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Postdoctoral fellow Jaapna Dhillon
Postdoc Earns Grant to Study Health Disparities
Jaapna Dhillon is the campus’s first postdoctoral researcher to receive NIH Pathway to Independence Award.Jaapna Dhillon is the campus’s first postdoctoral researcher to receive NIH...
Environmental Systems Graduate Student Vicky Espinoza
Environmental Systems Student's Research Helps to Address Climate Change
Graduate student Vicky Espinoza and UC Merced professors helped write the San Joaquin Valley section of the Fourth California Climate Change Assessment. 
Preparing for Success
Preparing for Success
The Competitive Edge Summer Bridge program provides selected incoming grad students the tools to be succeessful at UC Merced. Find tips and resources available to ease your...
QSB’s Portia Mira Places Third at GradSlam Finals
QSB’s Portia Mira Places Third at GradSlam Finals
Graduate student Portia Mira earned third place in the University of California’s 2018 Grad Slam competition, marking UC Merced’s first appearance as a top-three finalist during the...

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Featured News

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Colleen Cheverko's research focuses on the interactions between growth disruptions due to experiences during childhood and subsequent mortality risk as adults.
September 19, 2018

Two of UC Merced’s newest postdoctoral researchers, Colleen Cheverko and Maria-Elena Young, received the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (CPFP) for 2018-2019. The fellowships, which are for one...

September 19, 2018

Civil and environmental engineering Professor Erin Hestir’s proposal for a unique system of mapping mercury in the waters of the San Francisco Delta has won her and her team of collaborators a $1.7...

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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

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.
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.
Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems
Associate Professor and chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Group
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.
Thomas G. Hansford
Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group
Professor and chair of the Physics 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.
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.
Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences
Dr. Song's primary research interest is adolescent and young adult decision-making as it pertains to risk behaviors.
Zulema Valdez
Associate Professor and chair of the Sociology graduate group