A. Kimball Romney Outstanding Graduate Paper Award. This award is given to a Social Sciences graduate student in any discipline for a paper that demonstrates original research.
This tutorial (last updated Nov 2017) introduces Zotero (), an easy to use reference management tool made by scholars for scholars. The tutorial covers the basics of using Zotero for collecting, organizing, citing and sharing research. Zotero automates the tasks of managing bibliographic data, storing and renaming PDFs, and formatting references. It also integrates with widely used text processors, and can synchronize your library across devices. There is no more need to search through disorganized file folders full of inscrutably named PDF files, to copy and paste references across documents, or to manually deal with pointless differences in citation styles. Ultimately, the point of using a reference manager is to free more time for real research.
I later had the opportunity to participate in an observational research project, helping to record data on the behaviors of new whale calves and mothers....
Major pioneers in this area and whose work has been the foundation of much research in cognitive psychology are among Jean Piaget’s (1926) and Lev Vygotksy’s (1978).
Charles A. Lave Paper Prize for Creative Modeling in Social Sciences. The prize is awarded to any UCI undergraduate or graduate student and may be in any social or behavioral science discipline, or interdisciplinary. It may be qualitative (with words only) or quantitative (with mathematical expressions). The prize will be awarded to a paper that displays creative modeling; points to or includes data that permits model evaluation; and exhibits the clear writing and brevity that Charles Lave valued.
However, you may mimic the academic or professional style, tone, or voice of these papers, if you wish. Doing so is not plagiarism but rather experimentation and practice. (You may also quote or paraphrase portions of these papers if you give proper credit in the text and in your bibliography.)
Many students receive financial support in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships available under grants to individual faculty. Before accepting an offer of admission with financial support for the first year, applicants should inquire about the likelihood of such support in future years. Occasionally, a newly admitted student may receive a multiyear commitment of some specified financial support, but this is not the rule. Students are also advised to seek aid from sources external to the University. NOTE: Teaching assistantships do not include remission of fees, tuition, or nonresident supplemental tuition.
The core course requirements in year one of the program are Qualitative Methods and Public Policy, Statistical Methods for Public Policy, Information and the Policy Process, Microeconomics and Public Policy, Policy Processes and Institutions of Governance, Collaborative Governance and Public Management, and Social Mobilization, Power, and Justice. The core course requirements in year two are The Economics of Government, Policy and Ethics, and Capstone Research Project and Briefing.
Jackie Sizemore (DC’10) recently graduated from Boise State University with an MFA in creative writing focusing on fiction. Her thesis was a feminist novel-in-progress set in the near future. Sizemore double majored in creative writing and history at Carnegie Mellon.
Cassie Patricia Miller (DC'11), a doctoral student in the History Department, has been selected as a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center as a Research and Investigation Specialist. Miller will relocate to Montgomery, Alabama for the two-year fellowship, which begins in September.
Courtney Wittekind (BXA'13) has received one of 2,000 fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The $138,000 award will support Wittekind's doctoral studies in social anthropology at Harvard University, which she will begin this fall. Wittekind, who also received a Rhodes Scholarship in 2013, was selected from a pool of close to 17,000 applicants from diverse scientific disciplines. The fellowship is rarely awarded in the social sciences, according to Judith Schachter, who advised Wittekind as an undergraduate student. "Throughout her undergraduate and master's level work, Courtney has been committed to stretching the principles and methods of cultural anthropology," said Schachter, professor of anthropology and history.
The M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis offers specialized training in the research skills to address practical problems confronting society, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The concentration emphasizes the Pacific Rim and issues defining Southern California’s population, such as immigration, changing household and family structure, racial and economic inequalities, and the impact of local and regional population growth. Informed by the interdisciplinary field of demography, the program draws on faculty and courses in the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology.
Because all degrees offered by the School of Social Sciences involve an educational program that is interdisciplinary and that prepares students to understand quantitative methods of data analysis, graduates are well-positioned for research and analysis careers at all levels of government and in private firms. Their solid grounding in contemporary social science methods and their familiarity with a broad spectrum of social scientific thinking gives them an excellent foundation for the pursuit of further training in graduate and professional programs.
The M.A. requires 36 units of study and an oral exit examination. All students must complete 20 units of required courses which include one course in research design, one in demographic methods, one in populations, and two in statistics. In addition, students must complete 16 units of elective courses in population issues or research methods. No more than four units may be internship, independent study, directed readings, or thesis courses (to prepare for the oral examination). One or two electives may be upper-division undergraduate courses, with the remainder being graduate courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.