Marine ecology, impacts of climate change, environmental action.
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) combines concepts in environmental studies, ecology, and leadership, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders. At BELL, students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the planet as a whole.
This summer, Brown University will visit the MarineLab in Key Largo, Florida to explore tropical marine ecology and conservation in a group of like-minded peers.
Over the course of the week, students will explore coral reefs and mangroves, assessing the collective impacts of global climate change, human interaction, and extreme weather events.
A large portion of time will be spent outdoors. Students can expect a moderate level of physical activity every day, and should be ready to participate in outdoor activities in all temperatures and weather conditions (rain, humidity, wind, heat), even if we are experiencing a particularly cold or hot season. Students will take regular breaks and limit sun exposure, but are expected bring sun protection essentials such as water bottles, hats, and cover-ups.
Students will be staying in dormitory-style housing at the MarineLab. Students will be housed with 3-12 peers, separated by gender identity, and will sleep in bunk beds. Staff lives on site and is available to the students 24 hours a day for support and supervision. The MarineLab campus is also a gated facility.
The MarineLab also has indoor classrooms and labs, a recreation center, indoor bathrooms, a cafeteria, and areas to relax or play games during free time. The classrooms, cafeteria, and dormitories are all air conditioned.
Students can expect three simple meals each day, primarily served in the cafeteria at the MarineLab. We will work with MarineLab staff to make accommodations for dietary restrictions and food allergies if we are notified in advance.
Students at BELL are expected to reduce their cell phone use which allows them to fully engage with the community and beautiful surroundings. We ask students (and families) to limit cell phone use to evening free time. By breaking ties to these technologies, students are able to be more mindful of the natural environment and build more intentional friendships.
Each day is different but the basic schedule begins at 8:00 am and ends at 10:00 pm. Activities include lab work, field observations, classroom discussions, leadership workshops, and time for team-building, recreation and reflection.
Sample day schedule:
|8:00 - 8:30am||Breakfast|
|9:00 - 11:45am||Morning Session (Example: Marine debris lesson and beach clean-up)|
|12:30 - 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:30pm||Solo Time|
|2:00 - 5:00pm||Afternoon Session (Example: Seagrass ecology lesson and snorkeling)|
|6:30 - 7:00pm||Dinner|
|7:00 - 9:00pm||Evening Session (Example: Leadership styles workshop)|
|9:00 - 10:00pm||Free Time|
Please contact the Program Director if any of these details are of concern so we can make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision about participation.
Summer weather in Florida can vary. Please check the weather forecast for Key Largo, FL (Zipcode: 33037) before departure and pack accordingly.
Students will spend at least one hour on a boat almost every day. Students do not need to be skilled swimmers to participate in this program but must be comfortable wearing a life jacket and eager to snorkel.
Assistant Director, Pre-College & Environmental Programs
Jane received her B.S. in Forest Resources, Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching, and Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia (UGA). Prior to joining the Brown Pre-College team in September 2017, Jane worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for University Housing at UGA, where she ran educational programs to promote environmentally conscious decisions among the 8,000 students living on campus. During the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016, Jane worked part time for the BELL: Rhode Island. In her current role with Brown Pre-College Programs, she is responsible for planning and overseeing all BELL programs, including Alaska, Florida Keys, and Rhode Island. Jane is passionate about environmental advocacy and fulfilled by this role, which allows her to facilitate a unique experience for high school students each summer.
Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the admissions team looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.
Academic records must be submitted in the application form by the applicant. They do NOT need to be submitted by your school guidance counselor. Applicants must submit grades from the 2018-2019 academic term and at least two previous academic years. Acceptable attachments include, but are not limited to:
Documentation must include your full name and the academic term(s) represented. Please also be sure an explanation of the grading scale used by your school(s) (i.e., A = Excellent, 5 = Average, etc.,) appears on the documents, or provide one for us, along with an English translation as appropriate.
Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made. Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. In most cases, admission decisions are made within 10 business days of receiving a complete application; however, during high volume times, it may take up to 15 business days.
Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.
Student and parents are encouraged to review our Policies page to learn about important payment deadlines, refunds, code of conduct, and more.
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