COSMOS offers a distinct opportunity to develop skills for success in a college-like residential learning community. COSMOS at UC Davis provides students with a residential life experience that introduces them to the college culture. Students are required to live on the campus they are admitted to for the duration of the program to receive the program completion certification and be listed as COSMOS alumni. While residing at the UC Davis student dorm, students are introduced to the resources, classrooms, and laboratories of the University of California. They also have access to university services, including libraries, computer labs, and recreational and cultural facilities. Living on campus allows COSMOS students to meet, work, and socialize with like-minded peers who share their enthusiasm for mathematics and science. Becoming an active participant in the COSMOS learning community enables students to break their intellectual isolation and be challenged in a positive and nurturing environment. The residential program model at COSMOS cultivates a sense of joint purpose and promotes supportive teamwork through small class sizes, integrative and collaborative learning, group projects, research presentations, and alumni programs.


It is essential that you are prepared for your month-long stay at COSMOS. We strive to provide information and an environment conducive to your success. To that end, please refer to the list here as well as the current COSMOS Handbook for What to Bring and many other important details about COSMOS. If you have a question not addressed in the COSMOS Handbook, please let us know and we will add it. Chances are others have the same question. The Handbook is being revised, please get your participant forms filled out, and we will send an email when available.

Students participating in the UC Davis summer COSMOS program will be housed on the main UC Davis campus, and students are required to live on campus for the duration of the program. Living on campus allows students ample opportunities to form lasting friendships with like-minded peers who share the same interests in mathematics and science.

Residence hall food is served cafeteria-style, three times a day with a wide selection of food including fresh fruit, an array of salads, and several choices for entrees, daily soups, and a sandwich bar. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available at every meal. Reasonable accommodations may be made for other special dietary needs.

Residential advisors (RAs) organize and help conduct activities in the residence halls. COSMOS offers a variety of fun activities, such as team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football), social events (dance lessons, karaoke, and movie night), and special events. In addition, there will be weekend trips to local sites of interest.

The COSMOS staff at UC Davis includes a Residential Director, professional live-in staff, and UC Davis undergraduate Residential Assistants. Prior to the start of COSMOS, all staff goes through extensive training and are CPR/First Aid certified.

COSMOS policies are put in place to keep the students safe at all times. Please refer to the specific campus program for policies and procedures regarding safety.