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Pre-College Summer programs

Applied MathAstronomyBiologyChemistryCognitive ScienceCommunity HealthComputer ScienceEducationEngineeringEnvironmental SciencesGeological SciencesMathNeurosciencePhysicsPsychology

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. 

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Funded by
Brown University
Brown Departments
School of Professional Studies
High school students
Esther Zirbel
STEM Areas
Cognitive Science
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Community Health
Geological Sciences
Applied Math
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