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STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

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

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January 30 at 12 PM EST
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STEM for rising 9th and 10th grade students is a two-week residential program for curious and talented students who seek to:

  • Focus their interests, and prepare for advanced study in STEM fields
  • Work closely with peers on research projects, experiments, or design-build challenges
  • Spend two full weeks at Brown University with like-minded students from around the world

Course Details

STEM students choose from a range of two-week courses in the STEM disciplines. Each course contains rigorous academic content, laboratory or field exercises, and a research project or design challenge that serves as a focus for their academic work throughout the program. Students also have the opportunity to engage with Brown graduate students and learn about graduate-level research projects. The program culminates with a final presentation to their instructor, peers, and family. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop with them to the program, if that is not feasible students are able to access the Brown Computing labs or there are a limited number of laptops available for loan through the Computing Information Services while students are enrolled in the program.

Student Evaluations

There are no grades for the courses in the STEM program. The program allows students to concentrate on learning and on the process of scholarship, not their final grade. All students who successfully complete their course will receive a Course Performance Report and a Certificate of Completion.

A Holistic Experience

STEM is a full two-week residential program. 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 and students should expect to spend some of their free time daily working collaboratively on the academic research or challenge projects assigned by the instructors.

Afternoon time includes academic work along with the ability to participate in Summer@Brown programming or exploring and enjoying the Brown campus. Group social and recreational activities are planned for the evenings and weekends. Students are accompanied and supervised by the residential life staff during these events.

STEM and Co-Curricular Activities

Students participate in a rich program of carefully selected co-curricular STEM activities that promote social and academic growth. The experience is enriched further through friendly collaboration where students from diverse backgrounds work together in teams. Students learn from each other, are inspired by each other, and form lasting friendships. The STEM program is designed to help prepare and support students as they prepare for success in their lives and future careers.

Program Dates:

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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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 are supported by a team of carefully selected Residential Assistants (RAs), Residence Directors, and a professional staff member that oversee the safety of all students and serve in an on-call rotation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the program is in session.

Residential Assistants (RAs) live in the residence halls with the students. RAs are always available and act as a support and mentoring network for the students. The RAs lead floor meetings several times throughout the program and facilitate community building among the STEM students, in addition to attending and supervising students during the evening and group weekend programming.


STEM students are provided with a level of personal freedom and accountability that helps prepare students as they learn to navigate the demands of higher academics and life on a college campus. Students are responsible for getting to class on time and making good decisions around their work-life balance and healthy habits. 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. RA's are available to assist, particularly the first few days as students learn to navigate the campus.

The STEM program helps the students build skills essential for future success: time management, personal maturity, independence, and academic integrity.


Meals are served in one of Brown’s dining halls daily. STEM students will be encouraged to check-in with their RAs and to take advantage of the dining services. Thayer Street offers numerous shops and restaurants, as well. Accommodations are available for students with food allergies.

Are you a Rising 10th Grade student?

Extend your time at Brown this summer - Enroll in Summer@Brown

Rising 10th grade students who participate in the STEM II Program have the option of remaining on campus and participating in the Summer@Brown program beginning on July 8th. Interested students should contact for more information.

July 4th Holiday

As the 2019 STEM program includes the July 4th holiday, related activities will be planned for the students. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Services team

About the Program Director: Abbey Aevazelis

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

Received her B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography and her M.S. in Environmental Science (Fisheries Biology) from the University of Rhode Island. Abbey has been with the School of Professional Studies for three years. In her current role, she 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. She currently sits on the board of a non-profit tuition free school that serves girls in grades 5 -8 from low-income families.

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Campus Resources

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.

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.

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

How to Apply

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.

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