Summer Experiences

Every May, Brown students leave the classrooms of College Hill behind to pursue a wealth of transformative summer opportunities — from internships and fellowships to research projects and entrepreneurial startups.

2020

The Brown-RISD dual degree student is pursuing several summer projects that use cutting-edge technology to connect people to the natural world and to each other.
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As a member of B-Lab — the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship’s summer startup accelerator — Brown has developed Figured, a venture that offers customized natural hair care guidance to women with Afro-textured hair.
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Novel coronavirus and its effect on University science laboratories has kept engineering student Portia Tieze from working on campus this summer — so she brought the lab to her apartment to continue her research.
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2019

One semester after Bleeding Heart Libertarianism, four Brown students are working with political scientist John Tomasi to make connections between political philosophy and conditions on the ground in Chile.
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Working with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Brown MPH student Joyce Pak is interviewing hospital and other critical facility managers to inform a real-time computer model of storm consequences.
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In a summer internship at the Swedish advertising firm NORD DDB, rising junior Harshita Agarwal unearthed surprising insights that revealed decision-making patterns and biases among Swedes.
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2018

Using pencil, paper and computer, rising sophomore Sarah Bawabe is spending the summer working side-by-side with Professor S. James Gates Jr. on some of the biggest questions in theoretical physics.
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Michael Fuller, a rising senior, is one among a handful of Brown students interning for nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma this summer as part of the Brown in Tulsa Kaiser Fellowship Program.
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At NASDAQ’s Global Technology Center, the rising Brown junior and applied mathematics concentrator is working with nine other students to create streamlined, smarter online marketplaces.
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For the ecology and evolutionary biology concentrator, a summer spent in a Massachusetts forest offered the chance to explore forest ecology and a future career in research.
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2017

Only a year into her studies at Brown, undergraduate Ellen Cola has spent her first semesters and summer on campus unearthing connections between the experiences of slaves and present-day movements to celebrate black women in America.
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Driven by a passion for computer vision, Gary Chien has learned new programming skills this summer to help make Brown’s “smart playroom” even smarter.
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Combining data collection in the field with work in lab, Michael Demanche is developing techniques for using satellites to monitor a key environmental indicator in Narragansett Bay.
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Urban studies concentrator Gray Brakke is using his technology know-how to shed light on the understudied subject of welfare services available to low-income residents in the suburbs.
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By merging learned experience with lived experience, Antonia Shann co-created a French studies course on refugees that will be offered this fall.
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2016

Science and Technology

Profiles in Summer Research: Nari Lee

A progression of summer experiences with faculty has left the rising senior with an expanding set of research skills and medical school aspirations.
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A summer class, a transfer to Brown and an inspiring professor led rising senior Jacob Ihnen to an UTRA project focused on the rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln.
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For the history and education studies concentrator, a summer-long dive into the lives of early Unitarians in England meant the chance to contribute to faculty scholarship and an upcoming book.

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With a passion for problem-solving, the engineering concentrator is focused on the fundamentals of light and playing a role in promising research on next-generation solar cells.
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The rising sophomore took part in an intensive research project that not only piqued her interest in colonial-era history, but diversified her academic interests.
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