UCI x GATI Programs

Students currently in grades 8 - 11 may apply for the University of California Irvine x Gifted and Talented Institute (UCI x GATI), the only residential summer academic program that invites gifted students from all over the globe to do hands-on university level research in innovative + interdisciplinary fields such as biology, engineering, AI, & medicine (BEAM) and game science & entertainment technology (GSET).


Admitted students will have the unique opportunity to work in state-of-the-art research facilities and get hands-on demonstrations of advanced lab techniques. Moreover, students selected to the program will have the rare chance to work closely with and be mentored by faculty and experts who are leaders and top authorities in their fields. As capstone projects students will collaborate with fellow scholars from all over the globe to present or publish their research process. 

Summer Programs

GATI’s summer programs offer talented and hardworking students the opportunity to engage in advanced academic work, experience research processes, and connect their intellectual vitality to real world application. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social-emotional connection and friendships that result from bringing gifted and talented students together from around the world is an integral part of the GATI summer experience. 

**UPDATE** Summer Program 2021. GATI, in close coordination with the UCI leadership, has made the difficult decision not to hold in-person programs in summer 2021. However, accelerated summer group research and advance academic programs will be available online. 

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Online Programs

GATI’s online programs offer talented and hardworking students the opportunity to remotely engage in advanced academic work and experience research processes all year round from the comforts of their computer. All online programs are designed to be highly engaging and intimate, and are curated to satisfy as well as embolden the intellectual vitality of bright and hardworking young scholars.


Bio Engineering AI Medicine

Master hands-on university level research in the interdisciplinary, cutting-edge fields of BEAM.

 Admitted fellows will be matched with UCI research faculty-led teams to experience and learn about the authentic research process.


Game Science Entertainment Tech

Experience the full spectrum of the gaming ecosystem and explore future careers in this dynamic industry. 


Admitted fellows will experience esports and be matched with UCI research faculty to perform cognitive, social and scientific research in gaming.


"The BEAM Program was an experience like no other. From building my own start-up with the help of UCI's ANTrepreneur Center to gaining key engineering principles from Dr. Reinkensmeyer's lab, I was able to gain a vast amount of knowledge that not only spurred my passion for research but also thoroughly prepared me for a career in the STEM field. It was exciting to learn amongst peers bound by a similar interest in science and to bond with them through exciting group activities. I always felt comfortable asking questions and reaching out to a mentor when I needed help. I can certainly say this program was not only an important learning experience but also a chance to meet new people and build connections."

Sophia L. / Senior / Prospective Cornell Student

"I was a part of the 2020 BEAM 2.0 program and am so grateful for the mentors, curriculum, and peers I had access to through the program. I owe my newfound interest in entrepreneurship and furthered pursuit of neuroscience research to BEAM. In fact, through my experiences in Dr. Yama Akbari’s lab, I decided to apply to colleges as a neuroscience major and am currently presumed to enter MIT next fall as a Brain and Cognitive Science major. In my estimation, BEAM successfully prepares students for college and even further life.

Furthermore, despite the online platform, I felt little was taken from the program because of the passion the organizers had for delivering a holistic experience to me and my peers. I’m confident that this dedication will only improve the impact of BEAM in the coming years."

Helen K. / Senior/ Prospective MIT Student

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