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Fall Commencement 2017
UC Merced's first fall Commencement ceremony will be held on December 16 at the Art Kamangar Center in the downtown Merced Theatre. Register by November 9!
Graduate Resource Center
Make the most of your graduate education with our virtual one-stop-shop of information on Graduate Division workshops, seminars, programming, and resources.
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Forge your own path with a unique interdisciplinary graduate education.

GEARS Professional Development Series

Our GEARS series is a 1-credit graduate course this semester. Check the seminar schedule and attend the meetings that will be the most beneficial to you.

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Dreamers Welcome

UC Merced supports undocumented students and is committed to standing with our Dreamers. 

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Applications Are Open

Start your application for graduate education at the University of California, Merced!

Our graduate application period has begun. Explore our programs today—the possibilities are endless.

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Grad Harvest Event

Kick back and unwind with a fun grad night at Hunter Farms Pumpkin Patch in Atwater! Admission is FREE for all graduate students and their immediate families.

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October 16, 2017

Political science students are invited to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the unit’s founding with a special student-oriented event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Classroom and Office...

Electron micrograph of crumpled sheets of molybdenum disulfide.
October 16, 2017
Professor Vincent Tung and collaborators discovered a way to turn nanoscale sheets of molybdenum disulfide into excellent catalysts for producing hydrogen from water.
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“There’s so much academic freedom here; it’s a tremendously unique opportunity.”
David Ando
“The fact that this is a smaller school was very attractive to me. You can get to know everyone in your graduate cohort, and it’s a great environment for research.”
Edwin Shen
Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
“Many other options for graduate school seem to come prepackaged with a defined future, or to create only a specific type of graduate. UC Merced has encouraged me to forge my own path and has provided an opportunity to expand and contrast my interests at my own pace.”
David Vinson
Cognitive & Informations Sciences
“I chose UC Merced because I liked the idea of being part of a smaller group where the faculty knew who I was and were excited to work with me.”
Neama Alamri
Interdisciplinary Humanities
“Our sociology graduate program is so diverse - it makes such a difference in the overall experience of being a student here.”
Wendy Puquirre
“Research is founded on being able to figure out problems - our groups are so close that we all talk and know about each other’s projects, which really helps to inject interesting ideas and methods into our work.”
Bridget Martinez
Quantitative & Systems Biology

Faculty Profile

Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

Professor and chair of the Physics Graduate Group

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems


Dr. Brown is the Chair of Public Health and the Director of the  Health Sciences Research Institute at UC Merced. His research interests include Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR), cancer prevention and control, discrete choice experiments, and behavioral economics. 

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ardell is the chair of the Quantitative & Systems Biology graduate program. His research focuses on computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms. 

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

Dr. Song's primary research interest is adolescent and young adult decision-making as it pertains to risk behaviors.


Dr. O'Day is the chair of the Environmental Systems graduate group. She studies the chemistry, reaction, and transport of inorganic contaminants and species, primarily metal and metalloid elements, in surface and subsurface systems.

Thomas G. Hansford

Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group

Associate Professor

Dr. McCloskey is the founder and first chair of the Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate program and serves as the university liaison for the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Multicampus Research Unit.

Zulema Valdez

Associate Professor and chair of the Sociology graduate group

Associate Professor

Dr. Martini is the chair of the Mechanical Engineering graduate group. Her research focus is application of atomic-scale models and micro-scale friction measurements to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena.

Associate Professor and chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Group