|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 11, 2000
Terry Lightfoot (510) 987-9194
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA TO HOST MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMIES FOR STATES TOP HIGH
Californias top high school students will have the opportunity to explore and
study advanced mathematics and science with leading researchers from the University of
California during intensive, month-long summer school academies to be established at UC
Irvine and UC Santa Cruz.
Students participating in the California State Summer School for Math and Science (COSMOS)
will be offered a challenging curriculum, some of which is not traditionally covered in
high school courses. Areas of study will include astronomy, biological sciences,
chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, ocean and marine
sciences, and physics. Subjects offered at each campus will reflect their specific areas
of research expertise.
The goal of the COSMOS program is to motivate the most academically talented and creative
minds of the next generation of prospective scientists, engineers and mathematicians to
participate in the business and higher education sectors of the state.
Students in grades nine through 12 will be eligible to apply. Students chosen to
participate in the COSMOS program must exhibit academic excellence in the sciences or
mathematics, both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities such as science
fairs or performance on standardized tests.
Each academy will host up to 250 students, who will live in on-campus student housing. The
month-long programs will begin on July 5 at UC Irvine and June 26 at UC Santa Cruz. The
state is providing $1 million in annual funding for COSMOS.
At UCI, the academy will be administered by Juan Francisco Lara, assistant vice chancellor
of enrollment services and director of UCIs Center for Educational Partnerships, and
Ronald J. Stern, dean of the School of Physical Sciences.
At UCSC, the program will be overseen by Carrol Moran, director of the Educational
Partnership Center, Lynda Goff, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, and
Francisco J. Hernandez, vice chancellor for student affairs.
Similar to the California State Summer School for the Arts founded in 1987, COSMOS will
offer students college experience and the opportunity to study with leading secondary
school teachers of mathematics and science as well as university mathematicians,
scientists and engineers. Academic activities will include hands-on laboratory experiences
and team problem-solving competitions.
In addition, students will be introduced to an array of academic resources offered at and
nearby the host UC campus. At UC Irvine, such visits may include the Beckman Laser
Institute, the UCI Brain Imaging Center, the UCI Observatory and the San Joaquin
Freshwater Marsh Reserve. Off-campus excursions may include visits to the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, the Scripps Institution of
Oceanography at UC San Diego and research-and-development facilities at area high-tech
At UC Santa Cruz, students will have opportunities to visit the University of California
Observatories/Lick Observatory, the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, the Tech Museum of
Innovation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the NASA-Ames Research Center, and technology firms
in Silicon Valley.
At both campuses, a strong residential life component will round out the experience.
A statewide advisory board will be formed to guide the planning and administration of the
COSMOS program. Its members will include faculty from UC and other public and private
universities and business leaders. In addition, a team of faculty, deans and directors
from UC and other academic institutions will develop curriculum and activities.
Students will apply to the campus where they want to study, and participants will need to
cover the costs of transportation to and from the academy. A fee of $1,000 will cover all
activities, as well as room and board in campus student housing. Need-based scholarships
will be available. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2000.
Applications are available at the following Web sites: for UC Irvine <http://www.cosmos.uci.edu> and for UC Santa Cruz
Editors: For more details on the COSMOS programs at UC Irvine, please contact Sherry
Angel at (949) 824-6925 or email@example.com,
and at UC Santa Cruz, please contact Jennifer McNulty at (831) 459-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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