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What Matters to Me and Why: UROP Director Said Shokair

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 @ 11:40 am - 1:00 pm

Said Shokair
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Please join us for the next 2015-16 “What Matters to Me and Why” discussion and lunch!

Who:   UROP Director Said Shokair
When:  Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
Where:  Humanities Gateway, Room 1030
Reservations:  Required at www.chancellor.uci.edu/whatmatters
A light lunch will be served. Space is limited, so please reserve early.

Dear Students and Colleagues,

The “What Matters to Me and Why” series of informal discussions with respected members of our campus community continues to build on its remarkable success. Enthusiastic audiences of students, faculty and staff consistently report glowing reviews, including for our most recent speaker, University Librarian Lorelei Tanji.

The series continues Wednesday, April 13, with a talk by Said Shokair ’90, founding director of UCI’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. His passion and commitment to undergraduate research has been described as entrepreneurial and very effective. Launched in 1995, UROP encourages and facilitates faculty-mentored research and creative activities by undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines. Under his leadership, UROP engages more than 2,000 students annually, supporting their research endeavors on and off campus. In 2006, he received the Lauds & Laurels Award for exceptional staff performance. He has been elected to and served on multiple national and local boards in support of student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

“What Matters to Me and Why” encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university. The series explores personal journeys – choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments formed and joys revealed – with the hope that these stories will help us to understand diverse pathways in life, work and leadership. Such understandings are crucial for fortifying tolerance, strengthening bonds, and supporting the virtues that make UCI a great institution.

We encourage you to join us next month to hear Said Shokair’s individual journey and unique perspectives. Please visit www.chancellor.uci.edu/whatmatters to register for the event.

Please check the website or posters on campus for the schedule of future speakers.