~Letter from the UROP Student Editorial Board~
The second volume of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal began with a small group of students. We brainstormed, discussed, and edited; we laughed, shared, and became friends. We all strongly believe that research is the best way to figure out whether a topic that seems interesting in a class can blossom into a career, can sustain the desire for lifelong learning. In some ways, the many hours we put into the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal mirror the undergraduate research experience. Place a group of people together who are genuinely excited about what they are doing, and they will emerge not only with greater scholarly knowledge but also with a better understanding of themselves. This growth stems from constant questioning. New questions spring from each answered question just as when each level of accomplishment is reached, other areas open for investigation. Our formula for success, for happiness, is to seek out the field that most stimulates interest. We are proud of our role in showcasing the outstanding caliber of undergraduate research fostered by the University of California at Irvine.
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