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SURI hosts our UC LEADS, SURF, CAMP and partner programs for a 9-week research institute.
Present Your Findings
UROC hosts an Annual SUmmer Undergraduate Research Symposium in early August to allow scholars to present their summer research.
Develop your Research Skills
Through our programs, scholars gain research trainings and workshops to better prepare them for their research projects.
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Surround yourself with a network of student research scholars equally as motivated as you are! 

Mission Statement

Faculty-mentored research is an integral component of undergraduate education at the University of California. It has been shown that engaging students, particularly first-generation and underrepresented groups, in undergraduate research both increases degree completion rates and participants are more likely to see faculty and graduate student instructors as positive influences who are invested in their academic success. Undergraduate research experiences provide numerous benefits to students, regardless of their future career choices. Students who have the opportunity to engage in research or creative projects develop skills in critical analysis, problem-solving, and communication in addition to skills in understanding and applying research methods. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at UC Merced was established in Spring 2014, with a mission to encourage and facilitate faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects and creative activities across all schools and academic disciplines.  


Guided by an advisory council of faculty campus leaders, UROC is structured to support three key functional areas:

  1. Resource center for students interested or involved in undergraduate research 
  2. Support services for faculty members interested or involved in undergraduate research mentoring 
  3. Collection and reporting of data related to undergraduate research participation

Featured News

January 16, 2019

The UROC Staff is happy to announce that the beginning of our newest program: SOAR. SOAR is the Summer Opportunity for Advanced Research. To be eligible for the program, you must have prior...

April 6, 2018
Two UC Merced students were among a group of 22 University of California scholars who presented research to alumni, lawmakers, President Janet Napolitano and others to demonstrate how they are...
April 6, 2018
Five UC Merced students brought home awards for their research at this year’s Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Diversity in STEM conference.
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