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UROC Mission

Fostering access to faculty-mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students from all academic disciplines with structured support and training to prepare for graduate studies and future careers.


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 academic disciplines.  

Faculty-mentored research is an integral component of undergraduate education at the University of California, Merced. 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, communication, and skills in understanding and applying research methods. 

Engaging students, particularly first-generation and underrepresented groups, in undergraduate research both increases degree completion rates and graduate school pathways. Participants are more likely to see faculty and graduate student instructors as positive influences who are invested in their academic success.

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 22, 2021
UROC is hosting application information sessions for students to ask questions and get assistance with their program applications.
November 12, 2020
Ten students from UC Merced worked closely with JGI scientists on research projects that contribute to the larger mission of the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out the short videos highlighting the...
October 30, 2020

UROC is creating a Citizen Science Research Community for students to connect with others about research. With many of the in-person research opportunities limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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