Academic Life

COSMOS Course Clusters

COSMOS students enroll in one course "cluster" for the duration of the four-week program. Each cluster focuses on a different STEM topic and consists of two concurrent and complementary classes and a science communication course. Each cluster will enroll about 16 to 26 students. For detailed cluster topics, and information, please visit our Cluster page.

COSMOS Course Faculty 

Each COSMOS cluster is taught by a distinguished instructor drawn from the rich and diverse pool of scientists and researchers throughout the UC Santa Cruz teaching community. For detailed information on each COSMOS faculty member, please visit our Faculty page.

Remote Program Expectations

The summer of 2021 will be a remote year for COSMOS due to the pandemic.  Clusters will utilize Zoom to conduct class/cluster meetings and Slack will be utilized as a communication tool accross the entire program.  We highly encourage the following:

  • Students have their cameras on for all COSMOS sessions (unless told otherwise by faculty) in order to engage more fully. 
  • Students log in on time and be ready to participate. Conduct a video/audio test a few minutes before class.
  • Always maintain respectful communication on all COSMOS platforms.
  • Siblings/other children are out of the room to reduce distractions.
  • A parent or adult over the age of 18 be present in the house.

Discovery Lectures

Aside from attending their cluster course each day, every COSMOS student will be required to attend our Discovery Lecture series, where a variety of renowned scientists and engineers host lectures on a plethora of research topics covering a wide range of science, mathematics, and engineering topics. For detailed information on our Discovery Lecture Series please visit our Discovery Lecture page.

Final Research Project

For the duration of the 4-week program, with the help of their course cluster faculty, each student will identify and develop a research topic specific to their area of study. Students will have access to university resources including teaching laboratories and libraries to perform the research necessary to complete their project. As a requirement of finishing the COSMOS program, each student is required to present their final project to their COSMOS peers on the last day of the program, and to a group of peers within their home community. For detailed information about COSMOS final projects please visit our Final Projects page.