Welcome from the Division of Undergraduate Education


May 10, 2003

Dear Members of the UCI Community and Guests:

Welcome to the Tenth Annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Symposium aims to provide UCI's finest undergraduates and their faculty mentors the opportunity to present and explain the methods and results of their research and creative projects. The Symposium has become more than just a series of academic and creative presentations, however. Over the past decade, it has evolved into a celebration of everything the UCI Community has to offer, from the accomplishments of its students to the efforts of its esteemed faculty. It is a day when students, their mentors, and their families can look back on the previous year's achievements and forward to the lifetime of scholarship and success ahead of them.

We hope that this Symposium serves as a catalyst 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 have helped 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 contributed to the growth of our collective body of knowledge. Spanning the many disciplines, students at UCI have begun a lifetime of revising and rethinking the way we understand the world in which we live. Each year, UCI students and faculty raise the standards of excellence in leadership, achievement and success. It is our hope that by sharing their knowledge today, they will realize just how far their accomplishments have taken them and will be inspired to pass along the tradition of undergraduate research to future generations of UCI scholars.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) assists UCI's students by facilitating and funding their involvement in undergraduate faculty-mentored research or creative activities. 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, an annual multidisciplinary publication. In addition, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), launched by UROP in 2001, allows students to become fully immersed in a research project or creative activity under the guidance of UCI faculty members. UROP is part of a campuswide network of faculty, departments and programs dedicated to supporting the undergraduate research enterprise at UCI.

We are thankful for your support of the undergraduate researchers presenting here today, as well as the faculty mentors who devoted their time and efforts to mentoring these students. Your encouragement has greatly added to the success of all involved. We look forward to following the continued achievement of these outstanding students, and hope that you enjoy today's program.


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Robert Newsom
Acting Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
 Said M. Shokair
 Director, UROP