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August 5, 2015
More than 340 students, advocates, school representatives, and administrators were at UC Merced on Saturday for the third annual UndocuGrads Conference. The one-day event was designed to address the unique challenges faced by undocumented students — some of whom are covered by Deferred Action...
July 16, 2015
A new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will create a pipeline to UC Merced doctoral degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences for underrepresented minority students from California State University, Fresno.  UC Merced Professor Andy LiWang and Fresno State Professor...
June 25, 2015
Graduate students Yousef Sardahi and Yousef Naranjani were recently awarded summer Bobcat Fellowships from the Mechanical Engineering graduate group. The fellowships will help to support their continuing research over the summer semester. Yousef Sardahi, left and Yousef Naranjani, right, of the...
June 18, 2015
Physics graduate student Leily Kiani has completed the entirety of her higher education at UC Merced, all while the campus grew up around her. A member of the inaugural 2005 freshman class, Kiani remembers that first year fondly. “It was a little chaotic at times, but my entire...
June 12, 2015
Quantitative & Systems Biology graduate student Portia Mira had a busy spring. Early in the year, Mira was awarded the School of Natural Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Scholar Fellowship. The fellowship allowed her to continue her research and prepare for her qualifying exams in May...
June 4, 2015
Sociology student Wendy Puquirre has identified a major resource for college students from disadvantaged backgrounds ­— siblings who have already attended college. As a part of her recently-completed master’s research, Puquirre found that there is a positive correlation between...
May 28, 2015
Michael Eissinger has an old black-and-white photograph of a farmer named Knox and his three teenage sons standing in a cotton field with a long, 100-pound bag of cotton. He holds up the photo at conferences and public talks and asks where it was taken — inevitably, someone guesses “...
May 14, 2015
A UC Merced graduate student researcher has come up with a new, super-efficient encryption system for smart phones that lets users secure data being sent to and retrieved from the cloud. Bahrami, left with his faculty advisor, Mukesh Singhal. Encrypting data on your phone or tablet...
May 11, 2015
On Friday, May 8, the Center for Research and Teaching Excellence (CRTE) and the Graduate Division hosted their second-annual awards ceremony and reception in the California Room. More than 100 undergraduates, graduate students and faculty were recognized for their contributions to teaching...
May 6, 2015
It took UC Irvine graduate student Ashley Fong years to make significant advances in her research using stem cells to repair damaged heart muscle, but just minutes — three to be exact — to wow a panel of judges with a succinct explanation of her work and capture the championship at the...

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