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Mission Statement

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. 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.

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.  


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

September 21, 2020
Calling all UROC Alumni! We are looking for Alumni to connect with current scholars to help with graduate school planning and networking development.
Image of campus entrance with Save the Date for 14th annual undergraduate research symposium on October 17
September 9, 2020
UROC is hosting the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
August 10, 2020

Visit our Virtual Research Showcase Website to view and recognize the research of our hardworking undergraduate scholars and dedicated mentors!   All faculty, staff,...

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