A Letter from the Chancellor

May 10, 2003

Dear Colleagues and Guests:

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Human beings are curious. We are drawn by the unpredictable. And each year we are reminded of how rewarding that passion for discovery can be when our campus presents the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

At this 10th annual symposium, about 500 students are presenting projects from virtually every unit across campus. The depth and quality of their research is remarkable, as are the many skills they have developed during their investigations.

I am proud to say that participation in some level of research has become an integral part of the undergraduate culture at UCI. Thanks to dedicated faculty mentors, our students learn to appreciate the power and value of research in their lives, no matter where their futures may lead.

Much credit also goes to members of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Team for their consistent support of students who show an interest in faculty-mentored research and creative activities. This symposium is just one aspect of the year-round work they do to involve students in the research life of the university. This year also marks publication of Volume Five of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, which is a sampling of undergraduate research projects presented at last year's symposium. And once again I am delighted to sponsor the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of a student and faculty member from each school.

My heartiest congratulations to our award recipients, and to all the students and faculty participating in the 2003 Undergraduate Research Symposium. On behalf of the UCI community, I wish everyone an exciting, engaging day of discovery.


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Ralph J. Cicerone