Design for America info Nights

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Design for America (DFA) is a student-run national organization that enables teams of students to use design thinking to approach local social issues in a new way and create impact in their local communities, from mental wellness on UCSD to children’s health in low-income families. DFA combines teamwork, leadership, and creativity to teach students how to apply design thinking to large scale social problems.

Contact information for further questions: Message on Facebook Group page-


There are a few spots left in the Mexican Migration Field Research Program for 2019-2020 (deadline extended to Oct 1!). This program is a unique, year-long opportunity (16 units total) in which undergraduate and graduate students do international field research in migrants in shelters in Tijuana. In fall, students take a class on migration. In winter, they volunteer in shelters and interview deportees and Central American asylum seekers. In spring they take a class to learn to analyze and report on their work. The courses fill requirements for international coursework, practicum courses, and most of the Human Rights & International Migration minor and prepare students for careers in law, public health, public policy, social work, and academia, among others.

To participate, please fill out the short application at this link: Please note: Spanish proficiency is preferred.
Questions can be sent to Professor Abigail Andrews at

AIP Opportunity with Qualcomm

AIP 97/197. Complex Systems Research Methods for a Changing Planet

Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 | 4 Units per Quarter

Tuesday/Thursday | 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM | Online


Jointly Taught by Multiple Faculty Members Affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute

Many of the problems facing the world today are embedded in complex systems.  The multiple interacting components of complex systems make studying these problems challenging.  Students participating in this blend coursework and research program will engage in coursework to learn the theory and skills needed to apply to a research question under the supervision of faculty affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute.  Students will work on different research questions in interdisciplinary teams throughout this two quarter internship experience. The research projects will be thematically related to the “Changing Planet” theme, on diverse topics including but not limited to autonomous vehicles,  San Diego city data, availability of potable water, and visualizations of different models of future climate predictions. At the end of the internship, we expect students to have improved their understanding of how to approach a complex problem, how to conduct a literature search and write a critical review, and how to analyze data related to their particular research problem, as well as organizing and analyzing data more generally.  This is the program for you if you are someone who is academically curious, deeply inquisitive, and independently motivated to succeed.

Prerequisites: thirty units completed; 2.5 minimum GPA.

Volunteer Opportunity at the American Planning Association Conference in Santa Barbara

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference will be in Santa Barbara from September 15-18, 2019. Student volunteers are needed to help with registration and special events during the conference. Volunteer benefits include conference session admission for the day! For more information, please see the attached flyer:

APA CA Volunteer Flyer

Urban Studies and Planning Department’s 40th Anniversary Reception!

USP is Turning 40!

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) is excited to celebrate its fortieth anniversary. Formerly the USP Program, it is now one of the leading interdisciplinary undergraduate departments at UC San Diego. USP graduates have gone on to the nation’s leading graduate and professional schools and to illustrative careers in planning, real estate and development, public policy, law, architecture, public administration, medicine, and public health.

A celebration is planned to welcome alumni of the department back to campus to network with fellow alumni and current students as well as celebrate the service and accomplishments of department faculty and staff. Refreshments will be provided.


Friday, October 18, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Bella Vista Social Club and Caffé
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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