Current News and Events

This section features news about UROP and the individuals involved with this program. We highlight events that we are hosting, present profiles, and report on recent awards and accomplishments of students and their faculty mentors. Check out UROP’s complete calendar, which includes important deadlines and workshops.

College Students' Research Showcased - OC Register 11/23/2003

UCI hosts sessions on undergrad projects from 90 campuses across the nation. The work is varied and sometimes fascinating.

Robot fish. Religious bumper stickers. Planes that fly themselves.

Students from 90 colleges and universities converged on University of California, Irvine, Saturday for an undergraduate research conference that looked at topics that ranged from earthquakes to pregnant cows.

"This gives me a new perspective on science and technology out there that I never heard of before," UCI student Nghia Vuong said of the conference as he explained his research into self-flying aircraft.

Vuong, 19, an engineering student who hopes to work in aircraft design, showed how he built a model plane that flies itself.

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Rabbit Diets Were Just for Starters - LA Times 11/23/03

More than 550 undergrads from 90 institutions display projects at UCI. Topics include cholesterol metabolism and MEMS.

For Cal State Los Angeles student Maira Soto, its' all about the jojoba oil.

On Saturday, the 21-year-old senior joined more than 550 other students from 90 institutions who presented their undergraduate research projects at UC Irvine.

Hers was titled "The Influence of Dietary Jojoba Oil on Cholesterol Metabolism in Cholesterol-fed Rabbits."

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Campus Event Takes Show and Tell to New Level - LA Times 5/11/03

Ever wonder about the biochemistry of shark cartilage? Or what happened to Jews of medieval Spanish heritage? How about the subjective nature of Renaissance studies?

Those were just three of the 345 undergraduate research projects on display Saturday at the UC Irvine campus.

The 10th annual symposium had a record 503 student researchers this year, organizers said. The projects ranged from the natural sciences to humanities and performing arts.

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SURP Awards More Than 100 Fellowships for 2004

UROP and SURP want to congratulate the 114 outstanding UCI students who received the 2004 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Fellowship in support of their faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities. SURP Fellows were awarded a maximum $3,000 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting a summer research project or creative activity. List of winners.

UCI Sends Record Number of Students to NIST

Nine UCI undergraduates have been selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct research under the guidance of NIST's scientists as part of the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. This represents close to 8 percent of 113 undergraduates from 66 universities selected nationwide to participate in this program for Summer 2003.

Selection Process Underway for Volume VI of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal

Papers submitted for The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume VI, are currently under review by the UROP Student Editorial Board and the Faculty Advisory Board. The review and selection process, as well as publication of Volume VI, will be completed by December 2003. For more information, visit www.urop.uci.ed/journal.html.

UCI Hosted 2003 SCCUR Conference in November

The Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) was hosted by UCI on November 22, 2003 at the Student Center. Through its annual conference, SCCUR celebrates the research, scholarship, and creative activities carried out by undergraduate students. Students in all disciplines—the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering—present their faculty-mentored projects to audiences of peers, faculty and administrators through performance, oral and poster presentations, or displays. To view a copy of the Conference Program, please visit


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