Our Brown Scholars program is a new 3-year intensive focused on the intersection of computer science and science. It is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust.
120 hours of coursework across 3 classes: Intro to Programming, Intro to Databases, Intro to Data Visualization
The coursework is offered in an after-school format: two afternoons a week, 4:30-6:30 pm, October – June OR in a summer format: 5 days a week, 10 am – 4 pm for 6 weeks (July – August)
Girls who successfully complete the 120 hours of coursework are eligible for the second component:
A 9-month paid internship in either computational research or applied computer programming within a division at AMNH.
Interns will work on a team of 2-3 Brown Scholars under the mentorship of a post-bacc Helen Fellow.
Internships run two afternoons a week, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, September – May and culminate with presentations in the Spring.
Girls who successfully complete the internship are eligible for the third component:
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 twice a month on Friday afternoons, September – May.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is the Brown Scholars program for?
Girls may complete coursework during their 9th or 10th grade year OR the summer following their 9th or 10th grade year. We are unable to make exceptions to this grade requirement.
What material does the coursework cover?
You will learn to code in Python, work on real scientific data sets, and learn how data science and data visualization are important tools for scientists in all fields. You will learn about algorithms and databases while digging deep into astrophysics, biology, anthropology, and more. No coding experience necessary – we’ll start from the beginning!
How do I Apply?
The application process includes: an online application including short essay questions, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or adult, a copy of your most recent transcript/report card.
Selected applicants will be invited in for an in-person interview. Final admission decisions will be made following the interviews.
This program is incredibly competitive, and we are unable to accept all qualified applicants.
I don’t live in New York City. Can I still apply?
The Brown Scholars program is only available for students in the greater NYC area. You do not need to attend an NYC public school to apply, but you must be able to attend classes in person. Priority is given to students who are interested and able to complete all 3 components of the program.
I’m interested in the Brown Scholars Program and SRMP at AMNH. Can I apply to both?
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). Students are, however, eligible to apply for ASP Exploratory courses.
Students will have to complete two semesters of college biology, two semesters of college chemistry, ORtwo semesters of college physics
The two semester requirement can cover any discipline of biology, chemistry, or physics including Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunobiology, etc.
AP or IB credit cannot substitute this requirement. If you have received college credit from AP or IB coursework, higher level science courses must be taken to fulfill this requirement.
Coursework must be completed by the January 15th application deadline.
Prior to Matriculation:
Prior to matriculation, students will be required to complete the following courses:
Two semesters of Biology (not AP or IB but college course work)
Two semesters of Chemistry (not AP or IB but college course work)
Two semesters of English
One semester of Physics (AP or IB Physics in HS with a score of 4 or higher)
Two semesters of lab in any science
One semester of Health Policy, Public Health, or Global Health
One semester of Ethics
One semester of Statistics
A Senior Thesis or its equivalent in an area of academic concentration
An in-depth experience in which the student gains exposure to human illness
Students will be strongly encouraged to gain proficiency in either Spanish or Mandarin.
In the five weeks prior to matriculation, FlexMed students who have not had advanced science courses (specifically organic chemistry and biochemistry) will be required to participate in our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that will provide them with basic competency in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.
Admitted students will be required to achieve a ‘B’ in all required courses, will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and will not be permitted to take the MCAT.
Q: Can I apply to FlexMed from any major?
A: Yes. FlexMed allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Please refer to Program Requirements for mandatory courses.
Q: I received a 5 on my AP Biology Exam. Do I still have to take a year of biology in college?
A: Yes. You do not need to repeat introductory biology, but you must take a year of college biology. Choose courses which will best prepare you for medical school, for example, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, etc.
Q: Do I have to take the labs associated with the biology or chemistry courses?
A: Prior to matriculation, you are required to take two semesters of lab in any science. This flexibility allows you to pursue a lab experience that most interests you.
Q: I took a year of college biology or chemistry during the summer at another institution. Is that acceptable?
A: We do not require that you complete the college biology or chemistry courses at your undergraduate institution. However, you should take these courses at an institution that is an accredited four-year college of similar quality to your undergraduate institution. If you plan to take required course work at another institution, you must receive approval from the FlexMed program. Furthermore, it is important that you consider courses that will provide you with the requisite background for medical school courses such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, immunobiology, etc.
