What is the Social Ecology Honors Program?
It is a three-quarter long course sequence for Social Ecology seniors who are conducting thesis projects. Enrollment is by invitation and available to students with faculty support. Each student will work individually with a faculty mentor on the particulars of the student's research and all students will come together in the Honors Seminar to address common issues regarding research design, execution, and presentation.
What kinds of activities do students in the School's Honors Program engage in?
The specific activities for the seminar will vary from coordinator to coordinator and from year to year. Typically, however, students spend the Fall quarter laying the foundation for research projects. Each student completes a literature review and, in the seminar, discusses such topics as computer-based literature search methods, human subjects review procedures, and proposals for research funding. In the Winter quarter, students spend more time with their individual mentors on data collection and analysis. The seminar meets on fewer occasions, but has workshops on running computer statistical packages, preparing PowerPoint presentations, and creating home pages for internet sites. The Spring quarter focuses on finishing the research projects, presenting them at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium (sponsored by UROP) in May, and summarizing the project in written thesis form.
Why should I participate in the Social Ecology Honors Program?
The University of California is designated as the primary research institution in the California educational master plan. That means that UC professors all engage in scholarship and UC students have a unique opportunity to work under their guidance to do original research. The School's Honors Program provides a special opportunity to work closely with not just one, but two professors, and with a small group of elite students. Conducting a research project will help students to review and integrate the materials that they have studied in texts and lecture and bring it to bear on a topic of personal interest. Students can help their chances of admission to graduate school by demonstrating research skills and working with faculty who can testify to their readiness for advanced training.
The faculty members that oversee this program have developed a presentation that explains the many benefits of participation in the Social Ecology Honors Program. The information can be viewed here.
How do I get in the School's Honors Program?
Social Ecology majors meeting the following requirements are eligible to apply for the Social Ecology Honors Program in the spring quarter of their junior year if they wish to be considered for the program:
- A 3.2 UC GPA and a 3.5 GPA in upper-division Social Ecology major courses (minimum of four such courses) at the end of winter quarter of their junior year
- Submission of a brief research proposal
- A letter of support from a Social Ecology faculty member who agrees to serve as mentor
- A commitment by the student to enroll in all three courses of the Honors Program sequence in the senior year (this means being in residence at UC Irvine all three quarters)
- An Unofficial copy of your UCI Transcript
- Application packets due: Friday April 28th, 2017 at 5pm to the front desk of SE Student Services, Social Ecology I, Room 102. Applications should include brief research proposal, letter of support from faculty, and an unofficial transcript.