Letter from the Chancellor
May 11, 2002
Colleagues and Guests:
to one of the most exciting events of UCI's academic year. The UCI Undergraduate
Research Symposium has become a campuswide tradition and a hallmark of
what it means to be educated at a top research university. In this ninth
annual symposium, students will assume the role of a research professional,
presenting their own work to be scrutinized and appreciated.
The intense work these students have devoted to their projects raises
their knowledge and creativity to a new level. Research experience gives
them an edge in the competition for scholarships and fellowships, and
indicates to prospective employers that our students know how to achieve
excellence in their chosen disciplines.
As you discover the remarkable nature of this year's symposium, please
keep in mind that these students are not only contributing to research
at UCI, they are shaping the future as leaders who will question, explore
and construct solutions to the problems of tomorrow.
My special appreciation to the members of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Program Team for their commitment to supporting students interested in
faculty-mentored research and creative activities. They work year round
to involve undergraduates in the research life of the university, including
the Symposium. This year also marks the publication of Volume Four of
The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, which showcases only a sample
of the excellence in undergraduate research at UCI. And for the sixth
year in a row, I am delighted to sponsor the Chancellor's Award for Excellence
in Undergraduate Research, which applauds the outstanding contributions
of a student and faculty member from each school or program.
Congratulations to every 2002 Symposium participant, in particular the
faculty whose guidance and mentoring is invaluable to these students.
I wish everyone an exciting, engaging day on the UCI campus.
Ralph J. Cicerone