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Part of Courses for Teens

The Brown Scholars program is a multi-year intensive focused on the intersection of computer science and science for high school girls*. This program is an introduction to programming and is intended for students who have had limited access to coding classes/resources. 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., late September-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 of the program, the internship.  Acceptance into the internship is contingent on a number of factors including adherence to the attendance policy, class participation and appropriate classroom behavior.

2)  A 9-month paid internship in computational research within a scientific division at 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., September-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.

Past Participants


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