Welcome from Undergraduate Education

May 17, 2014

Dear UC Irvine Community Members and Guests:

Welcome to the 21st annual UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Symposium. We are here to celebrate the passion and dedication that today's student presenters have committed to their faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities. This year's theme, "Undergraduate Research: Growth through Innovation," symbolizes how the systematic creativity inherent in the research process fosters personal, academic and societal growth.

This year's Symposium has grown to more than 600 projects, presented by more than 1,000 students, mentored by almost 400 faculty. The day's offerings—oral and poster presentations, dance performances, a keynote address, and presentation of the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research—provide an opportunity for you to witness the thriving culture of undergraduate research that plays such an integral part of the UCI undergraduate experience.

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the hard work of many contributors. We thank the faculty mentors whose continuing guidance has made our presenters' achievements possible, and the countless volunteers who have helped in all aspects of the preparation, setup and running of today's symposium.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education assists UC Irvine's students by facilitating and supporting their involvement in faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative activities. As the organizer of today's symposium, UROP has provided research assistance and funding to many of today's presenters. UROP also advises undergraduate students about on- and off-campus research opportunities, and publishes The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, an annual multidisciplinary publication. In addition, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves into a research project or creative activity under the guidance of UC Irvine faculty members. UROP has also collaborated with other units on campus to sponsor undergraduate research programs emphasizing multidisciplinary design, as well as research in biophotonics, health promotion and disease prevention, information technology, cardiovascular research, chemistry, and micro/nano technologies. UROP is also working to develop the International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (I-SURF), which will encourage international students to come to the United States to conduct summer research under the guidance of UC Irvine faculty mentors.

Thank you for joining us today. Our students look forward to sharing with you the growth they have experienced through their research endeavors. We take great pride in their achievements and know you will be inspired by their efforts as well.

Sincerely,

Sharon V. Salinger
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
 Said M. Shokair
 Director, UROP

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