Application Info

Application information for SMALL 2015:

June 15, 2015 – August 14, 2015

The program will run from Monday June 15 to Friday August 14, 2015; applications are due by Wednesday, February 11, 2015. At the end of this page is more information about housing, meals, travel, stipends and so on.

Please apply online at (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 six projects this summer: Arithmetic Combinatorics (Leo Goldmakher), Combinatorial Geometry (Satyan Devadoss), 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. 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, 2015. (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. You are responsible for obtaining a visa — we cannot assist you with that, or provide provisional offers based on a successful visa application)

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

All applications materials must be received by: February 11, 2015

More Information
The SMALL Undergraduate Research Project is a ten-week summer program (9  weeks at Williams and 1 week at home) 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 2015 Director,

Download SMALL2015Poster