Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science (SIMS)
Demographics and Tracking, cohorts 2005 to 2009
July 29, 2010
The SIMS program was established to engage and challenge high achieving incoming UCSB freshmen that
have traditionally been underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. SIMS students
take an intense introduction to university Calculus, Chemistry or Physics, and Technical Writing. They are
also assigned to work in small research groups with graduate student mentors, based on their interests.
Mentors orient SIMS students to the diverse and collaborative research culture and community at UCSB, as
well to the process of scientific inquiry by providing authentic hands-on challenges that build skills and
Recruitment and Selection Demographics: The table below gives diversity demographics of our applicants
and interns for Summers 2005 through 2009. We have been quite successful at both recruiting female and
minority students. Current national statistics (NCES, 2005) indicate that only 15% of all STEM bachelor's
degrees go towards minority students our 50% minority participation rate greatly exceeds that.
SIMS Program Impacts and Student Accomplishments: We have performed extensive tracking of the
activities of former SIMS participants, from Summers 2005 to 2009. There have been a total of 145 students
from these time periods.
Long-Term Tracking of Academic Progress:
· Retention Success: 80 students out of 84 (from summers 2007-2009 95%) are still enrolled at UCSB