Skip to content Skip to navigation
See our Campus Ready site for the most up to date information about instruction.Campus ReadyCOVID Help

2021 Virtual Graduate Visitation Days

Get ready to virtually explore our campus and connect with faculty, graduate students and staff! Join us February 18 & 19 for Virtual Graduate Visitation Days (VGVD). VGVD is hosted by UC Merced's Graduate Division and our campus partners.

Access sessions below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at grad@ucmerced.edu.

Day 1: General VGVD Events

Thursday, February 18

Time         

Event Information

9-10 am PST

Graduate Division Welcome

Description: Kick off VGVD with Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, Dr. Chris Kello and Graduate Division support staff during this webinar and Q&A session! We will discuss what to expect as a graduate student at UC Merced and all the exciting opportunities that await you on our campus.

Zoom Link

10-10:30 am PST

 

Meet the Dean: School of Engineering

Description: Open to all. The following program applicants are especially encouraged to attend: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Environmental Systems, Management of Complex Systems, Materials & Biomaterials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Presenter: Dr. Mark Matsumoto, Dean, School of Engineering

Zoom Link

10:30-11 am PST

Meet the Dean: School of Natural Sciences

Description: Open to all. The following program applicants are especially encouraged to attend: Applied Math, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Quantitative & Systems Biology and Physics.

Presenter: Dr. Betsy Dumont, Dean, School of Natural Sciences

Zoom Link

11-11:30 am PST

Meet the Dean: School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts

Description: Open to all. The following program applicants are especially encouraged to attend: Cognitive & Information Sciences, Economics, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Public Health and Sociology.

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Gilger, Dean, and Dr. Anne Zanzucchi, Assistant Dean, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts

Zoom Link

1-2 pm PST

 

Virtual Campus Tour
Description: Explore our campus and learn more about UC Merced’s growing community during this virtual tour.

Zoom Link

 

Day 2: General VGVD Events

Friday, February 19

Time

Event Information

10-11 am PST

Office of International Affairs: “I’m An International Student, What’s Next?”

Description: During this webinar, UC Merced’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) will discuss next steps for international students and what to expect if you are offered admission to one of our graduate programs.

Presenter: Lacey Long Vejar, International Student Visa Specialist

Zoom Link

11 am-12 pm PST

School of Engineering Graduate Student Panel

Description: School of Engineering (SOE) graduate students will share their experiences at UC Merced during this panel and Q&A.

Open to all. The following program applicants are especially encouraged to attend: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Environmental Systems, Management of Complex Systems, Materials & Biomaterials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Zoom Link

1-2 pm PST

School of Natural Sciences Graduate Student Panel

Description: School of Natural Sciences (SNS) graduate students will share their experiences at UC Merced during this panel and Q&A.

Open to all. The following program applicants are especially encouraged to attend: Applied Math, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Quantitative & Systems Biology and Physics.

Zoom Link

2-3 pm PST

 

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts Graduate Student Panel

Description: School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) graduate students will share their experiences at UC Merced during this panel and Q&A. Open to all. The following programs are especially encouraged to attend: Cognitive & Information Sciences, Economics, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Public Health and Sociology applicants.

Zoom Link

 

In addition to general VGVD sessions, many of our schools and graduate programs are hosting audience-specific events and 1:1 meetings. 
Be sure to check your email for your invitation to applicable events.

 

School and Graduate Program VGVD Events

Date

Time

Event Information

Feb. 18 8:30-9 am

Opening and Introduction to Applied Mathematics Graduate Program

Hosted by Dr. Roummel Marcia and Dr. Shilpa Khatri

Feb. 18 10 am-11 am

Political Science : Graduate Student Meetup Session 1

Connect with current UC Merced Political Science graduate students and learn more about the program. 

Feb. 18 11 am-12 pm

Applied Mathematics Research Presentations

Feb. 18 11 am-12 pm

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering and meet faculty! Hosted by Dr. YangQuan Chen.

