Preparing the next generation of STEM leaders
Federal, state, and UC-wide guidance on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. As such, we have not finalized our policies related to COVID-19 at this time. However, we will continue to monitor and adhere to this guidance throughout the program to ensure the safety of attendees. Please see the campuses COVID-19 pages for more details:
July 5th - August 1st, 2020
ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE JANUARY 6TH, 2020 8:00 AM
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATION MATERIAL IS FEBRUARY 7TH, 2020 11:59 PM
COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.
Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence.