Fireside Chat: The Godfather

May 15, 2017

“I’m gonna make an offer you can’t refuse!” We have a Fireside Chat on May 19th, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and will be watching The Godfather*, a movie classic, with Professor Chiampi. Food will also be provided. Professor Chiampi is an Italian and French professor who is very knowledgeable about the Italian mafia. You won’t want to miss out on his commentary and insight into this classic movie, so sign up in the office by Wednesday, May 17th!

*Please note that the movie is Rated R for violence, gore, profanity, drugs, and brief nudity.

Faculty Coffee Hour

May 15, 2017

Faculty Coffee Hour is this Friday, May 19 in The Locus from 9 am to 11 am! Faculty Coffee Hour is the perfect opportunity to get to know your favorite professor on a more personal level. Come dressed in business casual attire and enjoy some coffee with your favorite faculty!

Additionally, if you would like to volunteer to help Faculty Coffee Hour be a success, please fill out here.

McWilliams Renaissance Award

May 15, 2017

Graduating seniors (fall 2016, winter 2017, spring 2017, and summer 2017) are eligible to apply for The McWilliams Renaissance Award, which recognizes one honors students who demonstrates a passion for learning (not restricted to academic fields), expertise in a number of different areas, and universal curiosity. For more information, please click here. Deadline: May 15.

Peer Mentor App. Due Today!

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to the newly appointed Peer Mentor and Transfer Peer Mentor Coordinators: Danica Wong and Kiana Panbechi, Vanesse Hiten, and Delainey Elce-Stellino.

Are you looking for leadership opportunities? Want to help out an incoming student and make an impact on your CHPeers? If so, apply to become a Peer Mentor or Transfer Peer Mentor for the 2017-2018 school year! Applications are due by Monday, May 15. Apply now! 

Honors Peer Mentor Application
Honors Transfer Peer Mentor Application

If you have any questions, feel free to email (Peer Mentor Coordinator) or (Transfer Peer Mentor Coordinator).

CHSC Elections

May 15, 2017

Hello CHPers! My name is Jason Allison and I am excited to be your Campuswide Honors Student Council (CHSC) President for the 2017-2018 school year! I, alongside our Vice President Mengrui (Mina) Jiang, would like to sincerely thank you for voting for us. We are both very passionate about the CHP community and look forward to planning events for all of you to enjoy! As a friendly reminder, there are still some open positions on the CHSC council. As a CHSC leader, you will help plan great events ranging from Coffee Hour to Battle of the Brains! This would be a great opportunity for you to develop strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills while playing an important role in our CHP family. You can apply here:

Course for CHP Thesis Support

May 15, 2017

CHP Director Ted Wright will teach a set of research courses next year that will provide CHP students who are not participating in an upper division school or major honors program with extra support during the honors thesis process: University Studies H176A (Fall) and H176C (Spring). [Note: These courses do not replace the required two quarters of research with your thesis advisor.]
University Studies H176A, 2 units pass/no pass, W 2:00-3:50 p.m. in SSL 171. If you want to take the course but have a conflict with this time, Professor Wright will try to adjust the schedule. This course will help you identify, understand, refine, and then become proficient describing the goals of your research and its background. Under Professor Wright’s guidance, you will learn about the research process, and work to create a research plan, and an abstract or prospectus that can become the basis for your introduction. In-class discussion, peer edits and feedback will offer the kind of support you would have in a research group. For an authorization code, email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Student ID #
  • The name of your faculty advisor
  • A couple of sentences about where you are in your research/thesis process.

Humans of CHP: 2017-2018 PAAs

May 15, 2017

We are excited to announce the new Honors PAAs for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Rosie (Rosalind) Ball (2nd year mathematics), Fernando Montes (2nd year civil engineering major), Daria Nahidipour (3rd year genetics major) and Jacob Samson (2nd year aerospace engineering major).

Favorite CHP experience:

One of our favorite CHP experiences is Bonfire. The beach bonfires are a great opportunity to spend the afternoon hanging out with friends at the beach. They are a nice bookend to the year: in the Fall you can meet new first year CHPeople and welcome them into the community, and in the Spring you can catch up with the CHP community before heading into summer. Not to mention, the burgers, hot dogs, and s’mores always hit the spot! We encourage you to come out and join us at Bonfire next Sunday, May 21st from 3 to 7 p.m.!

