Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Career Opportunities & Research in Earth Sciences (CORES)

DEEPS CORES is an initiative to introduce Providence high school juniors to the field of earth and planetary sciences and the career opportunities it presents

In recent years, DEEPS STEP program at Brown University has partnered with elementary school teachers in the Providence Public School District (PPSD) to develop and offer multi-lesson Earth Science modules that address the Next Generation Science Standards introduced in RI schools in 2016.

In 2021-22 DEEPS STEP team is very excited to partner with Hope High School in order to expand our effort to high school students. The goal of this new CORES initiative is to introduce Providence high school students, specifically juniors, to the field of earth and planetary sciences and the career opportunities it presents. Introducing students to Earth science research and career paths in high school can open the door for opportunities in college and beyond.

Program Structure

  1. Bi-monthly meetings throughout the academic year
    • 10th grade: Introduction to Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • 11th grade: Earth Systems’ Interactions

    • 12th grade: Solar System

  2. Support and mentoring of participating students for accessing Brown University summer programs (Brown Summer High School and Pre-College Program). Scholarships will be available to all qualifying students.
  3. Summer research internship opportunity with DEEPS faculty (one month) offering first-hand experience of research process in academia and networking.




Pilot Year 2021-2022 Review

  • 18 interested sophomores were enrolled in the same physics class for their junior year.
  • Throughout the academic year 2021-22, we conducted 6 Earth and Planetary Sciences meetings and 4 Pre-College Program application meetings with the program class/interested students. These monthly meetings were led by DEEPS graduate students and postdocs and had ELL support (Spanish).
  • 11 Hope HS students applied to Brown Pre-College Program, 8 were accepted, 7 registered for summer courses
  • Pilot year exit survey: 100% of participating students who filled the survey (11) would recommend the program to friends or siblings.

Who We Are

DEEPS CORES team are graduate and undergraduate students and postdocs who are passionate about the Earth and beyond and want to share their love for this field with high school students.

We are a big team, but here are some of our members who talk about their journeys into Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.