Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute


The CNSI Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute is an exclusive summer workshop for high school students interested in advanced science and technology. During this five day program, students have the unique opportunity to explore questions similar to those currently investigated by the scientific community. The program involves hands-on experiments that combine vigorous scientific methodologies and techniques with projects that are both fun and exciting. Moreover, these experiments, designed by UCLA researchers, teach students the key concepts of nanoscale phenomena that make nanoscience and nanotechnology one of the most exciting fields of research today.

This course will be offered twice each summer. A limited number of campus housing is available. Accepted students should confirm housing payment as soon as possible to ensure availability.



Introductory science courses such as biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, and physics are recommended. The activities in the NanoScience Lab Summer Institute require a strong science foundation in chemistry, physics, and biology.

The program is designed for students going into 10th grade level or higher next school year. We will consider incoming 9th graders with exceptional scientific knowledge and the ability to work productively in teams, on a case by case basis.


Admission to the program is by instructor consent. As part of the registration process, applicants will be asked to submit short responses to the following two questions:

  • In no more than 250 words: What interests you in science (or technology) and how will participation in this program help you achieve your academic and personal goals?
  • In no more than 125 words: How did you hear about nanoscience and nanotechnology and what is your current understanding of this topic?

NOTE: Students should compose the essay before beginning the online registration process. There will be text fields on the online registration form into which the response text should be copied.


Applications will be reviewed in two rounds.

Round 1: Students who apply before APRIL 1 will receive their admission decision notification via email by April 4.

Round 2: Students who apply before APRIL 15 will receive their admission decision notification via email by April 18.

Applications submitted after APRIL 15 will not be considered for the program.


Registration is conveniently done online here. In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 1 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration. Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If applicable, the document and IEI fees must be paid on MyUCLA after registration. For more information, please refer to FEES AND PAYMENT in the left column.

Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address.

Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program

If you would like to switch into a different program or add additional programs, please contact our office at with your five-digit registration number, the students first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community. Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes academic honesty, treatment of others, health and safety, use of resources, and use of alcohol and controlled substances. UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.

During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.

Program Dates

JULY 11 - JULY 15, 2016

JULY 18 - JULY 22, 2016

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 1: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 1 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

APRIL 15: Payment Deadline for Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute - Round 1

MAY 1: Payment Deadline for Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute - Round 2

JUNE 1: Refund Deadline for Most Precollege Summer Institutes

JULY 10: Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute Session A Check-in (Students with Optional Residential Plan ONLY)

JULY 11-15: Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute (Session A) - Residential Students ONLY: Check-in on July 10

JULY 17: Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute Session B Check-in (Students with Optional Residential Plan ONLY)

JULY 18-22: Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute (Session B) - Residential Students ONLY: Check-in on July 17