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STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

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

Summer 2020 Application Opens on December 3, 2019.

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

  • Focus your STEM interests, and prepare yourself 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

Find a course you’ll love

We invite you 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 your academic work throughout the program. You will also have the opportunity to engage with Brown graduate students and learn about graduate-level research projects. To complete the STEM experience, you will give a final presentation that showcases your project for your peers, instructors and family.

Summer 2019 Courses:

Lab Science


Environmental Science

Public Health

Math, Physics & Planetary Sciences

2019 Dates & Fees:

Two-Week Session: June 23rd - July 5th, 2019

Eligibility: For students completing grades 8 & 9, ages 14-15 by June 2019

Fees: $4,508

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

A Rich, Holistic Experience

As a STEM student you will gain valuable skills as you 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 you be more successful in your future academic pursuits.

Learn for the sake of learning

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

You will 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, so you should expect to spend some of your free time each day working with your fellow students on the research or challenge projects assigned by your instructor.

Co-curricular activities promote fun and friendships

In addition to academic work, your 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 your evenings and weekends. During these events, your group will be accompanied and supervised by the program’s residential life staff.

These activities provide you opportunities to collaborate with students from diverse backgrounds and, in the process, inspire one another, learn together, and form lasting friendships. Everything you’ll do is designed to develop both your academic and social intelligence while helping to prepare you 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


As a STEM student, you 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.

Your RA will live in your residence hall with you and your fellow 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 all the STEM evening and weekend group events.


You will be provided with a level of personal freedom and accountability that will help you prepare to negotiate the demands of higher-level academics and life on a college campus. You will be responsible for getting to class on time and making good decisions about balancing your studies, social life, and taking care of yourself. RAs are available to assist you as you explore the Brown campus, especially on your first few days.


Meals are served daily in one of Brown’s dining halls. You will be encouraged to check in with your RA at meal times and to take advantage of the program’s dining services. Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and there you’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors. If you have any food allergies, please indicate those on the required Medical Form. If formal accommodations are needed to manage allergies, information about requesting an accommodation can be found on that same form.


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

Are you a Rising 10th Grade student?

If so, you can extend your 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.

July 4th Holiday

Yes, we will be celebrating the 4th of July! Holiday-related activities will be planned for all students. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Services team at

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 middle and 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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Studying the nematode C. elegans as a model for understanding human disease

Campus Resources

Dining Halls

Brown University has two dining halls that students use for three meals each day: Sharpe Refectory (the “Ratty”) and Verney-Woolley (“V-Dub”). Academic year menus and information is available here.

MY MEAL: MyMeal is an online tool that can help you make smart, healthy choices in Brown dining units. Use it to:
  • View upcoming menu options
  • Plan healthy meals throughout the day, and
  • Identify and filter the top 8 food allergens

Visit for more information.

Libraries and Study Centers

Brown libraries and study centers are available for research, browsing, or quiet study throughout the summer. Highlights include the John D. Rockefeller Library ("the Rock"), the Sciences Library and the Friedman Study Center, and the special collections at the John Hay Library. Learn More »

The Brown Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students choose and refine topics, and write organized, well-supported, and eloquent essays. The Center offers summer hours especially for Brown Pre-College students.

Computing Labs

Locations across campus offer computers, scanners and printers. If you do not own a laptop there are a limited number available for loan through the Computing and Information Services Department while on campus.

Health and Psychological Services

Students can receive medical and emotional support services for short-term critical needs while they are on-campus. These services are physically open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. When the offices are not open, there are emergency on-call support systems in place, including Brown’s EMS that can evaluate and transport students and athletes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital if further care is needed.

Locations of Interest On and Near Campus

Some places students might want to visit while participating in a program at Brown are listed below:

The BeU Lounge

Brown University, and Pre-College Programs, are committed to developing an academic and residential community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world.The BeU lounge series is a gateway that provide pre-college students an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone by making new friends and participating in learning opportunities that delve into diversity, equity, inclusion and identity exploration. Resident Assistants who are passionate about these subjects will facilitate workshops, programs, and roundtable discussions to help students comfortably navigate their personal identity development and the diverse world in which we live.

Providence: Historic and Hip

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island, the state's capital and largest city. Known as the "Creative Capital", Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation. Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets surrounding Brown, as is evident in the immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian houses of "College Hill".

Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and where you’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors.

Admission Criteria
Designing and testing experiments to analyze animal behavior

How to Apply

Summer 2020 Application Opens on December 3, 2019.

Admission Criteria

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.

A Complete Application Consists of the Following Items:

  1. A Completed Application Form
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    Your application provides basic information about you. In addition, students should be prepared to write an essay. Although the essay prompt may differ depending on the program you apply to, in general, you should be prepared to tell us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying and why that program is of interest to you;
    • what areas of study you are interested in;
    • what contributions you hope to make in and outside of the classroom;
    • and any further information you want to convey to us.
  2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal)
    One application fee per application submitted
    • Before 3/1/2019: $50
    • 3/1/2019 to 4/29/2019: $75
    • 4/30/2019 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report

    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:

    • Progress reports;
    • Report cards;
    • Narrative assessments; and/or
    • Unofficial transcripts.

    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.

Please note:

  • In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee until they are complete.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstance.

Notification of Admission Decision

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.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

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.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, Immigration Guidelines, Deadlines for Submitting Documentation, How to Apply for a Visa, and more on our International Students page.

For Pre-Baccalaureate Students: Please note that we must receive your completed application, including your teacher recommendation, by April 15th, in order to ensure sufficient time to review your application, and, if admitted, process I-20 materials. If you currently hold valid F-1 status, or are Canadian, you may be still eligible to participate in the program. Please email for more information.

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