STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:
Define, Investigate, Excel

Students whose idea of summer fun is a deep-dive into the STEM fields, joining other rising 9th and 10th graders who are as passionate about advancing their STEM skills as they are. Brown’s two-week residential program will allow students to:

  • Focus on STEM interests, and prepare for success in a rigorous academic environment
  • Work closely with peers on research projects, experiments, or design-build challenges
  • Live and learn at Brown with other motivated students from around the world

Students are invited to choose from a range of interesting and engaging two-week courses in the STEM disciplines. Each course combines rigorous academic content, laboratory or field exercises, and a research project or design challenge that serves as a focus for academic work throughout the program. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with Brown graduate students and learn about graduate-level research projects. To complete the STEM experience, students will give a final presentation that showcases their project for their peers, instructors and family.

2020 Program Dates

July 12 - July 24


For students completing grades 8 or 9, ages 14-15 by June 2021. Students must be at least 14 years old to participate in residential experience.

Information Sessions

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Water sampling during "Marine Ecosystems in the Balance: Protecting a Changing Estuary" on Narragansett Bay

A Rich, Holistic Experience

STEM students will gain valuable skills as they learn to navigate life in a college setting, including time management, personal maturity, independence, and academic integrity. These experiences, both in and out of the classroom, will help students be more successful in their future academic pursuits.

Learn for the sake of learning

The STEM program serves up challenging academics without the pressure of formal grades, allowing students to concentrate on learning and the process of scholarship. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive a Course Performance Report and Certificate of Completion after successful completion of the class and academic project presentation.

Students attend classes on weekday mornings and have two extended course days each week for further exploration or field trips. The STEM program is academically rigorous, with the expectation of spending some free time each day working with fellow students on the research or challenge projects assigned by the instructor.

Co-curricular activities promote fun and friendships

In addition to academic work, afternoon time may include participation in Summer@Brown programming or exploring and enjoying the Brown campus. STEM program social and recreational activities are planned for the evenings and weekends. During these events, student groups will be accompanied and supervised by the program’s residential life staff.

These activities provide opportunities to collaborate with students from diverse backgrounds and, in the process, inspire one another, learn together, and form lasting friendships. Every activity is designed to develop both academic and social intelligence while helping to prepare students to navigate future challenges and opportunities.

A Typical Day

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 11:20am Academic courses
11:30am – 12:15pm Lunch
12:30pm – 5:30pm Research projects, extended academics, co-curricular STEM activities, or free time
5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm – 10:00pm Evening activities
10:00pm Curfew: students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening
10:30pm Lights Out
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Students headed to class after lunch at the Sharpe Refectory dining hall.

Outside the Classroom


STEM students will be supported by a team of carefully selected Resident Assistants (RAs), Residence Directors, and a professional staff member. This team oversees the safety of all students and serves in an on-call rotation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the program is in session.

RAs will live in the residence hall with students. Built into a framework of support and mentorship, RAs lead floor meetings nightly during the two-week program and facilitate ongoing community building experiences. They also supervise students during STEM evening and weekend group events.


Students are provided with a level of personal freedom and accountability that will help in preparing to negotiate the demands of higher-level academics and life on a college campus. Students will be responsible for getting to class on time and making good decisions about balancing studies, social life, and taking care of themselves. RAs are available to assist students as they explore the Brown campus, especially in the first few days. STEM students will be expected to follow all Brown Pre-College and University policies, including the Code of Conduct.


Meals are served daily in one of Brown’s dining halls. Students are encouraged to check in with their RA at meal times and to take advantage of the program’s dining services. Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and there students will find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors. If students have any food allergies, please indicate those on the required Medical Form.


We encourage students to bring a laptop to the program. If that’s not feasible, students can access a computer in the Brown computing labs or possibly obtain one on loan through the Computing Information Services Department while enrolled in the program.

Students who are Rising 10th Graders

STEM students can extend their time at Brown this summer by enrolling in Summer@Brown and remaining on campus at the conclusion of the STEM program. If you are interested, please contact for more information.

About the Program Director: Abbey Aevazelis

Associate Director, Pre-College Programs and Director of STEM Programs

Abbey received her B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography and her M.S. in Environmental Science (Fisheries Biology) from the University of Rhode Island. In her current role, Abbey is focused on providing experiential STEM learning opportunities to high school students. Prior to joining Brown, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit marine science and education center. In addition, she has experience in and out of the classroom through work in both formal and informal education settings. Abbey currently sits on the board of a non-profit tuition-free independent school for girls, in grades 5 to 8, from low-income families.

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