Sophomore Opportunities

Sophomore year presents you with a wide range of options. This page describes a few that you should explore. These opportunities may help you discover new mentors and intellectual passions, or they may help deepen your commitment to a field of study and a faculty advisor you already know. All have the potential to help you develop your network—and the liberal education you are in the process of constructing—both at and beyond Brown.

Fellowships for Sophomores

Sophomores at Brown are eligible for a number of fellowships for the first time. These include three Brown-sponsored fellowships: the Royce Fellowship, the CV Starr Fellowship, and the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards Program (UTRA) support students pursuing traditional and non-traditional research projects. Visit the Swearer Center and Dean of the College websites to learn more about each of these programs.

Three national fellowships available to sophomores are the Udall Scholarship, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. The Udall funds students who have demonstrated a commitment to the environment; the Barry Goldwater Scholarship recognizes young scholars committed to research careers in math, science, or engineering; and the Mellon Mays Fellowship helps students from underrepresented minority groups, or students with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in higher education, to pursue University careers. For more information visit our Fellowships website, and then speak with Dean Linda Dunleavy, who specializes in fellowship advising. Dean Dunleavy holds open office hours each week and is also available by appointment.

Center for Careers and Life After Brown

Brown’s Center for Careers and Life After Brown, also known as CareerLAB, helps students explore careers, access internships, and learn about job opportunities. CareerLAB hosts alumni speakers and panels and provides a number of online tools that will help you build a network beyond Brown. Individual appointments with a CareerLAB advisor can help you clarify your goals and help you plan for life after college. For more information, visit www.brown.edu/careerlab.

The Swearer Center for Public Service

The Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service supports Brown students and faculty who are interested in community participation, activism, and action as key components of a liberal education. Among the Center’s initiatives are language and literacy programs, youth development programs in Providence schools, housing and hunger programs, oral history projects, and community health programs. For more information, visit the Swearer Center website.

Study Away from Brown

Most Brown students who choose to study away from Brown for a term or a year do so during their junior year. The time to plan for that time away is now, during your sophomore year. Students are required to obtain advance permission to study away to ensure that the courses they take transfer back to Brown. 

To explore study abroad options, start with the Office of International Programs. You can make an appointment to talk with a study abroad advisor, or speak with students who have returned from studying in another country. Information about studying at another college or university in the U.S. is available at http://brown.edu/academics/college/degree/course-options/study-away-usa.