The Brown Scholars program is a 2+ year intensive focused on the intersection of computer science and science for high school girls*. It is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust.

The program has three components:

1) 120 hours of coursework

  • The coursework is offered in an after-school format: two afternoons a week, Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m., October-June or in a summer format: 5 days a week, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for 6 weeks (July-August)

Brown Scholars who successfully complete the 120 hours of coursework are eligible to apply for the second component:

2) A 9-month paid internship in either computational research or applied computer programming within a scientific division at the AMNH

  • Interns will work on a team of six Brown Scholars under the mentorship of a post-baccalaureate Helen Fellow.
  • Internships run two afternoons a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30 p.m., October-June, and culminate with presentations.

All Brown Scholars, irrespective of whether they have taken part in the internships or not, can participate in the third component:

3) College and career colloquium:  a series of field trips and workshops focused on the varied academic and professional opportunities in the world of computer science

  • Field trips and workshops will be held once a month on Friday afternoons, October-May.

*If you self-identify as a girl, you are welcome to apply.



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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is the Brown Scholars program for?

To be considered for the Summer Session of the Brown Scholars program, you must have completed 9th or 10th grade before the start of the program in July and you must be available Monday through Friday, July and August from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

To be considered for the School Year Session of the Brown Scholars program, you must be starting the 9th or 10th grade before the start of the program in October and you must be available Mondays and Wednesdays, October-June from 4:30–6:30 p.m. 

We are unable to make exceptions to this grade requirement.

How do I submit an application to the Brown Scholars program? 

As part of the application process you will have to complete an online application (amnh.org/brownscholars) and provide a recommendation letter and a recent official transcript/report card. The recommendation letter and official transcript/report card can be uploaded at the end of the online application or emailed to bridgeupstem@amnh.org. If you have a copy of your scores from the 8th grade NY State ELA and Math Exams, please submit a copy as well.

What is the application deadline?

The online application, recommendation letter, and official transcript/report card must be submitted by April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

Official Transcript/Report Card: As part of your application you must submit a copy of your most recent transcript or report card. If you do not know where to obtain any of these documents, please ask your parent, a teacher, or other school staff member to assist you. We recommend before you start completing the application. Either document can be uploaded at the end of the online application or emailed to bridgeupstem@amnh.org. If you have a copy of your scores from the 8th grade NY State ELA and Math Exams, please email it to bridgeupstem@amnh.org.

Recommendation Letter (optional): Your letter of recommendation should come from a current or former teacher, or another adult who knows you, such as someone from your youth program, after-school program, or workplace. Your letter of recommendation should not come from a parent or family member. The recommendation letter should include how does the person writing the letter knows you and for how long. It should also speak to your creativity, sense of humor, motivation, initiative, collaboration skills, work habits, group participation, potential for growth, etc. The recommendation letter can be uploaded at the end of the online application or emailed to bridgeupstem@amnh.org.

We recommend asking for the recommendation letter and requesting a copy of your transcript/report card before you start completing the online application.

Short Answer QuestionsWe highly recommend reading the questions below, composing your response in a text editor, then pasting it into the space provided in the application.

Questions 1 - 4 requires a 1 paragraph answer (each answer should be between 150-200 words).

  1. How do you think your enrollment in the Brown Scholars program would be of benefit to you?
  2. What science interests you and what do you like about that subject?
  3. Tell us about a memorable experience you’ve had with technology, coding, engineering or robotics. The experience could have taken place in school or outside of school. In particular, we want to hear what you liked or disliked about it, what was challenging, what was exciting, etc.
  4. What do you think about working with other students for group projects? What do you like about it? What do you find difficult? What are some useful strategies you use when working with other people?
  5. Imagine you’ve been working on a math problem for quite some time only to discover your answer is not quite right. List 3 things you would do in order to find the correct solution.
  6. List your 3 greatest strengths or things you think you do well and 3 things you think you could do better if you had someone to help you.

If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact us at bridgeupstem@amnh.org. We look forward to reviewing your application materials!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who are accepted to the Brown Scholars program are NOT eligible to apply for After School Program Research Courses (which are prerequisites for the Science Research Mentoring Program). You are, however, eligible to apply for ASP Exploratory courses.