Welcome to HCSSiM!

The Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Sadly, we announce:

Known risks and continuing uncertainties have forced us to cancel the 2020 session –it’d’ve been the 48th — of the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics.

Spring is when we usually enjoy ITs, files, folders, and forms finally turning into people. We miss you. This is a big disappointment to all of us.

Efforts to keep alive the spirit of the Summer Studies will continue; but the lively academic and residential communities we’ve enjoyed for 47 summers aren’t easy to recreate online: HCSSiM’s 8-hour days are not intended to teach mathematical results; our goal is sharing active collaboration in discovering math—finding patterns, testing conjectures, inventing definitions, devising proofs, and building theories.

Look forward with us to gathering around whiteboards and gazebos when the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics makes a triumphant return in 2021. [We may have to call next summer the 49th program, so that the (3*17 =) 51st Summer Studies can occur in 2023 (= 17*7*17.]

HCSSiM is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. It is demanding and expanding. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics). HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks, and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings (not typically in that order).

The daily schedule includes 4 hours of morning classes (Mon-Sat), the pre-supper Prime Time Theorem, and evening problem sessions. Afternoons are devoted to reading, rest, recreation, occasional trips to town, and informal study. Participants have unparalleled access to faculty members in classrooms, at meals, and in the program dorm. Productive collaborations continue long after the program, and many lifelong friendships are forged.

Our alumni come from (and end up) all around the world, but remain close in spirit. Those who have the means to make it back to Hampshire College join us for Yellow Pigs Day in July, and so students have an opportunity to meet (and sing carols, play frisbee, juggle… with) notables in math, science, tech, and many more fields.

Check back mid to late December 2020 to apply.