Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


A four-week summer institute that promotes diversity in the field of English

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Study.

Beginning December 16, 2013, SILCS will be on hiatus and will not host a cohort in summer 2014. We know that the support SILCS provides is crucial, so if you were planning to apply to SILCS, we encourage you instead to consider and apply to like-minded programs that make-up the Group of Underrepresented Students in Higher Education and Research.

For the past six years, with support from the Mellon Foundation, SILCS has hosted 65 students and presented a multifaceted look into the lives and work of English professors, especially their journeys from graduate school through to their current positions. Each year we offered a curriculum in literary and cultural theory augmented by co-curricular interpersonal and team building exercises. Specifically, the Institute featured visiting lecturers, opportunities to interact with SILCS alumni, a graduate school fair, end-of-institute symposium, trips to other campuses, and planned outings, especially the popular ropes course at the start the program.

The results of our work operate in the fact that to date, 27 of the 65 students that we have worked with were accepted into graduate programs, with 13 into doctoral programs in English. Students from the 2013 cohort are poised to do the same. Although we have not graduated a PhD yet, one student is at the dissertation proposal stage. Others are at various stages, from completing their first through to moving into their fifth years. We are also proud that SILCS was able to build a consortium of 30 schools in that time, which demonstrates increased buy-in from the discipline.

Again, thank you for your interest in SILCS. If you have additional questions, then please contact us at silcs@wheatoncollege.edu. Our best to you!

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