Feb. 18 11 am-12 pm

Quantitative & Systems Biology Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in QSB and meet faculty!
Hosted by Dr. Chris Amemiya and Dr. Carolin Frank.
Feb. 18 11:30 am-1 pm

Political Science Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in Political Science and meet faculty! Hosted by Dr. Courtenay Conrad.
Feb. 18 2-3pm

Management of Complex Systems Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in MCS and meet faculty!
Hosted by Dr. John Abatzaoglou.
Feb. 18 2-3 pm

Physics Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in Physics and meet faculty!
Hosted by Dr. Chih-Chun Chien.
Feb. 18 2-3 pm

Political Science : Graduate Student Meetup Session 2

Connect with current UC Merced Political Science graduate students and learn more about the program
Feb. 18 3-4 pm

Chemistry & Chemical Biology Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in CCB and meet faculty!
Hosted by Dr. Christine Isborn.
Feb. 18 4-5 pm
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Graduate Group Meetup 
 
Learn about the graduate program in EECS and meet faculty!
Hosted by Dr. Shawn Newsam, Dr. Stefano Carpin, Dr. Dong Li and Dr. Hyeran Jeon.
Feb. 18 5:15-5:45pm

SoE Graduate Staff & Next Steps

Meet the School of Engineering gradute student support staff during this Q&A session. 

Feb. 19 9-10 am

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts Welcome Session

Meet with SSHA leadership and graduate program support staff during this webinar.

Feb. 19 10-11 am

Public Health Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in Public Health and meet faculty! Hosted by Dr. Irene Yen.

Feb. 19 11-12 pm

Applied Mathematics Graduate Student Panel

Panelists: Adam Binswanger, Jocelyn Munoz, Majerle Reeves, Fabian Santiago. Faculty will not be in attendance.

Feb. 19 11-12 pm

Economics Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in Economics and meet faculty! Hosted by Dr. Justin Cook.

Feb. 19 11-12 pm

Interdisciplinary Humanities: Learn about the Program

Hosted by Graduate Chair Dr. Kevin Dawson, Admissions Chair Dr. Christina Torres-Rouff, and Graduate Coordinator Monica I. Garcia, PhD

Feb. 19 12:15-12:45pm

SoE Graduate Staff & Next Steps

Meet the School of Engineering gradute student support staff during this Q&A session. 

     
Feb. 19 12-1 pm

Physics Graduate Student Meetup

Connect and get to know other Physics students and applicants.
Hosted by UC Merced Physics graduate student, Jeremias Gonazlaez. Faculty will not be in attendance.
Feb. 19 1-2:30 pm

Bioengineering Graduate Group Meetup

Learn about the graduate program in Bio E and meet faculty and graduate students! Hosted by Dr. Eva De Alba, Dr. Victor Muñoz, Dr. Arvind Gopinath and Dr. Joel Spencer.

Feb. 19 2-3 pm

Applied Mathematics Alumni Panel

Panelists: Mario Banuelos, Christine Hoffman, Shagun Rawat 
Faculty will not be in attendance.
Feb. 19 3-4 pm

Chemistry & Chemical Biology: The Importance of Mentoring

Join UC Merced's Chemistry & Chemical Biology faculty and graduate students for a discussion on the importance of mentoring during graduate school.

Feb. 19 3:30-4:30 pm

Quantitative & Systems Biology Graduate Student Social Hour

Meet with current and prospective Quantitative & Systems Biology (QSB) students during this informal social hour. Come and learn more about the QSB department from a student’s perspective. Faculty will not be in attendance.

Feb. 19 5-6 pm

Physics Graduate Student Social Hour

Meet with current and prospective Physics students during this informal social hour. Come and learn more about the Physics department from a student’s perspective. Faculty will not be in attendance.

Feb. 19 6-7 pm

Chemistry & Chemical Biology Student Social Hour

Meet with current and prospective Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) students during this informal social hour. Come and learn more about the (CCB) department from a student’s perspective. Faculty will not be in attendance.

 

Contact Information: 

School of Engineering Graduate Staff: soe-grstaff@ucmerced.edu

School of Natural Sciences Graduate Staff: snsgradstaff@ucmerced.edu

School of Social Sciences Humanities & Art Graduate Staff: ssha.grad@ucmerced.edu

View a list of Frequenty Asked Questions

UC Merced Academic Quad