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Education Programs

The Brown MRSEC organizes and executes several dynamic and innovative outreach programs in the areas of education and technology.  The educational activities of the Center impact the entire Rhode Island community, bringing our faculty and students in contact with students and teachers in the local schools.  Our summer programs bring in students from a wider area, with emphasis on recruitment and retention of groups that are under-represented in the sciences and engineering.

For an updated summary of Brown’s recent Outreach accomplishments please click here.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
The Brown MRSEC RET program offers certified and pre-service K-12 teachers the opportunity to work for six weeks during the summer under the guidance of an MRSEC faculty member.  The primary mission of our RET program will be to build a relationship with secondary and high school teachers so that we can work with them to introduce modern engineering into their curricula. More


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The Brown MRSEC REU program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work for ten weeks under the guidance of an MRSEC faculty member. During the 10 week program regular scheduled weekly activities for the REU students have been developed to broaden their knowledge of research. More

Brownout Classroom Module Program
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center coordinates the Brownout Classroom Module Program. This Program is designed to assist K-12 students, K-12 teachers as well as Brown undergraduates, graduates or faculty members who participate. A module is a presentation, with hands-on demonstrations, on a subject area of interest to all parties.

The presentations are free of charge and available to public, parochial or private schools, as well as science clubs, and organizations. More


Empowering Your Future Conference
Empowering Your Future is a one day conference for middle school girls and their parents and teachers. The conference exposes girls to science in a fun and educational environment. This is an excellent opportunity for girls and their parents or accompanying adults to find out more about the possibilities that science, math, and engineering offer. More

Facilitating Effective Research (FER) Program
Facilitating Effective Research is a program for graduate students in the Division of Engineering, Department of Physics and other science disciplines.  The goal of the program is to help graduate students work more efficiently, effectively and enjoyably with undergraduates.  In addition, the seminar helps participants think about management and mentoring in general, and discusses topics and issues relevant to any mentoring, advising, and/or supervising role beyond Brown. More