Programs and Funding




UROC Research Programs

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center sponsors several academic enrichment research programs. Each program is aimed to help guide the student towards their academic/career goal by providing research training and leadership development opportunities. To find out more information, check out the links below!

APPLY NOW: UROC Applications for Summer 2017 Open Feb 1 - March 15, 2017


Undergraduate Research in the Humanities (UROC-H)

The goal of the UROC-H program is to engage a cohort of 10-15 promising undergraduate students each year in faculty-mentored research and prepare them for advanced education in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

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California Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF CAMP)

The California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a one-year research enrichment and training program designed to prepare UC Merced students for competitiveness in graduate school and careers in STEM

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is our newest research program offered to all undergraduate students in any discipline. This 9-week summer fellowship offers undergraduates the opportunity to work alongside faculty and graduate student mentors and provides graduate school preparation. 

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Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (NIH MARC U*STAR)

The MARC Scholars Program, funded by NIH, is a two year research intensive honors program for UC Merced undergraduates who are committed to: 1) pursuing a PhD or combined MD/PhD in biomedical or behavioral sciences, and 2) becoming socially responsible leaders and research scientists 

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University of California's Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS)

The UC LEADS Scholars Program is a two-year research and leadership training program designed to prepare promising UC Merced students for advanced education in STEM and careers in research, academia, government and public service

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Summer Cardio-Renal Undergraduate Research Experience (SeCURE)

SeCURE is a 10-week, paid summer program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) that offers exciting hands-on research experience for students with a desire to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. 

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World Heritage Research Experience (WHERE)

The World Heritage Research Experience (WHERE) Scholars Program at the University of California, Merced is a new innovative, one-year undergraduate research program for students across all academic disciplines. The program focuses on natural and cultural heritage, the legacy of the human past, and how it is reflected today in places, landscapes, and intangible aspects of our cultures. Scholars conduct faculty-mentored research in conservation, preservation, management, and outreach related to cultural and natural heritage.

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More UC Merced Research Programs

UC Merced offers a wealth of research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in gaining practical experience. These opportunities vary across academic disciplines and include creative opportunities such as community engaged scholarship and applied learning. To find out more information, check out the links below!

Resources for UC Merced Students

How Do I Get Involved?

There are different ways to get into research:

  • Networking with your peers
  • Talking to professors
  • Identifying and applying to reserach programs at UC Merced
  • Identifying and applying to research programs across the country

The most important thing to have is motivation. For some, it may be as easy as asking for a position, but for others it will require persistence and dedication to overcome obstacles and reach a goal.


Click the links above to search for research opportunities.