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Summer 2020 Scholars Continued Research
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2019 Graduating UROC Scholars
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Summer Research Symposium Poster Presenter

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


UC Merced is an institutional member of CUR and faculty can become members using these instructions to access newsletters, journals, and helpful documents, as well as reduced conference or workshop registration.

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October 27, 2021
Come learn about undergraduate research at UC Merced and network with current scholars as they present their posters! November 19, 2021 from 11:00am-1:00pm UC Merced Conference Center Ballroom
October 4, 2021
Fall 2021 Workshop Series This series of workshops will provide students graduating in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 with helpful information to apply to graduate school for Masters and/or PhD Programs...
September 7, 2021
Attend an info session to learn more about UROC programs and undergraduate research at UC Merced!
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