We have created this welcome packet to help you prepare for your arrival and ensure a successful, safe, and fun time here on campus. Please review this information carefully, and let us know if you have any questions.
We encourage you to select your course and register early. Courses fill up very quickly, so please enroll as soon as possible to ensure that you reserve a spot in your preferred course.
AAttending a summer academic program at a college or university is a significant event for a high school student—and no less so for their parents/guardians. We are mindful that parents/guardians and students share in the excitement and exhilaration upon learning of the student’s acceptance into the program, but that in addition, many also have some anxieties. We hope that this document communicates not only the excitement of the program, but also addresses your concerns. And we are always happy to talk to parents, guardians, and students to answer any questions that you may not find an answer to within these pages.
Brown’s STEM for Rising 9th & 10th Grade Students is a unique opportunity for bright, motivated, responsible young people to experience life and learning in a university environment. The students who attend 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 are encouraged to take advantage of a combination of co-curricular activities, and academic and social events, including structured STEM evening and weekend events.
Independence is central to the STEM 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 to be mindful of such things like eating balanced meals, getting enough sleep, and doing their own laundry—all without parental assistance. The STEM program at Brown is a great opportunity for bright, motivated young people to practice managing their daily lives in a supportive and structured environment.
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 Residential Life staff, including a leadership team consisting of professional staff and graduate students. In addition, they are supported by a full team of STEM Residential Advisors (RAs), who are college students or graduates and live in the residence halls with the students. These skilled and caring staff help students learn how to balance the competing demands of an exceptionally rich and rewarding academic and social life, and serve as a resource for everything from guiding students to resources around campus to aiding them in negotiating roommate conflicts.
An average student/RA ratio of 12:1 ensures that students will receive the personal attention they need. The RAs are trained specifically to support this program. The residential staff are available during the day to assist students as they move around campus as well as accompany STEM students to all evening and weekend activities. RAs will help them balance the competing demands of academics and socializing, and enforce policies when necessary. The RAs lead floor meetings nightly throughout the program and facilitate community building among their cluster of STEM students. RAs are not only supervising the safety of your STEM student, 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, and 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.
STEM 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 STEM activities and recreational co-curricular experiences. STEM students stay together as a cohort in the evenings and weekend. STEM students are expected to engage in all of the structured STEM activities. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
Students, we are thrilled you have decided to attend Brown’s STEM for Rising 9th & 10th Grade Students program! We look forward to engaging with you in a robust academic program balanced with activities, meeting new friends, and discovering your capabilities!
Parents and guardians, we are looking forward to having your child on our campus this summer, and thank you for allowing us that privilege.
You will receive a personalized email outlining a checklist of items that need to be completed in order for you to attend the program. Included in the checklist are: University student account activation, electronic billing and payment access, forms completion via DocuSign, and an online tutorial that reviews Brown’s values and policies. As you work through the steps, it is recommended that students and parents/guardians write down all usernames and passwords. It is essential that you write down and remember any passwords associated with your Brown email address as you would need to bring that information with you to campus to access your Brown account while studying in the program.
Forms are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally fill out and sign our required forms and waivers. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.
You can expect to complete the following forms to participate in STEM:
Students with significant food allergies or intolerance should complete a complete a Disability Accommodations or Services Request Form. Along with this form, students may need to submit documentation of their area of disability and needs. More information can also be found on the SEAS Website under "School of Professional Studies (SPS) Programs".
Due to recent measles outbreaks within the United States, all Pre-College students must have completed their measles vaccinations at least two weeks prior to starting their program. For other immunizations requiring more than one inoculation (such as hepatitis B and varicella), you must submit proof that you have begun the series and had as many of the inoculations (shots) as possible within the time frame/schedule specified on the Brown Immunization and Medical History Report. In this case, you are considered to be in compliance with the requirements for the current summer term.
Students who arrive on campus without their immunization record or are not up to date with their inoculations for measles will be placed in a separate residence hall and will be unable to attend class until they provide appropriate records, or they will have to depart campus.
