DHSP is a community organized around math. Because we do all our work in groups, we get to know each other well. As a result many students form friendships and end up working together outside of class, both with the instructor and on their own. This is an intentional goal of the program; the evidence is that students who work together with others enjoy math more, get better grades, and go farther.
It is also the case that many DHSP alumni stay involved with the program after their freshman year, to help mentor new students. This happens in a number of ways:
- Dinners where alumni meet with freshmen,
- Alumni panels in class, where past students can give freshmen an idea of what to expect in the years to come,
- Interviews (see the Requirements page), and
- other organized study groups outside of class.
In 2017-2018, 79 alumni participated. So all the freshmen got to hear about a broad range of experiences, and could get advice from people to whom they have a natural connection.
And the experiences of DHSP students represent a broad cross-section of science and math. Recent Douglass Houghton Scholars have gone on to major in Biology, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Pure Math, Actuarial Math, Financial Math, Math Education, Statistics, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography, Ecology, Linguistics, and many other fields.
Continue to the Requirements page.