About BSP

Brown Science Prep's Mission

Our mission is to show high school students the excitement of science through lessons geared toward real world phenomena, applicable learning, hands-on demonstrations, and experimentation. The program is structured so that Brown undergraduates teach and mentor several students over the course of the semester, encouraging the formation of strong bonds.

What Do We Do?

Every Saturday, high school students from all over Rhode Island come to Brown to participate in BSP. We do science experiments and demo-based lessons in an informal environment; some of our past lessons have included dissecting a fetal pig, learning about the brain, and discovering the science behind candy. We also meet in small groups to talk about what college is like and how to prepare for the application process. At the end of the semester, we bring in Brown scientists to talk to students about their research, career paths, and passion for science.

Check out this article the Brown Daily Herald wrote about us!

A Typical Saturday

10:30 Students arrive at Brown and eat breakfast while talking to our mentors.

11:00 Lesson of the week! Students do experiments and participate in demos during the entire lesson.

Spring 2018 Lessons

Evolution of Everything

Ever wonder how tigers got their stripes or why elks have such large antlers? If so, head on over to this lesson! We will introduce the wonders of evolution, from its various perspectives in history to its interesting applications in a subfield known as Darwinian medicine.

Game Theory and the Science Behind Everyday Decisions

Ever think about why you make decisions? Want to think like an economist? Come to this lesson!

Biological Battles: Medicine and Infectious Disease

Learn about how we fight the biggest battles in our body against foreign diseases!

Rocks, Dinosaurs, and Natural Disasters

Learn about geology, dinosaurs, and how they connect in this lesson!

Science of Aging: Can We Live Forever?

Find out if you can be immortal at the Science of Aging lesson!

3D Printing in Action

Learn all about the how-tos of 3D Printing!

Computer Mysteries: Cryptography, Data, and Codes

Join BSP for an awesome cryptography lesson!

Become a part of BSP!

To join our program, simply fill out appropriate forms below and bring them to the next Saturday lesson. There is no fee associated with the program. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

BSP Forms

Fill out these forms to be a part of BSP! Please note that there are two parent forms -- the Release & Waiver Form and the Media Permission Slip.

Parent Forms

Student Forms

Mentoring Program Forms

These forms are not required for "normal" BSP, only the mentoring program!

Brown Science Prep is thrilled to launch our new one-on-one mentoring program. This program will pair current high schooler seniors with BSP mentors for two years (i.e. through seniors' first year out of high school). For more information, see the details on the release form (or feel free to email us at brownscienceprep@brown.edu.

Application Form

Release Form


Mentor Applications

Mentor applications are closed for Spring 2018. Check back in the fall :)


Please reach out at brownscienceprep@brown.edu. We'd love to hear from you!