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Cosmos 2013?

astrosaurastrosaur Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited April 2013 in Summer Programs
I am applying to UCD in clusters 4 (Introduction to Astrophysics), 5 (Computers in Biophysics & Robotics), and 7 (Biomedical Sciences) in that order. I am a freshman. Here are my stats:
UW: 4.0 W:4.6
Computer Club
Latin Club
Over 100 hours volunteer service for a hospitial
One of three students in a specialized computer programming group
Biology League

Any returning COSMOS alumni that care to share some info? Is anyone else applying for COSMOS this year?
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Replies to: Cosmos 2013?

  • astrosaurastrosaur Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
  • astrosaurastrosaur Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Anybody else applying? I would like to get to know some of you! :)
  • MikaaaMikaaa Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Hi there! I did COSMOS last summer at UCSC, cluster 5 video game design. I would definitely say that it was the best month of my life. If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them c: (if I can, that is, I've heard that things vary quite a bit from campus to campus)
  • cosmogonycosmogony Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    You can't apply to Cluster 7 for your third choice. It's a first choice only cluster.
    It's nice to see they brought Astrophysics back, though! They took it out of the program in 2012 but it had been cluster 9 for at least two years before that.
  • astrosaurastrosaur Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Aw too bad, I wouldn't want to have Biomed as my first choice, but my friend went a couple years ago and said she had a great time. Thanks for letting me know :)

    And Mikaaa, that's great! I am hoping I will get accepted. What did you list as your extra cirriculars on the application? If you don't mind me asking.
  • cantankerouscantankerous Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    hey guys! im also applying to COSMOS. im applying to uci (cluster 6 biomedical sciences and cluster 4 life on the edge:biodiversity and ecosystems of coastal california). i need some help writing my essays. i just don't know how to make my essays stand out and show my true passion for science. any tips?
  • isaialamisaialam Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    hey im applying to UCD for BIOMED and Chemistry of Life. Nice grades. I have a 3.84 unweighted, and a 4.21 weighted but that includes freshman year. My GPA w/o freshman is 4.5, and I play 3 sports, do MUN, did the science fair, got 3rd place in Science Bowl, and have over 600 hours in temple volunteering. I also go to one of the top High schools in the state.
  • chrisLietochrisLieto Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    What region did you get 3rd place in for _regional_ science bowl?
  • isaialamisaialam Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Umm East Bay. The one with Doherty High, Mission San Jose, Irvington
  • passionsreypassionsrey Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    omg. im applying to UCI and now i'm almost finishing my essay but it's like idk what to put?! Im barely a freshman and i think i wont get in! Im stuck on what i have to include in this essay! Help?
  • MikaaaMikaaa Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    oops, sorry for the really late reply haha. I... honestly don't think my extracurriculars were very special. Unfortunately I don't think I kept a record of what I entered, but of what I remember I had speech and debate, computer science club, usaco, red cross club, french club, and this other local organization i volunteer for. no leadership positions though :O
  • theknightingaletheknightingale Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hi, I'm a sophomore applying for COSMOS in UCSD. I'm applying for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine as my first choice and Bioengineering/Mechanical Engineering (The Red Blood Cell) as my second choice. Does anyone have any advice as to how I should write my essays? I've never applied for something like this before and I'm totally stumped.
  • launicalaunica Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    @Mikaaa Do you know how competitive UCSC's Video Game cluster is? I'm extremely interested in applying, but my stats aren't amazing. If it's too hard to get into, I should probably choose something else :/
  • MikaaaMikaaa Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    oh gosh sorry again and it's probably too late now lmao but it is one of the more competitive clusters (i think one of the marine biology ones is the most competitive at UCSC, though, so I guess video game design is second most competitive) but it's also the largest cluster--we had 25 or 26 people in our cluster, while most others only had 22 or something like that, which is more than they used to have. Our instructors wanted to give the opportunity to be in the cluster to more students, so they pushed the program to let them accept more students. But I think instructors change every year, so it may depend.

    But honestly, I know this is cliche, but apply to what you really want to do. I saw the other clusters doing their work, and know that if I had done any of those clusters I wouldn't have had as great of a time.
  • am5042am5042 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Hi! I'm a Junior applying for COSMOS at UCI. The Astronomy and Astrophysics cluster is my first choice. Does anyone know how competitive it is to get into?
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