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About Us

    The UROC Scholar community is for high-achieving, motivated students who want to prepare for and excel in graduate school. Scholars take their academic work seriously, work hard to maintain good grades, and are actively engaged in faculty-mentored research opportunities.

    UROC Scholars are expected to represent the ideals of academic excellence by achieving to the best of their abilities and engaging in enriching academic and professional experiences throughout their undergraduate careers.


    2019 Graduating Scholars Lunch 


    Contact UROC

     Student Services Building
       University of California, Merced
       Student Services Building, 230
       5200 N. Lake Road
       Merced, CA 95343 
       Instagram: merceduroc
       Facebook: UC Merced UROC 



    Our Team

    Diana Hernandez Garcia
    SSB 231
    (209) 228-0176
    Aliyah McGuire
    SSB 231
    (209) 228-0177

    Valerie Anderson
    UROC Assistant Director
    SSB 233
    (209) 228-0151

    Jorge L. Arroyo, Ed.D.
    UROC Director
    SSB 223
    (209) 228-0152
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    Madeline Bird
    UROC Program Assistant
    SSB 234

    Sarah Frey, Ph.D.
    Vice Provost and
    Dean, Division of
    Education, SSB 310


    Note:  We are available for virtual meetings and will confirm Zoom links after you schedule your meeting. We are not always able to answer calls to our office numbers so please email or message us on MS Teams to communicate with our office. There may be a delay if you leave a voicemail but we will get back to you when we are in the office.


    2022 UROC SURI Graduate Student Mentors

    Name Program
    Amin, Muzzakkir Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering
    Bennett, Shayna Quantitative and Systems Biology
    Goodwin, Graham Interdisciplinary Humanities
    Garibay, Kesia Public Health
    Gomez, Laura Interdisciplinary Humanities
    Hinojosa, Bianca Psychological Science, Health Psychology
    Kaur, Jaskanwaljeet Cognitive and Information Sciences
    Pennington, Lillie Environmental Systems
    Perez Rojas, Yulissa Environmental Systems
    Perez-Lopez, Edgar Mechanical Engineering
    Wahab, Leila Environmental Systems


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