Yes, with another friend who works the "theloudestcritic" blog on tumblr. Thanks again for answering our inquiry! We're looking forward to more posts from your blog and with any luck, we'll be successful with our transfer endeavors as well.
Since we have the opportunity to pick your brain (and any other prospective/current transfer students) — Is there anything about the transfer process that you found difficult or confusing? Or anything that could have made the transfer application process easier? Any advice you would give to prospective transfer students?
Hello! A friend and I are doing research on opportunities open to UC transfer students coming from community colleges. We try to post some of our findings on tumblr for others to view as well. I wanted to inquire if there are research opportunities regarding the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, economics, etc) available to transfer undergraduates students. Thank you!
There are definitely research opportunities in social science fields, even if you’re not a student at UC (yet). You can search the summer research opportunities website by campus. Berkeley, for example, allows you to search for research opportunities for non-Berkeley students.
We also recommend looking for a psychology/sociology/economics professor who is doing research you find interesting — and then just try reaching out to them with an email asking for advice. They may know of some research opportunities or may just have some general advice.
2) It’s not too late to find a research opportunity (whether you’re about to graduate or already finished):
Some campuses offer structured research programs during the academic year in addition to summer programs. Most UC’s have an undergraduate research office/center, so you can try checking in with them about different opportunities.
Also investigate informal ways to gain research experience. You may be able to work on research projects under the guidance of a faculty member, even if the professor is not an official research program mentor. Ask professors at your home campus and other institutions if they have space in their labs or if you can help them conduct research for a book or other project. If that’s not possible, some may be willing to supervise an independent research project.
Let’s suppose that you’re about to graduate from college. Naturally, you’re excited about buying a license plate frame for your car to express your pride in your alma mater.
But don’t rush into buying any license plate frame; make sure that you don’t embarrass your school by purchasing the wrong one!
Before you grab the coolest looking “Alumni - (Name of School)" license plate frame, ask yourself the all-important question: Am I an “alumnus,” “alumni,” “alumna,” or “alumnae”? (Many people have never even heard of the last two; therefore, very few companies even make such license plate frames. We happened to find one such plate in the wild.)
You might have read all this and asked, "Who the [grawlix] cares?”
YOU should, my friend. It all begins with YOU.
P.S. The abbreviation “alum" works in place of "alumnus" and "alumna," and "alums" works in place of "alumnae" and "alumni."
Hello! I am a student at a community college. I missed several days in high school and, due to absolute boredom, did not do much work. I made excellent exam grades, but my GPA was low due to the deduction from absences. At my school, I am carrying a 4.0 GPA, but I'm still extremely bored. I ask questions that my professors cannot answer. I was wondering how someone in my position could go about doing my own research, so that I may establish a portfolio for universities. Any advice? Thanks!
Hey! That’s a really good question. Getting research experience while you’re in school is super helpful — whether you’re looking for a job or continuing on with your education.
Many universities have summer research programs that you can apply to (even if you’re not a student there) and it’s a nice way to get structured, hands-on experience in research. These programs can be pretty competitive, so try applying to a few different schools and programs. You can search through the summer research opportunities offered throughout the University of California — which includes research programs in STEM fields as well as in the social sciences and humanities.
Another way to go about it would be to find someone at a school/university nearby who is doing research that you are interested in — and then just send them an email asking for advice. They may be able to offer you more specific guidance in your field of interest or have research projects that you could potentially work on.
Do any researchers out there have other thoughts or advice?
“We need to see change, and we need to be able to imagine the change before we can start making it and that is part of what science fiction and fantasy do. Science fiction and fantasy say, ‘but there’s more. What else can we imagine?’”—Nalo Hopkinson on the power of Sci Fi and Fantasy stories
“People want technology to do more and more things for them. They increasingly want to spend time in mediated realities, yet they also yearn for unmediated experiences that are more real, more direct, more true, more honest.”—UCLA’s Eddo Stern discussing the tensions of video game aesthetics.