A Letter from the Chancellor

May 20, 2017

Dear Colleagues and Guests,

Welcome to the 24th annual University of California, Irvine Undergraduate Research Symposium, a day that celebrates students’ desires to enhance their education by pursuing faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities. This year’s theme, “Undergraduate Research: Excellence through Integrity,” symbolizes the collective approach to faculty-mentored undergraduate research at UC Irvine. The students who are presenting here today exemplify this theme, achieving their research excellence through a process of collaboration and ethical and moral conduct.

Many people deserve recognition for the contributions to today’s event. To the student presenters, I offer both congratulations for their achievements and thanks for their enthusiastic participation in the research process. Many thanks also to their faculty mentors for the guidance and inspiration they have offered to the next generations of researchers.

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 XIX 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 the undergraduate education 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 21-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.

Undergraduate research at UC Irvine gives students the opportunity to personalize their education, pursuing their passions to achieve success. Their collaborations, with each other, with their mentors, and with the larger community, remind us all of the values that lead to excellence. I am inspired by their efforts, and look forward to sharing their achievements with you today.


Howard Gillman