Summer Research Academies


UC Santa Barbara's Summer Research Academies offer a dynamic summer experience 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 in which 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 as they present on their ground-breaking research and innovative technology.

Program Dates: June 27 – July 26, 2024
Students must attend program in its entirety, including the virtual component

Application Window: Check back in fall for application updates.

View the 2023 Pre-College Brochure.


ATTENTION: Pre-college students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19!

Students participating in any in-person courses or programs at UC Santa Barbara during Summer Sessions will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival on university property. This is in accordance with the University of California’s policy for immunization requirements. For more information on the policy, and to upload proof of vaccination, visit Student Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information Page.