Welcome to the History Department’s Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB) webpage page. As part of our commitment to the intellectual, cross-cultural, and academic growth of our undergraduate students, our goal is to enhance the undergraduate experience through collaboration with administration, faculty, and staff to engender and implement activities and initiatives that have a positive impact on the learning environment, while also increasing the visibility, participation and, inclusion of the undergraduate student body in History.
The Board will strive to bring about diversity in interest, experience and skills of students, and enhance the academic undergraduate experience as a whole by incorporating feedback from current undergraduate students and alumni, while fostering a sense of community within the History Department; through: mentorship, advocacy, events, and initiatives.
Membership and Selection Criteria
- Have at least two quarters left at UCLA.
- Be a current History Major/History of Science Minor
- Be service driven and;
- Have passion for History as a discipline and see its inter-connectedness within academia and beyond.
The application cycle for Fall 2016- Spring 2017 is now closed. Applications for Fall 2017-Spring 2018 will be available in Summer 2017.
Current Board Members:
1. Christian Choe
My name is Christian Choe and I am a second-year student pursuing degrees in History and Political Science. My primary research interests are in Revolutionary and Early Republic periods of American history. My interests in this field are rooted in the political debates of contemporary United States politics and the historical bases for arguments on all sides. I currently volunteer in the Channel Islands Laboratory of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, as the Social Science Coach for John Marshall High School's Academic Decathlon program, and as Media Director of the Center for Liberal Arts and Free Institutions at UCLA. I am very excited to participate in the History Undergraduate Advisory Board for 2016-17.
2) James Gardner
I am from Arcadia, CA where I also attended high school. I am a 4th year history major focusing on the history of science and technology. Post UCLA, I plan to pursue a career in Education or Business. I enjoy basketball and watching anything to do with comedy. I hope to make a positive impact on the world.
3) Audrey Garibyan
My name is Audrey, and I am a rising senior at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am a transfer student from Glendale Community College pursuing an Undergraduate degree in History, with a Minor in Public Affairs. My interests include Middle Eastern and Armenian Studies. After graduation, I hope to pursue a degree in International Law. I currently volunteer for multiple after-school tutoring programs in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and work as a studio assistant at Color Me Mine. In the past I have worked with amazing organizations, such as the Armenian International Women's Association, which operates through educational and community centers around the world to enrich the lives of Armenian women. As a member of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board, I hope to help fellow transfer students become more involved within the History Department, especially through mentorship programs.
4) Keanu Heydari
My name is Keanu Heydari and I am a senior pursuing two Bachelor’s degrees in History and French. I focus on the social and cultural history of nineteenth century France. In particular, the work I’ve done has explored the growth of European nationalism, Ancient Régime and post-Revolutionary France, as well as the histories of contested space, urban historical memory, and spatial syntax in the early modern Low Countries. I served as President of Phi Alpha Theta – UCLA’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, during my sophomore and junior years.
5) Lauren Ivers
Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Ivers, and I am so excited to be a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Board for the History Department. I will be a senior in the fall and am pursuing a degree in History. I have a specific interest in United States modern history with an emphasis on Civil Rights. Post-graduation, I plan on attending law school, hopefully at UCLA, after which I hope to have a career in Civil Rights law. I am originally from Northern California where I attended community college for two years before transferring to UCLA. At my community college, I served as the President of the History Club and received the History Department's Example of Excellence award. I believe UCLA is an amazing school with a top-notch history department, and I cannot wait to bring in my ideas to make it even better for current as well as future students. Go Bruins!
6) Jaida Keaveney
Jaida is a transfer student and a fourth year History major, who is also pursuing a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and an Anthropology minor. Her main research interests include the political history of the Middle East and maritime history. Jaida is currently working on an honors thesis which focuses on the history of piracy in the Caribbean, during the late seventeenth century.
7) Jessica Preciado
My name is Jessica Preciado and I’m a 3rd year History major. I live in the city of Fontana, which is located in the San Bernardino County. I love my major and learning about the diverse migration of people and cultures, particularly in the United States and Latin America. My goal as a member of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board is to help current and incoming students feel comfortable in the major and form a community that will encourage everyone to support each other as they navigate their academic goals. I’m also involved in the UCLA Adelante Tutorial Program as a Director of Volunteers and a member of UCLA Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine. Both groups strive to help underrepresented and low-income communities by providing tutoring, academic advising, and medical services. I hope to graduate UCLA with a History degree and continue on to Medical school.
8) Molly Smith
Hello, my name is Molly Smith. I am currently a third year pursuing a degree in History with a minor in the Study of Religion. I plan to specialize with an emphasis on the early Middle Ages and research the cultural and economic exchanges within Northern Europe. I have recently begun an internship with the Library and Communications departments at the San Diego Museum of Man. I am very interested in the interaction between the public and historical knowledge, therefore I would like to in the future pursue a career in the museum field or education.