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COSMOS Ethics Essay Contest

The Institute for Practical Ethics sponsors the COSMOS Ethics Essay Contest, where COSMOS students submit essays about the ethical implications of the technologies they are investigating. Institute leadership wants these emerging scientists to develop their technical skills with their ethical awareness in order to lead science and technology in the future.

The Institute for Practical Ethics hopes that this ethics contest will spark the students' interest in the ethics of science and technology as they move on to university and beyond.

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The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, also known as COSMOS, is a four-week residential summer program open to current 8- through 12-grade, motivated high school students with demonstrated interest and achievement in math and science.

The mission is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians so that they may actively participate in the business and higher educational sectors of the State of California.

COSMOS provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with outstanding university faculty and researchers, covering topics extending beyond the typical high school curriculum. UC San Diego's COSMOS experience heavily emphasizes technology, engineering, mathematics and science, with administration through the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

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