April 7, 2005
Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research
Remarks by Regent President Toby E. Marcovich
Thank you, President Reilly. And thank you to all the students,
faculty, staff and legislators who have traveled, in some cases,
hundreds of miles to join us here today.
My Board colleagues and I agree that events like these are among
the most rewarding aspects of being a Regent. Like our friends here
in the Legislature, we spend a lot of time in meetings, and we never
get enough time to spend with students and UW employees. That’s
why today we are especially pleased to meet many of our undergraduates,
and talented faculty and staff, and to see first-hand the results
of the teaching, learning, and research that takes place on UW campuses.
Undergraduate research is a growing priority at all UW System campuses,
and for good reason. We know that, as Ms. Lederer said, student
learning is enhanced when undergraduates get to work closely with
faculty on research. I remember this well from my days as an undergraduate
researcher in chemistry at UW-Madison. Students remain the UW System’s
#1 priority, and it is important that we are able to provide them
the chance to have experiences like these.
And as we heard from Dr. Johnson, undergraduate research is just
the beginning of what our campuses can, and are doing. Many of the
ideas we see here today might never have been proposed without undergraduate
research. Who knows what else UW researchers might be able to discover?
I’m proud that our Board of Regents is working hard to make
sure these kinds of research efforts get the attention and support
they need and deserve.
It’s important to remember that this kind of research isn’t
free. It takes significant time and resources, and as our friends
in this building continue to deliberate the university’s budget,
I encourage you all to take a very close look at the terrific work
our students have done. I know you’ll agree that this kind
of work is definitely worth the investment.
On behalf of the Board of Regents, it is my pleasure to congratulate
each and every one of our UW student researchers for their hard