(CSST) program seeks to strengthen international collaboration by inviting highly accomplished students to study and engage in research at UCLA. The students are supported by institutional agreements with universities abroad and by scholarships from their home institutions. The CSST initiative involves many different academic departments, research centers, and administrative units across campus, including the Office of Academic Program Development, the International Institute, and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI.) The CSST program emphasizes cross-disciplinary training and research.
The Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology
(CSST) program seeks to strengthen international collaboration by inviting highly accomplished students to study and engage in research at UCLA. The students are supported by institutional agreements with universities abroad and by scholarships from their home institutions. The CSST initiative involves many different academic departments, research centers, and administrative units across campus, including the Office of Academic Program Development, the International Institute, and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI.) The CSST program emphasizes cross-disciplinary training and research.
The Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology

CSST Summer Program 2020 Application

https://r.csst.ucla.edu/register/csstregister.cfm

Application deadline is November 18th, 2019

MISSION

UCLA’s Cross-Disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology (CSST) program strives to 1) inspire college students’ interest and commitment to scientific research, 2) cultivate cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration, 3) improve UCLA international doctoral student recruitment, and 4) strengthen UCLA’s collaborations with international research institutions. 

DESCRIPTION

The CSST Summer Program brings outstanding third-year (or fourth-year if in Medical School) college students to UCLA from top-tier universities around the world. To be admitted, the students go through rounds of vigorous screenings, including in-person interviews conducted by UCLA professors. In the ten-week summer program, each student works with a UCLA faculty mentor, forming a mutually beneficial relationship: the faculty voluntarily host and mentor CSST students, while the CSST students contribute to their mentor’s research projects.

Throughout the summer, CSST students will 1) conduct full-time research under the mentor’s guidance, 2) form multi-disciplinary teams to tackle real-world problems, 3) attend weekly seminars given by prominent scientists at UCLA, and 4) participate in activities to promote professional development, to broaden their understanding of UCLA’s programs & resources, and to prepare for application to UCLA Graduate School.

IMPACT

The CSST Summer Program offers unique benefits to participating students, UCLA faculty, and UCLA PhD Programs. Students receive important training experience and the opportunity to explore UCLA’s PhD programs and community. Faculty mentors are able to observe students’ research performance and potential for success in graduate studies.