The Class of 1957 Summer Research Program

For Faculty Members in Divisions I & II, proposing collaborative research with full-time student research assistants in the summer of 2022.

Objective: This program is funded in large part by a generous gift from the Class of 1957, with the intent to encourage and enhance in-person faculty-student research collaboration on our faculty members’ research projects, as well as fostering a climate of summer research here on the Williams College campus. The program provides Division I & II faculty members with the funds to work full-time with an eligible student research assistant on campus, throughout the summer months.

Details to Come: Dates and deadlines for the Summer 2022 program will be announced in Spring 2022. At that time the full-time student stipend amount will be announced as well.

Eligibility: In order to qualify for this funding, student participation in your summer research project must be substantial and significant enough to provide authentic involvement in your research. Projects comprised largely of clerical or background work performed by students will not be funded.

There is also an expectation that students will spend a substantial amount of regularly scheduled, in-person time on campus along with the faculty member they are supporting. There are no half or part-time working arrangements. This program only offers full-time summer employment for a student, an important detail that is reflected in the established weekly stipend amount.

Faculty members can propose to work with current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Current seniors are ineligible for these positions. Additionally, students cannot plan to combine this opportunity with another campus job or fellowship opportunity. Please clarify this detail with the student you propose to work with.

Application: The 2022 Class of ’57 Summer Research Program Application will be updated in early Spring 2022.

The application will require some brief summary information and the attachment of a one-page project description.

The following information will be required:

  • A project title and short summary.
  • The name and class year of the student you hope to hire.
  • The start date, end date, and the total number of weeks for the research project (A maximum number of weeks will be established, but shorter periods are fine).
  • The provision of a stipend assumes a full-time 40-hour workweek. Therefore, please be mindful of establishing a start and end date that begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. Also, please remember that student vacation weeks do not count as paid time.
  • A brief overview of your work plan and planned oversight of the student’s work on campus.
  • A one-page proposal that describes your research project, and touches on the qualifications of the student.

Additional information to keep in mind:

Will the student require housing? On-campus accommodations will be provided free of charge within certain dates established by the Office of Student Life. Please schedule work with students within this timeframe as housing during the early and late summer “transitional” periods is extremely limited. The Dean of the Faculty’s office cannot broker special housing arrangements outside of these dates.

All students who live on campus are required to participate in one of the meal plans, which are offered to them at economical rates. The summer research program does not pay for student meals even if they decline the free housing.

This program is not to be confused with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUFP) or the Allison Davis Research Fellowship (ADRF), both of which also support student summer research and are run out of the Office for Special Academic Programs. Rather, again, this program is funded in large part by a generous gift from the Class of 1957, and most student participants are designated as Class of ’57 Summer Research Fellows. We, therefore, require participating students to submit a one-page report at the end of the summer, of suitable quality to be included in an annual report to the class.