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Mellon Foundation Grant

In 2016, UC Merced was awarded a significant grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the representation of Latino/a and other underrepresented minority students in Ph.D. programs and, ultimately, the professoriate.

The grant funded the Undergraduate Research in the Humanities program (UROC-H). The goal of UROC-H is to create a legacy of community-engaged scholars and to expand pathways for undergraduates in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

With the UROC-H training program, UC Merced prepares underrepresented UC Merced students for doctoral studies in the UC system and for successful careers in the professoriate through:

  • Research experiences with faculty
  • Mentoring by UC Merced faculty and graduate students
  • Seminars and workshops to develop successful applications
  • GRE preparation
  • A series of visits to sister UC campuses to meet with faculty and graduate students and participate in joint research symposiums 

Read more about UROC-H here