A Letter from the Chancellor

May 14, 2005

Dear Colleagues and Guests:

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Welcome to the 12th 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 yearís theme, "Undergraduate Research: Inventing Yourself," emphasizes how UCIís commitment to interdisciplinary research and analysis offers opportunities and challenges for its students to define their passions and invent their futures.

I invite you to celebrate with our student scholars as they share the fruits of their research journeys. Each year, the Symposium reminds us of the thrill of discovery and the positive impact it has on all of us, specifically on our future leaders as they explore and develop solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. UCI is helping its students to pursue their dreams by providing them with some of the best tools, techniques and skills for further inquiry and continued intellectual growth. Our thanks go to the dedicated faculty mentors who help to 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 all their continuing efforts in fostering undergraduate research at UCI and beyond. This year also marks the publication of Volume VII of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, which is a sampling of the most outstanding undergraduate research projects presented at last yearís symposium. UCIís combined efforts in support of undergraduate research have become a national model for how a research university can effectively enhance the educational experience of its undergraduates.

To further celebrate the spirit of discovery, it is my distinct pleasure to sponsor the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the ninth consecutive year. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a student and faculty member from each school. Along with the entire UCI campus, I offer my heartiest congratulations to this yearís talented award recipients, as well as to all students and faculty participating in the 2005 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

On behalf of the UCI community, I wish everyone an exciting, engaging day of discovery and invention.



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Ralph J. Cicerone