The School of Social Ecology strives to provide each student with a positive graduate school experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. To add relevant resources to this page, please contact the Director of Graduate Student Services.
The UC Irvine Graduate Division mission is to serve as a catalyst for a world-class graduate educational experience, to foster oversight and communication of institutional academic policies, and to provide resources and essential services to promote the diversity and success of the next generation of leaders.
The GRC offers workshops and programs designed to support professional development, writing support, communication, preparation of grant and fellowship funding applications, wellness and work-life balance, mentoring and much more.
The vast majority of research projects conducted in the School of Social Ecology requires IRB approval. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigaor (lead researcher) to obtain such approval.
LARC’s mission is to create independent, confident learners by connecting successful students trained as facilitators with peers enrolled in historically challenging courses, and by providing creative study strategies and encouraging active involvement in the enthusiastic pursuit of academic success. LARC connects “what to learn” with “how to learn” in a student-centered, collaborative learning experience.
Career Planning & Services
DCP provides resources, certificates, and workshops centered on, but not limited to; academic and non-academic careers, navigating graduate school, and personal skill development.
Don't forget to also check in with your graduate student services staff members for School, department, or program-specific career services!
In addition to leading the TA Professional Development Program, DTEI also provides several workshops and certificate programs. Course Design, Engaged Instruction, and Teaching Excellence are three of the many available to our graduate students.
Graduate Student Groups & Leadership
AGS advocates for graduate students on issues of housing, parking, campus budgeting, and various student services on campus. AGS also provides travel grants to eligible students. The AGS Council is comprised of elected representatives from each graduate and professional school. Below are the names of Social Ecology's AGS representatives, with links to their emails.'
DECADE's mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse students receiving doctoral degrees at UCI. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in the DECADE program.
Student Life and Leadership offers education and skill development opportunities that enhance academic success and prepare students for their leadership roles in a diverse, dynamic, and global society.
Graduate students who identify as Dreamer, AB540, or DACA students can visit the Dream Center for additional information and resources.
Health & Wellness
The ARC is a state-of-the-art gym and home to UCI Campus Recreation. Through this center, students have access to a variety of non-academic classes and events ranging from vegan cooking classes to archery clubs. If you are looking for stress relief through physical activity, or you simply want to learn a new skill, this is a great place to start!
CARE provides free and confidential support services to members of the UCI community impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. CARE aims to end these forms of power-based personal violence by engaging the campus community in education, programming, and transformative action.
At UC Irvine, we believe that healthy Anteaters are productive Anteaters. Along with services that facilitate work/life balance, graduate students can also contact the Graduate Division Counselor, Phong Luong, Psy.D. for additional support. His office is located in 120 Aldrich Hall and appointments can be made by calling (949) 824-0246.
The Counseling Center provides students with a broad range of mental health services including individual, couples, family, group couseling, and psychotherapy for registered students. They also provide urgent care, crisis response, consultation, and outreach programs for the university community.
- Please note - students seeking counseling services over the summer term must be enrolled for summer session or the subsequent fall quarter.
UCI also supports leaves for academic student employees (i.e. Teaching Assistants and Graduate Student Researchers) for reasons other than childbirth accomodation. Common reasons for taking a leave include, but are not limited to; pregnancy disability leave, medical leave, family-related leave, or care for newborn/placed child. The link above connects to Graduate Division's Forms & Applications page - search for "ASE Leave Request Form," to find the correct document. Students should consult with department graduate staff when deciding between a medical or acadmic leave.
FRESH is a student-initiated service available to UCI students who need access to basic needs and security resources.
Student health insurance fees are assessed on a quarterly basis; review Student Health Center policies, including UC SHIP waiver information, for further information. Please note that UC SHIP waivers have strict deadlines, and no waiver will be reviewed past the quarterly due date.
If you are a lactating mother, the School of Social Ecology has a dedicated room for breastfeeding and/or pumping. This room is located in Social Ecology I (SE I), Room 261. Please email Rick Orth (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit the Social Ecology Student Services Office in SE I, to request a key code. This room is available from 7:00am to 11:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Other Campus Resources
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UCI Public Safety is home to a wide variety of services including, but not limited to; the Safety Escort Program, emergency services including UCIPD, and our campus zotALERT system.
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