Program Dates: June 30 – July 27, 2019 (four weeks)
Applications for the 2019 program are now closed.
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
Must currently be a high school student in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade
Have a minimum 3.6 GPA weighted in UC a-g requirements
Must attend the program in its entirety
2019 Program Fees
$75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
$2,100 Commuter Student Tuition
$7,699 Residential Student Tuition
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available and are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and availability. Out-of-state and international applicants are eligible for scholarships; however, priority is given to California residents.
The cost includes tuition, housing, three daily meals, and extracurricular activities.
International Students: Visa and Payment Procedure
Students and their families are responsible for obtaining any required Visas. Please contact the Summer Discovery office at (516) 621-3939 for more information regarding the process by which you should obtain a visa for the program and make payment arrangements.
1. Online application that includes:
Personal Statement – In a 500 word maximum essay, please tell us why you want to participate in SERA, the reason for choosing the particular research track(s), and something unique about you that you’d like the admissions committee to know.
1 Recommender – Please be ready to provide the name and email address of one recommender. We will contact them for a recommendation as soon as your application has been submitted.
Proof of Insurance – You will be asked to upload a copy of your health insurance card.
2. Official transcript: Submitted directly to SERA from school official via e-mail or mail
9th grade applicants – Please submit your 8th grade report card and 9th grade transcript including your final Fall 2018 grades.
10th grade and above applicants – Please submit your high school transcript including your final Fall 2018 grades.
Office of Summer Sessions
Science & Engineering Research Academy
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2010
3. (Optional) For students applying for scholarships: Submitted directly to SERA from student
SERA scholarship application – You can request this form in the online application or via email.
Your parents' 2018 Federal Tax returns (e.g., 1040, 1040EZ).
Your parents' 2018 W2 forms (if applicable).
Admission Process & Decision
Students begin an online application.
Students submit supporting application materials via email or US mail.
Completed applications move on to the review stage.
Applicants will receive their admission decision approximately two to three weeks after receiving their completion email.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and communicated via email directly to the applicant.
For more information about the program or to inquire about the application process, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org