HCSSiM is a six-week summer program for mathematically talented high school students that is both demanding and expanding. Participants are expected to spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in learning, doing, and sharing mathematics. The daily schedule includes 4 hours of class meetings each morning, Monday-Saturday, the Prime Time Theorem in the afternoon, and problem sessions in the evening. Afternoons are devoted to rest, recreation and informal study. Participants have unparalleled access to faculty members in both formal and informal settings, and many form lifelong friendships and collaborations with fellow students and faculty.
Most of the faculty of the Summer Studies as well as all students will have single rooms in our dormitory. In the past summers, the continual close contact among students and staff has contributed greatly to the creation of a friendly, cooperative, and productive academic and social community.
The Hampshire College dining hall ("SAGA") provides "all you can eat" at each meal. There is an extensive salad bar. Students will have access to refrigerators and a stove. Students who are vegetarian, vegan, are easily accommodated. Though SAGA does not offer kosher food specifically, many past students have kept kosher during the summers and found the vegetarian and vegan options more than accommodating.
Hampshire recreation facilities include the Robert Crown Center, as well as outdoor courts for volleyball, tennis, bocce, and basketball; fields for soccer, Frisbee, and softball.
Our Sundays are spent relaxing or field-tripping to Boston, to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, or to other New England points of interest. These activities are regarded as parts of the program.
Participants are encouraged to bring bikes, musical instruments, athletic equipment, games, puzzles, calculators and computers (either laptop or desktop), and good working habits. Explosives, illegal drugs, firearms, cars, pets, noisy stereos, and sloppy thinking are not permitted.
The Hampshire College Admissions officers will be available for consultation, as will be representatives from other colleges and universities. Each summer, many alumni of previous HCSSiM’s pay visits and share experiences from their colleges and summer jobs.
About Hampshire College
Hampshire College, which opened in 1971, is an accredited, independent, experimenting, liberal arts college. Summer Studies students will enjoy the full use of the campus situated on 550 acres of woods and former farmland. The air-conditioned classrooms of Adele Simmons Hall will be used for our classes, and participants will have access to the College’s libraries, labs, and computer facilities.
Our neighboring institutions in the Pioneer Valley of the Connecticut River—Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Amherst Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts—all have academic, social, cultural, and recreational programs during the summer.
For many of the previous sessions of the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics we enjoyed the support of the National Science Foundation. The NSF is no longer funding programs such as ours. The American Mathematical Society, Hampshire College, alumni of HCSSiM, and other friends have provided support for financial aid funds and some other costs of recent Hampshire Summer Studies. We continue to seek additional sources of assistance (in kind contributions, as well as money) and welcome any suggestions you might have.