The Strauss Scholarship

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
in Honor of Gilbert Geis

Dan & Jean Aldrich and Nicholas
Aeberhard Scholarships

Fudge Family Scholarship

Additional Information

For information about the School of Social Ecology's Honors Program, please visit our website: Social Ecology Honors Program

Please visit the Scholarship Opportunities Program Web site for more information regarding prestigious scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.


The Strauss Scholarship

An outstanding scholarship opportunity for students interested in public service.

Application Deadline:  TBA

Submit all materials to Social Ecology I, Room 102

Conditions of Eligibility:

 * A current full-time JUNIOR (becoming a Senior by Fall 2016).

*  Must be enrolled full-time for Fall 2015, Winter 2016, and Spring 2016 quarters.

*  Currently enrolled in ANY MAJOR within THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL ECOLOGY

* Interested in and planning for a career in PUBLIC SERVICE:

   (Public service includes government at any level, public interest organizations,
   non-government research and/or educational organizations, and public service
   oriented, non-profit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are
   to help disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.)



1.  Complete the Application Form posted here|
2.  Provide an OFFICIAL copy of your UCI transcript..
3.  Provide two (2) letters of recommendation, which may include persons outside of the academic institution who can address your aspirations and accomplishments in public service (e.g., teachers, employers, and community representatives)
4.  Submit a written description of your aspirations and plans for a career in public service.  This essay must be typed and turned in with your application.


Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
in Honor of Gilbert Geis

$1,000 Cash Award - An outstanding Scholarship opportunity for students interested in research in the field of Criminology, Law and Society

Application Deadline:  TBA

This award was created to encourage and support undergraduate students who are involved in research related to criminology, law an society.  Students who are interested in attending graduate school are particularly urged to apply.

Conditions of Eligibility:

  1. Criminology, Law and Society major
  2. 3.0 overall GPA at UCI
  3. Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing prior to Fall 2015
  4. SE 10 Research Design
  5. C7 Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society
  6. One upper division (C100-C196) Criminology, Law and Society course

How to Apply:

  1. Submit as an attachment to Lynette Vaz ( a 1 to 3 page, double-spaced, typed paper outlining a proposed project that you wish to conduct.  The project may be based on ‘library research”, or be part of a faculty member’s larger project, or be independent research.  This is not an exhaustive list (e.g., other acceptable projects include making a film or attending a specific research conference).
  1. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or graduate student is also required.  It should be submitted to Lynette Vaz ( as an attachment or a hard copy may be sent to her (Room 2340, Social Ecology II).

Please contact Lynette Vaz for any questions at

Who is Gilbert Geis?

Professor Emeritus Gilbert Geis, who taught in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society between 1970 and 1987, is one of the world’s leading criminologists.  His contributions to general criminological theory and to the sub-field of white-collar crime are well documented.  He has published 25 books and more than 400 articles and book chapters.  He is past President of the American Society of Criminology and the recipient of the Edwin Sutherland Award, its highest honor, as well as numerous other awards.  He continues to publish and work with younger scholars.  Professor Geis is extremely generous with his time, and is well-known amongst colleagues as not only one of the most prolific social science writers of our time, but as one of the finest editors as well.  He continues to chair dissertation committees and is an active and important member of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the criminology profession.

This award is available due to the generosity of a former student of Gilbert Geis and School of Social Ecology alumnus, Peter Fischler, who was inspired by Professor Geis’ research and teaching, and funded this award to encourage other undergraduate students to become involved in research.


Dan & Jean Aldrich and Nicholas Aeberhard Scholarships

The Dan and Jean Aldrich Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student on the basis of merit. The recipient must be a Junior who is planning to graduate during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The nominee should demonstrate academic excellence (suggested 3.0 GPA or higher), leadership, contribution to campus and community service.  The Dan and Jean Aldrich Scholar will receive a $2,000 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Nicholas Aeberhard Memorial Award is given to an outstanding freshman (who will become a sophomore).  Nicholas Aeberhard was an active, popular and successful college student when an unfortunate accident took his life on New Year’s Eve in 1965. The scholarship is given based on personal integrity, student leadership, academics and involvement in campus and civic activities.  Students must have completed 24 units by the end of Winter quarter 2014 (which should not include Advanced Placement or repeat courses).  The Nicholas Aeberhard Scholar will receive a $5,000 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Both awards require three letters of recommendation from UCI faculty or staff.  Additionally, both of these awards stress community service, personal integrity and student leadership.

The three letters of recommendation , a resume, and an essay must accompany your application (both of which can be downloaded on the homepage under campus resources).  Deadline for applications to be turned into the Office of Student Services in SE I, Rm. 102 in April 2016.

Fudge Family Scholarship

The Fudge Family Foundation has established a limited-time scholarship opportunity for Social Ecology students who have a strong academic record and who have established financial need because they are self-supporting or have other personal hardships that would make it difficult for them to complete their studies without this assistance.  Fudge Family Scholars will have demonstrated a strong work ethic and self-motivation.  Ideally, two students will receive an award of up to $5,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year.


  • Full-time enrollment.
  • Current UC Irvine junior or senior-level student. 
  • A major within the School of Social Ecology (at the time of application and must remain an SE major throughout duration of the award).
  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.
  • Two 500 word essays that address scholastic achievement, work ethic, and self-motivation.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Financial need as determined by the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.


  1. Complete the Application Form posted here: Fudge Family Scholarship Application
  2. Application deadline: November 2015.
  3. Submit your complete application to: Office of Student Services, School of Social Ecology, SE I, Rm. 102, Irvine, CA 92697