Pre-College Programs

STEM II: Life on Campus

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) | Define. Investigate. Excel.

A Typical Day in the STEM II Program

Students attend classes on weekday mornings and have extended course days for further exploration or field trips. Afternoon time will be spent working collaboratively on the academic research or challenge projects. In the evenings and on weekends, a range of academic and social activities are arranged, including field trips, community building activities, hands-on STEM challenges, and research talks.


STEM II students are supported by a team of carefully selected Residential Advisors (RAs) who live in residence halls with the students. These RAs are always available and act as a support network for the students. The RAs, acting in the capacity of mentors, can provide additional opportunities for students to learn about college life. The RAs lead floor meetings several times throughout the program and facilitate community building among the STEM II students. The RAs are trained specifically to support this program by two Residence Directors, the STEM Community Director, and the Program Director.

The STEM II students are provided with a level of personal freedom and accountability that will demand their maturity and respect. Students are responsible for getting to class on time and making good decisions around their work-life balance and healthy habits. The STEM II RAs are available for any student who wants assistance, particularly at the beginning of the program, navigating the Brown campus.

In addition to the RAs, 2 Residence Directors and a Community Director oversee the safety of all STEM II students and serve on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week while the program is in session.


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 6 months apart in age. Rooms provide typical college furniture, and do not have central air conditioning. It is strongly suggested students bring a fan from home.

Students must abide by a 10:30pm curfew—after 10:30pm, students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Lights-out is 11:00pm.

Extended housing beyond Friday, July 7, 2017 is not available for STEM II students unless they are remaining on campus for a Summer@Brown Program beginning July 10.

To provide a typical Brown University experience and due to the volume of residential students arriving each week, students are randomly assigned a roommate so that they can build friendships with new people. We are unable to honor roommate, suitemate, floormate, or same building requests. For more details, please read the Housing Policies section.

Overnight Leave

When leaving campus overnight, students are required to notify their Residential Advisor at least two days in advance. Students must inform their parents/guardian that they will not be at Brown. The School of Professional Studies requires parental/guardian approval before permission is granted.

Parents/guardians should fax a signed copy of the Overnight Leave Form at least two days in advance to (401) 863–1331. Parents/guardians can also scan the signed form and email it to, ATTN: STEM II.

July 4th Holiday
As the 2017 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


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. If you have significant food allergies, please complete the Disability, Medical, & Dietary Request Form.

Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:30am

Academic courses: 8:30am – 11:20am

Lunch: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Research projects or extended academics: 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Free time, optional activities: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Evening activities: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Students should regularly fill their water bottles and bring them to class and all of their activities.

Unstructured Time & Informal Activities

The STEM II program provides adequate time for students to work on projects, utilize the athletic facilities (membership required), explore Brown University, and participate in either STEM focused events or some of the Summer@Brown daytime programming. 

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. 

During the afternoons, students will be able to choose from various structured workshops, or explore the local area or University campus. In the evenings, students will participate in group co-curricular activities, both on- and off-campus. In addition, there will be a weekend field trip offered to popular destinations, such as Boston, MA or Newport, RI and area beaches.