New Scientist Collective

The New Scientist Collective (NSC) is a 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 at Brown. This is a community of scholars who share academic interests and racial/cultural/social perspectives and engage in activities and opportunities to develop their intellectual, interpersonal, and pre-professional skills. 

New Scientist-Catalyst Program

The New Scientist-Catalyst (NS-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). 

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

Program Overview​: 

Canvas Online Course July 31st – August 17, 2017

  • “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 19 – August, 28 2017

  • 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 NS-Catalyst-Mosaic+

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

Application & Decisions

The NS-Catalyst Mosaic+ Application is now closed. Final decisions will be released within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline.  Please note that we receive a high volume of applications which may affect response time. Application decisions will be released via emails provided on applications.

For questions about the program or application please contact nsp@brown.edu.