There are resources to help students with food-related allergies and other needs for accommodations to navigate the options in the dining halls. First, please review the overview Resources Guide of how signage and options allow many students to manage without additional accommodations. If more assistance is needed, ongoing dining accommodations are coordinated through the Dining Services dietitian by calling 401-863-3343 or emailing email@example.com. 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 one of the two main dining halls, the Sharpe Refectory (Ratty) and the Verney-Woolley (V-Dub). 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 will take some additional time.
Please note that individual courses may require specific forms. Students requiring these forms will find them in their checklist. Students will not be allowed to participate in these courses if the forms are missing.
In your room, you will find typical college furniture including a bed, desk, chair, dresser, trash can, and access to wireless internet.
* Please note that fans, sheets, pillows, and refrigerators may be rented on Sundays during check-in; however, there is a limited supply available and availability is not guaranteed. Please visit the Brown Student Agencies website for details.
Please note: the STEM Program includes a beach trip. Please plan accordingly.
You may NOT bring pets, cooking devices, or air conditioners.
Students completing course work 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. All STEM students should be prepared with appropriate clothing.
The STEM Program has been designed to be all-inclusive. Your student does not need any money to fully participate in the program. Many parents, however, still want to send their student with some spending money for the opportunities students may have to purchase items at the Bookstore or other shops on Thayer St and during evening or weekend activities off campus. Please see the guidelines below when considering what to send.
How much additional money to bring depends in part on how long a student will be staying at Brown and on normal spending habits, but more importantly on the learning community we seek to foster here. Our students come from all over the world and from home and community situations that reflect the wide range of socio-economic and cultural diversity that characterizes our world. As a place dedicated above all to student learning and development and that supports and encourages diversity in all forms for the common good, students do not need a significant amount of spending money to have a rewarding and transformative experience at Brown. Program activities are free, and we encourage students to engage in activities that are no-cost or low-cost so that the community of learners we seek to build can be an inclusive one and remain focused on learning. When considering how much spending money to provide your student for their stay at Brown, consider these community-building goals along with their more practical, daily needs.
Students who wish to use washers, dryers, and campus printers and copiers will need to purchase Bear Bucks Guest Cards for a $1.00 at any ValuePort machine—cash cards used in these campus machines. Cards may be purchased from any of the several Value Port machines located across campus. (ValuePort machines are conveniently located at the Rockefeller Library, Sciences Library, Sharpe Refectory lower level, Josiah's, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Bookstore Lobby, Emery Woolley Hall, and at 222 Richmond Street. Please DO NOT add funds/Bear Bucks to your summer Brown ID card.) As unused funds are not refundable, students are advised to add money in small increments. For more information on Bear Bucks Guest Cards, please visit the Brown Card Office website. Automatic teller machines are conveniently located on campus. Traveler's checks can be easily cashed at local banks with the presentation of appropriate identification.
In recent years, bus, train, and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. Brown Pre-College Programs are unable to meet many of these new requirements, so we urge 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.
We strongly encourage parents, guardians, or family to come to the check-in and attend the opening orientation session of the STEM program. In addition, we strongly encourage family members to come to the closing ceremony to observe the student work showcase and pick up their students on the last day.
While check-in will take place at Sayles Hall on the Main Green, it recommended that you park in the area the STEM students will live: Andrews or Metcalf Halls. On street parking is available on the roads surrounding Andrews Dining Hall (Bowen Street, Meeting Street, Brown Street, Cushing Street).
Please observe parking signs and do not park in any parking lots. Brown is not responsible for any traffic tickets you may obtain if parking incorrectly.
From the North or South on Interstate 95: Take Exit 22 to Downtown Providence. Follow signs for Memorial Boulevard/Downtown. Continue straight on Memorial Boulevard. Take a left on Waterman Street and proceed up College Hill. Take a left onto Brown Street.
From the East on Interstate 195: Take Exit 2 to South Main Street; at the end of the long ramp, continue straight through the traffic lights onto South Main Street. Proceed for half a mile until the first set of traffic lights. Turn right onto College Street and then left onto Prospect Street. Take a right onto Waterman Street. Take a left onto Brown Street.
From the North West:Follow Route 146 to I-95 South. Once on I-95 South, follow the directions from the North and South.
