Some of the areas directly impacted by your membership include:
Scholarship support for worthy students
Support for scholarships helps ensure the school’s continuing ability to attract and retain students of the highest caliber. This support can help directly enhance undergraduate education with hands-on experience in labs, seminars and award-winning programs like Mock Trial, Global Connect and the Summer Academic Enrichment Program. At the graduate level, it helps us compete against UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Harvard—schools our Ph.D. students have turned down to attend UC Irvine.
Critical research projects
The school’s research and programs are supported by highly competitive federal government and private foundation grants, state and local governments, and private donors. As government funding declines, generosity from individual donors at all levels becomes increasingly more important than ever before.
Recruitment and retention of world-class faculty
The School of Social Sciences has attracted top notch faculty who are building robust measures, innovative models and powerful methodologies for understanding the human condition in a diverse and digital age. We are now routinely faced with raiding efforts from top universities in the country, including the University of Michigan, Stanford and the other UCs.
Needed resources to pursue new initiatives
Funding for new initiatives elevates the school to continually higher levels of accomplishment. The school’s openness to new approaches and unexpected collaborations has kept it nimble and at the cutting-edge in fields as different as transportation economics and cultural anthropology, the philosophy of physics and biology, and the sociology of mass movements. Its faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are discovering new connections every day.