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2018 Call for Students

The Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy (HCSPiP) is designed for twenty excellent undergraduate students looking for a creative, exciting, collegial, and engaging two-week experience studying philosophy with other ambitious students. Three concurrent courses, chosen for their new and exciting pedagogies, will be offered, June 25–July 6, 2018. We have room for ten Hamilton College students and ten students from other colleges or universities. Students in the program are expected to participate fully for their intrinsic interest in the courses. No college credit is awarded. The HCSPiP will be an exciting and intense philosophical experience. In addition to attending all three classes every day, Monday through Friday, students are expected to prepare for those classes, both before the summer school and during the two weeks they are on campus. To participate actively and take advantage of the opportunity, students must have exceptional intrinsic motivation for philosophical work. There is no tuition for the summer school. Room and board are provided. In addition, students who attend the summer school will receive a $750 stipend, plus up to $500 reimbursement for travel. Applications are found here. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 31.

Student Application

There is no application form. To apply, please send a letter of interest in the program, no more than 2000 words, which contains the following information:

  • Your name and the name of your undergraduate institution
  • A list of all undergraduate philosophy courses taken
  • Why do you study philosophy and what role do you see for philosophy in your post-college life?
  • Why are you interested in the HCSPiP?
  • How might you contribute to the diversity of our program?

In addition to your letter of application, please also send one letter of recommendation from a philosophy teacher with whom you have worked and an undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine).  Send all materials to rmarcus1@hamilton.edu by February 28, 2018.

Participants in the program will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Being a rising junior or senior in an undergraduate college;
  • Demonstrated ability to participate actively in the program;
  • Expressed interest in the specific classes we offer;
  • Strength of undergraduate record;
  • Ability to diversify our student population.

Please note that, in accordance with the guidelines of the Truax fund, half of the student slots (10/20) are reserved for Hamilton College students.

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