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UCLA CSST 2014 SUMMER FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM

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UCLA
C S S T
2014 SUMMER
FOR UNDERGRADUATE
RESEARCH PROGRAM
PHYSICS
CHEMISTRY
ENGINEERING
SOCIAL SCIENCE BIOCHEMISTRY
PHYSIOLOGY
BIOINFORMATICS
MATHMATICS
MEDICAL SCIENCES
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
NANOTECHNOLOGY
STATISTICS
NEUROSCIENCE
COMPUTER SCIENCES
PHARMCOLOGY
ASTRONOMY
From the program you can:
Conduct 10-week intensive research training in UCLA labs
Receive CSST scholarship that covers program fees (tuition, registration,etc...)
Obtain 12 units UCLA course credit
Participate in professional development and networking events
Get potential PhD recruitment opportunity and early admission to UCLA PhD programs
We are looking for students with
3rd-year undergraduate student (or 4th-year in 5-year program)
Strong interest in UCLA PhD career
Interest in interdisciplinary study
Outstanding academic achievement
Previous research experience
High English proficiency
Application
We will announce the application link soon. Please check back on your university
website for application instructions in a few weeks.
JUL . 6- SEP.12, 2014
C S S T Cross-disciplinary Scholars
in Science and Technology
UCLA
CSST 2014 SUMMER PROGRAM
July 6 – September 12, 2014
Information for Prospective Applicants
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The CSST Summer Program is a 10-week intensive research training and PhD recruitment program. Each
student will be enrolled in 12 units of UCLA courses, conduct research under the guidance of a UCLA
faculty mentor, and participate in required CSST activities including professional development and
networking events. UCLA PhD programs will preview potential PhD applicants’ research performance
and begin early recruitment for the next year’s admission cycle.
About 95% of CSST participants came from biomedical & life sciences, physical Science, and engineering
majors. But we also welcome students from non-STEM majors such as geology, sociology, political
science, and so forth . (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.)
The specific goals of the CSST Summer Program are to:
 Develop students’ research career potentials
 Foster cross-disciplinary interaction and research
 Develop a community of CSST colleagues
 Identify and recruit top students to UCLA PhD programs
KEY PROGRAM DATES
Date/Time (to be confirmed) Description
Week 1: Sunday, July 6 Program Start: Arrival and Move-In Day
Week 1: Monday, July 7 CSST Orientation and Lab safety training
Week 2: Tuesday, July 15 – Thursday, July 17 Peer Seminar: Oral Presentations of Project Plans
Week 9: Tuesday, September 2 – Thursday,
September 5
Peer Seminar: Oral Presentations of Project Results
Week 10: Tuesday, September 10 CSST Final Presentations: Poster Presentations
Week 10: Friday, September 12 Program End: Move-Out day
STUDENT SELECTION
A limited number (300~350) of applicants who meet the following criteria will be selected for the January
2014 CSST interviews:
 Strong interest in UCLA PhD career
 Interest in interdisciplinary study
 Outstanding academic achievement
 Previous research experience
 High English proficiency
 Independent thinking & creativity
 Mature personality
 For Chinese students: Willingness to accept China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship for
graduate school. http://www.csc.edu.cn.
ONLINE APPLICATION
We will announce the application link soon. Please check back on your university website for application
instructions in a few weeks. Below is an overview of what you would be asked to provide in the online
application form. If you are interested to apply, we strongly encourage you to start preparing the
application materials ahead of time.
 Your basic information
 Your academic background.
o GPA, ranking, etc.
o You will be asked to upload your Official Transcripts in English
 English tests that you have taken
o National English Test in China, TOEFL, GRE, etc.
o You are not required to provide these test scores in order to be considered for the
program. Applicants’ English proficiency will be assessed during our on-site interviews.
 Your research experience
o You may describe up to 3 research experiences you have.
 Your Curriculum Vitae
 2-Part Essay
o Part 1: Personal Statement (300-500 words): Please browse UCLA department webpages
and PhD program information. Then write an essay describing:
 Your reason for applying to the CSST Summer Program. What do you hope to gain
from this experience?
 Your short & long-term career goals.
 The UCLA PhD Programs that interest you.
o Part 2: Summer Research Interest (100-200 words): Please browse UCLA research topics
on UCLA department webpages. Then write an essay describing:
 General research topic(s) that interest you. Be flexible and name more than one.
 Area(s) you would like to focus on this summer. Be flexible and name more than
one.
 Note: It is NOT good to name a specific faculty member in the essay.
TIMELINE
− October - November, 2013
Applicants submit CSST online application. There will be an $80 application fee.
− December 2013
CSST announces 1st-round selection results and invites selected applicants for interview.
− January 2014
CSST interviews of selected applicants.
− February 2014
CSST announces final roster of admitted 2014 Summer Program students.
− March 2014
2014 Summer Program students’ mentor wish-lists are due.
− March through June 2014
Mentor matches confirmed, and students receive summer project assignments.
− July 6, 2014
CSST 2014 Summer Program begins; students arrive at UCLA campus.
PROGRAM EXPENSE
The estimated total program expense of $12,414 is shared by UCLA, the partner university, and the
student’s family. Expenses for Summer 2014 will be confirmed in May 2014.
Description Estimated Cost
10-week CSST Program Fee (Tuition, registration fee,
administrative fee, etc.) $6,006 (CSST fellowship)
Training & Research Expenses $1,030 (UCLA)
UCLA On-Campus Housing & Meals $3,108 (15-meal plan)
UCLA student resource fee (Gym, Bruincard, etc.) $150
Airfare $1,000
UCLA Health Insurance $345
Visa Fees (SEVIS, DCISS & F1) $325
Spending Money (as you like) $450
TOTAL $12,414
Each student will receive a CSST fellowship covering the program fee, which includes tuition and course
registration fees. In addition, all research and training costs will be covered by UCLA. Living, travel, and
insurance expenses will be shared by the partner university and the student: about $5,378 in total.
HOUSING
Housing plays an important role in developing a community of CSST colleagues and promoting crossdisciplinary
interaction among students. Each student will be assigned a bed in a triple room in UCLA
campus housing. All CSST students are required to live in their assigned housing. No exceptions. A meal
plan of 11-meals or 15-meals per week is also included in the housing package.
ENROLLMENT
CSST will enroll each student in 4 units of 199 independent study course with his/her UCLA faculty
mentor and 8 units of CSST Colloquium (aka M Pharm 194) with Professor Ren Sun, CSST Director.
Course grades will be based upon research performance, CSST program attendance, and personal
conduct.
NOTES
Students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE examination at least once before attending the
Summer Program. Although the GRE score is not a requirement for participating in the Summer
Program, it will be useful for evaluating the student’s admissibility to UCLA PhD programs at the end of
the Summer Program. Additionally, taking the exam early will allow students to retake it later if
necessary.
Questions?
Please contact CSST at: csst@international.ucla.edu

CSST-Announcement2014.pdf

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