STEM Transfer Scholars Program
Transfer STEM Scholars is a cohort program that aims to support the successful academic transition of transfer students in STEM here at the University of California, Irvine. Housed under UCI’s Transfer Student Center, this program was formed to aid transfer students in STEM in their transition to university life and completion of their bachelor’s degree.
Our symbol for our cohort program represents the transfer of energy and is used to depict the idea of transfers moving from one college to the university. As transfer students expend more energy to adapt to the quarter system, we believe the academic support provided by this cohort program allows them to continue on to their next challenge, whether that may be research, internships, or other activities on campus. This program is meant to assist these individuals in continuing to pursue their academic goals while navigating university life at UCI.
The Transfer STEM Scholars program at the University of California, Irvine strives to provide support to students formerly in the community college system. This program aims to create a network that enhances the academic success and personal well-being of transfer STEM students attending UCI. Students in this program are assigned to a transfer counselor, which they meet with every quarter. Additionally, students are mentored by a STEM transfer who has completed at least one academic year at UCI.
To enhance the academic success of Transfer STEM students at UCI
- Must be a first-year transfer student in one of the following academic schools at UCI:
- School of Biological Sciences
- The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
- Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- School of Physical Sciences
STEM Transfer Scholars work one-on-one with a transfer counselor upon entering the program and through their first academic year. Transfer counselors will be able to assist students in their academic transition as well as facilitate the peer mentoring component of the program.
- Faculty Connections
- Career Counseling
Peer STEM Transfer mentors who have successfully completed at least one academic year with a 2.8 GPA or higher will help facilitate the academic and social transition for incoming transfers by sharing their experience and knowledge as a STEM transfer. Mentors will be required to maintain contact and log meetings with mentees as well as attend the mentor/mentee social and end of year event.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Students in the program will feel academically and socially prepared to enter into their second year at UCI
- Students will have knowledge of resources on campus necessary to enhance their academic experience
- Students will have knowledge of career options and internships available to them during and after completing their degree at UCI
***INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS APPLY HERE
Major: Biological Sciences
Future Career goals: I plan to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in an area of Biomedical Sciences. I hope to be a biomedical research scientist at a nationally recognized lab to be able to collaborate with others and find necessary cures to devastating diseases. One day I hope to be a principal investigator (PI) of my own lab in Biomedical research.
Campus Involvement/Club membership: I participated in the Passport to Leadership Program through Student Life & Leadership. I volunteer at the UCI Food Pantry. I am a member of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program in the School of Biological Sciences. I have been involved with the Global Sustainability Resource Center (GSRC) and participated in the Summer Institute for Sustainability Leadership (SISL).
Pastimes/Hobbies: Playing and watching soccer, hiking a beautiful trail, playing guitar/drums/singing, making things in the kitchen, reading the good book.
Ask me about: Campus involvement, Research opportunities, Food insecurity, Bio Sci courses, Sustainability on the UCI campus, Studying abroad (in Spain), Housing, and or soccer.
Major/minor: Public Health Policy
Transferred from: Mt. San Antonio College
Involvement: Public Health Honors Research and Campuswide Honors Program.
Future Plans: Become a Physician Assistant and possibly pursue a Masters in Public Health.
Hobbies: Playing the guitar, listening to and discovering new music, being in nature, skateboarding, and biking.
Ask me about: Effective studying methods, how to de-stress, eating healthy on a budget, undergraduate research process and presenting at UROP, and anything related to music.
Transfer Student Center Coordinator
Rocio transferred from Santa Ana College to California State University, Fullerton where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Additionally, she was awarded an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!) where she completed a thesis on Latinas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) who have persisted through community college and 4-year universities. Her research and experience working with transfer students at Santa Ana College has ignited her passion for working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditionally aged students who have overcome a variety of obstacles to reach their academic goals. Her commitment to student success has inspired her to pursue a doctorate in the near future in order to change the institutional barriers faced by these student
Director of Student Transition Services
Kevin M. Huie is a seasoned teacher, trainer, speaker, facilitator, advocate, activist, consultant, counselor and administrator. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Kevin has been mentoring, coaching, and advising students throughout his 20 year career in higher education focusing specifically on their academic achievement, personal development, leadership potential, and overall sense of cultural well-being. He also has provided numerous trainings for academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and thriving businesses. Kevin has a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Multicultural Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, an Executive Leadership Management Certificate from Rockhurst University, is a certified Diversity Trainer and Mediator, and has a Certificate in Strengths-Based Leadership from the Gallup Organization.
Kevin has a strong passion for contributing to the holistic, transformative development of each and every student and organization with whom he works. He has previously worked for both of his alma maters, the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago, serving as an Assistant Director and Director respectively within the schools’ Student Affairs’ Divisions. More recently, Kevin served as the Executive Director of the Cross-Cultural Center at UCI where he specialized in the development and execution of premier leadership and diversity programs, and provided strategic direction for the Dean of Students and the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs on campus issues and diversity related matters. Kevin has also taught extensively at the university level, contributing as a lecturer in the Department of Education and the School of Humanities at UCI, the School of Education at Loyola, and the Department of Psychology at Notre Dame. As the director of Student Transition Services, he oversees all programs within Student Support Services. Kevin works closely with Eileen to ensure the success of former foster youth attending UCI.