Monday through Friday sessions will have UCI COSMOS students learning and interacting with UCI faculty, scientists, and graduate students. The curriculum is designed by UCI faculty with the goal of challenging students to think in depth and scope in a subject area for which they have a passion. Tuesdays and Thursdays are typically lab/field days. With support from private foundations, we have engaged high school science and mathematics teachers to share their expertise. Each cluster also features Technical Writing and Communication, which gives students the opportunity to draft a technical/scientific abstract, develop a project and poster, clarify understanding of key concepts, share ideas, and build teamwork. Students are admitted to a single cluster and remain with that cluster throughout the 4 week program. To see specific courses offered, please visit our different cluster pages.

Project/Presentation Requirement

All participants, working in pairs or small groups, will produce a scientific/engineering project drawn from the subject matter in their cluster. Projects may be based upon field study during COSMOS. In addition, students will present their findings in poster format on the final Friday. The poster session is the exciting culmination of work done throughout the program. Students must participate in the research poster presentation, the capstone of the academic program, to be eligible to receive the COSMOS certificate of completion. Parents, family and friends are welcome!

Daily Schedule

Students engage in a single cluster to which they are admitted, attend lectures MWF with corresponding labs or field study on Tues/Thurs.

2021 Clusters

Cluster 1: Exploring the Use of Data Science in the Health Sciences

Cluster 2: Computation and Machine Learning: Physics, Big Data, and Our Understanding of the Universe

Cluster 3: Tissue and Tumor Biology and Mathematical/Computational Modeling

Cluster 4: Sustainable Civil Engineering Infrastructure

Cluster 5: Spatial Sound: An Exploration of 3D Sound with Applications in Virtual Reality

Cluster 6: Genes, Genomes, and Skeletal Muscle Dystrophies

Cluster 7: BioEngineering Your Brain: Controlling the World with Your Brainwaves

Other Clusters – (Please Note: The clusters listed below are NOT offered for 2021)

Mimicking Natural Protein Interactions to Target Cancer and Other Diseases

Can You Make the Next Billion-Dollar Antibiotic?

Biomedical Sciences- Clinical Translational Science: The Next Generation of Biomedical Research


Reflections of COSMOS Alumni

…”I dived headfirst into the COSMOS experience, taking notes in lecture and brainstorming project ideas and doing lab write-ups late into the night. I learned about genetic mutations that cause cancer and how to model them mathematically.” – Julia

…”My four weeks here were spent with joy. I had several professors to learn from and a special faculty guest lecture each Wednesday that introduced topics that I had never touched upon before at school.” -Selena