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Graduate Orientation Week

Graduate Orientation Week:

August 15 - 21, 2018

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Summer Bridge

June 18, 2018

A new Pew Research survey shows that one-third of Americans have trust in a higher power or spiritual force, whether they call it “god” or not, and two new studies show that people who think they...

June 15, 2018

Verenize Arceo of Winton has represented UC Merced at the state Capitol, but her most recent achievement is closer to home. The history major is among the 20 graduates in the Class of 2018 honored as...

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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

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. 

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.

Thomas G. Hansford

Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group

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.

Professor and chair of the Physics 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. 

Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

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.

Associate Professor and chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Group

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems