STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Accepted student information for STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders.

Welcome to Brown University Pre-College Programs

We are thrilled you will be attending a Brown Pre-College program! Brown’s STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders is a unique opportunity for bright, motivated, responsible young people to experience life and learning in a university environment. The students who attend this program have demonstrated not only exceptional intellectual ability, but also possess a degree of maturity, self-motivation and a seriousness of purpose in their chosen course of study. 

At the same time, exercising these skills in a new environment can be a challenge. We create opportunities for students to learn and enjoy themselves, and look to the students to take advantage of them. Our instructors are passionate about their subject matter, work hard to impart this passion to their students and also demand much of them. When students are not in class or engaged in homework, study groups or work on their academic project, they will be engaged in co-curricular activities with the support of the STEM 9/10 Student Life team.

We appreciate that, for parents and guardians, sending your student away in the summer can be simultaneously exciting and daunting. We are delighted that you are choosing to share this experience  with us and hope that this document answers your  questions and concerns. And we are always happy to talk through any questions that you have and do not find an answer within these pages.

Important Dates

Be sure all of your forms and payment are completed by their assigned deadlines:

  • May 25: Full payment
  • June 3: All required forms 

Students registered after these deadlines are expected to complete form requirements and make payment within 48 hours of registration.

Forms

Forms are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally complete and sign your required forms and waivers as well as upload your required Physician’s Immunization and Health History Form signed by a medical provider. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.

Checklists

You should log in to your student portal to complete your pre-program requirements. Parents and guardians also receive a checklist of items to complete, which are sent via email. Please remind them to check their email accounts for this important information that requires action.

The usernames and passwords associated with your Brown email address will be needed prior to and during your course time. Please be sure to document all usernames and passwords.

Accessibility Services

If applicable: Students may request accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability, including medical conditions, temporary injuries and significant food allergies. Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered, however, there may be limits as to what can be provided without sufficient notice. Be sure to submit your requests using the Medical Authorization and Health History Form by June 3. Please email accessibility@brown.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Please visit the Healthy Summer at Brown Pre-College 2022 page for updates and information about Brown Pre-College Programs preparedness, action and response to COVID-19.

When to Arrive

We will welcome you to campus on the Sunday prior to the start of your course between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST on the Main Green at Sayles Hall. The best GPS address for arrival is 75 Waterman Street, Providence, RI. Current Rhode Island travel restrictions do not require a mandatory quarantine. However, Rhode Island travel restrictions are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to stay up to date on Rhode Island travel restrictions before arriving on campus. Street parking is available surrounding Brown’s campus on Sundays. Find a campus map here for reference.

Upon check-in, students will receive their residence hall room keys, Brown ID card, campus map and other pertinent materials. 

After your check-in at Sayles Hall you will receive a schedule with more information and the next steps to complete your check-in process and meet the STEM 9/10 Student Life Staff.

Visitor Parking

On street parking is available on the roads surrounding Andrews Hall (Bowen Street, GPS Address 95 Cushing Street.)

We recommend that you leave your luggage in the car until after you have visited Sayles Hall and received your room assignment and check-in materials. If you park in the main Brown Visitor Parking lot please bring your luggage with you or move your vehicle closer to Andrews Hall after you have received the initial check-in materials. Please be sure to leave time to find on-street parking, which can be scarce on College Hill, or park in the Brown Visitors Parking Lot. Do not park in any other lot; as you may be subject to a ticket or have your vehicle towed.

Transportation 

Students and their families are required to coordinate transportation to and from Brown’s campus. Brown Pre-College is unable to provide transportation or coordinate travel assistance.

Unaccompanied Travel

In recent years, bus, train and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. We encourage families/guardians to review their likely carrier’s policies early and make decisions about travel based on the assumption that students must arrive on campus for orientation and depart campus at the end of their program without assistance from the Pre-College programs.

