Sponsoring a HMC Mathematics Clinic
The Mathematics Clinic is incorporated into the academic program of most mathematics students at Harvey Mudd College. Through the Clinic program, the college prepares its students for both industrial and graduate work in applied mathematics. Companies currently pay a fee to the college to sponsor an engineering, mathematics, or computer science project for one academic year. Since its inception, over 150 Mathematics Clinic projects have been sponsored by over 55 individual sponsors. Three or four projects are sponsored annually, depending on the number of students enrolled and availability of suitable projects.
Sponsoring companies oversee the project by assigning a liaison to maintain close contact with the team. The liaison outlines the project requirements, approves the team’s proposal for accomplishing the work, and receives weekly progress reports. In most cases, the student team visits the sponsoring company to confer with other client personnel and to provide a summary presentation to senior officials at the end of the project.