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    Lydia Fox Named Director of Undergraduate Research

    May 27, 2010
    Lydia Fox, associate professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, was named director of Undergraduate Research at University of the Pacific this week. As director, she will oversee all aspects of undergraduate research, including applications for research grants, faculty involvement, the expansion of undergraduate research programs and coordinating an annual campus-wide conference for students to present their work.

    Lydia FoxFox has been active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, a national organization that supports faculty who involve undergraduates in research, for 15 years. She has served on the Council's executive board and chaired its 2008 National Conference. In addition, she has led numerous workshops across the country, helping faculty develop undergraduate research programs. She is currently the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation on a grant that supports these workshops.

    "Research can have a profound impact on the educational experience for an undergraduate," said Pacific Provost Phil Gilbertson. "By creating this new position, we strengthen our commitment to experiential learning. Undergraduate research is an important option to achieve our goal of 100% participation in structured experiential learning. A hallmark of a Pacific education."

    Pacific's strategic plan, "Pacific Rising," calls for advancing undergraduate research, a goal Fox has advocated for several years on campus. For example, for the past 10 years she has coordinated the Pacific Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference, an annual event that shows off some of the top research and original creative projects by undergraduate students.

    More than 300 undergraduates are involved in a research project at Pacific each year. Many of those projects earned the students independent study course credits, and some of those projects earned the students top honors and national grants. Some of the projects are funded by the Pacific Fund which provides funding to research projects led by students and faculty.

    Fox will start her new position July 1, 2010.