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    Summer Discovery: UC Santa Barbara

    Summer Discovery: UC Santa Barbara


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College, Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Six Weeks, Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Mentoring, Research
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: > $7,000+
    • Career Clusters: Marketing, Sales and Service, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
    • Call: (516) 447-4907
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    Summer Discovery offers high school programs at UC Santa Barbara.

    Ready to explore the beautiful beaches and scenic mountains of Santa Barbara while conducting research and taking academically intensive courses in your favorite subjects? Located on the edge of the Santa Ynez mountains and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, University of California, Santa Barbara provides a dynamic living and learning environment where students can make their dreams a reality.

    Summer Sessions, in partnership with Summer Discovery, will be running two pre-college programs on campus this summer. The Research Mentorship Program (RMP) and the Summer Research Academies (SRA) allow participants to discover interdisciplinary subjects while acquiring new knowledge through university-level research. These transformative summer experiences are designed to shape each student's academic, professional, personal, and social development. We can't wait for you to join us on campus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and learn from top instructors at one of America’s top public universities.

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    • Intramural Sports
    • S'mores Nights

    Research Mentorship Program

    The Research Mentorship Program is a competitive, six-week summer program that engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Students will be paired up with a mentor (graduate student, postdoc, or faculty) and choose a research project from a large list of disciplines offered by the program each year. In addition to gaining a deep relationship with their mentor, they will learn about research techniques, gain insight into professional research-based opportunities, and mature their academic goals. Along with these academic benefits, the students will be immersed in university life and networked with equally ambitious and curious peers.

    Cost and Session Information

    Costs vary by campus and length of the program. See our website for details.