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Mission & Goals
The mission of COSMOS is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will become leaders for California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.
- ENGAGE talented students in high level teaching and learning;
- ESTABLISH a community of scholars that fosters analytical thinking and experimentation;
- CONNECT students to institutions of higher learning and research facilities;
- DEVELOP models for excellence in science and mathematics education;
- ENHANCE the state's economic climate by developing future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians;
- ENSURE that the COSMOS student body reflects California's diverse heritage.
The State of California Education Code (8660-8669)* requests the Regents of the University of California to provide an opportunity for students who wish to learn advanced mathematics and science and to prepare for careers in these areas. The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science is modeled after the California State Summer School for the Arts.
Appointed by former UC President Richard C. Atkinson, a statewide advisory board, composed of scientific and technological leaders in higher education and industry guide the California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science. Representatives include faculty of the University of California and public and private universities as well as CEOs from the business community. The board meets at least twice annually to review progress toward goals and ways to improve the program's effectiveness and participant rate as well as make recommendations for long-term development.