Navigating the Research University

As part of First Year Edge you'll earn 2-credits towards graduation in Navigating the Research University (STEV 26). This is not a rudimentary class. On the contrary, it is full of reflective learning assignments aimed to focus students on academic and career exploration, including: 

  • Provides first year students with an understanding of the workings of a research university with emphasis on advanced academic expectations. 
  • Encourages development of educational plans reflecting effective academic strategies, short and long-term goals, research and/or internship experiences, and graduate programs. 
  • Provides strong advising backbone including contact with advising in the major, in career services, and in undergraduate research opportunities.

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    Kylie Kenner

    This will be my fourth summer teaching Stevenson 26 (say hi to Pateley and Cate, my former students, current Peer Mentors, and future UCSC graduates!). I started teaching English composition at SFSU in 2014 and Writing 2 at UCSC in 2016. I have also been a tutor and tutoring center coordinator, a college core instructor (you'll learn more about what that means in STEV 26), a researcher on a number of educational projects in California and Illinois, and have helped future teachers work on their capstone projects. I have been invested in creating greater educational equity in post-secondary institutions for many years now, and I'm finishing up my dissertation at UCSC exploring how best to support formerly incarcerated college students. Fortunately, I adopted a dog, Billie, pre-COVID-19, and she has been keeping me active and joyful and running near the ocean! I'm thrilled to be teaching Stevenson 26 again this summer, and I look forward to meeting you and getting you set on a great path at UCSC.

    2019 Syllabi 


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    Brij Lunine

    Greetings, I’ve enjoyed teaching Summer Edge since its inception seven years ago (2014).  I’ve taught in the Writing Program, Stevenson, Cowell, Kresge and College Nine core courses, as well as for American Studies, Literature, and Environmental Studies over the past twenty-two years at UCSC.  I really enjoy helping students make the transition to the university over the summer.  “Navigating the Research University” and the whole Summer Edge program is what I wish I had as a first-year student.  It helps students get acclimated, connected to resources, and acquainted with peers, staff, and faculty.  Teaching remotely Spring quarter has obviously been a major adjustment, but I still feel connected to students and am pleased to see their progress.  It’s not ideal, but it’s clearly workable.  Moreover, “Navigating the Research University” lends itself to remote teaching.  We’ll have a mix formats, you’ll get to know your peers in breakout rooms, and you’ll head into Fall quarter ready to succeed.  

    2019 Syllabi


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    Kevin MacClaren

    Hi, my name is Kevin and I’ve been at UCSC since the fall of 2016, teaching the Stevenson College core course and a film course during the summer. I also teach history at other colleges in the area. This is my first time as an instructor for STEV 26 and I’m excited to get to know you, find out what your interests are, and what you would like to do while at UCSC. I look forward to helping you set yourself up for success so you can achieve your goals in life. This is such a fantastic course to take in the first year of attending college because it provides a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills you need to know on how to be a great college student. Plus, it gives you information about all the resources at the university (there’s quite a lot!) that you can use to help you succeed. I wish I had a course like this when I first arrived at college because there were so many things that I missed out which I wish I hadn’t. We’ll meet remotely through Zoom during Summer Session 2 and form a tight-knit online community as we learn about “Navigating the Research University”. See you soon!

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    Thao Mai

    Hi everyone! Congratulations and welcome to UCSC! I’m Thao Mai. I’m a first generation Vietnamese immigrant who grew up in a central valley city, Fresno, California. In high school, I was always curious about my diverse group of peers’ life stories and trajectories. That curiosity led me to graduate school in psychology and education, where I did research on identity construction within the context of immigrant family life and higher education. Since then, I have held multiple roles at UCSC including postdoctoral scholar, lecturer in education and (formerly) American Studies courses. Most recently, I taught Core/Kresge 1 (which you will find out more later on in this course). I’m excited to be teaching STEV 26. I think it is such a valuable course for first year students. I can’t wait to meet you and get started.

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    Martin Rizzo

    Hello everyone! My name is Martin Rizzo. Congratulations on getting into UCSC, I know you are going to love it here. I’m a historian and I received my PhD here at UCSC in 2016. I specialize in the history of Indigenous people in the Santa Cruz area, and I have a book coming out on the subject later this year. I’ve taught Stevenson 26 for a few years, along with history courses here on campus, over at Cabrillo College, and even to inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison. In addition to teaching, I’m also the State Park historian for Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. As a student at UCSC you will have access to tons of great resources and opportunities to get involved in cutting edge research. I’m excited to help you learn about these opportunities and to help you to make the most of your experience here at UCSC!


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    Jessica Samuels

    Hi everyone, I'm really looking forward to meeting you! Congratulations on getting into UCSC!! This will be my fifth time teaching Stevenson 26, and I love this class. It's a great way for students to get to know each other, get to know UCSC, and I enjoy getting to know all of you! Madi (one of our awesome Summer Edge peer coaches) and I are working together right now, and the online format has been working really well. I teach the Stevenson Core course, have taught Writing Program classes and a couple of other 2 unit classes for Stevenson - one on Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas and another for Learning Support Services, training peer tutors. I've also taught philosophy and humanities at other schools (CSU East Bay and a small Liberal Arts college in Northern California). I'm a UC Santa Cruz alum - I finished a PhD in Philosophy in 2011 :)  Students tell me that this class changes their lives, and that they can't imagine navigating UCSC without having the experiences and tools they get in Stevenson 26. This class will help set you up for the next 4 years. It will give you the confidence and resources to make the most out of your time at UC Santa Cruz. See you in August!!

    2019 Syllabi


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    Caitlin Stinneford

    Hi! I'm Caitlin Stinneford and I'm very excited to be teaching you this summer for Stevenson 26. I have been working at UCSC in different roles since 2012 and I'm excited to introduce you to the many things that UCSC has to offer! This class will help you to feel prepared to enter UCSC and navigate how to manage an online course for the fall. Our class size is small, so we will get to know each other and I look forward to getting to know and support each of you!