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APPLYING

CLASS LOGISTICS

RESEARCH SETTINGS

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Does my major have to be related to the environment?

No. ALL majors are welcome to apply for the program. We value interdisciplinary work and in fact will be seeking a broad representation of majors from all sides of campus.

 

What is the difference between applying as a Scholar and as a Project Consultant?

You may only apply to be a Scholar if you will be a 2nd or 3rd year in Fall 2015. As a Scholar you will be enrolled in the weekly class and will also be placed in a research setting with a Sustainable LA faculty member.

 

You may only apply to be a Project Consultant if you will be a 4th year or above in Fall 2015. As a Project Consultant, you will assume a leadership role in the class. You will attend the weekly class, as well as an additional 1-hour session with Dr. Kennison. You will not be placed in a research setting.

 

Do I get to choose which research setting I work in?

Should you be accepted to the class, we will match you with a Sustainable LA faculty member based on your application short answers. If you are currently working with or would like to request a Sustainable LA faculty member, you will be able to do so on your application. However, there is no guarantee that you will be placed with requested faculty.

 

I was admitted to UCLA this Spring. Can I apply for my 1st year?

No. We only accept students as Scholars who will be 2nd or 3rd years in Fall 2015. We will only accept students as Project Consultants who will be 4th years or above in Fall 2015. Please check back for applications next Spring.


Can I apply to be a Scholar if I will not be a 2nd or 3rd year in Fall 2015? Or a Project Consultant if I will not be a 4th year or above in Fall 2015?

No.* You may only apply to be a Scholar if  you will be a 2nd or 3rd year in Fall 2015. You may only apply to be a Project Consultant if you will be 4th year or above in Fall 2015.

*If you were enrolled in a previous year of GC-URSP, you may apply to be a Project Consultant as a 3rd year.

 

Can I apply if I am an incoming transfer student?

Yes. If you have been accepted to UCLA for Fall 2015 as a transfer student you may apply to be a Scholar. For the GPA requirement, include your GPA from your transfer school. Also upload the equivalent of a DPR/DARS from your transfer school - this could be an unofficial transcript.

 

When will I hear back about my application?

You will hear back by mid-June or July.

 

Can I apply if I am studying abroad?

Unfortunately, you cannot enroll in GC-URSP if you will be abroad for any of the 2014-15 quarters. You must be available to attend the class and research experience for the entirety of the year.

 

CLASS LOGISTICS

How many units is GC-URSP?

GC-URSP will be 2 units P/NP for Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. In Winter and Spring you will also enroll in 1-2 units of SRP 99 with your faculty research mentor’s department.

 

Can GC-URSP go toward my GE or major requirements?

No. GC-URSP is not a GE or major class.

 

When and where is the class held?

The class time and location is TBD.

 

Who is teaching the class?

Dr. Rachel Kennison, Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Research Center - Sciences. There will also be guest speakers invited to various sessions.

 

Research Settings

NOTE: Project Consultants will not be placed in research settings. This section applies only to Scholars.

How many hours will I spend doing research each week?

As a Scholar, you will spend about 6 hours in your research setting each week.

 

I’m already in a lab or research setting on campus – can it apply toward GC-URSP?

If you already work in a research setting on campus, it may only be applied toward GC-URSP if the faculty member in charge is a Sustainable LA faculty member. In this case, you will need to indicate this on your application – there will be a box for you to check, and space for you to specify the faculty member. We will do our best to accommodate setting preferences but cannot guarantee you will be placed in your requested setting.

 

I’m in another unrelated lab or research setting on campus. Can I also be in a GC-URSP research setting?

We do not recommend working in two research positions.  We expect that the GC-URSP program will take sufficient time that you will not be able to work in both settings.

 

Can I enroll as a Scholar and only do the research portion of GC-URSP, not the class?

No, you must participate in BOTH the class and the research if are enrolled as a Scholar. Project Consultants do not perform research.

 

Will I be able to change research settings during GC-URSP?

It is expected that the placement in the research setting will be for one-year and hence, switching settings will be strongly discouraged. Please discuss any concerns you may have with Dr. Rachel Kennison.

 

Can I work in a research setting that is unrelated to my major?

This will require fact-specific analysis but in most cases, it is expected that the research setting should have a relation or connection to your major. For example, if you are a history major, you cannot work in an engineering lab because you will not possess the skills necessary to perform research. If, for example, you are a life sciences major who wishes to work in an engineering lab, there is a possibility you could have the skills necessary to perform research, and your involvement in the research setting would be up to the discretion of the faculty member.

 

Is GC-URSP part of URSP?

No, GC-URSP is an independent program. However, through your research in GC-URSP will be eligible to apply for URSP next year.

 

 

For further questions, please email GCURSP@college.ucla.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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