Early Arrival

Although students should make every effort to plan their travel to Brown based on a Sunday arrival, procedures are in place to accommodate Saturday arrival for those students who are arriving from long distances and need to work around flight schedules. There is a $150 early arrival fee for students arriving on Saturday. Early arrival must be purchased by the Wednesday before your program start date. If you meet the early arrival criteria due to long-distance travel, please click through the Early Arrival purchase link in the Optional section of your Student Portal. As buildings are in use throughout the summer, the rooms for specific programs may not be available until Sunday at 9 a.m. Any approved early arrival students may be housed in a different building than the one students will be assigned to on Sunday.

Late Arrival

Students should make every effort to arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday before their classes begin. Students who are arriving after 1 p.m. will check in with the Pre-College Student Life Housing Team to access their arrival packet. Please email precollege@brown.edu with the time of your late arrival and arrival instructions will be provided. 

If you experience travel delays en route, please email precollege@brown.edu to let us know what time you expect to arrive on campus so we may update our records.

Closing Day Events and Departure Schedule 

As COVID-19  protocols allow, we hope to have closing events on Friday, July 29 between 10 a.m. and noon. You will receive specific details about the schedule for this day as we get closer to the start of the program.   

Immediately following any closing events, students and families should proceed to the residence halls to pack, check out and return their keys to the Student Life staff. Parents may want to accompany their child to the dining hall for lunch and if so, would need cash to purchase a lunch ticket at the dining hall entrance. Alternatively, there are many lunch options available for purchase on Thayer Street.

When to Depart from Campus

Please make sure your student leaves campus between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Orientation for STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Grade students and their families will be held on Sunday, July 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families and students are requested to only attend one session. During the orientation, attendees will have an opportunity to meet program staff and the professional STEM 9/10 Student Life Staff. 

All families should plan to provide their students with lunch between noon and 1 p.m. If you attend the 11 a.m. orientation, please plan on having lunch, dropping your student off at their assigned residence hall which will be provided at check-in with the STEM 9/10 Student Life staff and departing campus by 2 p.m.  If you attend the 1 p.m. orientation, you will have an opportunity to say goodbye and please plan to depart campus at the conclusion of the orientation session.  

Beginning at 2 p.m. the STEM 9/10 Residential Assistants will engage students in community building. More details will be provided closer to the check-in.

 Here is a list of the events on Sunday:

●     9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Check-in at Sayles Hall on the Main Green

●    11 a.m.: Student and Family Orientation Session in MacMillian Hall, room 117

●     Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch on your own

●     1 p.m.: Student and Family Orientation Session MacMillian Hall, room 117

●     2 p.m.: Goodbyes

●     2 p.m.: STEM 9/10 Student Life Staff begin community building Activities

What is Provided

All students will reside in a Brown University residence hall room. These rooms will include typical college furniture: a bed, desk and chair, dresser, trash can and access to wireless internet. Small refrigerators will be provided. Rooms are not air conditioned. 

What to Bring - Suggested Packing List

  • Clothing: shorts, t-shirts, pants, etc. and clothes hangers. As summer weather in Providence can range from 50 to over 100 degrees and bright sun to heavy rain, it’s important to bring clothes that you can layer, so that regardless of the temperature, you are comfortable.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Proper attire for laboratory-based classes (if applicable, see below)
  • Bathing suit (if desired)
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Sunscreen, lotion and bug spray
  • Cell phone, phone charger and earbuds
  • Laptop computer or tablet and charger
  • Notebook and writing utensils
  • Prescribed medications, contact lenses, glasses
  • Toothbrush, toiletries, soap
  • Bathrobe, flip-flops for shower and shower caddy
  • Towels and face cloths
  • Sheets for your twin, extra-long size bed (36 by 80 inches, approximately 6 inches thick). You may also wish to bring a mattress cover or pad. See below for information about linen rentals. 
  • Pillows
  • A light blanket, bedspread or comforter 
  • A desk lamp (if desired). All rooms have overhead lighting
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Small personal items to make your room feel like home (e.g. photos, trinkets or figurines)
  • Fan. The residence halls rooms are not air-conditioned and it can become very warm in Providence in the summer. Students are encouraged to bring their own fan or to purchase one when they arrive in Providence in a local store. There will be a limited number of window fans available to rent on check-in day.

