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CSST Summer Research Program

The 2020 CSST Summer Program application is now open.
Application Dealdine: November 18th, 2019 (11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time)

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The CSST Summer Research Program brings top international students who are ready to apply for graudate schools in the following year to conduct a ten-week, intensive research program at UCLA. Each program participant will be enrolled in 12 units of UCLA courses, conduct research under the guidance of a UCLA faculty mentor, and attend mandatory CSST activities including professional development and networking events. CSST offers emerging scholars premier research training in a cutting edge scientific environment that fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations. 

Current Participating Universities

Beijing Institute of Technology                                         
Dalian University of Technology
Fudan University
Harbin Institute of Technology
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Jilin University
Nanjing University
Nankai University
Peking University
Shandong University
Shanghai Jiaotong University
Sichuan University
Southern University of Science and Technology of China 
Sun Yat-sen University
Tongji University
Tsinghua University
University of Science and Technology of China
Waseda University
Wuhan University
Xiamen University
Xian Jiaotong University
Zhejiang University


Other information

About 90% of CSST participants came from Biomedical & Life Sciences, Physical Science, and Engineering majors (STEM majors: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). But we also welcome students from non-STEM majors such as Geology, Sociology, Political Science, Urban Planning, Economics etc.

A limited number (~200) of applicants who meet the following criteria will be selected for the in-person faculty interviews:

  • Strong interest in UCLA PhD career
  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Previous research experience
  • High English proficiency (TOEFL 79; IELTS 6.5)
  • Interest in interdisciplinary studies
  • Self-motivated and creative
  • Mature, independent, and unique personality

Around 90 students will be admitted into the summer program. Selected program participants will receive a scholarship to cover UCLA Summer Sessions tuition and administrative fees. Students are expected to cover their own travel and visa related expenses, as well as mandatory on-campus housing and meals during their stay in Los Angeles.

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