Location-Based: Washington D.C.

Choose your adventure: Combating Diseases in the Modern Age or Demystifying Machine Learning—with visits to special national exhibits

Dr. Lauren Quattrochi working one-on-one with student in laboratory.The best way to learn something new is to immerse yourself both mentally and physically.

That’s what happens in Brown Pre-College Location-Based programs. You’ll find these programs to be immersive and rigorous academic experiences, with program locations carefully selected to enhance course content. Learning is rich and experiential as you physically link your studies with your surroundings. The programs’ interdisciplinary approach will help prepare you for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century: you’ll discover the interconnectedness of the global community by exploring new places and considering varied perspectives.     

Virus Evolution: Combating Disease in the Modern Age

The ability to predict the next biological threat or disease is dependent on fast-paced, cutting-edge technologies wielded by highly trained researchers. But even before technologies can be employed, a key component to predicting the next outbreak is understanding what viruses and diseases are newly emerging within our population, whether from the forests of Africa or deserts of the Middle East.

In this 1-week course, you’ll divide your time between hands-on experiments in laboratories, in-class lessons where experienced scientists will guide you through the inner workings of viruses and breakthrough technologies, as well as field trips to museums that showcase plagues of disease throughout American history.

This course is intentionally designed to prepare advanced high school students for college-level curriculum and pace. As such, it’s advantageous for students to have taken an introductory biology or anatomy course. If you don’t have a strong biology background, you’re encouraged to review basic biology text books beforehand. 

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Demystifying Machine Learning: A Python-Based Introduction to Data Science

The field of data science will continue to impact every industry in the 21st century: health, government, transportation, energy, technology, weather, politics, and many more. This course introduces interested high school students to topics and methods involved in data science. No prior programming or math experience is required: the course will teach an introduction to the Python programming language in the data science context.

In this 1-week course, you’ll delve into topics in data science and participate in code-alongs to demonstrate and fortify the techniques you’re learning. The course will also include opportunities for group discussions on important ethical topics in data science—machine learning biases, for example—as well as a field trip to the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum.

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Program Snapshot

Students completing grades 10–12, ages 16–18 by June 2021 

1-week program

Not Running In Summer 2021

American University, Washington, DC


  • Immerse yourself in advanced topics in medicine and data science.
  • Join a community of like-minded young scholars from across the country, where you will work on diverse teams.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the complexities of the 21st century as you consider new topics and varied perspectives. 
  • Concentrate on learning without the pressure of formal grades.
  • All students who successfully complete their course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students who successfully complete a 3-week or longer online course or a 2-week or longer on-campus course will receive a Course Performance Report.


  • Home base will be at the American University campus, which houses classrooms, a library, a dining hall and residential rooms. You will be assigned to rooms by gender identity. Amenities include: linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, towels), laundry room and Wi-Fi throughout the campus. 
  • The On-Site Director and Residential Advisors reside in the residence halls with students, providing a safe atmosphere that supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility.
  • You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining hall at the residence hall. 

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