What Not to Bring:

You may NOT bring pets, any cooking devices, air conditioners, candles or motor vehicles to campus. Commuter students may bring motor vehicles to transport themselves to and from campus. Additional information will be provided to Commuter students later in the spring.

Linen Rentals/Laundry Service

Linen rental, pillow purchases and laundry services are available through www.TheCampusLaundry.com. Please select Brown University Summer when making your purchase. 

Proper Attire for Laboratory and Design Workshop-Based Courses

Students completing coursework in laboratories or who will be enrolled in a course that will take them into the Brown Design Workshop should keep in mind there are established practices for lab and workshop attire. Closed-toed shoes or sneakers and long pants are required. Sandals, shorts, skirts or tank tops may NOT be worn in either setting. Students with long hair should be prepared to tie their hair back for safety reasons as necessary and as required by your instructor.

Spending Money

The STEM Program has been designed to be all-inclusive. Your student does not need any money to fully participate in the program. Students will have access to the Brown University dining halls and we encourage students to eat all meals there. All program activities and excursions are free of charge so the need for spending money will be minimal. Many families, however, still want to send their students with some spending money for the opportunities students may have to purchase items during evening or weekend activities off-campus or for items students may want to purchase from Thayer Street.

Maturity and Independence

Independence is central to the STEM 9/10 experience, and for many students, this level of independence will be a new experience. They will need to find within themselves self-discipline to manage their time, set their priorities and be mindful of such things like eating balanced meals, getting enough sleep and doing their own laundry—all without parental assistance. The STEM 9/10 program at Brown is a great opportunity for bright, motivated young people to practice managing their daily lives in a supportive and structured environment. 

STEM 9/10 is a more structured experience than Summer@Brown and allows students to begin to exercise a level of personal freedom that encourages them to grow as individuals, all while being supported within a safe environment. In addition to the academic course content, students are expected to provide a significant level of care and attention to their academic projects. The program also includes some free-choice time for students to explore, as well as structured activities and recreational co-curricular experiences. STEM students stay together as a cohort in the evenings and on the weekend. STEM students are expected to engage in all of the structured program activities. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

Structured Support

Students will learn quickly how—and how necessary it is—to balance their academic responsibilities with responsible living, in a community of like-minded students.  They do so with the help of a team of carefully selected and trained Student Life staff, including a leadership team consisting of professional staff and graduate students. In addition, they are supported by a full team of STEM 9/10 Residential Assistants (RAs), who are college-aged and live in the residence halls with the students.  

A low student/RA ratio and heightened supervision ensures that students will receive the personal attention they need. The skilled and caring staff serve as a resource for everything from guiding students to resources around campus, accompanying STEM 9/10 students to mandatory activities and aiding them in negotiating roommate conflicts. RAs will help them balance the competing demands of academics and socializing, and enforce policies when necessary.  The RAs lead floor meetings several times throughout the program and facilitate community building among their cluster of STEM students. RAs not only support safety, but they are there to be a mentor and answer questions concerning high school and college life.

Our primary goal is to create a safe atmosphere which supports student success. The residential staff's emphasis on community-building and individual responsibility encourages students to develop the necessary skills and capacities in a way that is as enjoyable as it is rewarding.

Courses

While we understand that many students have very busy summer schedules, we strongly discourage students from enrolling in classes that conflict with their other activities and which would require them either to miss the first or the last days of the program. Pre-College courses are intensive learning experiences: missing classes at either the beginning or the end of the session jeopardizes a student's ability to engage successfully and complete course work. Many classes also involve group work, and a student missing sessions can also jeopardize the learning experience of other students in the class.