Q: Do I have to complete the required course work before applying?
A: You do not need to complete all the required courses before applying to the FlexMed Program. You need to have completed two semesters of college biology, chemistry, or physics by January 15 of the academic year you apply. If accepted into the program, you must complete the remaining courses before you graduate from your undergraduate institution.
Q: My combined Critical Reading (old Verbal) + Math SAT score is 1250. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: Although most accepted applicants have a combined SAT score above 1350, we consider your entire application during the review process.
Q: Are all applicants interviewed?
A:No. Only selected applicants will be invited for interviews at the Icahn School of Medicine. These interviews will be scheduled from March until May. A tour of the medical center will also be scheduled at that time for you, if you have been invited.
Q: When will I be notified of acceptance/rejection?
A: Letters of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by July 1 of the academic year that you apply.
Q: If I am accepted to the FlexMed program, is the acceptance binding?
A: Once you accept our offer of admission to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), you are required to sign a formal written agreement demonstrating your commitment to making ISMMS your future home for medical education. Should you eventually choose not to attend, you may do so without any penalty. If you choose to apply to another medical school and/or take the MCAT, your acceptance into the FlexMed Program will be revoked.
Q: What is the tuition for FlexMed?
A: Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school but there are no tuition fees until you matriculate. Tuition is based on the individual years in which you enroll, and may differ from year to year. You may view current tuition rates in our Tuition and Financial Aid section.
Q: If I am accepted to FlexMed, will I be considered for scholarships and financial aid?
A: There are several merit scholarships currently available for FlexMed students. If you are seeking need-based financial aid, you must apply by filling out the FAFSA application the Need Access form and following the instructions that can be found on our Financial Aid website. This process takes place in the winter prior to matriculation.
Q: Can I defer my matriculation to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for two years?
A: You are encouraged to defer matriculation to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for one or two years. The permission to defer will be granted upon request to the program director and requires you to articulate a strong, well thought out educational plan for the deferred time period.
Q: Do I have to fill out an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application?
A: Your application to the FlexMed Program does not require an AMCAS application; however, matriculation toour institution does. If you are accepted into the FlexMed Program, you will be asked to fill out an AMCAS application during the year preceding your matriculation. At that time, you will also be required to complete the our supplemental application, with the exception of the essay questions. You will not be required to pay the supplemental application fee. Completing these applications is a clerical necessity and does not imply that you are reapplying to medical school. Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school.
Q: If I am accepted into the FlexMed Program, am I automatically accepted into medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
A: Yes, provided that:
You maintain the high standards of your present credentials, including a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and receive your bachelor’s degree
You are not disciplined for any unprofessional/unethical behavior
You promptly respond to all deadlines from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
You are physically and emotionally capable of meeting the rigorous demands of medical school
Q: If I apply under the FlexMed program, can I still be considered for the MD/PhD program?
A: At the time of application, you are only considered for admission into the MD program. However, once you have been accepted you may apply to the MD/PhD program in the winter immediately prior to matriculation. The deadline is November 1st. If you are interested in pursuing this route, discuss it with the director of the MD/PhD program prior to completing your application.
Q: What if I am in my second year but my school considers me a junior because of AP credits (or other earned credits) that I received in high school? Can I still apply as a FlexMed applicant?
A: Yes. We expect students to apply during the fall semester of the second year of full-time study at their college or university, irrespective of how many college-level credits they received in high school.
Q: Can I apply if I am not a sophomore?
A: No. This program is specifically designed for students entering their second year of college as a full-time student, working toward their first bachelor’s degree. If you are in a five-year undergraduate program, you can apply either in your second or third year of college. You are not eligible to apply if you already hold a bachelor’s degree.
Q: From whom should I get letters of recommendation?
A: We require three letters of recommendation. Typically students get them from:
High school teacher/guidance counselor
College professor/faculty advisor
Other person who knows you well academically or professionally. This person could be another teacher/professor, employer, etc.
