~ Letter from the UROP Student Editorial Board ~
The opportunity for undergraduate research publication is limited, and it is with great pride and dedication that we present to you the best of the best in faculty-mentored undergraduate research from the last year. The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal is truly interdisciplinary in scope, and we have endeavored to make this volume representative of the breadth and depth of research and creative projects undertaken at UCI. While this has been a demanding task, it has also been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Each Board Member has brought unique and outstanding skills to this volume, as have the talented and enthusiastic students who labored to create original projects under the guidance of their faculty mentors. We looked for originality and significance as we evaluated the submitted papers, along with a high quality of research and writing, and we feel that these 15 papers are a tribute to the academic excellence attained at UCI. It is our hope that the work represented here will further encourage students to undertake projects of their own, reflecting the creative and academic potential of UCI undergraduates.
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