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 one-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 explore plagues throughout American history. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with peers enrolled in Demystifying Machine Learning: A Python-Based Introduction to Data Science through lessons that integrate both course contents, site visits and community-building activities.


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.

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 one-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. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with peers enrolled in Virus Evolution: Combating Disease in the Modern Age through lessons that integrate both course contents, site visits, and community building activities.

Program Snapshot


Students completing grades 10–12, ages 16–18 by June 19, 2022


One-week program


Sunday, July 3 to Saturday, July 9


American University, Washington, D.C.


  • 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.
  • Receive a Course Performance Report and Certificate of Completion when you successfully finish.


  • You will reside, have meals and have some of your classes at American University in Washington, D.C. Students are assigned to double rooms by gender identity that include bed and bathroom linens.
  • Both residential and classroom spaces offer secure Wi-Fi access.
  • 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.

Site visits to museums that showcase plagues throughout American history, including the National Institutes of Health and the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum.

Program Director