Continuing Student Enrollment in CHP Courses for Fall 2017

May 10, 2017

The Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes will be posted this Saturday, May 6 at In preparation, we have compiled the following information for you regarding enrollment in CHP courses for the upcoming quarter. For more information on when to enroll, be sure to visit the Registrar’s calendar. The CHP staff will be available next week to answer your enrollment questions. In fact, the week 6 coffee hour (Friday, May 12th, 9:00-11:00 a.m.) is designated for drop-in advising and the CHP advisors will be available to answer your questions over coffee and donuts (or bagels!)


  • Who should enroll: Rising CHP sophomores who are finishing up Humanities Core and intend to complete all six courses of the new track rather than Social Science Core + Science Core
  • All current CHP freshmen who complete Honors Humanities Core are eligible and have been pre-authorized to begin the track in the fall


  • Who should enroll: All sophomores and juniors have been pre-authorized for Honors Social Science Core.
  • If Social Science H1G is full before you enroll and you need to take the course next quarter, then add yourself to the waitlist. Showing demonstrated need (via students on the waitlist) will allow us to secure a larger room for the course. Alternatives to Social Science H1G include taking Bio Sci H90 or one of the designated special honors seminars.


  • Who should enroll: This class has been specially designed for CHP non-science majorsAll sophomores and juniors have been pre-authorized for Science Core.
  • This course will cover the history of scientific inquiry.

The CHP is pleased to offer specially designed honors seminars that can be used to substitute for one quarter of a CHP core course as designated by the CHP. Please visit the Honors Seminars webpage for course descriptions and for more information about how these seminars may help you fulfill your CHP core course requirements. You may use ONE total seminar to substitute for ONE QUARTER of a CHP core course as designated by the CHP.  Only ONE total substitution is permitted per student throughout their entire time at UCI, although you may take as many seminars as you wish for GE or elective credit.  CHP sophomores, juniors, seniors and transfer students have been pre-authorized to enroll in these courses.  Seminars offered for fall 2017 include:

  • CHC/LAT H80 – “Latino Childhoods” with Professor Anita Casavantes Bradford
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core
  • HUMAN H80 – “Exploring Memory” with Professor Sarah Farmer
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core
  • LPS H81 – “What is Space?” with Professor John Manchak
    Credit: GE Category II, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core


  • All CHP courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Honors to Honors transfer students, please note that you are required to take one CHP research seminar or one course toward completion of your school/major honors program during your first year at UCI.
  • If you have unexpected or unusual scheduling difficulties, or if you are planning to study abroad or participate in UCDC during fall quarter, you must submit a petition (to postpone, etc.) by the end of week 8. Petitions are not guaranteed to be approved.
  • Please note that you do not need to take CHP Social Science Core and Science Core in order. You just need to take at least one course a quarter until both cores are completed.
  • Seniors who need to enroll in Science Core or Social Science Core, please email by May 18th to be authorized to enroll.

Locus Update

May 9, 2017

If you’re planning on studying in the Locus this week, we recommend bringing a jacket since the heater is currently being repaired.

Humans of CHP: Iman Siddiqi

May 9, 2017

Iman Siddiqi is a Political Science and Global Middle East Studies double major. She is a public relations specialist and executive board member for Hearts of Mercy at UCI, a student organization that strives to raise awareness and create opportunities for refugees.

I am a public relations specialist and executive board member forHearts of Mercy at UCI, a new student campus organization that strives to raise awareness and create opportunities for refugees. During the 2016-2107 academic year, I have been advocating for students displaced by conflict, and I am currently piloting a scholarship fund for refugees at UCI as well as working to develop a program that helps refugee student with the college application process. In order to raise awareness on campus about refugees, I have been working with Hearts of Mercy and F.R.E.S.H. Start to bringing Refugee Awareness Week to UCI. Starting today, there will be discussions, exhibits, and a screening of an award-winning documentary about the global refugee crisis with a focus on Syria.