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Undergraduate Student Initiated Education

Students, YOU can design your own class!
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).

2018-19 Applications Coming Soon!

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 led a total of 23 seminars in Spring 2017.

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 More

David 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 More

Frank 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 More

Amy Aldana (Psychology) Education 88S: Embracing Identity: Learn About Your Ancestry.
After finding out that UC students can use for free, Amy created a course to help others explore their identity through the creation of a family tree. Read More

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