Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is a science and engineering research center at UC Santa Barbara. Research at CNSI includes faculty, students and postdocs from 11 different academic departments, including chemistry and biochemistry, physics, biology, engineering, materials science, and computer science. CNSI research determines new ways of integrating nanometer-scale building blocks into new materials, devices and systems with capabilities far exceeding those found in nature.

CNSI Education

The SIMS program brings science, engineering, and mathematics incoming freshmen to the UC Santa Barbara campus for the Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science, a 2-week science intensive residential program hosted by CNSI. SIMS will provide university housing and meals on campus. You will have the opportunity to interact with science, engineering, and mathematics researchers through social, academic, and professional development activities such as...

  • Work in teams on research projects in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, nanotechnology, or materials science
  • Academic Preparation in mathematics, chemistry, and writing
  • Team design and problem solving
  • Develop oral presentation skills
  • Team work skills
  • Discuss career options with professionals
  • Networking
  • Strategies for academic success
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Field trips to industry & the university reserve

Program Dates: August 17 - August 29, 2014


What Happens After SIMS?

SIMS students are monitored and provided encouragement and support to engage in campus networks and research activities through graduation. SIMS participants are well connected to campus resources. They perform well academically, participate in undergraduate research, education abroad, internships, and hold leadership positions in campus organizations.

Program Details

  • University housing is provided at the Santa Ynez Apartments
  • All meals provided in University dinning halls
  • No cost for participating in the SIMS Program
  • Students are required to attend and actively participate in the entire period, weekends included


Application Deadline: Saturday May 23rd, 2014