Calif. State Summer School for Math & Science (COSMOS)
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I'm looking for information on the cosmos summer program for my
(currently) 11th grader. Is it difficult to get into and is it
Cosmos: highly recommended for a kid who is into science or math.
my son went to Cosmos at UCSD in the summer of his sophomore year. He
had the time of his life ( his first away from home experience) ,
learned a lot, and got some extra points for his UC application .
Our daughter attended the COSMOS pre-med program at Davis last summer
and loved it. It was competitive to get into. They said they had
over 700 applicants and they accepted 200. They had a lot of hands
on experience with labs. The instructors were great. It was a great
experience for the kids to learn advanced math and science subjects.
She also made great friendships, she didn't know anyone before she
left. They have a lot of organized fun activities too. They did
have homework at night, but not too much. It was the subject of some
of her essays for college applications this year, so I think it was
I hope someone with recent experience will respond, but here is our
experience some years ago: we had two kids (one boy,one girl) who
attended, three years apart. Our kids each found it a great
experience, although each was open minded but a little skeptical
about how fun it would be at the beginning. The program included
lots of hands on experiments and projects, that were generally more
interesting/sophisticated than what they had been exposed to in high
school. The professors/instructors were passionate and enthusiastic
about their areas. My kids liked living in the dorms at the campus,
and enjoyed the residential assistants and all the extra curricular
activities they organized (eg, ''spontaneous'' sports, games, ice
cream parties). It is was a month-long residential program, so there
was some homesickness , but nothing extraordinary.
former COSMOS mom
My daughter attended cosmos a few years ago and loved it. Loved
every bit if it. Not hard to get in. Just pay the bucks. Looks
good on a college app.
My son went to UC COSMOS at UCSC the summer after he completed 10th
grade. There is plenty of information about COSMOS at
www.ucop.edu/cosmos, as well as separate COSMOS websites at UCD, UCI,
UCSC and UCSD. Each campus has its own program specialties - my son
loved the oceanographic emphasis at UCSC.
Admission to COSMOS is very competitive. My son was able to attend
because he won a full scholarship to COSMOS from Intel at the
Synopsys science fair (he also won the independent research grant
from Intel). COSMOS was of great benefit to him. While not the
*highest* achiever academically (3.5GPA), his COSMOS experience led
directly to other opportunities - an internship in physics at UCSC
the following summer, a NASA internship after graduating high school
and a scholarship to UC from COSMOS. He also still has friends from
If your child is passionate about science and wants a real taste of
the UC on-campus experience, then COSMOS is ideal. It is very
economic - 4 weeks on campus for $2810. But it is intended for
students who *already* are involved deeply in science. For ''learn
about science'' summer camps, there are many other private camps at
Stanford, Berkeley, etc (http://www.supercamp.com,
http://educationunlimited.com and more).
Can anyone share info about their teens' experience in the
UC Cosmos program? My son is going to apply. thanks
My son went to COSMOS at UC Santa Cruz three years ago,
after grade 8. They've moved it up to grade 9 now, which is
probably not a bad idea, as he was a bit young socially. He
had a fabulous time in the astrophysics and logic track,
still talks about things he learned, like the 24 hours they
spent proving that 1+1=2. It was a good experience spending
time with kids who found that equally fascinating, and I
think he's still in touch with a few. By the way, he
received full financial aid, without which he couldn't have
done it. Hope this program doesn't get cut, for it really
meant a lot to him.
Dear Parents and Teachers,
For former student and parent testimonials about the summer
UC COSMOS experience, a math and science residential summer
academic program for high school students, please check the
student and parent pages at the website:
There are also pages with UC faculty and participating high
school teachers' comments about the program.
Deadline to apply is March 15th!
Fees for this summer reduced to $1273/four weeks. Students
may also apply for financial aid to cover the program cost.
Three UC campuses---Davis, Irvine, and Santa Cruz will be enrolling
high achieving high school students who excel in mathematics and
science in 4-week residential programs for this summer. We are
accepting applications now until the March 15 deadline. All the
information and applications are available via this central web
site, which also links you to the three campus-specific COSMOS
programs and contacts.
Financial aid covering part or all of the tuition is available to
any student with documented need, and all application forms and the
financial aid application are available on the web page.
The COSMOS website ( http://www.ucop.edu/cosmos/ )
has all the
necessary contact names and direct numbers for the three campuses (UC
DAVIS, Irvine and Santa Cruz) as well as the application forms, financial aid
forms, and teacher recommendations forms downloadable at the website.
Deadline to apply is March 15 for the summer session.
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