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Summer 2020 Scholars Continued Research
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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.

Faculty-mentored research is an integral component of undergraduate education and provides numerous benefits to students, regardless of their future career choices. Students develop skills in critical analysis, problem-solving, communication, and 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.  

UROC undergraduate research scholars develop mentor connections with faculty, staff, and graduate students. Mentorship creates positive influences to promote their academic success and preparation for graduate school. 

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) was established at UC Merced in Spring 2014. 


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


UROC Programs (Summer Research)

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Featured News (For More Click News at the Top)

November 11, 2022
Interested in research? Come learn from staff and a special guest from NSF. Tuesday, Nov 15th, 2022 | 4:00-5:00PM COB 1 114 and on Zoom
October 18, 2022
Join UROC to learn about undergraduate research at UC Merced, student research projects, and how to get involved on campus. Snacks and refreshments provided for all.
October 13, 2022
Thinking about graduate school and unsure where to start? Already applying and need some help? This series of workshops will provide students with helpful information to apply to graduate school...
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