A Letter from the Chancellor

May 12, 2007

Dear Colleagues and Guests:

Welcome to the 14th annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an event that has become a campuswide tradition representing some of the very best in faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative projects. This year’s theme, “Undergraduate Research: Focus on Excellence,” reflects the University of California, Irvine’s commitment to excellence, both within and beyond the academy.

I invite you to celebrate with our student scholars as they share new knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that they have discovered through their research journeys. Each year, the Symposium is a powerful reminder, not only of the light of discovery, but also of how each new breakthrough provides a building block for overcoming future challenges. UCI encourages its students and helps them pursue their dreams by providing superior tools, techniques and skills for further inquiry and continued intellectual growth. I cannot express enough my thanks to the dedicated faculty mentors who help instill these values and skills in our students.

My appreciation also goes to members of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program team for organizing this symposium, and for their continuing efforts in fostering undergraduate research at UCI. This year also marks the publication of Volume IX of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, a sampling of the most outstanding undergraduate research projects presented at last year’s Symposium. UCI’s continuing effort to undergraduate research has become a national model for how a research university can effectively enhance the educational experience of its undergraduates.

To further celebrate creativity and research, it is my distinct pleasure to sponsor the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the eleventh consecutive year. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of one student and faculty member from each school. Along with the entire UCI campus, I offer my congratulations to this year’s talented award recipients, and to all students and faculty participating in the 2007 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

I look forward to experiencing with you the spirit and energy of the student presenters.



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Michael V. Drake, M.D.