Providence is served by Amtrak and Boston's Commuter Rail. The Providence Amtrak train station is a short taxi cab ride to the University.
Providence is served by Peter Pan bus lines. Their Providence terminals are a short taxi cab ride to the University. Please note: there are two Providence bus stops. Parents, guardians, and students should get off at the Providence Bus Terminal and not the Providence Downtown stop.
T. F. Green International Airport (named for Theodore Francis Green, Brown class of 1887) is served by many national and regional airlines. The airport, which is in the city of Warwick, is approximately 10 miles from the University. A variety of ground transportation is available from the terminal to Providence.
Information from TF Green Airport.
A shuttle will run every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from T. F. Green Airport to the Brown University campus. Students arriving at the airport should meet a representative from Shuttle Solutions, LLC with a "Brown Pre-College Programs" sign near baggage claim who will direct them to the vehicles in the lot.
One Way Ticket: $25 USD/ student
Round Trip Ticket: $40 USD/ student
Shuttle Solutions, LLC accepts CASH ONLY.
Upon arrival at the airport, students may purchase a round trip ticket that covers the cost for both arrival and their shuttle trip back to T.F. Green Airport at the close of the program. Students will be provided with coupon for the return trip. At the close of the program students may refer to the schedule below to take a shuttle back to T.F. Green Airport. If you have paid for a round trip you may give your coupon to the driver. Unused prepaid coupons for the return trip cannot be refunded. Please keep the return coupon safe until departure. Please see a Shuttle Solutions, LLC representative at airport to purchase in advance.
Arrivals | Sunday, June 23, 2019
8:00am – 1:00pm
T. F. Green Airport –› Brown Campus (Main Green) 1:00pm – 7:00pm
T. F. Green Airport –› Brown Office of Residential Life (42 Charlesfield Street)
Departures | Friday, July 5, 2019
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Brown Office of Residential Life (42 Charlesfield Street) –› T.F. Green Airport
Transportation to T.F. Green Airport needed outside of these dates and times are the responsibility of students and their families to arrange. Students requiring handicapped accessible transportation are encouraged to contact Brown Pre-College Programs via phone at 401-863-7900, during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are arriving via airplane at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, please rent a car or take the Peter Pan Bus* to Providence (approximately a one hour and thirty minute ride). Visit the Peter Pan Bus/Logan Airport website for complete information on schedules and ticket purchasing.
Information from Logan Airport.
If you choose to send your student alone through Logan Airport in Boston, please note that there are no Brown University sponsored transportation services to or from Logan Airport. Brown University cannot accept responsibility for your student until they arrive at Check-In. Brown University cannot be held liable for any transportation arrangements made from Logan Airport.
*Please note, after arriving at the Peter Pan Bus Terminal in Providence, you will need to contact a local taxi company to bring you to Brown University.
Although students should make every effort to plan their travel to Brown based on a Sunday, June 23rd arrival, procedures are in place to accommodate a Saturday, June 22nd arrival for those students who are traveling 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 requested in advance of the program. If you meet the early arrival criteria due to long-distance travel, please complete the Early Arrival Request Form on the About Me tab in your student portal. As buildings are in use throughout the summer, the rooms for specific programs may not be available until Sunday at 9:00am; therefore, any approved early arrivals may be housed in a different building than the one students will be assigned to on Sunday.
On your orientation Sunday, you will want to arrive for check-in at the Sayles Hall on the Main Green, between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Click here for a campus map. As the STEM students will be living in Andrews Hall and Metcalf Hall, it is recommended that you park closer to the residence halls, leave your luggage in the car during check-in and then return to your car to retrieve the luggage as you head to the student’s assigned room.
At check-in, you and your student will receive a room assignment, key, and additional information. (We highly recommend you arrive to check-in by 12 noon at the latest to allow time to move your child into their room and get lunch before parent orientation).
Please see the information above regarding parking around Andrews and Metcalf Halls. 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.
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 requested in advance of the program. If you meet the early arrival criteria due to long-distance travel, please complete the Early Arrival Request Form on the About Me tab in your student portal. As buildings are in use throughout the summer, the rooms for specific programs may not be available until Sunday at 9:00am; therefore, any approved early arrivals may be housed in a different building than the one students will be assigned to on Sunday.
