Summer Research Academies (SRA)

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Summer Research Academies (SRA) is excited to offer an outstanding virtual research program this summer that will be an engaging and rich experience for our students. Instructors and Teaching Assistants are transitioning each research track for remote delivery, and innovating with tools and technologies to ensure that students receive a comprehensive introduction to the research enterprise while learning and growing with like-minded peers. Our team is adapting existing program components, such as GRIT talks and workshops, and developing new social activities to successfully deliver them in this virtual setting. We look forward to sharing more information about each track with our participants as details are developed.


Summer Research Academies (formerly Science & Engineering Research Academy) offer a dynamic, 4-week residential and commuter summer program that introduces qualified high school students to the research enterprise through project-based, directed research in STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences fields. Students will take a 4-unit university course where they choose and develop a research topic specific to the track they select, under the direction of an instructor who is conducting active research in that field.

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 challenging environment. The lecture series - GRIT talks - will connect students to some of the best minds among the UC Santa Barbara research community who present on their ground-breaking research and innovative technology.

Program Dates: June 28 – July 25, 2020

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed.

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Monday, April 27, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020