Undergraduate Student Initiated Education (USIE) is an innovative program designed to provide a select group of juniors and seniors with an opportunity to develop and facilitate, under close faculty supervision, a lower division seminar for their peers. The program was created in 2005-06 when a group of undergraduate students approached then Dean/Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Judith L. Smith, with a proposal for student-initiated courses.

As of Spring 2018, more than 110 students have designed and offered their own seminars, enrolling over 2600 undergraduates.


Elizabeth Bjork, Chair
Professor of Psychology
College of Letters and Science

Lucy Blackmar, ex officio
Assistant Vice Provost
Undergraduate Education Initiatives

Christopher Mott
Lecturer in English
College of Letters and Science

David Rigby
Professor of Geography
College of Letters and Science

Hannah Whang
Senior Research Analyst
Office of Instructional Development

Jacob Zazzeron
Undergraduate Student Chair