Said Shokair ’90 is 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.