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UC Irvine Interdisciplinary Center
for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality

Summer Mentoring Program 2022
June 27 – July 22, 2022



Each summer the UCI Ethics Center selects a few promising students for a mentoring program. We plan a full program again in 2022, open to all qualified college and high school students from around the world. Applications are now open and students may apply to our online program by completing the application.

Afghan Women. We are making special provisions for Afghan women to take our modules. There is no application fee for members of this group. Contact or with questions.

Online program. The 2022 summer mentoring program will again be online and we will accept students from all over the world for a virtual program of mentoring during the weeks of June 27, 2022 – July 22, 2022. Students will meet twice a week, in groups of 15-30 students, as part of a mentoring program that will provide hands-on experience in various forms of research. The research activities offered include inter alia (1) basic library research that might be used in a literature review, (2) learning skill sets such as SPSS or other computational programs, and (3) introduction to data analysis of various kinds, from archival data, aggregate data, interview and survey data, and narrative-interpretive analysis. No prior experience with ethics is required. All that we ask is that students be interested in working with a university faculty member or a graduate student mentor.

No charge for the program. There is no charge for the program itself, only a modest processing fee of $159. Students for whom this processing fee poses a financial hardship can request a fee waiver from the Associate Director of the Mentoring Program at Anyone who wishes to make further contributions to the Ethics Center, to defray costs for other students who may have financial constraints, may do so online. We appreciate your support.

Modules. We are offering seven modules this year. Students will be allowed to participate in only one module, but may register on a waitlist if they wish. We will try to assign each student to their preferred module.

We will add extra modules if demand requires it in order to keep the numbers below 30 for each module. (If demand is high for one particular module, then we will try to offer more than one session of that particular module.) We are now reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with the first acceptances sent out by February 14th. Thereafter admissions will be rolling, with acceptances sent on the 1st and the 15th of each month until May. Waiver. Participants in the program who are under 18 on June 27, 2022, will need to have a waiver signed by their parents before they can begin the program. Waivers will be sent out by June 1 via email and must be received before the program begins June 27th. Application form. The application process is a simple one and requires no recommendations. Please complete the application and indicate your choice of a module at that time. Students are allowed to take only one module.


Module 1.
Science and moral reflection: Can science help us make better decisions?
Jessica Gonzalez, Grad student, Logic and Philosophy of Science. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

Module 2.
The pseudo-science of race and ethnicity: The impact of social categorization on public policy that reflects and perpetuates systemic racism.
Andrada Costiou, Tobis Fellow. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Module 3.
The deceptive social hologram: Promoting truthfulness and combating misinformation in the new media landscape.
Ben Hoyt, Grad student, Political Science. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.

Module 4.
Surviving life’s traumas: A study of resilience in the face of crises, from war and genocides to domestic abuse and sexual violence to death, divorce and COVID-19.
Monica DeRoche, Grad student, Political Science. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Module 5.
Moral courage: What is it? What drives it? What separates moral courage from fanaticism?
Professor Kristen Monroe, Political Science. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. With the assistance of Alexis Kim, Special Summer Assistant to the Director.

Module 6.
It’s hard to hate up-close: The neuroscience and policy of discrimination, prejudice, and us-versus-them thinking.
Professor Kristen Monroe, Political Science and Kivaan Parikh, Graduate student in Political Science. Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.

Module 7.
Human Rights and Young People.
Andrada Costiou with Hannah Dastgheib and Isabelle Dastgheib, Special Summer Assistants to the Director. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m.
Sponsored by the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality

For further information or questions, please contact Kristen Monroe,