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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017


College learning encompasses more than just time spent in the classroom. Experience college life by participating in the exclusive Summer Session INSIDE UCI Series events and workshops, designed to introduce you university research, campus resources, and an array of opportunities you may take advantage of during your time at UCI. Make the most out of your time in our program by immersing yourself in university life and participating in exclusive activities such as faculty presentations and panels with an emphasis on university research.

All students will participate in a range of exciting co-curricular activities as part of the required course, University Studies 83/84. Your course syllabus, available on the course website closer to the start of the session, will outline attendance requirements.

Your Freshman Edge experience will be guided by the wonderful staff in the Summer Session Office as well as by the Freshman Mentors. The Mentors are UCI undergraduate students and former participants in Summer Session programs who volunteer their time to support you, serve as a resource, and plan meaningful social events. Below the program calendar you will find descriptions and examples of past events. There’s something for everyone!

Search back to August of the previous year to see events held last summer. The 2017 program begins on August 5, 2017. Check back soon for an updated events calendar.

All events, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Click on individual events for additional details.


INSIDE UCI Series Events

A key part of Freshman Edge will be presentations known as INSIDE UCI. These presentations by prominent UCI faculty will give you a “front row seat” to the diverse academic paths and current research of UCI faculty. You will be able to ask them questions about their academic journeys, how they became interested in research, and why they do what they do. Some of the INSIDE UCI events for the 2016 program included:

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  • "How to Unboil Eggs," Gregory Weiss, Professor, Chemistry
  • "Inside the Moot Courtroom," Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Law
  • "Writing Science and Beyond in the Digital Age," Erika Hayasaki, Associate Professor, Literary Journalism
  • "How to Perform Brain Surgery Through the Leg," Li-Mei Lin, Director of Cerebrovascular/Endovascular Neurosurgery Research Program, Neurological Surgery
  • "Robotics and Wearable Sensors for Rehabilitation," David Reinkensmeyer, Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • "San Joaquin Marsh Tour," Peter Bowler, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Arboretum

Note: Presentations are subject to change.

Collegiate Life

College is a community! Collegiate Life events cover topics relating to participation and engagement with clubs, resources, social causes, and opportunities within the university and college community. Staff and students from around the campus will provide engaging workshops and seminars to give you a better understanding of the variety of campus resources available at UCI and your role in the collegiate community. Seminar topics for 2017 may include:

  • Using UCI Websites
  • Connecting with Faculty
  • Resume Basics, Interview Techniques, Job Search Strategies
  • Time Management, Effective Study Planning, Preparing for Exams
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
  • Library Workshop
  • Fitting in vs. Belonging
  • Major and Career
  • Panel of Successful Students
  • Money Management
  • Stress Management and Rehabilitation

Social Events

The Freshman Mentors, current UCI undergraduate students, will plan social events for you to meet other new freshmen and to learn about campus life and current student interests. These events will take you behind the scenes to little-known yet intriguing corners of the University and introduce you to resources. Social events have included specially planned lunch activities, movie and board game nights, a dance, intramural sports games at the Anteater Recreational Center (ARC), and much more! The calendar of optional social events is unique to the interests of the current Mentor team and also depends on the events and happenings which occur around campus each summer.

Freshman Edge is for all new students who will be entering UCI as Freshmen in Fall 2017. There are three pathways within Freshman Edge. Choose Your Path