UC Merced Graduate Division

UC Merced Graduate Division


Join us in celebrating UC Merced Graduate Division's newest rankings as shared by U.S. News and World Report! https://ucm.edu/ExawyZ
Today at 2pm, UC Merced Graduate Division will be hosting the first virtual Ph.D. hooding celebration for the Class of 2021! https://bit.ly/3uTf0Tz

Since it was established in 2005, UC Merced’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) has promoted graduate students’ rights and worked with UC Merced Graduate Division and other campus leadership to ensure that students’ best interests are met.

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Last Call! Submit your 3-pages pre-proposal by November 20th at 1 PM to qualify your early-stage, social impact idea/venture!
Eight UC Merced Graduate Division humanities students are participating in a collaborative project funded by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation entitled “Building Research Partnerships in the San Joaquin Valley: Community Engaged Research and Graduate Mentorship in the Interdisciplinary Humanities.”

The participants collaborate with community partners on projects that illustrate how humanities research can affect the local, regional and national dialogues on key issues.
UC Merced Graduate Division will host its GradSLAM competition on April 18 with graduate scholars presenting on topics ranging from Valley Fever immune response and antibiotic resistance to computer vision and mathematical methods for thermal collection.

For the third consecutive year, Jane Binger, Ed.D. is coaching UC Merced's semi-finalists and finalist to help them refine their slides and presentation content for the competition.

Explore Graduate Studies at UC Merced!

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Jessica Wilson’s presentation, "CBD: Wonder Drug or Dud," earned her the 2022 UC Merced Grad Slam Champion title, a $5,000 grand prize and the opportunity to represent UC Merced at the University of California Grad Slam competition last May.

Will you be the campus's next champ? Apply online by Feb. 3! https://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/form/grad-slam-2023-registration-form


As you contemplate your options for a graduate education, we invite you to learn more about UC Merced's unique Master of Management (MM) 1-year professional degree program. Learn more at next week's webinar on Friday (2/3) - https://ucm.edu/fZIycm

Photos from UC Merced's post 01/24/2023

This is awesome! Thanks Bobcat family for giving back. 👏


This Wednesday (1/25), UC Merced Arts will be hosting an open event at La Galleria (El Portal room 120).

Guests will be encouraged to submit ideas for UC Merced's newest Bobcat Sculpture, Big Rufus! To learn more about the event and how to submit suggestions online, visit https://ucm.edu/j4kj9q

📷 Photo by: Merced County Times


We look forward to seeing you back on campus as classes begin tomorrow! Here are some resources should you need help with flooding.

We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow! Students experiencing a hardship returning to campus due to the storms are encouraged to reach out to our Dean of Students via the form at this link https://ucm.edu/vjzoKw


With funding provided by the University of California Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI), School of Engineering professor Elizabeth Nowadnick will lead a team of researchers exploring new ways to reduce the amount of energy needed for computing ucm.edu/Wz0Mzw


With funding provided by the University of California Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI), School of Engineering professor Elizabeth Nowadnick will lead a team of researchers exploring new ways to reduce the amount of energy needed for computing ucm.edu/Wz0Mzw


2022 was a banner year for UC Merced marked with growth, innovation and prestige. As we boldly move forward toward 2023, here's a look back at the stories that stood out this year


Congratulations, Md Mehdi Masud!👏

Physics Ph.D. student Md Mehdi Masud has been named an American Physical Society (APS Physics) Student Ambassador.

Masud is one of 68 students from around the world who received this recognition and opportunity to represent their universities to APS and introduce APS opportunities to their own universities.


Photos from UC Merced's post 12/17/2022

Our inaugural Graduate Commencement Ceremony is in the books! Congrats to our master's and doctoral students who participated this evening! 🎓🎉👏


We're excited to host our inaugural Graduate Commencement ceremony this evening at 6 p.m. to celebrate our master's and doctoral graduates!

Join us for Commencement on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. Those wishing to cheer on the graduates but unable to attend in person can watch a livestream on the university's commencement webpage: https://commencement.ucmerced.edu


UC Merced’s Brandi McKuin found that covering California's water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82 percent, saving about 63 billion gallons of water a year. The Turlock Irrigation District is now piloting a first-in-the-nation project to test the idea.

https://ucm.edu/uOeoiV via University of California


Mechanical engineering Professor Jeanette Cobian-Iñiguez and other American researchers, national laboratories and agencies such as NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife combined their expertise to develop a paper looking at the future of the study of fire.



The dairy industry is one of the main sources of methane in California, making up 50% of the state’s methane emissions. UC Merced researchers show that adding even a small amount of biochar to a dairy’s manure-composting process reduces methane emissions by 84%.



UC Merced recently launched its annual Give to UC Merced fundraising initiative and more than 400 members of our Bobcat family made generous gifts in support several campus initiatives. During this season of giving, we invite you to consider making a gift towards one (or more) of the following fellowships between now and December 31.

• Graduate Dean’s Fellowship Fund: Help UC Merced support talented graduate students who are solving humankind’s most challenging problems.

• Central Valley Graduate Fellowship: Provide support for doctoral candidates, students who attended high school in the Central Valley, or whose research directly benefits the Central Valley.

• Graduate Fellowship for Undocumented Students: Give to fellowships designated for undocumented students to ensure they have the resources to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals in a safe and inclusive environment.


RadioBio 12/06/2022


ValleyBio is back! RadioBio, a podcast where UC Merced biology graduate students talk with scientists about biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems, is hosting its first in-person ValleyBio since 2019. The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in downtown Merced. All are welcome for interactive science demonstrations, talks, free food and more! Visit https://www.radiobio.net/ for more info.

Saturday, Dec. 10
ValleyBio hosted by RadioBio
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Arts Center, located at 645 W. Main Street in downtown

The event is free and open to everyone.

RadioBio RadioBio is a podcast where UC Merced biology graduate students talk with scientists about biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems.


In 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will support the university’s new medical education building. The Health, Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education Building will support a B.S.-to-M.D. joint degree program with UCSF-Fresno, starting in 2023, along with public health and psychological sciences faculty and students.

Give to the Medical Education Scholarship to support students who will serve the San Joaquin Valley: https://giveto.ucmerced.edu


Inspired by nature, Artist Bill Poulson first conceived of The Four Seasons of Yosemite in 1986. After closing his stained-glass studio in Maui, he arrived in Yosemite National Park that September and embarked on drawing numerous scenes over the course of a few weeks. These drawings informed his finalized sketches for each of the four murals located in the UC Merced Library.



A doctoral student in the Public Health program will be among the presenters taking part in a webinar on the health effects and policy implications of ho**ah smoking.

Sarah Alnahari will present her research in the webinar titled "Sh**ha, Ho**ah and Waterpipe To***co Smoking: Health Effects of Use and Policy Implications" on Thursday, Nov. 10.



Join us for Faculty Careers Day happening now in Conference Center Room 105. Lunch served until 1 p.m. Followed by the CSU faculty panel.


Have you visited the temporary labyrinth on campus yet?

A temporary labyrinth has taken shape on the UC Merced campus. The labyrinth, which is an ancient pattern people walk to reflect, was built by master designer Lars Howlett. Marked by spray paint now, once the final design is determined, the path will be delineated by river rocks and decomposed granite.



In celebration of UC Merced's groundbreaking twenty years ago, the latest issue of the UC Merced Magazine highlights a few of the campus' recent accomplishments. https://ucm.edu/sijZkb

Photos from UC Merced Graduate Division's post 10/20/2022

We had a fun time at last night's Grad Harvest Event at Hunter Farms Pumpkin Patch. We hope our grad students who attended did too! 🎃


In the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index, UC Merced placed Top 10 in several categories including a tie for the No.1 spot in research. The annual report published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 sustainability impact areas.



In honor of Native American Heritage Month, UC Merced will host the annual Toloma 5k fun run. Indigenous tribes of California have strong traditions of distance running, whether it be for communication or competition.

In honor of this, we invite the local tribes and the greater Merced community to celebrate with us on November 12th at 8:30 am to run beneath the Beginnings sculpture, along Scholars Bridge, and past the Toloma Grove Native acknowledgment and reflection area.


Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Employment Trajectories and Graduate Experience in The Humanities: Data From Philosophy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 10/14/2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Employment Trajectories and Graduate Experience in The Humanities: Data From Philosophy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

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Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Employment Trajectories and Graduate Experience in The Humanities: Data From Philosophy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Join us for the Brownbag Seminar Series ft. Carolyn Jennings Friday, October 14, 2022 at 1:00 PM COB2 - 295 or via zoom About speaker: Carolyn Jennings is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at University of California, Merced. She works across multiple disciplines, but especi...

Hispanic Heritage Month | Newsroom 10/14/2022

Hispanic Heritage Month | Newsroom

Hispanic Heritage Month | Newsroom UC Merced Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month! Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationally from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to history, culture and advancement. As a designated Hispanic-Serving Insititution, UC Merced is committ...

Timeline photos 10/13/2022

Timeline photos

Researchers and students in the departments of Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering working on quantum physics will have upgraded equipment soon, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).



Congratulations to Ph.D. student Kris Gulati who was awarded a $50,000 Wikimedia Research and Technology Fund grant by the Wikimedia Foundation to look at its role in shaping and directing science.

Gulati, who works with Chair of Department of Economics and Business Management Professor Christian Fons-Rosen, is interested in the economics of science and innovation.

Timeline photos 10/09/2022

Timeline photos

UC Merced's Mobile Maker Lab, aka Mobi, is used by faculty and students to bring STEM-related activities and experiments to schools and the community.


Environmental Systems Student Earns Prestigious Ford Fellowship | Newsroom 10/05/2022

Environmental Systems Student Earns Prestigious Ford Fellowship | Newsroom

Congratulations to UC Merced Environmental Systems Ph.D. candidate Lillie Pennington for earning a Ford Dissertation Fellowship to finish her research focused on range wide genetic variation of native plants.

Environmental Systems Student Earns Prestigious Ford Fellowship | Newsroom Lillie Pennington has been awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine for the 2022-2023 academic year. She is one of 38 students nationally who each receive $28,000 in funding for one year to write and defend their dissertations.

Photos from UC Merced Graduate Division's post 09/23/2022

As part of the , we're recognizing UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients like Christopher Lee, Ph.D., in UC Merced's Department of English: Literature and Language, Kaozong Mouavangsou, Ph.D., in the Department of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Natalie Santizo, Ph.D.., in the Department of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; and Cristina Gomez-Vidal, Ph.D., in the Department of Public Health.

Timeline photos 09/22/2022

Timeline photos

Through NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's applied sciences program, professors Erin Hestir and Joshua Viers will leverage the power of Earth-orbiting satellites and drones to gather data with high spatial and temporal resolution and then analyze it to help resource managers make better-informed decisions, particularly around water use in California’s San Joaquin Valley.






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