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).
2014-15 USIE Reception Highlights
In The Spotlight
UCLA Newsroom: Army veteran, a UCLA student, teaches on "Fast Cars and Battle Scars: Understanding the Modern Combat Veteran and PTSD." Read More »
Daily Bruin: Student facilitates seminar on "The Lord of the Rings" through USIE program at UCLA Read More »
Daily Bruin: USIE student to teach about "Love, Drugs, Politics and History: Mexican Corrido." Read More »