Academic Project

Faculty enhance the academic content through the inclusion of a challenging and comprehensive research project, activity or design challenge. Students spend time out of class during the two weeks working on this project and present their efforts on the final day to their instructor and peers. Students are given the personal freedom to decide where and when to study within their given free-time. It is expected that students will participate actively with their group and produce a final project that will make them, their peers and instructors proud.

Housing

STEM 9/10 students will live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students will be assigned to live with another STEM 9/10 student, usually no more than 6 months apart in age. Roommate requests will not be honored. Students are assigned a roommate so that they can build friendships with new people. 

STEM 9/10 Residential Assistants will make sure activities are finished and students are escorted back to their residence halls before curfew. STEM 9/10 students must abide by a 10 p.m. curfew—after 10 p.m., students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Quiet time begins at 10:30 p.m. Students must remain on their floor unit until 6 a.m. Students may not leave their residence hall after curfew. 

Adhering to the curfew policy is the student’s responsibility. While residential staff will take reasonable measures to ensure that students adhere to the curfew, once a student has been verified as being within the residence halls at the designated time, we cannot guarantee that the student will not subsequently choose to violate our policies and leave the residence hall area. If we become aware of a curfew violation, the student will be referred to our student conduct process. Repeated and/or serious violations of the curfew could result in dismissal from the program.

For more details, please read the Residential Policies section on our website. 

Meals and Snacks

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in Brown’s dining halls daily. Three meals a day are included in the cost of residential program fees. Guests may purchase meals on a cash basis. STEM 9/10 students are also provided snacks daily as a part of the program. Thayer Street offers numerous shops and restaurants as well although students are expected to eat their meals at one of the dining halls.

All students, including those participating in field trips or other meals outside of Brown Dining Halls, will be asked to indicate any food allergies and/or dietary preferences, including vegetarians and vegans, in the Medical Authorization and Health History Form as part of their onboarding process.

Dining Services Information

There are resources to help students with food-related allergies, dietary restrictions and other needs for accommodations to navigate the options in the dining halls. Prior to arrival, students should familiarize themselves with Brown’s dining website which provides information about the various dietary options available. This site also includes icons for specific food types (e.g. gluten free) that are consistent with those found in the on-campus dining locations. Brown offers a variety of options that allow many students to manage without additional accommodations. Students with any food restrictions are encouraged to utilize the Brown Dining My Meal site while on-campus. This tool is designed to help students make educated food choices in Brown’s dining halls and includes specific ingredients used in all available dishes.

If you have a food allergy, dietary restriction or a need for another accommodation please indicate this on your Medical Authorization and Health History Form. Our Dietician will reach out to you directly to discuss your dining options. Options could include using an online special meal request system, access to the Allergen Friendly Pantry and guidance navigating the online information and dining halls. In addition, temporary dining accommodations can be provided using a Chef's card that is available on request when students swipe into the main dining hall, the Sharpe Refectory (Ratty). These cards can be used to request a special meal if a student arrives on a weekend and has not yet formally arranged accommodations. These cards will enable a student to request a meal that is gluten-free or free of the following allergens: shellfish, soy, dairy, nuts, peanuts, eggs, wheat, alcohol and fish. The menu options using this card are more limited and a meal is provided once the card is received, so these meals will take some additional time.

Overnight Leave

Once students arrive, it is expected that they will spend every night on campus in their assigned residence hall room. While leaving campus at any point during the program is highly discouraged, families can contact us if they need to request an overnight leave only for the weekend in the middle of the program. Students must depart after the academic component is completed on Friday and must return prior to the evening activities on Sunday night. Please note that any request for overnight leave must be pre-approved by the STEM 9/10 Program Director and is only possible considering the conditions below:  

  • extraordinary, verifiable personal or family circumstances  (e.g. illness, injury or other), 
  • religious beliefs and commitments or 
  • significant, rare and/or time-sensitive opportunities (occupational, educational or other).

