Summer Institute 2014

We Spell Success, S-I!

Summer Institute is selective, highly coveted, long-standing summer program designed to ease students’ transition to Harvey Mudd. It is primarily aimed at underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (i.e., women, students of color, 1st-generation college students), but we encourage all incoming students to apply.

Participants will arrive on campus July 31, almost a month before New Student Orientation. In that time, students will enjoy making best friends, acclimating to their new life at Harvey Mudd and getting a sneak peak at the intellectual challenges awaiting them in their first semester in the Mudd.

SI is a free summer program, which includes room, board and a $1500 stipend. In addition, participants are awarded a stipend worth up to $5000 to be used the following summer to participate in summer research or Summer Math.

Most participants say that participating in SI gives them greater confidence in their transition to Harvey Mudd, as well as provides them with a strong, supportive community. Also, we don’t like to brag (read: yes we do), but a significant number of campus leaders started out in Summer Institute: 16 Proctors, 4 New Student Orientation Directors, 2 ASHMC Presidents since 2003.

Academics – With a Twist!

The academic sessions are an integral part of SI and are presented by a sampling of HMC’s exceptional faculty.  You’ll experience a level of academic writing you’ve never seen before and workshops in all of the scientific disciplines.  You’ll get to build important relationships with faculty members, before the academic year has even begun.

Busy has Never Been This Much fun!

Summer Institute is a jam-packed, nearly month-long program.  When participants are not engaged in academic sessions, hands-on faculty talks, and homework, they will be immersed in OID experiential workshops, group activities, and gaining familiarity with the resources of the Claremont Colleges.  SI also includes off-campus excursions, a community service trip, and, of course, some free time.

Have you Ever Climbed a Giant’s Ladder?

Boojum Institute is an overnight trip to the San Jacinto Mountains during the first weekend of SI. Participants and staff will stay at Idyllwild Pines camp and participate in a Challenge Course experience involving low and high ropes activities. We hope this experience fosters cooperation and development of inner strength, leadership skills and interpersonal relationships.