California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science



The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science [COSMOS] is a four-week residential summer program open to current 8th-12th motivated high school students with demonstrated interest and achievement in math and science. Located on four University of California campuses (Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz), each campus offers different cluster topics and residential experiences. High achieving students from California, as well as out-of-state and international students are invited to apply to this unique summer opportunity.

Our Mission

The California State Legislature established COSMOS with a mission to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians so that they may actively participate in the business and higher educational sectors of the State of California.

This intensive experience is designed for and intended to encourage the brightest, most promising young minds to continue their interest in these fields. COSMOS provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with outstanding university faculty and researchers, covering topics extending beyond the typical high school curriculum.

COSMOS at UCSD places a strong emphasis on technology and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science, and is administered through the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Our Goals

  • To engage talented students in high-level teaching and learning;
  • To establish a community of scholars that fosters analytical thinking and experimentation;
  • To connect students to institutions of higher learning and research facilities;
  • To develop models for excellence in science and mathematics education; and
  • To ensure that the COSMOS students body reflects California's geographic, economic, and cultural diversity.

Our Advisory Board

The statewide advisory board that guides the California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science is composed of scientific and technological leaders in higher education and industry. Representatives to the board include faculty of the University of California and public and private universities, as well as CEOs from the corporate sector.