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Dates & Prices

  • 6 Weeks 6/24 - 8/4 $9,299 $8,999 Pre-College Program
  • 4 Weeks 6/24 - 7/21 $7,799 $7,499 Pre-College Program
Apply and enroll now for Fall Savings up to $600! 2018 tuition savings ends November 17th!

6 week program open to students completing grades 10,11 & 12.

4 week program open to students completing grades 9,10,11 & 12.

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic program, use of facilities, housing, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 meals on weekends), recreation access, activities and trips, blanket and pillow.

Not included: Application fee, $70 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $40 from Santa Barbara each way), class materials, course supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, linens, souvenirs, and personal spending money.


UC Santa Barbara - Science & Engineering Research Academy

4 week program 

If you would like to apply to the Science Engineering Research Academy, please click here.

The Science & Engineering Research Academy (SERA) is a dynamic summer program that introduces qualified high school students to the research enterprise through project based, directed research in STEM-related fields. Students will develop academic and professional skills by presenting their research findings in a capstone seminar, networking with peers, and experiencing university life in a fun and challenging environment.

Students will earn 4 university credits by taking an interdisciplinary research course that teaches fundamental concepts in the particular track they choose, leading to more specific topics current in the field.

During the first half of the program, students collaborate in groups to participate in specially designed hands-on labs that demonstrate concepts and reinforce principles learned in lecture. In the second half, the focus will shift from labs to group discussions in order to allow students to develop an appropriate research question in a collaborative setting, investigate findings, and present the results in a formal capstone seminar on the last day of the program.

SERA Students can choose one of the following research tracks:

Track 1 - Living in Color: An Introduction to the Interactions of Light and Matter 
Learn how to form colors using both light and pigments, and why they don’t mix in quite the same way. In the laboratory, you’ll explore how chemical structure determines what energies of light are absorbed or emitted, and work together to build a library of color-changing pigments. The course will also cover how modern technology harnesses these interactions of light and matter – e.g., how solar panels on your roof collect electricity, and how computer screens reverse the process to create light. Finally, find out how we, as humans, perceive and interpret color. This course is perfect for students interested in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Cognitive Sciences.

Track 2 - Data-Driven Research: Creative Problem Solving with Python
Learn how machine learning and data analytics can be used as a powerful tool to gain meaningful information from large datasets. This course requires no prior experience with computer science, giving new and experienced programmers the skills to use Python for diverse applications and answer research questions with a broad social impact. You will be exposed to current research in data science and interdisciplinary research laboratories at UCSB. Learn how to extract data from databases, documents, and webpages, process text and images, and analyze the data with machine learning algorithms. This course is perfect for students interested in computer science, network science, machine learning, and data mining. Students will have the opportunity to connect with some of the best minds among the UCSB research community who present on their ground-breaking research and innovative technology by attending the lecture series — GRIT talks.

In addition to the academic benefits, SERA students will participate in a variety of social gatherings such as field trips and special seminars that will help them develop long lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

Application Requirements

For a list of program requirements and the online application, please visit: http://www.summer.ucsb.edu/pre-college/pre-college-programs/science-engineering-research-academy-sera.
While GPA is only one factor considered in the admission process for the SERA program, applicants must meet the minimum requirement of 3.6 (weighted using AP, IB, and honors credit).
For more information about the program, please contact UCSB at sera@summer.ucsb.edu
or (805) 893-7053.