Tours for students and their families will be available during orientation on Sunday check-in. Additional detailed information will be sent two weeks prior to your arrival to campus.
Orientation for students and their families is held on Sunday, June 23rd after students check in. An orientation for parents only will be given at 1:30pm. Parents will have an opportunity to meet program staff and the professional STEM Residential Life Staff. During this time, the STEM Residential Advisors will meet with students separately and lead ice breaker activities and review program expectations.
Parents will have an opportunity to say goodbye to their students after the orientation session and should plan to depart campus by 2:45pm.
Here is a list of the events on Sunday:
Students should make every effort to arrive between 9:00am and 1:00pm on the Sunday before their classes begin. Students who are arriving after 1:00pm should go to the Residential Life Office Room 302 located in Grad Tower E at 42 Charlesfield St.
Parents and students are invited to join instructors and staff for a Closing Event on Friday, July 5th between 10:00am and 12:00pm (campus location and agenda to be determined). The Closing Event will highlight the academic projects and individual student work in each of the STEM courses. We highly encourage parents and family members to attend. More information regarding this event will be posted as we get closer to the date.
Immediately following the Closing Event, students and parents proceed to the residence halls for check-out. 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.
Please make sure your student leaves between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Rising 10th grade students who participate in STEM have the option of remaining on and participating in the Summer@Brown program. No STEM student can attend a Pre-College program immediately prior to the start of STEM, June 23rd.
If your student enrolls in a session of Summer@Brown beginning July 8th, we will have to move them from their original room assignment, and students will have a new roommate. This is so the students can form bonds and relationships with students who are in their course and on campus for the same duration of time. This has proven to create better communities for students to be most successful. Students are responsible for moving their belongings as residential staff are needed to check in students who are arriving for the next Pre-College session. In most cases, the residence halls are located in close proximity to each other. Students will be provided directions from the STEM Residential Staff as to how to complete the transition to Summer@Brown.
The STEM program is a Pre-College program for students who are either entering the 9th grade or have just recently completed 9th grade. STEM is designed to strengthen the student's innate curiosity and passion for content in the STEM subjects, further prepare them for success in advanced academic settings, and introduce them to potential career paths.
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 a class. 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 classes at the beginning or the end of the session can also jeopardize the learning experience of other students in the class.
Multiple courses are offered, each two weeks-long in duration, and students choose one that they are most interested in exploring. Classes meet for three hours each morning and multiple afternoons. These courses introduce students to the concepts behind topics of global importance that are part of the current world. Through inquiry-based instruction, the students themselves—by asking appropriate questions—seek out knowledge, information, and scientific truth. This approach assures that the students gain a deep conceptual understanding of complex phenomena.
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 full two weeks working on this project and present their efforts on the final day to their instructor, peers, and family. 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 product that will make them, their peers, and instructors proud.
Students are highly encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with internet capabilities for the academic project. If you do not own a laptop, there are a very limited number available for loan through the Computing and Information Services Department while on campus.
For those who do not bring a computer with them to campus, several computing clusters are available. They are equipped with PCs and Macs, printers, and scanners.
STEM students will live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students are assigned to double or triple occupancy rooms on single-gender floors with single-gender shared bathrooms. Students will be randomly assigned to another STEM student no more than 6 months apart in age. Each student room provides typical college furniture—bed, desk and chair, dresser, wireless internet, and trash can. If you are in need of special housing accommodations, please contact the SEAS office to indicate a need for accommodations and complete a Disability, Medical, and Dietary Request Form. Students should request accommodations with as much notice as possible to ensure accommodations can be arranged.
To provide a typical Brown University experience and due to the volume of residential students arriving each week, students are randomly assigned a roommate so that they can build friendships with new people. We are unable to honor roommate, suitemate, floor-mate, or same building requests. For more details, please read the Residential Policies section on our website.
STEM Residential Advisors will make sure activities are finished and students are escorted back to their residence halls before curfew. STEM students must abide by a 10:00pm curfew (11:00pm on weekends)—after curfew , students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Lights-out is 30 minutes after curfew . Students must remain on their floor unit until 6:00am. Students may not leave their residence hall after curfew.
