2018 Application Portal

The 2018 application portal opened on Friday, March 9, 2018 and closed on Monday, March 26, 2018.


Username format: firstname.lastname
Initial temporary password: SIP2018
Record permanent password assigned to you


The application includes the following key items in Parts I, II, and III along with many other pieces of information:

Personal statement (500 words)
Summaries of up to three selected research areas (200 words each)
Names/emails of two references (incl. at least one math/science teacher)

For reference, here is a link to the static (HTML) version of the SIP application. (Note: This link is to Part I, and there are links to Parts II and III inside Part I. This static html version does not have the full dynamic functionality of the actual online application, but does reflect all the information requested of applicants.)


Students be at least 14 years of age on the program start date of June 11 (at least 16 years of age for certain research project placements) and currently enrolled in high school. While many SIP interns are “rising seniors” (in the summer between junior and senior year), this is not a requirement. Students who expect to have graduated high school by this summer are generally ineligible. Most students accepted into SIP will be from Bay Area high schools. Out-of-area students will generally fall into one or more of the following three categories: (1) those who use weekday-housing and have a clear plan for local weekend housing, (2) those who use full-week housing when available (in both cases, the students will have to overcome the logistical challenges associated with a minor’s participation in a remote summer program), and (3) those placed into remotely-mentored projects (there is a limited number of such projects available).

A limited number of partial and full need-based scholarships are available. Scholarship requests will be considered after admission offers have been made. We encourage interested students to apply regardless of their financial situation; every effort will be made to provide financial assistance.

For questions about disability-related accommodations, please contact the program staff at ucsc-sip@ucsc.edu.

Key Dates for 2018

Application portal opens March 9
Application deadline March 26 (23:59 PDT)
Admission offers posted April 6
Deadline to accept admission offers (& pay deposit) April 11
Deadline for full payment and waiver forms May 11 (revised date)
Kickoff and orientation June 10
Program duration June 11 – August 18
Final presentation day August 18

Program Costs for 2018

Application fee (non-refundable) $60
Deposit to hold spot (non-refundable) $300
Remainder of academic program fee ($3,000 minus deposit) $2,700
Optional weekday dorm housing fee per week for up to 8 weeks
[full-week dorm housing fee per week: $695 (out-of-area interns)]
Optional weekday shuttle fee per week for up to 10 weeks
[Mon AM/Fri PM housing shuttle fee per week: $50]

A limited number of application fee waivers will be available upon request. Scholarship requests will be considered to cover all or part of the academic program fee, dorm housing fee, and possibly certain transportation costs.

Step by Step: Application to Enrollment

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the following steps are completed in a timely manner:

  • 1. Application
  • Submit application via application
    portal and pay application fee by
    deadline (March 26, 2018)

  • Include research area preferences and associated brief essays, personal statement, unofficial transcript, names/emails of two references, name/email of a high-school official, etc. Ensure that the recommendation forms are submitted by the March 26, 2018 deadline.
  • 2. Acceptance of Offer
  • Accept admission offer online and pay
    deposit or submit scholarship
    request by deadline (April 11, 2018)

  • Deposit is non-refundable and is required to hold the student’s spot, but the deposit will be waived initially for students who request scholarships. Dorm housing and transportation selections, scholarship requests and associated information must be submitted by the April 11, 2018 deadline.
  • 3. Full Payment/Registration
  • Pay rest of academic program fee and
    optional* housing/transportation fees and
    submit forms by deadline (May 11, 2018)

  • *Dorm housing optional; many interns commute daily to UCSC instead; use of SIP shuttle optional. Housing fee covers room and board; available on weekdays (full week housing available for out-of-area interns only) but only in weeks 3–10. Health/liability waiver forms due on May 11, 2018.

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected based on their level of interest in the subject to which they are being matched for research project placement, motivation to learn new concepts, and capacity for analytical thinking. Many of the research projects are computational in nature; in these cases, it is desirable that the student have some prior computer programming experience. Preference may be given to returning SIP students and to students who are willing to commit to working full-time for a period of at least 8 weeks (ideally longer) starting in early June.

Answers to Questions

If you have additional questions about the SIP application and enrollment process, please contact the program staff at ucsc-sip@ucsc.edu.

For urgent or time-critical matters only, you may contact the program staff at: (831)471-7472, but please keep in mind that email is likely to be answered more promptly than voicemail.