February 3, 2006

It’s Time to Apply For Cosmos 2006, A Math & Science Residential Summer Program For Talented Teens

Students who love math and science and excel in these subjects have a chance to spend four weeks in residence at a University of California campus this summer learning about astronomy, marine mammal biology, robotics, earthquake engineering, advanced mathematics, and much more.

The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS) is a residential program for talented and motivated students who are completing grades 8-12. The application deadline is March 16.

The COSMOS mission is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers and mathematicians in California and the nation, and to create a statewide community of scholars.

COSMOS programs will be offered at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, and will run from July 9 through Aug. 5.

COSMOS students run laboratory experiments, conduct fieldwork and attend college-level lectures given by UC faculty and master high school teachers. Class sizes are small, between 20-23 students, offering each participant a rich intellectual experience.

On a typical day, COSMOS students attend lectures, take courses or participate in labs or course-related field trips. Recreation and study groups are built into the evening and weekend schedules. Special activities and supervised field trips are planned for the weekends.

The application and financial aid forms are available now at: www.ucop.edu/cosmos, with links to the four program sites. Academically advanced students are invited to apply to one of the four campuses and select three possible course cluster options by the March 16 deadline, after reviewing the offerings and prerequisites at each of the campus sites. A non-refundable $20 application fee is required, and the application is returned online, with additional mailings that must be postmarked by March 16.

Selection is competitive. Admission is based upon standardized test scores, grade point average, achievement in science projects and/or competitions, teacher recommendations, motivation, and community service.

Tuition is $2,000 for California residents, which covers room and meals in a university residence hall, field trips and all academic activities. One third of California residents receive full or partial financial aid, based on documented financial need. Non-California residents pay the full tuition cost of $6,200.

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