In the event that a student is absent from the residence hall or floor as prescribed, the student’s parents/guardian and the Department of Public Safety will be informed. Repeated and/or serious violations of the curfew could result in dismissal from the program. Adhering to the curfew policy is the student’s responsibility. While residential staff will take 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, it cannot be guaranteed that the student will not subsequently choose to leave the residence hall area.
Instructions will be provided during orientation for STEM students on what to do if they get locked out of their room. The protocol is different from other on campus Pre-College Programs.
There are laundry facilities in the basements of all residence halls. You will need to supply your own detergent, softener, and bleach. All washers and dryers operate using Bear Bucks. STEM students can choose to do laundry during afternoon free time. Staff will not be avialable to assist.
Parents/guardians who think they may require overnight leave during the program should complete the STEM Program Overnight leave form. Please note while overnight leave is highly discouraged, it is possible in the cases of emergency or important family matters and if approved, only authorized on the weekends or around the July 4th holiday. Any overnight leave must be approved by the STEM Residential staff or program director a minimum of five days prior to the start of the program. Requests will be reviewed beginning in June and families will be contacted to finalize details. Overnight leave approval is not guaranteed.
The STEM program does not accept commuter students. In an effort to build teamwork, cohesiveness, and a community, all STEM students live on campus for the two-week program.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in one of Brown’s dining halls daily. You may invite guests to enjoy a meal with you on a cash basis. STEM students will be expected to check-in with their RAs regularly and to take advantage of the dining services. Thayer Street offers numerous shops and restaurants, as well and is not a part of the Brown’s dining plan.
The lost and found location on campus during the summer programs 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 parents should call the DPS office to retrieve lost items.
We know that you will want to be in touch with your child—and they with you—and we encourage you to talk to them 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—of 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.
The most reliable and convenient way to contact students is via a personal cell phone. If your student does not have a personal cell phone, please email email@example.com or speak with a professional staff member on check-in day to make other accommodations. Please note that students spend the majority of their time in class and participating in extracurricular activities—during which cell phone use is prohibited. STEM students have free time in the afternoons every day. They should also be available between 9:00pm and 10:30pm (EST), after which lights are out.
Except in emergency situations, STEM staff cannot generally honor requests to track down a student; hence, our request that you arrange regular times to be in touch with your child. If you are concerned about your student, please let us know.
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 Resident Director.
Emergency Contact: Brown Department of Public Safety: (401) 863–3322
Families are highly discouraged from sending packages as they have sometimes arrived after students have departed campus for the summer. Please consider the importance of the items you send in any package and if possible, give them to your child before or after the program instead. Please note that we are unable to accept mail or package delivery on the weekends.
During students' time at Brown, mail can be picked up at the Brown mailroom at Page-Robinson Hall (69 Brown St.) across from the Main Green. The mailroom is open Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.
Family and friends should address letters and packages to you as follows:
Pre-College Student’s NameBrown UniversityPre-College Programs69 Brown StreetProvidence, RI 02912
It is up to each student to check for mail at the Brown mailroom. Shipped items should arrive on campus no more than a week in advance of a student's program start date. Students will be able to pick up their packages on the Monday of the start of the program.
We are not responsible for mail or shipments to and from Brown via the United States Postal Service or carrier service.
Please review the Brown Pre-College Code of Conduct.
The payment deadline for the program is Wednesday, May 22. Students must be paid in full PRIOR to the start of the program. Please review our financial policies, including payment and refund information.
Students will receive a Course Performance Report for courses written by instructional staff and will also be asked to complete a course evaluation. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion. All completion materials including the evaluation will be sent approximately 6 weeks after the program concludes. The certificate will be sent via US Mail but other items will be sent electronically to the student email we have on file.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Brown University Pre-College Programs200 Dyer Street, Box 1851Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863–7900FAX: 401.863.3916Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have an emergency during the program and need to contact a staff member immediately, please call the Brown Department of Public Safety at (401) 863–3322.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions: (401) 863–7900 or email us at email@example.com.