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A Message from UCI's New Chancellor

As we begin launching our Summer programs, I want to extend a warm welcome to students and parents. I am very excited to be here at this point in the University of California, Irvine's evolution, and my inaugural year as chancellor.

For several years, UCI has offered a summer program of specialized curriculum for gifted middle school students, such as you. We welcome your participation in this exciting program which has been developed to assist you in beginning to direct your life toward a scholarly collegiate path. We provide you with an environment that will enable you to experience and appreciate life on a university campus.

With all the activities in your life as a productive middle school student, there isn't always time for you to think seriously about where you want to be in a few years from now. If higher education is anywhere in your plans, spending time at a major university, such as UCI, will help you to clarify your goals. Most importantly, the Gifted Students Academy will help prepare you for the competitive university admission procedure.

I strongly encourage you to participate fully in the challenges and fun of the UCI Gifted Students Academy. Please join us on the UCI campus this summer. I look forward to meeting you.

Michael Drake
Chancellor, UCI

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