This 400+ page pdf is probably (?) not worth reading in full, but page 189 does feature an overview of the SMALL program.

The SMALL program seeks to introduce undergraduates to the excitement
and challenge of doing original research in mathematics. Too often, we have seen talented students lose interest in mathematics because they perceive it as a lifeless subject within which one simply studies the work of long-dead mathematicians. In SMALL, they get to work on current projects under the direction of faculty who are themselves actively engaged in cutting edge research. They see the vitality of mathematics and their own potential for making a contribution. They understand the ultimate goal of learning, namely to utilize that learning in order to make their own advances and further the pursuit of knowledge. Although SMALL began as a program for Williams students, outside students have come to play an ever larger and more important role. Since its founding in 1988, the program has guided over 300 students in mathematics research. SMALL alumni have gone on to earn Ph.D.s in mathematics and related fields, and to other activities such as teaching mathematics in high school. (SMALL is an acronym from the names of the founding faculty, Silva, Morgan, Adams, Lenhart, Levine.) Over 60 research articles coming out of SMALL have been published or been accepted for publication in mathematics journals. More than 25 SMALL alumni have earned Ph.D.s in mathematics or mathematics related fields, and many are on the mathematics regular faculty at colleges and universities, while many others are in postdoctoral or visiting positions.

Still other alumni are on university faculties other than mathematics. Of the 80 SMALL participants in the five years 1999 – 2003 more than 50 are enrolled or have completed Ph.D. programs in mathematics or related fields. SMALL has also contributed to the increasing interest in mathematics among our students at Williams, so that currently we have 50 senior mathematics majors, about 10% of our senior class.

Great stuff. It is too bad that every department at Williams does not have a similar program. Kudos to the professors who started this and have done so much with it.

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