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is the first medical school in the country to create a progressive admissions approach for students who seek early assurance of admission. FlexMed allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to our school. Once accepted, you are free to pursue your studies unencumbered by the traditional science requirements and the MCAT. This program is an expansion of our longstanding Humanities and Medicine Early Assurance and Science and Medicine (SciMed) programs.
“FlexMed is all about flexibility in your education and the opportunity to pursue what you love to learn. It allows talented students with lots of initiative to ‘flex’ their intellectual, creative, humanistic, and scientific muscles during college.” – David Muller, MD, Professor and Chair, Dean for Medical Education
Responding to Change
We launched FlexMed in response to major changes in the biomedical science and health care delivery. It allows a new cohort of students to join our tradition of cultivating future physicians who are self-directed in their learning, thrive on a culture of academic rigor and mentorship, and have a strong appreciation of human rights and social justice. Named to honor the legacy of Abraham Flexner, a pioneer educator who revolutionized medical education early in the 20th century, FlexMed is transforming medical education by cultivating physicians who are grounded in 21st century science and the social context in which they will practice medicine.
Who Can Apply?
The FlexMed Program is open to all undergraduate sophomores from any major.
Once you are accepted into the FlexMed Program, you will matriculate into the medical school, provided you adhere to all program requirements prior to entry.
Applications and Responses
We review applications from January through February. Interview invitations are sent on a rolling basis and interviews will take place between March and May. If you are invited to interview, you are required to do so as part of the admissions process.
The Student Union (SU) received a corporate sponsorship of $10,000 from Kweller Prep Tutoring and Educational Services in June, making Kweller Prep its platinum sponsor. If the SU upholds the terms of the contract, which include advertising Kweller Prep and allowing it to hold paid tutoring sessions at Stuyvesant, it will receive the funds by June 15, 2016.
Last spring, former SU Chief Financial Officer Benjamin Lanier (’15) e-mailed approximately 500 small corporations for potential sponsorships. Only two corporations, Kweller Prep and Bee Tutored, demonstrated interest. Bee Tutored gradually dropped out and Kweller Prep requested to be the SU’s only sponsor. The SU and Kweller Prep ended up drafting a contract, which was signed by Lanier, a legal adult.
Principal Jie Zhang, Coordinator of Student Affairs Matthew Polazzo, and Assistant Principal of Guidance Casey Pedrick helped the SU review and revise the terms of the contract. The process proved lengthy: “There were many obstacles. We constantly had to call Ms. Kweller. We also had to revise the contract and made many drafts—about ten […] That was pretty cumbersome,” Lanier said.
A similar deal was made two years ago, when SU Chief Financial Officer Jack Cahn coordinated a $10,000 sponsorship with Kweller Prep in which, unlike the new deal, the SU and The Spectator each received $5,000. The 2013 contract also differed from the new contract in that it set forth different criteria for how the SU would advertise Kweller Prep, and stated that Kweller Prep and the SU would divide the net profits of all Kweller test-run prep programs held at Stuyvesant.
The money from the current contract will go to student-run programs, such as clubs, “pubs,” and SING!. The SU declined to publicize exactly how these funds will be allocated, but the SU Budget Committee has decided to double the funding for SING! from previous years.
In exchange for the $10,000, Stuyvesant will provide at most 20 classrooms for afterschool tutoring. “[At tutoring sessions] the students in attendance […] are current students at Stuyvesant and the instructors will also be Stuyvesant alumni,” SU Chief Financial Officer Kai Chen said. The contract also lists the various ways Stuyvesant will advertise Kweller Prep: on the SU website, in every issue of The Spectator, before every SU YouTube video, in the SING! playbill, at parent teacher conferences and the club pub fair, and on the doors of the SU office. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kweller Prep Frances Kweller is also entitled to give a lecture at Stuyvesant, advertised by the SU, whose topic might include entrepreneurship or women in business.
The SU is determined to maintain their relationship with Kweller Prep. One of the agreements of the contract is that if Kweller Prep is satisfied with the outcome of the sponsorship, it will donate an extra $1,000 to the SU. “The Student Union will work to make sure that [Kweller Prep] is very satisfied with the relationship we have built,” So said. We’re starting off on a good foot,” Aung said.