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					                University of California

                               San Diego
Charles Tu, Ph.D., COSMOS Director/Associate Dean, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering

                      Becky Hames, COSMOS Assistant Director

                     Adam Petersen, COSMOS Program Specialist

                          Diane Lantz, Program Assistant
                                                                      Student Pipeline
                                                                           in the US
                     The “Gathering Storm” in the U.S.
    The U.S. ranks 48th in quality of mathematics and                      Bachelor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions
                                                                             in selected fields of study: 1997–98, 2002–03, and 2007–08
     science education. (World Economic Forum)

    In 2000, the number of foreign students studying the
     physical sciences and engineering in U.S. graduate
     schools for the first time surpassed the number of
     U.S. students.

    The U.S. ranks 27th among developed nations in the
     proportion of college students receiving
     undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.

    The U.S. graduates more visual and performing arts
     majors than engineers.

    78 percent of high school graduates did not meet the
     readiness benchmark levels for one or more entry-
     level college courses in mathematics, science,
     reading and English. (ACT College Readiness Report)
                                                                                           SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National
                                                                                           Center for Education Statistics, 1997–98, 2002–03, and
SOURCE: Rising Above The Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching                   2007–08 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data
Category 5, National Academies Press (2010)                                                System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:97–98), and
                                                                                           Fall 2003 and Fall 2008.
 Motivate talented high school
 Excite students about math
and science
 Challenges beyond a regular
classroom setting
 Encourage students to
continue in STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering & Math)
majors in college
 Enhance the academic
experience by participating in
team projects and presentations
 Experience the college
 Learn about the UC experience
 Four COSMOS Sites
     UC San Diego
     UC Santa Cruz
     UC Irvine
     UC Davis
 Program Information
     Four-week residential program
     UCSD, UCSC, UCD program dates: July 10 – August 6, 2011
     UCI: June 26 – July 23, 2011
     Tuition: $2,675 ($6,500 value)
          Every CA student receives a $3,800+ scholarship
          Financial assistance is available
     Our students:
          ~165 talented & motivated students
          Rising 8th – 12th graders
          Average overall unweighted cumulative GPA: 3.8
 Curriculum beyond the typical high school experience
 Work side-by-side with university faculty and researchers
 “Hands-on” activities and work in university labs
 Work in teams on Final Project
 Field trips
 College and Research Competition Information Sessions

UCSD topics (or “clusters”) include:
1. Computers in Everyday Life
2. Engineering Design & Control of Kinetic Sculptures
3. Living Oceans & Global Climate Change
4. Earthquakes in Action
5. Bright Ideas: Light at Work
6. Exploring the Cosmos
7. Bioeng/Mechanical Eng: The Amazing Red Blood Cell
8. The Molecular Biology Revolution
 Renowned scientists and engineers present on a
  wide range of research topics.

 Focus on current research in the speaker's field

 Designed to introduce students to a broad spectrum
  of subjects, expanding their learning outside of their
  cluster topics.

 Presentations are held each Tuesday during the
  COSMOS program and are supported by the
  California Institute for Telecommunications and
  Information Technology (Calit2).

 Webcasts of presentations are archived on the
  Calit2 website.
Taught by COSMOS “Teacher Fellows” (local high
  school teachers who are recruited and hired by
   Improved study skills
   Critical reading skills
   Critical thinking skills
   Effective writing skills
   Successful presentation skills
   Assistance in producing final project
•Extra UC application points

•Gordon Leadership Awards
   • Awarded to one student from each cluster
   for recognition of outstanding leadership
   skills during the COSMOS program month.

•Paid Summer Internships

•Nobel Laureate Event                           2010 UCSD COSMOS
                                                 Gordon Leadership
COSMOS Students Present at the California Nobel Laureates’ Annual
                     Reception & Dinner
Activities include:
     Weekend Field Trips
     COSMOlympics
     Talent Show
     Sports
     Music
     Quizmos
     Movies
     Crafts
     Dances
     Karaoke
     And more!
                                            Daily Schedule

                 MONDAY           TUESDAY              WEDNESDAY                  THURSDAY             FRIDAY
7:45am-8:30am                                            Breakfast
8:40am-8:50am                                        Morning Updates
                               Discovery Lecture                             Cluster Info Sessions/
                   Cluster      9:00am-9:45am                                       Scientific          Cluster
                                                     Cluster Instruction
9:00am-11:45am   Instruction       Scientific                                Communication/Prep       Instruction
                                                         Course #1
                 Course #1      Communication                                   for Final Project     Course #1
                               10:00am-11:45am                                  9:00am-11:45am

12:00-1:00pm                                               Lunch
                   Cluster       Open Field or                                                          Cluster
                                                     Cluster Instruction     Academic Enrichment/
1:00pm-4:00pm    Instruction       Lab Work                                                           Instruction
                                                         Course #2              Review Sessions
                 Course #2                                                                            Course #2
4:00-5:30pm                           Students return to Residential Halls - Free Time
5:30-6:15pm                                                Dinner
6:15-8:00pm                          Study Time / Academic Enrichment Presentations
8:00-10:00pm                                       Recreational Activities
10:00-10:30pm                      All COSMOS Students must be in Residential Hall Floor
10:30-11:00pm                             All COSMOS Students must be in rooms
11:00pm                                                  Lights Out
 Applications are available online from
  February 1 – March 15, 2011 at or
 Application fee: $30 (non-refundable)
 Prerequisite requirements
 Admission is competitive
 Be thorough when writing your essays
 You may apply only to one campus,
  but you can, and should, choose your
  top 3 clusters
 Attending COSMOS provides you with
  extra consideration on your UC college
  application, but does not guarantee
  admission to a UC
1:1 Meeting Notes

    Submit ALL of your materials by March 15th deadline
    Invest time & effort into your essays. Most applicants
     are fantastic students. Tell us why you should be
     admitted. What specifically sets you apart?
    Teacher recommendations are very important. Give
     your teachers enough time to complete & submit.
    For each cluster: Elaborate on why you would like to
     attend that cluster (100-250 words per cluster)
    Short essays- answer ONE of the following in 200-300
        • “What excites you about math/science, and why
          would you want to spend a month in COSMOS?”
        • “Describe a project or experience you worked on
          that furthered your interest in a specific
          math/science topic.”
    Please take a look at our FAQ page on our website
     ( for a better understanding
     of our program.
Melina Duarte
• Mitchelle Greenlee
•   COSMOS Resident Dean
•   UCSD Marshall College Assistant Dean

• Shirley Miranda
•   COSMOS 2007-2010 Teacher Fellow and
    Science Communication Curriculum Consultant
•   COSMOS Statewide Advisory Board Member
•   Morse High School Teacher
•   Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
     (858) 822-4361

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