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. All SIMS students engage in activities and training to promote the development of effective academic skills, especially in their critical first year. To prepare for their academic courses, SIMS students take an intense individualized introduction to university Calculus, Chemistry or Physics, and Technical Writing the summer prior to matriculation at UCSB. Based on their interests, students work in small research groups with graduate student mentors. The mentors orient SIMS students to research culture and community at UCSB, as well to the process of scientific inquiry by providing authentic hands-on experiences that build skills, confidence, and curiosity. Social events take place daily linking participants with undergraduate program assistants, program staff, and UCSB faculty with whom they will work. Informal late evening discussions are hosted by the onsite Faculty-in-residence. The summer program culminates with finals, papers, and a 15 minute technical oral presentation on their research projects given in front of 100+ faculty, researchers, parents, and staff. SIMS students are monitored and provided encouragement and support to engage in campus networks and research activities through graduation. SIMS participants are well connected to campus resources. They perform well academically, participate in undergraduate research, education abroad, internships, and hold leadership positions in campus organizations.