UHP Curriculum: Year 3

Atrin Toussi

UHP Year 3 - Research Preparation

By their third year at UC Davis, most Honors students will be diving into their upper division major coursework . The Honors program is designed to enhance each student's upper division experience, provide them with additional opportunities, and give them the flexibility to choose the experience that will fit their needs and interests.

UHP students may complete any of the UHP Year 3 requirements before their 3rd year at UC Davis. Many students choose to begin research or undertake a service project in their first or second years, and some study abroad as early as their first quarter. So long as students complete all three Year 3 requirements prior to the end of their UHP Year 3, they are eligible to continue in the program and receive Transcript Notation for that academic year.

During UHP Year 3, students are required to:
  • Fulfill a research preparation UHP course requirement,
  • Participate in campus or community service, and
  • Complete a project activity

 

Research Preparation Course

Continuing Students: Research Preparation and Communication Course

For their first introduction to research at UC Davis, UHP students take part in an interactive Research Preparation Course (RPC) that is focused on the practice of research in their area of interest. Students learn how to craft research proposals, approach faculty, and the opportunities and limitations that accompany undergraduate research.

Two versions of the course are offered each academic year: one for Social Science, Humanities and Arts students, and another for students in STEM disciplines. The RPC will help students identify an appropriate research question that they may wish to pursue for their capstone project, as well as to find a mentor for that question.

Transfer Students: Fall Quarter Transfer Seminar

The UHP curriculum for transfer students is designed to introduce students to UC Davis resources and opportunities, while giving them the flexibility to pursue their academic and career interests. The first year that Transfer students spend at Davis they participate in an introductory seminar in their first quarter: FRS 2 Understanding the Research University co-taught by Carolyn Thomas, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Heidi van Beek, UHP Assistant Director.

 

The Service Requirement

During their UHP Year 3 students should complete 20 hours of community or campus service. Many UHP students are already doing service work which can fulfill the service requirement. For students in need of suggestions for service work, UHP staff will announce opportunities and hold service workshops throughout the year.

To get UHP credit for the service requirement, students must submit the following to the UHP Office by the last day of instruction of the quarter in which the service is completed:

  • Submit a written statement from a supervisor certifying work completion and the number of hours committed to the service or internship and
  • Submit via Canvas a 1200-word reflection essay, which should include an assessment of the experience's value to the student's academic or career goals. 

Students may also take the Project Management Course to fulfill the service requirement, which will also satisfy the Project requirement.

 

The Project Requirement

Honors Contract

The Honors Contract allows students to create an independent project to augment an Upper Division Course that they are currently taking or have successfully completed. The goal of the Honors Contract is to enrich the student's academic experience by allowing students to design a custom course of study under the mentorship of a faculty member. It can take the form of a short research project, a literary review, a survey study, a work of art, or any project that builds on the course’s subject area and involves independent initiative. Additionally, to satisfy the UHP Project requirement, students must complete the Honors Contract Survey, which will be sent to them at the completion of their IDP.

Individually Designed Project (IDP)

Students involved in research, or who have an idea for an intensive creative project, may design their own project. To qualify for an IDP, students must submit a proposal for their individually designed project to the UHP office before the last day of instruction of the quarter before the project will take place. At the end of the quarter students must supply a written statement from a supervisor certifying work completion and the number of hours committed to the project.

UC Davis Study Abroad or the Washington Program

Many students choose to study abroad, or travel to Washington D.C. to intern in our nation’s capital through the Washington Program. Completing one of these programs can fulfill the Project Requirement. To receive UHP credit, students must also submit the following to the UHP Office by the last day of instruction during quarter in which their program is is completed:

  • Submit via Canvas a 1200-word reflection essay, which should include an assessment of the experience's value to the student's academic or career goals and
  • If the program is not for academic credit, the student must also submit a written statement from the program certifying completion.
Students may also take the Project Management Course to fulfill the project requirement.

 

The Project Management Course

Successful Completion of the Project Management Course (PMC) meets both the Service and Project Requirements.

Students in the Project Management Course work in small teams of 4-5 on a chosen topic, much like a consulting group. With each project, students are given a direct charge detailing the expectations of the sponsors, who are often representatives of community organizations, local businesses, and UC Davis administration. Students tackle the charge through research and community outreach, and present their findings to their sponsors and distinguished campus guests at the Honors Convocation. Each group also submits a formal project proposal to their sponsor and to the UHP office.