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- https://www.facebook.com/dfaucsd/
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.
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.
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