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Brown Scholars Frequently Asked Questions and Submission Guidelines


Q: Is knowing how to code a requirement?
A: No! This program is an introduction to programming and is intended for students who have had limited access to coding classes/resources. We hope you will begin your coding journey with us.

Q: Do I have to live in New York?
A: No. However, all Brown Scholars must be able to reach the American Museum of Natural History promptly on time for all sessions. MetroCards will be provided on a case-by-case basis and are need-based. All other travel arrangements must be taken care of by the participant. 

Q: Which sessions can I apply for?

*The same application is used to apply for both the Brown Scholar Summer Session and the Brown Scholar School Year Session.

- If you are an 8th grade girl*, you can ONLY be considered for the School Year Session. You must have entered 9th grade before the start of the session.
- If you are a 9th grade girl*, you can be considered for the Summer OR School Year Sessions (you will only do one of the sessions).
- If you are a 10th grade girl*, you can ONLY be considered for the Summer Session.
We are unable to make exceptions to the grade requirements above.

Q: How do I submit an application to the Brown Scholars Program?
A: You must complete an online application (found here) and a recent official transcript/report card. A recommendation letter is optional. If you have a copy of your scores from the 8th grade NY State ELA and Math Exams, please submit a copy as well.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: The online application, official transcript/report card, and optional recommendation letter must be submitted by the third Monday in March at 11:59 p.m.

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

Submission Guidelines

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 If you have a copy of your scores from the 8th grade NY State ELA and Math Exams, please email it to

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 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 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 Questions: We 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 require 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. Outside of school, what science topic(s) have captured your attention most recently? Why?
  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. Collaboration and group work are an important part of this program—in other words, you will be working with other students regularly in class. What do you like about working with other students? What do you find difficult? What are some useful strategies you use when working with other people?
  5. Describe how you overcame a learning challenge in a math or science class recently. LIST the steps you took in this situation.
  6. LIST 3 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 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.