The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, COSMOS, is a 4-week summer residential program for high achieving math and science students. Students live on campus and attend subject specific classes taught by UC faculty and researchers. The program is open to 8th-12th grade high school students. This intense academic program is intended to inspire and encourage young people to pursue future study in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related field. Students will participate in related academic outings to places such as the Novozymes, Genentech, and Bodega Bay Marine Lab.
The mission of COSMOS is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders for California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.
The State of California Education Code requests the Regents of the University of California to provide an opportunity for students who wish to learn advanced mathematics and science and to prepare for careers in these areas. The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science is modeled after the California State Summer School for the Arts.
Core partners include UC faculty and their colleagues in CSU, California private colleges and universities, graduate and undergraduate students, master teachers in California's high schools, and business leaders. Talented high school students from the state's 58 counties, parents and counselors complete the teaching learning community that COSMOS brings together. Currently, four UC campuses serve as hosts: Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz.