Frank Morgan), Knot Theory (Colin Adams), Mathematical Physics (Mihai Stoiciu), 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