The New Scientist Collective

The New Scientist Collective Program (NSC) is a STEM-mentoring program that provides peer mentoring, academic support, and professional development for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With a membership of 100 under-represented students in STEM, the New Scientist Peer-Advising and Leadership (NS-PAL), is the premiere mentoring program for URM undergraduates in the sciences. NSC offers scholars, who share academic interests and racial/cultural/social perspectives, activities and opportunities to develop their intellectual, interpersonal, and pre-professional skills. 

New Scientist Collective-Catalyst 2016

The New Scientist Collective-Catalyst (NSC-Catalyst) summer program is a uniquely blended academic and orientation program for newly admitted students from groups traditionally underrepresented* in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NS-Catalyst begins with an intensive three-week academic, online course, then students convene on campus for a one-week pre-orientation prior to the start of the freshmen academic year. Students learn about Brown’s science departments, campus life and resources, as well as engage in academic and leadership building activities. The experience is meant to empower students in their pursuit of science and as future dynamic members of the New Scientist Collective (NSC). 

*Women, African Americans/Blacks, LatinX, Chicanos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Chicanos, Hawaiian Natives, Pacific Islanders

Program Overview​: 

Canvas Online Course August 1 – August 17, 2016 

  • “The Scientific Method: Exploring the boundary where mathematics meets the physical sciences” 
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science 
  • You@Brown: Interactive Discovery

On-campus Pre-orientation August 21 – August, 29 2016

  • Continuation of the academic course in the classroom
  • Overview of STEM concentrations and academic departments, lab and campus tours 
  • You@Brown: Individuality, Community and Leadership

At the end of our program, you must select and participate in either Excellence at Brown or the Third World Transition program; both are held during the week following Catalyst-Mosaic+.

New Scientist-Catalyst will run co-currently with Mosaic+.

Applicaitons are now closed for NS-Catalyst/Mosaic+ 2016.

Application Decisions

We aim for final decisions to be released within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline.  Please note that we receive a high volume of applications and are careful to give each applicant the attention they deserve.  Application decisions will be released via emails provided on applications.

For any quesitons concering the application please contact nsp@brown.edu.