~ A Letter from the UROP Student Editorial Board ~
As members of the UROP Student Editorial Board, it was our honor and privilege to assist in bringing this volume of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal to life. We started by reviewing the 36 papers that had been submitted by undergraduate researchers throughout the campus and evaluating each on the significance and novelty of the research, depth of analysis and quality of writing. While all of the papers showed the immense pride of their authors, we reached the difficult conclusion that the five papers contained herein most clearly met all of our high standards for publication. We continued our engagement with the Journal, carefully editing and proofreading each of the remaining papers to ensure that the final product was a true showcase of the best that UC Irvine has to offer. Being a part of the Student Editorial Board has given us the opportunity to learn from every step of the process, knowledge and experience that we will be able to apply to our own research throughout our education and future careers. We hope you will find similar inspiration as you enjoy this year’s Journal.
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