Sleep and Cognition Lab seeking Researchers

November 13, 2017

The Sleep and Cognition (SaC) Lab is interested in understanding who we are as humans by investigating how we form memories. Memories are at the core of our histories, our perceptions, and our beliefs. By understanding how memories are formed, processed and retained, we can understand how they can be improved, as well as how memory abilities can falter due to aging or disease. We are specifically interested in translational research questions that lead to improving the lives of people with cognitive impairments. We utilize electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electrical brain stimulation, pharmacology, psychophysics, and sleep, in collaboration with researchers from a wide range of disciplines including development, political science, memory, vision, sleep, computer modeling, and psychopharmacology.

Some of the experimental questions we are exploring include: What are the basic mechanisms of encoding, consolidation and retrieval? Why do some memories tend to become stronger after a period of sleep? What are the specific roles of individual sleep features in consolidation across a wide range of memory domains? What are the roles of individual neurotransmitters in the memory process? Can we enhance memory performance by improving sleep or with pharmacological intervention?

Undergraduate researchers in the SaC lab learn every aspect of experimental research in sleep and memory, including EEG methodology, cognitive testing, data analysis, working with human subjects and organizing databases.  Visit our lab webpage and check the “Join Our Lab!” tab for an application.

Mathematical Modeling Competition

November 13, 2017

In 2011* and 2012*, quantitative undergraduates at UCI banded together as in teams to use their mathematical skills to solve problems with unknown answers. In both years, those teams were outscored by only three teams and one team, respectively.

Help us continue that streak! If you like to do mathematics but yearn for a different outlet through which you can exercise your mathematical and quantitative skills, then the MCM-ICM may be perfect for you. Click on the link below to the Google Forms for more information.

*Announcements of results:
– 2011:
– 2012:

Meet the CHP Librarian at Coffee Hour

November 13, 2017

CHP Librarian, Nicole Helregel, will be visiting Coffee Hour on Friday, December 1st (week 9) from 9:30-10:30 AM to provide CHP students assistance with researching literature and information about the resources available at the UCI Libraries.

To provide Nicole with a greater sense of the most pressing needs and questions that you may have, please fill out the following survey:

We look forward to seeing you at Coffee Hour!

Staying on Campus for Thanksgiving?

November 13, 2017

If you will be on campus for Thanksgiving and would like to be part of a Thanksgiving Feast, Ted Wright, CHP Faculty Director, will be hosting a traditional turkey dinner extravaganza on November 23rd for family and friends and would love to have up to four CHP students share in the festivities. If you are interested, please email him directly ( by Monday, November 20th.

Thanksgiving Break Holiday Shuttles

November 13, 2017

UCI Transportation and Distribution Services is offering a complimentary shuttle service to and from UCI servicing John Wayne Airport and the Irvine Transportation Center surrounding the Thanksgiving break.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat now!

NAR’s Fall Issue Unveiling

November 13, 2017

(Monday, November 20th, 6:30-7:30 pm in the Locus)

Come to the unveiling of NAR’s Fall Issue from 6:30-7:30 pm on Monday, November 20th, in the Locus!  Check out some amazing written and visual works created by your fellow CHP students and see which yummy-looking photo won the Food-ography Contest! Snacks and light refreshments will be provided, including cookies! See you there!

Fall 2017 Faculty Coffee Hour is this week!

November 13, 2017

Looking for an easy way to interact with faculty? Want a free breakfast while you’re at it? Come out to Faculty Coffee Hour the Friday of week 7, from 9-11 AM in The Locus. This is the perfect opportunity for you to have a conversation with a professor over some donuts and coffee. Some of the faculty that have already RSVP’d are the Associate Dean of Engineering, Michael Green, Professor A.J. Shaka, Professor Jeff Barrett, and many more! We hope to see you there!

We are still looking for volunteers, so if you can help with setup, cleanup, and greeting professors, please let us know via this form!

2018-2019 CHP Student Housing Info

November 13, 2017

The 2018-2019 housing application opens at 7:00 a.m. on November 17th and closes at noon on November 22nd. Make sure to review application information for CHP students on our EEE survey:  IF YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A CHP-THEMED HOUSE IN ARROYO VISTA, YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SURVEY.  Question #7 of our survey will allow you to list your preference for the CHP-themed houses in Arroyo Vista.  Completing question #7 of this survey by 8:00 a.m. on November 16th AND the housing application by noon on November 22nd will give you the best possible chance of living in a CHP-themed house in Arroyo Vista for the 2018-2019 school year.

Winter 2018 Enrollment Update

November 13, 2017

Attn First-Years: When you first enroll in classes, you may enroll in up to 18 units.  At noon on December 20, this unit cap will be removed and you may enroll in up to 20 units.  Authorization to enroll in more than 18 units before the unit cap is lifted, or in more than 20 units at any time, comes from your school.  Check your school’s website for their policy on unit authorization and come to the CHP Office if you would like help creating a plan to enroll in all of your winter classes.

Sustainable Societies Enrollment: When enrolling in EARTHSS H30B, please remember to enroll in both parts of the class (lecture AND lab).


Week 7 CHP Office Announcements

November 13, 2017

Week 7 PAA Office Hour Update: Daria will hold additional office hours this week on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Keep the Locus Clean: We are thrilled to offer the Locus as a common space for CHP students to gather and study.  When you use the Locus, please remember that it is your responsibility to leave it as nice as you found it. Cleaning supplies are located in the Locus cupboard under the microwave – use them if you need them!  If something is damaged or requires different cleaning supplies, please notify the CHP Office immediately so we can address the issue.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Locus clean!