A Letter from the Chancellor

May 12, 2001

Dear Colleagues and Guests:

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My congratulations to the almost 300 UCI undergraduates who have learned what it means to be part of a community engaged in discovery. Armed with their intellectual curiosity and with faculty mentors as guides, students in the Eighth Annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium have experienced the research process from the birth of an idea, through the creative development of their projects. And now this symposium gives us all the privilege of sharing in the presentation and acknowledgement of their results .

Today’s symposium is far from an ending, however. It spotlights a total experience that contributes to our students’ personal growth, leads them to apply new knowledge to real world problems, and gives them an edge in the competition for scholarships and fellowships. Taking part in the investigative process early on is one of the hallmarks of education at a top research university like UCI. I’m happy to say that more than half of our students are involved in some type of research or original creative activity, which raises their academic careers to a new level.

I am very proud of the role the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program plays in assisting students interested in research. Organizing this annual symposium is among the UROP team’s many efforts year round to involve undergraduates in the research life of the university. UROP has also published the third volume of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, representing the work of these young scholars, and is debuting a summer program in 2001 to expand opportunities for faculty-mentored research in all disciplines. It is also my pleasure to continue sponsoring the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the fifth consecutive year. This award recognizes the exceptional performance of student researchers and the work of their faculty mentors.

Welcome and thank you to everyone for joining us in this celebration of learning that accompanies research.

 
Sincerely,


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Ralph J. Cicerone
Chancellor