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SMARTS Program

While many students take a break from school over the summer, 30-40 local high school students choose to take on a challenge. These students participate in CEED’s Annual Science Mathematics Achievement and Research Technology for Students Program. This program, also known as SMARTS, is a six-week summer college preparation program at UCLA designed to engage traditionally underrepresented students in rigorous science, technology, engineering and math instruction and training.

SMARTS participants engage in a number of activities, including math courses (Introduction to Statistics and AP Calculus Readiness), SAT preparation, research, and college and career planning workshops. A hallmark of SMARTS is the Research Apprentice Program (RAP). Through this unique opportunity, approximately 10 - 15 students are able to add research assistant to their portfolio, as they successfully complete six weeks of research in UCLA labs. Research projects, mentored by graduate students, are conducted in frontier engineering, science and computing areas which range from Nanotechnology to Molecular Genetics. The six-week experience is culminated with a closing ceremony where Research Apprentices formally present their projects to an audience of faculty, staff, parents and their peers.

SMARTS also engages students in the Industry Career Exploration, a luncheon that allows students the opportunity to interact with professional engineers and scientists. Representatives from the CEED Industry Advisory Board facilitate round-table sessions with students, discussing career opportunities and the steps needed to become an engineer or scientist.

The program is funded through a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant and through contributions from corporate members of the CEED Industry Advisory Board.


  1. Currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade
  2. Completion of any of the following math classes by June 2015:
    Trigonometry/Math Analysis/Pre-Calculus - it taking Calculus
  3. Students who attend schools within the Los Angeles or Inglewood Unified School District and/or MESA participants will receive priority consideration
  4. Ability to commute daily to the UCLA campus

Note: If you are not in the 10th or 11th grade but will have completed either of the above classes, you may apply to the program.

Current 12th grade students are not eligible for this program.



Date: June 29 - August 7, 2015
Times: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If there is an event workshop, the day will end at 2:30 pm.
Place: University of California, Los Angeles Campus


  • AP Calculus Readiness
  • Research Apprentice Program
  • Test Preparation  (ACT or SAT II Math Level II)
  • Career & College Planning Workshops (Friday Afternoons):
  • Career Exploration Luncheon
  • Financial Aid Workshop
  • Hands-On Engineering Workshops (Tentative)

Cost: There is no cost to participate in the SMARTS Program. Each student will be provided with books, calculators, a locker, computer accounts and a meal card while participating in the program. However, students will be responsible for transportation to and from UCLA.


Application Packet

The 2015 SMARTS Application will be available to download on Feb. 1, 2015 The deadline to submit the completed application is  April 25, 2015

2015 SMARTS Application (available Feb 1, 2015)

 A complete application packet must contain all of the following items:

a. Completed and signed SMARTS Application.
b. One-page essay based on questions provided (please make sure to have an adult proofread your essay before submission)
c. Two teacher recommendations using forms provided (each must be included in application packet in a sealed envelope with teacher's signature on flap)
d. Unofficial or official transcript (report cards will not be accepted)

Submit all application components together in one packet. DO NOT submit transcripts and recommendation separately.

All students must submit a complete application by April 25, 2015. ONLY complete applications will be considered for admission to the SMARTS Program.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If the application packet received by the CEED Office is not complete, you WILL NOT be allowed to submit missing items. Your application will be disqualified and WILL NOT be considered for admission to the 2015 SMARTS Program.

If you have any questions about the SMARTS Program, contact Catherine Douglas at (310) 267-4416 or


Application Status

The application status of each application submitted will be listed on the website to inform students on the status of their submitted applications.

The 2015 SMARTS Application is now closed!  We have received over 100 applications in the last 5 days and are still in the process of checking applications for completeness. The final list of applications received will be updated by Friday May 1, 2015. If your name does not appear on the final list it means that your application was not received by the SMARTS Office by the April 25, 2015 deadline.

Applicants will be notified of their admission status by May 31, 2015

2015 SMASH Application Status List

Application Status Legend:

Application Status
COMP Application is complete; all required items submitted
Application disqualified, incomplete SMARTS application
Application disqualified, missing essay
DQ -  # REC
Application disqualified, missing 1 or 2 recommendation(s)
Application disqualified, missing transcript
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