Application information for SMALL 2014:
June 16, 2014 – August 15, 2014
The program will run from Monday June 16 to Friday August 15, 2014; applications are due by Wednesday, February 12, 2014. At the end of this page is more information about housing, meals, travel, stipends and so on.
There are four projects this summer: Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems (Cesar Silva), Geometry (Frank Morgan), Mathematical Physics (Mihai Stoiciu), and Number Theory and Probability (Steven Miller). For more information on each of these, click here.
To apply for SMALL 2014, fill out an application form (DOC version: 2014SMALLApplication; PDF version: 2014SMALLApplication). The form requires information about yourself, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference. The SMALL program is open to all students who are undergraduates during summer, 2014. (Funding is available for a limited number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents. However, Williams College cannot obtain a visa for SMALL students, and so only students with a current US visa are eligible.)
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).
Send all application materials (hard copies only) to:
Marissa Barschdorf, SMALL Administrator
Department of Mathematics
18 Hoxsey Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
All applications materials must be received by: February 12, 2014
The SMALL Undergraduate Research Project is a nine-week summer program in which undergraduates investigate open research problems in mathematics and statistics. 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 Bronfman 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 PhDs in Mathematics and related fields.
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. Participating students receive a stipend of about $4000. Several board plans are available at reasonable rates, with housing included for free. There are funds to help with travel to/from SMALL, as well as to support students to go to conferences to present their work. Students are required to live on campus to participate in the SMALL program. Having students live together on campus allows for the mathematical interaction to expand beyond the boundaries of the workday.
Research published by former SMALL groups can be found under SMALL research publications.
Questions may be directed to Professor Steven Miller, SMALL 2014 Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.