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Pre-College Summer programs

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The pre-college program provides talented high school students with the opportunity to enroll in about 300 courses ranging from Art to Zoology.  About one third of these courses are in STEM disciplines.  The courses meet daily for 3 hours and are one to three weeks in length.  Diverse students from all around the USA as well as from abroad apply.  The courses are taught by Brown faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students.  While some of these pre-college courses are shortened versions of 100 level introductory undergraduate courses offered at Brown, others are on more unique topics.  Although the courses are not for credit, all involve tests, exams and/or papers.  Instructors evaluate student performance via a course performance report indicating their strengths and successes as well as weaknesses and areas in which they need to direct more attention.  The program exposes high school students to the opportunity of an independent living situation where they can interact like-minded peers and learn to be self sufficient.  Overall the objective is to prepare high school students for the intellectual, social, and personal demands that they will encounter as first year undergraduate students studying at a selective college or university. 

Brain Week Rhode Island (BWRI) - Brain Awareness Week (BAW)

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This is a global initiative to elevate the awareness of the scientific breakthroughs in the field of brain and nervous system research. The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is held each year in March. At Brown, faculty and students conduct presentations and hands-on activities in local schools to engage students and teachers in fun activities about neuroscience at the annual Brain Week Rhode Island (BWRI).

People: John Stein

Brown Science Prep

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This is an initiative to show public high school students the excitement of science through lessons geared toward real world phenomena, applicable learning, hands-on demonstrations, and experimentation. The program is structured so that Brown undergraduates teach and mentor several students over the course of the semester to encourage the formation of strong bonds.

Animal AdaptationsEvolutionary Adaptations
Animal AdaptationsEvolutionary Adaptations
Blood Splatter: The Point of Origin-Forensic Science -
Brain and the Auditory System: An Introduction to NeuroscienceNeuroscience
Chemical EquilibriumChemistry
Chemical ForcesChemistry
DNA Extraction and AnalysisForensic Science
ElectricityElectricity
Fractals: Measuring fractal dimensionalityFractals
Intro to NeuroscienceNeuroscience
Playing with GravityGravity, Forces, Energy, Kinematics
Senses & IllusionsIllusions
The Duality of LightWaves and the Particle/Wave Theory of Light
The Genetic Basis of DiseaseHuman Genetics
The Loop de Loops in our BodyFeedback Systems
The RNA WorldCentral Dogma/RNA
The Science Behind Ice CreamChemistry
Weather and AtmosphereEarth Science

Ladd Observatory

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The Ladd Observatory is integrated into the Rhode Island Science curriculum, and is the site of frequent field trips by students from area schools. Over 3000 students, parents, and other visitors participate in its active public science program. Tours are given on clear Tuesday nights, as well as during the day. Attached to Ladd is the newly renovated Transit facility, the nation’s only publicly accessible transit observatory that allows visitors to see first-hand how time is measured through astronomical observation. It has provided open house and outreach activities almost continuously since its opening in 1891. It has served as the time setting/keeping station for Rhode Island, and during World War II was used to train Navy pilots in navigational techniques. 

People: David Targan

Learning Exchange Program

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This is an after-school mathematics initiative aimed at helping middle school students get excited about learning mathematics and working with computers. The goals of Learning Exchange are to foster the development of real-world applications for mathematics skills, promote computer programming literacy, and engage students about mathematics and computers.

New Scientist Collective

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NSP strives to increase the presence, performance and retention of students from groups who are underrepresented in STEM concentrations. NSP runs a variety of programs including Catalyst, a science pre-orientation program; PAL, a mentoring program for science students; and NSP Open Study, semi-structured group study time.

Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Project (OLEEP)

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In partnership with MET school, OLEEP facilitates the development of high school student leadership by connecting experiences in the wilderness and in the city. Through one-on-one mentoring, weekly workshops in the school and community, and camping, backpacking and ropes course trips, the program develops individual awareness and skills as well as a community in which Brown and MET students learn from each other.

Research Impact

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Brown’s Research Impact is a state-of-the-art clearinghouse for all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related broader impacts of research efforts at Brown.  We promote science awareness by supporting Brown faculty and students who are developing STEM-related societal impacts programs. In collaboration with the Office of Vice President for Researchand the members of the Broader Impacts Committee, we facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, collaborations between scientific and educational communities, and the development of interdisciplinary projects that draw upon concepts from multiple academic fields.

Rhode Island Advocate Program

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The Rhode Island Society for Science and the Public Advocate Program seeks to mentor area underrepresented students through the science fair process. Participating students are connected with educators and researchers who help them craft their projects and help them compete in local and national science fair competitions. The Rhode Island program also links students with college- and graduate-age mentors, and runs a number of workshops on interviewing, college prep, etc. for program participants. Successful students can win scholarship money. 


Rhode Island Robot Block Party

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The Robot Block Party is a celebration of National Robotics Week held on the first or second weekend of April at the Pizzitola Center at Brown University. Organized by Rhode Island Students of the Future, a non-profit organization that engages kids in science, technology, engineering, and math through robotics, and the Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University, the Robot Block Party showcases how robots are used in education, research, work, and play.

