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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), in the Division of Under- graduate Education encourages and facilitates research and creative activities by under-graduates from all schools and academic disciplines at UCI.

Research opportunities are available not only from every discipline, interdisciplinary program, and school, but also from many outside agencies, including national laboratories, industrial partners, and other universities.

UROP offers assistance to students and faculty through all phases of the research activity: proposal writing; developing research plans; resource support; conducting the research and analyzing data; and presenting results of the research at the annual spring campuswide Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Projects supported by UROP may be done at any time during the academic year and/or summer, and the research performed must meet established academic standards and emphasize interaction between the student and faculty supervisor.

Calls for proposals are issued in the fall and spring quarters. For more information, Contact the UROP office, 1100 Student Services II; telephone 824-4189; e-mail:; or on the World Wide Web at


Quarterly Undergraduate Honors

Dean's Honor List - Quarterly undergraduate honors are awarded in each school to students who achieve a quarterly grade point average of 3.5 or better in a minimum of 12 graded units.


UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Campuswide Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, is an integral component of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The Symposium is an annual event that allows undergraduates the opportunity to present their research results in a professional setting. The day's activities include both oral and poster presentations, student performances, a keynote speaker, roundtable discussions, and an awards ceremony. CHP students are encouraged to attend and participate in the Symposium, or volunteer and contribute to the success of this celebrated event. The Symposium is held every year in mid May in the UCI Student Center.

For more information visit UROP at


Other Honors Programs and Societies on Campus

In addition to the CHP, there are several upper-division, major specific honors programs offered to outstanding students at UCI. These are available in the Schools of Humanities and Social Ecology, the Department of Information and Computer Science, and to majors in Anthropology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, International Studies, Linguistics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science and Sociology.

In addition, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Cognitive Science offer undergraduate research opportunities through their Excellence in Research Programs.

Some of these honors programs have applications and deadlines, some are by invitation only, and some just require that specific course work, research and a thesis be completed prior to graduation. Individual program descriptions and requirements are included in the general catalogue, and additional information is available through the appropriate undergraduate counseling office.

CHP students are encouraged to consider involvement in these programs and to inquire about them early in their academic program planning.

The same project/thesis used to satisfy the research/thesis requirements for the major specific program may also be used to satisfy the research/thesis requirement for the CHP.


National Collegiate Honors Council

The NCHC was formed in 1966 by a group of individuals from across the country who were interested in programs for the talented and in experimentation and innovation at all educational levels.

Today, NCHC is an organization of colleges and universities, faculty members, students, administrators, and others interested in supporting honors education. NCHC seeks to enhance educational opportunities (academic, cultural, and social) responsive to the needs of highly able and/or exceptionally motivated undergraduate students.

Specifically, the purposes of NCHC are:
  • to stimulate the development of new honors programs in all types and sizes of colleges and universities;
  • to support and nurture the growth of existing honors programs;
  • to promote an awareness of the nature and scope of honors learning within the higher education community;
  • to create enriched educational opportunities for honors students;
  • to advance the professional status and expertise of honors education;

In order to reach these goals, the NCHC sponsors; a) national, regional and state conferences and forums organized to inform and support beginning and continuing honors programs, educators, and students; b) publications, both periodical and occasional, devoted to issues, research, and developments in honors teaching and learning; c) trans-institutional exchange programs; f) assistance in the evaluation and planning of honors programs; and g) special projects which advance undergraduate honors education.

During the academic year, we will keep students apprised of opportunities such as art/essay contests, honors seminars and semesters, regional and national conferences, and any other opportunities which the NCHC offers to honors students across the country.


Merit Scholarships

The Scholarship Opportunities Program (SOP) encourages UCI undergraduates to apply for and win important merit awards.

We identify and organize information about significant external scholarships and fellowships and those available only to UCI students, and we counsel UCI undergraduate students about them.

The SOP Library includes a collection of video interviews of UCI recipients of prestigious scholarships, binders for specific scholarships, and scholarship books. The SOP website provides descriptions including deadlines of more than 350 awards.

We encourage students who are interested in applying for prestigious scholarships to seek information and counseling early in their college careers. Attend the workshops offered throughout the year and receive counseling.

For more information go to the Scholarship Opportunities web site at



UCI offers several opportunities for internships. The UCI Internship Program, housed in the Career and Life Planning Center, has compiled a list of these programs on both the national and local levels. The list includes opportunities in government, business, industry, and non-profit organizations.

The UCDC program offers internships in Washington D.C. and its interns are placed in a supervised program of work and study in business of government.

The Administrative Student Intern Program offers students internship experiences in campus offices. Students assume responsibilities and projects which allow them to assess and develop their potential leadership skills through actual work experience.

For more information visit the UCDC site at

Several other internship opportunities of an academic nature are accessible on the Scholarship Opportunities Program website at and available in 1200 Student Services II.


Education Abroad Program and the International Opportunities Program

Housed in UCI's Study Abroad Center, 1100 Student Services II (824-6343), these programs offer UCI students the opportunity to take advantage of the many worldwide opportunities that exist for study, work, internship, volunteering, and research.

Participating in an international educational experience typically introduces students to ways of thinking different from their own, broadens their understanding of the historical and contemporary worlds, sharpens their interest in particular fields, and enhances their overall intellectual development. The CHP strongly encourages its students to consider this option as part of their undergraduate experience.

Students can study/work abroad for a quarter, a semester, over the summer or for the entire academic year. In addition, one quarter's participation in EAP fulfills the International/Global general education requirements (part of Category VII).

For more information visit the EAP website and the IOP website.

Honors Opportunities at UCI and Upper Division Honors Programs

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