A Letter from the Chancellor

May 16, 2015

Dear Colleagues and Guests,

Welcome to the 22nd annual University of California, Irvine Undergraduate Research Symposium, a showcase of the inspiration and passion that has compelled students to pursue faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects and creative activities. Today’s theme, “Undergraduate Research: Brilliant Future,” celebrates the profound impact that these experiences can have on students’ lives and their communities. As you explore today’s presentations and events, I encourage you to consider how all of our lives can be changed by the students’ current and future endeavors.

The presentations offered today provide a glimpse into the many contributors to the undergraduate research community at UC Irvine. To the students, I offer my congratulations for taking the first steps into a life of questioning and learning. I extend a tremendous “thank you” to their faculty mentors, who have challenged, advised, encouraged and listened in their dedication to their students’ growth.

Finally, I offer my profound gratitude to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program team for organizing this symposium and for its continuing efforts to foster undergraduate research at UC Irvine. This year marks the publication of Volume XVII of the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, a sampling of the most outstanding undergraduate research projects presented at last year’s symposium. UC Irvine’s commitment to undergraduate research is a national model for how a research university can effectively enhance its undergraduates’ educational experience.

To further celebrate UC Irvine’s commitment to research, it is my distinct pleasure to sponsor the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. These awards—a 19-year tradition—recognize the contributions of one student and faculty member from each school. Along with the entire UC Irvine community, I offer my congratulations to this year’s talented and dedicated recipients.

Since my arrival in 2013, I have become increasingly aware of the depth and breadth of the undergraduate research culture at UC Irvine. The students presenting here today, and all students involved in undergraduate research, are taking the first steps toward a future that will be built upon their achievements. Today’s symposium gives them a chance to share their research passions with us, and I hope you leave today inspired by their efforts and enthusiasm


Howard Gillman, Ph.D.