Tuesday, May 25, 2004
- Media contact: Abby Lunardini (510) 332-7008
- Undergraduate research contact: Laureen O'Connell (510) 987-0493


On May 26, two student representatives from each of the eight University of California undergraduate campuses will be honored in Sacramento for the quality of their academic research projects. The students will be recognized as part of the annual UC Day event at the State Capitol in Sacramento, and examples of their research projects will be displayed in the offices of state legislators who have UC campuses in their districts.

UC Day is hosted by the Alumni Associations of the University of California and brings together alumni, students and friends of UC to convey to legislators the importance of the economic, educational, medical and cultural contributions that the University of California delivers to the state. The ability of students to conduct undergraduate research under the guidance of internationally recognized faculty is one of the distinguishing features of a UC education.

As part of UC Day, undergraduate students will display their current research projects at a poster session and discuss their work. The researchers are a diverse group representing a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Undergraduate research at the University of California prepares students for careers in science and technology, the cornerstones of California's new economy; provides opportunities for students to study first-hand the complex social issues facing California; inspires a new generation of qualified students to engage in the kind of high-level graduate work that ensures continued innovation in California's leading industries; and creates better-prepared teachers who are committed to solving real-life problems in California's classrooms.

Members of the public and press are invited to attend the following events at UC Day:

- Wednesday, May 26, 3:30-5 p.m., UC Day student poster session. Sheraton Grand Lobby (1230 J St.)

- Wednesday, May 26, 5:30-7 p.m., reception for UC alumni and friends. Sheraton Grand, Magnolia Room.

Members of the press: Please contact Abby Lunardini (number above) if you wish to attend.

For more information, please visit the UC Day Web site at www.ucday.org.

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