Mosaic+ is a student-run organization created to foster community, inspire innovation, and provide opportunity to underrepresented minority students. Mosaic+ is officially recognized and support by the Brown University Computer Science Department.
The Mosaic+ Transition Program is for newly admitted students interested in learning more about computer science, with an emphasis on being a receptive and inclusive space for community members from racial or ethnic backgrounds that are historically underrepresented. No prior computer science experience is necessary. Students will experience an exciting mix of technical and community-oriented activities and tasks to help prepare them for the rigors of computer science.
The fully-online 3-week program includes both asynchronous CS lessons and synchronous activities, workshops, info-sessions and talks.
Program dates: August 9-27, 2021
How to Apply: :
Interested students should complete the joint NSCAT-Mosaic 2021 application and indicate the Mosaic+ program track (for computer science) by 11:59 PM EST, July 1, 2021.
"Getting the opportunity to meet peers who come from similar backgrounds and have similar interests, before starting my first-year at Brown, was pivotal to my success that year. We formed a community that is always there to support one another when classes become difficult. Being a minority in STEM can feel lonely at times, but having the Mosaic+ and NSC communities’ support always brings confidence in the potential we all have." -- Jessica Gonzalez, ‘22
"The Transition Program introduced me to so many resources right from the start that immensely aided my shift from high school to college life and academics. There is a real sense of community within Mosaic+ that makes me feel loved and supported even though I am many miles away from home.” -- Credo Duarte Lutton, ‘22
Who should apply?
This program is geared towards newly admitted, racially underrepresented minority students* who have any interest in computer science, or want to learn more about the field, at any level of experience!
*In Computer Science those who identify as Black, African-American, Indigenous, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Latina/o/x, Native Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islander are considered to be Underrepresented Racial and/or Ethnic Minorities (URMs)
What will students learn during the program?
Throughout the course of the transition program, students will learn about:
- Computer science as a field
- Computer science at Brown University
- The Computer science industry
- Coding basics in Python
- What to expect in their first semester as a Computer Science student
When and where will this program be held?
For 2021, this program will run fully online for 3-weeks, starting Monday August 9 until Friday August 27. Eligible students will participate in asynchronous CS lessons and also have the opportunity to attend synchronous community-building activities, workshops and first-year info-sessions. Students admitted to the program are not eligible to move into the dorm early. Students in the program will move into their dorms at the same time as the rest of the first-year class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to concentrate in CS to apply for the Mosaic+ Transition Program?
No. You do not need to concentrate in CS if you want to apply. Students will a general interest in CS are eligible to apply. Brown University students do not declare their concentration until their sophomore year.
How much does the Mosaic+ Transition Program cost?
$0.00. The cost of the Mosaic+ Transition Program is not charged to the student and/or the families involved, it is covered by the institution.
Can I participate in another pre-orientation program and Mosaic+ Transition Program?
Yes. Students that apply to Mosaic+ Transition Program may also apply to the Third World Transition Program (TWTP), Excellence at Brown, Bonner Community Fellows, and/or International Orientation.
Will participation in the Mosaic+ Transition Program be graded? Is the course for-credit?
No. This is a 0-credit optional pre-orientation program. Completion of the assignments in this course will have no affect on your first-year courses' grades or your official transcript. The lessons are exclusively for your benefit to gain a rudimentary understanding of CS concepts and programming languages before or while taking one of the CS intro courses (CS15, CS17, CS111, or CS19).
I have a job this summer, can I still participate in the program?
Yes, we estimate the daily time-commitment is 1-3 hours per day. However, this is a guideline and not a requirement. We ask that students get as much work as they can done, but recognize that students have busy lives and a lot of priorities to juggle, so the program is intentionally flexible.