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

STEM II 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 II 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 meet Brown graduate students and learn about graduate-level research projects. The program culminates with a final presentation to their instructor, peers, and family.

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STEM and Co-Curricular Activities

Students participate in a rich program of carefully selected co-curricular STEM activities that promote social and academic growth and support students as they prepare for success in their lives and future careers.

The STEM II 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.

Student Evaluations

STEM II courses do not have grades. STEM II 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.

Program Dates:

Two-Week Session: June 24th-July 6th, 2018

Eligibility: For students completing grades 8 & 9, ages 13-15 by June 2018

Fees: $4,391

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A Typical Day in the STEM II Program

STEM II 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 II program is academically rigorous and students should expect to spend some of their free time daily working on the academic projects assigned by the instructors.

Afternoon time will be spent working collaboratively on the academic research or challenge projects, participating in Summer@Brown programming or exploring and enjoying the Brown campus. Social and recreational activities are planned for the evenings and weekends. Students are accompanied and supervised by the residential life staff during these events.

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 11:20am Academic courses
11:30am – 12:15pm Lunch
12:30pm – 5:30pm Research projects, extended academics 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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Outside the Classroom


STEM II students are supported by a team of Residential Advisors (RAs), Residence Directors, and a professional staff member oversee the safety of all students and serve on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the program is in session.

Carefully selected Residential Advisors (RAs) live in 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 II students, in addition to attending and supervising students during the evening and weekend programming.


STEM II students are provided with a level of personal freedom and accountability that helps prepare students with the skills essential for success: time management, personal maturity, independence, and academic integrity.

Students are responsible for getting to class on time and making good decisions around their work-life balance and healthy habits. RA's are avaliable to assist, particularly the first few days as students learn to navigate the campus.


Students live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students are assigned to double occupancy rooms on single-sex floors with single-sex shared bathrooms. Students will be randomly assigned to another STEM II student no more than six months apart in age. Rooms provide typical college furniture, and do not have central air conditioning.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in one of Brown’s dining halls daily. STEM II 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 9th. Interested students should contact for more information.

July 4th Holiday

As the 2018 STEM II 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

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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.

The BeU Lounge

Brown University is committed to diversity and inclusion in Pre-College Programs. The diversity programs held in the BeU lounge are a gateway that provide diversity and inclusion education, resources, tools and forums to pre-college students. Residential Advisors passionate about these subjects will facilitate workshops and roundtable discussions to help students comfortably navigate 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

Admission Criteria

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee 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 telling us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying;
    • why this is of interest to you;
    • what contributions you hope to make;
    • 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 3/2/2018: $50
    3/2/2018 to 4/27/2018: $75
    4/30/2018 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report
    Applicants must submit grades for the 2017-2018 academic term and two previous academic years. Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, progress reports, report cards, transcripts and unofficial transcripts. Documentation must include your full name and an explanation of the scoring system in English. Applicants will upload this material in the student portal after they have submitted their application form. Academic records do NOT need to be submitted by your school or guidance counselor.

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. Admission decisions are usually made within ten business days of receipt of a complete application.

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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