Welcome from the Division of Undergraduate Education


May 12, 2001

Dear UCI Community and Guests:

We are honored to welcome you to the Eighth Annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Though this Symposium is, practically, an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research findings and creative accomplishments, it is also much more than that. We hope that this Symposium acts as a springboard for all those involved: that students will recognize the benefits of collaborating on projects and sharing ideas, that faculty will feel encouraged by the environment of inquiry and exchange they help to create, and that guests will recognize the insight and depth of study fostered at the University of California, Irvine.

We are immensely proud of the accomplishments of the students presenting here today. Each of them has, in some small way, contributed to the evolution of our collective body of knowledge. From chemistry to history to psychology, and every discipline in between, students at UCI have begun a lifetime of revising and updating the way we all view our world. It is our hope that in sharing their knowledge today, each of them will not only realize and celebrate what they have already done, but will also be revitalized to continue asking questions, posing hypotheses and putting ideas to the test.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) is proud to have been able to assist students involved in faculty-mentored research and creative projects at UCI. Many of today’s presenters have received research assistance and funding from UROP, the organizer of today’s Symposium. UROP’s programs also include advising undergraduate students about on and off-campus research opportunities and publishing The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. In addition, it is our pleasure to announce that UROP has just launched UCI’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), effective summer 2001. SURP will offer UCI undergraduates the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period or the equivalence of 400 hours under the guidance of UCI faculty members.

UROP is dedicated and committed to supporting the undergraduate research enterprise at UCI, which includes a campuswide network of faculty, departments and programs that encourage undergraduate research. We express our gratitude to all the individuals who have helped make research a wonderful experience for so many of our undergraduates.

We are thankful for your support of the undergraduate researchers presenting here today. Your encouragement has greatly added to their success. We look forward to following the continued achievement of these outstanding students, and hope that you enjoy today’s program.


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Meredith Lee
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
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Said M. Shokair
Director, UROP