LIVING IN THE COSMOS | California State Summer School of Math and Science, UC Davis

COSMOS provides a unique opportunity to develop skills for success in a college-style shared apartment. COSMOS at UC Davis offers students a residential experience that introduces them to college culture. During their stay in the UC Davis dormitory, students are introduced to the resources, classrooms, and laboratories of the University of California. They also have access to university services, including libraries, computer rooms, and leisure and cultural facilities. Life on campus enables COSMOS students to meet, work, and socialize with like-minded people who share their passion for math and science. Becoming an active participant in the COSMOS learning community enables students to break their intellectual isolation and be challenged in a positive and caring environment. The residential program model at COSMOS cultivates a common goal and promotes supportive teamwork through small class sizes, integrative and collaborative learning, group projects, research presentations and alumni programs.


It is important that you are prepared for your one month stay at COSMOS. We strive to provide information and an environment that is conducive to your success. Please note the list here as well as the current COSMOS manual What to bring and many other important details about COSMOS. If you have a question that is not covered in the COSMOS manual, please let us know and we will complete it. Chances are, others have the same question. The manual is being revised, please fill out your participant forms and we will email you as soon as it becomes available.

Students attending UC Davis’s COSMOS Summer Program will be accommodated on the main UC Davis campus. Students must reside on campus for the duration of the program. Life on campus offers students numerous opportunities to make lasting friendships with like-minded people who share the same interests in math and science.

Food in the dormitory is served cafeteria-style three times a day, with a wide variety of dishes including fresh fruit, a selection of salads and various starters, daily soups and a sandwich bar. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available with every meal. Reasonable provisions can be made for other special dietary needs.

Housing counselors (RAs) organize and help carry out activities in the dormitories. COSMOS offers a variety of fun activities such as team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football), social events (dance classes, karaoke, and movie nights), and special events. There will also be weekend trips to local attractions.

COSMOS staff at UC Davis include a Residential Director, professional residential staff, and UC Davis Undergraduate Residential Assistants. Before starting COSMOS, all employees undergo extensive training and are certified for CPR / first aid.

COSMOS policies are implemented to ensure student safety at all times. Please refer to your campus program for guidelines and security procedures.


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