Skip to content Skip to navigation
Graduate Orientation Week (GROW)
Graduate Orientation Week starts Aug. 15!
Graduate Orientation Week (GROW) offers incoming graduate students a variety of important workshops, programs and events to learn about UC Merced and the Merced community.
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...

Applications

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

The graduate program application is currently closed and will open for Fall 2019 in early September.

More info

Dreamers Welcome

UC Merced supports undocumented students and and stands by Dreamers. 

Read more

Graduate Orientation Week

Graduate Orientation Week:

August 15 - 21, 2018

More Information

Summer Bridge

Solar arrays.
July 16, 2018

UC Solar received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop solar-thermal desalination technologies that reduce the cost of creating...

July 11, 2018

A new two-year project at UC Merced aims to bring academic and non-academic researchers together to recast the role of the humanities in public policy and, ultimately, improve the lives of San...

Subscribe to Graduate Division RSS
“There’s so much academic freedom here; it’s a tremendously unique opportunity.”
 
David Ando
Physics
“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
Sociology
“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. 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.

Zulema Valdez

Associate Professor and chair of the Sociology graduate group

Thomas G. Hansford

Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group

Professor

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.

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems

Professor and chair of the Physics 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.

Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

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. 

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

Professor

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.