The USIE program is ideally designed for a single student to create and facilitate his/her own spring seminar. While co-facilitation is not encouraged, those interested will have to complete the following:
Schedule a meeting with the Director and Program Representative of the USIE Program
Provide a statement that justifies why you wish to co-facilitate and how it will enhance your spring seminar
Provide a letter of support from your faculty mentor in which he/she agrees to mentor both facilitators and explains why he/she is in support of the co-facilitation
Following successful completion of the pedagogy courses during Fall and Winter quarters, and Academic Senate approval of the seminar syllabi, student facilitators offer their seminars during Spring quarter.
Yes, all selected facilitators must enroll in Honors 101E. No exceptions will be made for scheduling conflicts. All prospective student facilitators should make a note of this when selecting their Fall and Winter classes. Please check the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes for the Honors Collegium 101E schedule.
A wait list capacity of five (5) students will be added to each seminar. In order to provide an intimate and engaging environment for discussion, each seminar is capped at 20 students. All student who are still on a wait list after Friday of Week 2 will automatically be dropped.
During Spring quarter, the student applicants work with their faculty mentors to select a topic and develop a course proposal. During Fall and Winter quarters, approved student applicants meet regularly with their mentors to work on the course outline and syllabus, including readings and written assignments. During the following Spring quarter, students facilitate their course and faculty mentors are encouraged to attend at least one of the sessions. Also, regular meetings between student facilitators and faculty mentors are recommended to provide additional guidance and feedback. Faculty mentors are responsible for submitting final grades of students enrolled in the seminar at the end of Spring quarter. Attendance at the year-end USIE reception is also highly encouraged.
USIE courses cannot be listed on the Schedule of Classes without a faculty member, or instructor of record. We do our best to make undergraduate students aware that these courses are, in fact, led by undergraduate students, NOT the faculty member listed.