Journal Advisors

Sharon V. Salinger
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education

Said M. Shokair
Director, UROP

UROP Faculty Advisory Board

Professor Wendy A. Goldberg
Professor Donald D. Hoffman
Professor John C. LaRue
Professor Richard H. Lathrop
Professor Hartmut Luecke
Professor James S. Nowick
Professor James W. Penrod
Professor Richard T. Robertson
Professor Martin Schwab

UROP Student Editorial Board

Nika Bagheri
Kimberly Balazs
Dana Deats
Ahmed Ibrahim
Jenny Ouyang
Abraham Qavi

UROP Journal Assistants

Megan Nowell Kaufman, Publications & Web Assistant
Jerry McMillan, Journal & Symposium Student Advisor
Henry Yan, Computer Programmer and Analyst

~ Letter from the UROP Student Editorial Board ~

The UCI Undergraduate Journal provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate researchers to see the results of their work in print. As members of the Student Editorial Board, we have formed a close relationship with the volume that is now in your hands. Each of us brought a unique set of skills and experiences that we applied in reviewing and evaluating the 83 papers submitted for this year’s Journal. We feel that the quality and variety of work in the final seven papers selected by the Faculty Advisory Board for publication reflect not only the ability and passion of the student authors and their faculty mentors, but also the strong commitment to academic achievement and the undergraduate research culture at UCI. Through our work together we increased our knowledge of research in fields other than our own, improved our writing and editing skills, and strengthened our abilities to work as a team. We learned to respect each other’s opinions, lean on each other’s strengths, and admit our own failings. The Journal is dedicated to the quest for knowledge, of which undergraduate research is such an important part. We hope that this volume will inspire future undergraduates, as it has inspired us, to ask new questions, seek new answers, and develop a passion for knowledge and its pursuit.


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