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Ph.D. students Craig Ennis and Vicky Espinoza visited Sacramento with Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz to speak with lawmakers about the contribution of graduate research to California's development.
Graduate Students Make a Case for Research at Capitol
Craig Ennis and Vicky Espinoza visited Sacramento to speak with lawmakers about the contribution of graduate research to California's development.
Graduate student Jose Zamora
What Sets Us Apart?
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Grad Slam 2019
Can You Explain Your Research in Three Minutes?
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Graduate student Warren Nanney
NASA Fellowship Lifts Grad Student’s Cardiac Biosensor Research
Graduate student Warren Nanney was awarded a three-year NASA fellowship to continue his research into engineering portable biosensors for health monitoring in space.
Alumna Tessa Provins's time at UC Merced not only informed but inspired her passion to always keep growing in the political science field.
Merced Native and Ph.D. Grad Lands Faculty Position at Pitt
Alumna Tessa Provins's time at UC Merced not only informed but inspired her passion to always keep growing in the political science field.

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ice Provost and Graduate Dean Marjorie S. Zatz was selected as one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
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UC Merced’s Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Marjorie S. Zatz was selected as one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education’s eighth annual special report...

March 21, 2019

Representatives from UC Merced have joined President Janet Napolitano’s newly formed Chicano/Latino Advisory Council for the University of California. Founding faculty member Professor Rudy Ortiz,...

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“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. 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.
kmccloskey@ucmerced.edu
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. 
dardell@ucmerced.edu
Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair
aarias26@ucmerced.edu
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems
mbeutel@ucmerced.edu
Associate Professor and chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Group
hbhat@ucmerced.edu
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. 
pbrown3@ucmerced.edu
Thomas G. Hansford
Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group
thansford@ucmerced.edu
Professor and chair of the Physics Graduate Group
lhirst@ucmerced.edu
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.
amartini@ucmerced.edu
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.
poday@ucmerced.edu
Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences
Dr. Song's primary research interest is adolescent and young adult decision-making as it pertains to risk behaviors.
asong5@ucmerced.edu
Zulema Valdez
Associate Professor and chair of the Sociology graduate group
zvaldez@ucmerced.edu