Please email precollege@brown.edu if you need to request overnight leave.  Overnight leave must be requested at least five days in advance.  If overnight leave is granted, students are required to notify their Resident Assistant at least two days in advance.

Personal Health and Medical 

Students with minor health concerns can be seen at Brown University’s Health Services Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 401-863-3953. Nursing advice is available 24/7 at 401-862-1330 and certified first aid staff are also available to assist on evenings or weekends. In the event of a medical emergency, students will generally be transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

Students are responsible for safely storing and taking their own prescription medication. Students who are not accustomed to managing their own medication should work with their families to determine the best approach to do so during the program.

Contacting STEM 9/10 Students

We parents/guardians want to be in touch with their student and we encourage parents/guardians to talk to their students about when and how much to be in touch. It frequently happens that within hours of parents’/guardians’ departure, the students are so immersed in the experience that their sense of time, including when they last spoke to their parents/guardians, is very different from their parents’/guardians’ sense. Please note that students spend the majority of their time in class and participating in extracurricular activities  or working on their projects during which cell phone use is prohibited. STEM 9/10 students have free time in the afternoons every day. They will be available most evenings between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EST unless out on a group excursion. After 10:30 p.m., students are expected to observe quiet hours and go to sleep. The most reliable and convenient way to contact students is via a personal cell phone. If a student does not have a personal cell phone, please speak with a professional staff member on check-in day to make other accommodations. 

Except in emergency situations, STEM 9/10 staff cannot generally honor requests to track down a student.  For the safety of our students, visitors (including parents, guardians and family members) are not permitted to enter residence halls when the program is in session without the special permission of the STEM 9/10 Resident Directors.

If there is an emergency situation in which a student needs to be contacted, parents/guardians can contact the Brown Department of Public Safety: 401-863-3322 and ask to speak to the Student Life Manager on Call. If you have any non-emergency questions or concerns, please contact our office at 401-863-7900 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Laundry

There are laundry facilities in the basements of all residence halls. You will need to supply your own detergent. All washers and dryers operate by swiping your Brown Summer Student ID card. 

Bear Bucks

Bear Bucks cards allow you to use vending machines and printers in the public computing clusters. You must purchase a Bear Bucks Guest Card for $1.00 at a Bear Bucks Kiosk. Money should be added to your Bear Bucks card as needed and in small increments, as the unused balance is non-refundable. Please DO NOT add funds/Bear Bucks directly to your Brown ID card. 

Bear Bucks Kiosks to purchase Bear Bucks cards are available to Pre-College students at two locations on campus. 

  • Sharpe Refectory
  • Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center

Mail Services

Mail may be sent to students during the program. Please do not send packages of bedding or clothing needed on move-in day in advance of your arrival. Our mailroom is not open for package pick-up on Sundays. 

Please note that mail sent to college campuses requires additional processing time for sorting and distribution.  Any standard mailing or shipping delays may result in the mail or packages not reaching the student prior to their campus departure. For those reasons, any mail/packages should be coordinated to arrive no later than one week prior to the student’s departure. Mail should be sent to:

Student Name
Brown Pre-College Student
69 Brown St
Providence, RI 02912

Lost & Found

The lost and found location on campus during the summer session is the Department of Public Safety 401-863-1663. Items of value left behind in residence halls, such as jewelry, money and laptop computers will be turned in and students should call the DPS office to retrieve lost items.

Code of Conduct

Please review the Brown Pre-College Code of Conduct and associated policies.

Financial Information

Please review our financial policies, including payment and refund information.

Course Completion Materials

You will receive a Course Performance Report from your instructor and you in turn will be asked to complete a course evaluation. If you successfully complete your program you will receive a Certificate of Completion. All completion materials including the Course Performance Report  will be sent out in early September. The certificate will be sent via US Mail to your listed address and the Course Performance Report will be sent electronically to the email address we have on file for you.