School of Professional Studies Partnership Program

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Each year, Brown University School of Professional Studies joins with partner organizations across the country to bring the dream of higher education one step closer to reality for academically gifted middle and high school students who come from low income families. Our Partners help us identify such students and provide them with the support they need to achieve their goals.

Science Cartoons (SciToons)

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Combines art, animation, high-quality multimedia and storytelling 
to engage a broader audience in science as part of our science education program. 

Science Conferences at K-12 Schools

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Scientific conferences begin with a keynote address in the school auditorium, after which K-12 students rotate from room to room visiting scientific talks of their choosing.

Science Fridays

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A lunchtime program fostering a community of practice for sharing ideas, challenges and experiences in teaching and learning. The group focuses on integrating scholarly teaching and mentoring in the sciences

People: David Targan

Science Olympiad

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The Science Center coordinates an effort co-sponsored by the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant program, the Department of Physics, and other science departments, whereby students from Brown make up questions and coach students for this event.

People: David Targan

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native American in Science (SACNAS) at Brown

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Brown University's SACNAS Chapter (SACNAS at Brown University) was established in 2012 with a mission to foster success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all people at all levels of their career. They are actively engaged in helping college students strive for advanced degrees in STEM so they can enjoy careers in science and become future scientific leaders. In addition, SACNAS @ Brown provides students a platform to network, form collaborations, and serve their community in impactful ways.

Spira Engineering Camp

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A free, four week summer camp for rising 10th and 11th grade womxn  who are interested in engineering, coordinated by undergraduate students.

The Artemis Project

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The Artemis Project is a five week summer program for girls entering 9th grade who are interested in science and technology.  It is run by Brown undergraduate women, in connection with the Brown University Computer Science. Through exciting projects and activities, students are introduced to concrete computer science concepts in a positive and encouraging environment.

The Brown CubeSat Team

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We are an undergraduate student group at Brown University with two projects under development. Our main focus is EQUiSat, a 1U CubeSat which has a payload of 4 LEDs to create a beacon visible from earth and LiFePo4 batteries that have never flown in space before. We are also working on a high altitude balloon. Our primary mission is to prove the accessibility of space to people of all backgrounds. To accomplish this we are approaching the project with a DIY attitude; if we can make a part ourselves, we do.

Given that BSE’s mission is to make space more accessible, we are reaching out to local schools, museums, after school programs, summer camps, and enthusiast groups to spread the word about EQUiSat and NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative! The BSE team has developed a set of activities to be implemented in after-school programs, summer camps, and museums. The activities focus on project-based learning and space-related topics. There are activities available for all age ranges, from elementary school to high school.

The Community Health Clerkship

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The Community Health Clerkship is an applied learning experience (required course clerkship for 4th year medical students) designed to develop in Brown University medical students the knowledge, skills and perspectives of community health necessary to become a complete, competent physician. The clerkship fosters an informed sense of social responsibility and develop the skills needed to become strong patient advocates and community leaders. For the past few years, The MET School in Providence has served as a field experience placement. Past project topics include sexual harassment in schools, HIV/AIDS prevention, and school-based preventative health.

People: Joann Barao

The Leadership Alliance

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The Leadership Alliance is a national consortium of more than 30 leading research and teaching colleges and universities. We are united by a shared vision – to train, to mentor, and to inspire a diverse group of students from a wide range of cultural and academic backgrounds into competitive graduate training programs and professional research-based careers. Leadership Alliance programs foster intellectual and professional growth along every stage of the academic and career path. Learn more about the Leadership Alliance at: www.theleadershipalliance.org


People: Medeva Ghee

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

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The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning offers:

The Swearer Center

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The Swearer Center connects students, faculty and community partners through community engagement, engaged scholarship and social innovation--in STEM and other areas. 

Resources in the Field of Engaged Scholarship - publications, events, awards, and classifications from the national and international field of engaged scholarship

People: Julie Plaut

The Voss Environmental Fellows Program

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This is a different kind of independent research experience, introducing undergraduate researchers to the dynamic interface between environmental scholarship, policy, and practice. Student-faculty-practitioner teams develop research projects to meet shared objectives – directing scientific discovery into channels that will inform current and future management choices.

University Library

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The University Library can provide you with support for disseminating and publishing your Broader Impacts materials. The Library manages the Brown Digital Repository (BDR) as an online archive for sharing your publications, research data, and other types of digital scholarship with other researchers and the public. The BDR is also a great place to store supplementary files and to obtain a digital object identifier (DOI) for citing your files in a publication. Visit the BDR at https://repository.library.brown.edu. Contact Andrew Creamer [email protected] for more information.

Women in Science and Engineering(WiSE)

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WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) provides young women with the information they may need to stay in the sciences, succeed, and go on to science and engineering related work and graduate study.  

WiSE works toward creating a sense of community of and for women in the sciences at Brown University. The program addresses the challenges women face both in the science classroom and upon entering the workforce as scientists. On Brown's campus, WiSE coordinators encourage undergraduates to pursue and continue their studies in the sciences. 

WiSE brings information and excitement about the sciences to students who visit the Brown campus.  Interested groups may contact WiSE directly or coordinate with the Office of College Admission to schedule such events. 

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