Social Ecology Honors Program Information

The 2024-2025 Social Ecology Honors Program application is now open!



What is the SE Honors Program?

  • SE Honors is an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty on research, while learning best practices of research design, data collection and the presentation of findings. 
  • This program is a year commitment, three-quarter long course sequence for Social Ecology seniors who are conducting thesis projects.
  • SE Honors participants present their projects in the Spring during the symposium with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Should I participate in the SE Honors Program?

  • If you have an interest in creating/expanding research, collaborating with faculty and your fellow peers, and learning how to best approach challenges within society, the SE Honors Program would provide that opportunity. 
  •  Participating in this program will help students apply the materials that they have studied in texts and during lectures into original research projects.
  • This experience can greatly increase a student's chances of successfully being admitted into a Ph.D. program and provide a platform for students to hone their scholarly, professional and personal relationships. 


Program Eligibility


At the time of application,

have the following complete/in-progress

  1. Completion of all lower-division school and major requirements
  2. Completion of at least four upper-division (major) Social Ecology courses with a grade point average of at least 3.5 in these courses.
  3. Achievement of an overall grade point average at UCI of at least 3.2.


 Excellence in Research in

Social Ecology Eligibility

  • Earn an overall 3.2 UC GPA in your junior year. Earn a B or above in the following:
    • SOCECOL 10, SOCECOL 13, SOCECOL 111W, and SOCECOL 190
  • Work with faculty mentor during at least one quarter by the end of your junior year:
    • Enrollment into PSCI 196 / SOCECOL 198 / SOCECOL 199
  • Completion of SE Honors Program.
  • See Excellence in Research website for more information

Application Timeline

Week/Quarter of 3rd Year Preparation
  • Begin draft of research proposal.
  • Identify potential faculty mentor.
  • Meet with faculty mentor.
  • Finalize research proposal.
  • Compose cover letter.
Week 1: SPRING SE Honors application opens. Have the following documents ready to upload:
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor.
  • Research proposal (3-5 pages)
  • Cover Letter
  • The Application Priority Deadline for the 2024-2025 program is July 1, 2024 (11:59pm PST)

    • students will receive a decision by July 15, 2024

  • The Final Deadline for the 2024-2025 Application is August 30, 2024 (11:59pm PST)
    • students will receive a decision by September 6, 2024

Application Resources

Sample SE Honors Application Proposals

2024 SE Honors Info Session Zoom Recording