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Harvey Mudd College has a distinctive place in American education. College rankings repeatedly recognize our commitment to the intellectual breadth and depth of our unique STEM-based liberal arts education. (For HMC rankings and accolades, see Fast Facts.)
Forbes magazine recently mentioned the College’s diversity initiatives, particularly engaging women and minorities in STEM majors. This year’s entering class is more than 50 percent women, a remarkable ratio for a STEM school.
As a capstone of the curriculum, the Clinic Program engages students in solving real-world, technical problems for corporate, government and non-profit clients. Seniors in engineering and computer science are required to complete a full year of Clinic, and engineering juniors are required to participate in an additional semester. Students from math, physics, biology and chemistry also may participate in Clinics and every year, students from the other Claremont Colleges elect to join a team.
Sponsoring a Clinic
- Clinic projects run September–May.
- All IP (intellectual property) resulting from the projects belongs to the sponsor.
- We routinely sign non-disclosure agreements; our Honor Code bound students understand the significance of these agreements.
- Fees paid by the sponsor cover materials and two team trips to their site.
- Clinic teams consist of 4–5 students.
- Each student is expected to put in a minimum of 10 hours per week (1,200–1,500 hours of time for each project team).
- The sponsor liaison is asked to spend no more than two hours per week (an hour on a teleconference with the team and another responding to questions).
- A faculty adviser acts as a coach/mentor to the team.
- Clinic teams are assembled by the faculty, who take into account academic interests and strengths, as well as personal preferences.
- Spring: Contract signed
- Project Scope defined
- September: Launch Day (teams meet)
- Fall: Project refined, progress on results
- Winter: Mid-term reports
- May: Projects Day
- During the past several years, Clinic sponsors have filed 5–10 patent disclosures as a result of their projects.
- Liaisons are enthusiastic about their experience and in 2017–2018, all of them reported that the experience had business value to their companies. Learn more about the Clinic liaison experience in the video Tips for New Clinic Liaisons.
- Clinic sponsorship provides increased visibility for companies hoping to recruit Mudd students. Learn more about recruiting through the Office of Career Services and HMC’s annual career fair.
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