Undergraduate Student Initiated Education (USIE) is an innovative program designed to provide a select group of juniors and seniors with the opportunity to develop and facilitate, under close faculty supervision, a lower division seminar for their peers.
The application and selection period is during Spring quarter. During the Fall and Winter quarters, selected student facilitators work closely with their faculty mentors in two 1-unit independent study courses (one each quarter) focused on the content-area of their proposed seminar. In addition, selected student facilitators enroll in two 1-unit pedagogy seminars (one each quarter) in which various facilitation strategies and techniques are discussed in preparation for leading a spring seminar. Through the independent study courses and pedagogy seminars, student facilitators develop a formal syllabus for their spring seminars for review and approval by the USIE Faculty-Student Advisory Committee and the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC).
Spring 2017 USIE Information Session
Come hear from USAC student representatives and current USIE Student Facilitators about the application process and beyond! The final info session be Thursday April 6, 2017 from 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. in Kerckhoff Hall, Room 417
2017-18 Applications Now Available!
Take a look at our students in action to get a behind the scenes peek at all the things you can do with USIE! And once you have looked at our videos be sure to download the 2017-18 application materials.NOTE: Application deadline is Monday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Education: It's in Your Hands!
USIE Facilitators have represented almost 50 different departments from the College and Professional Schools at UCLA. Seminar topics selected are just as diverse as the students who lead them. Our 2016-17 USIE facilitators leading a total of 23 seminars this Spring. Elisa Cottarelli (Economics) Communication Studies 88S: Celebrity and Fan Culture.Elisa's inspiration for the course began when she discovered that the world of fandom and celebrity is much richer than it appears on surface and worthy of academic exploration. Read MoreDavid Veta (Philosophy) English 88S: There’s a Catch: An Exploration of Satire Through Catch 22.David’s greatest expectation for facilitating in the spring is to introduce students to a really funny book they have not read before. Read MoreFrank Chen (Computer Science) Computer Science 88S: Safety in the Cloud: Introduction to Cybersecurity.Frank aspires to be a role model and leader in building a community of computer science education. His belief is that everyone from all backgrounds have the opportunity to learn and benefit from cybersecurity and Internet. Read MoreAmy Aldana (Psychology) Education 88S: Embracing Identity: Learn About Your Ancestry. After finding out that UC students can use Ancestry.com for free, Amy created a course to help others explore their identity through the creation of a family tree. Read MoreFor more USIE Facilitator Spotlights, visit our Facebook Page!
In The Spotlight
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