Hellman Summer Science and Math Program

Hellman Summer Science and Math Program
510.430.2035
hssm@mills.edu 

Helen Walter, Director
Visiting Associate Professor of Biology
hwalter@mills.edu

The aim of the Hellman Summer Science and Math (HSSM) Fellows Program is to share the excitement of learning about science, while at the same time giving students tools to succeed in those same subjects. It is a two and a half-week residential program for students who have an interest in science and math. HSSM provides selected students with a rigorous academic transition to college, in which they prepare for science lectures and laboratories, while at the same time learn how to manage their study time. During the program, Hellman students participate in approximately 40 hours of class time across two course modules (Environmental chemistry and Forensic (CSI) biology). This is complemented by 25 hours of structured study time, interspersed with leadership development and team-building activities, introductions to key areas and resources on campus, weekly educational and social outings, and introductions to library and computing services available at Mills. Hellman students consistently cite their participation in this program as one of the most meaningful, useful, and memorable aspects of their college experience.

Program Goals:

  • Students will develop laboratory, critical thinking and writing skills in Biology.

  • Students will develop laboratory, critical thinking and writing skills in Chemistry.

  • Students will develop leadership skills.

  • Students will develop study skills.