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The Path to Grad School

Fall 2021 Workshop Series 

This series of workshops will provide students with helpful information to apply to graduate school for Masters and/or PhD Programs.

Workshops will include support for other areas of development and future career planning.



Register for the series so UROC can contact and notify you of updates.


Fall 2021 Workshops/Events listed below.


Event Title

Virtual or In-Person


Dec. TBD

Mock Interviews for Grad Admissions




Graduate school programs will ask applicants to interview with current graduate students and faculty as part of the admissions process. Sign up to be matched with a graduate student and staff to conduct practice inteviews in early Spring semester. Register

UROC will help you better understand the interview process and practice to prepare for your future interviews. 







The UROC staff are available to answer general questions at or by messaging the staff on Microsoft Teams.



Past Events

Oct. 5

Introduction to Graduate School




Unsure of where to start? Come learn more about graduate school, the application process, how to be competitive, and have any of your questioned answered. We will also discuss the series of events.

Join the virtual workshop here



Oct. 6

UC Merced Graduate and Professional School Fair
Pre-Health & Pre-Med




If you are a Pre-Med, Pre-Health, or a Public Health student, these are cannot miss events where you can connect with organizations that can get you volunteering, internship or shadowing experiences in preparation for medical, health, and public health academic programs!

For more information and to Register please visit:

Event password will be emailed to all students 24 hours prior to the event.



Oct. 6

UC Merced Graduate Division - Why Choose Grad School? 




If you are applying for graduate school or are still deciding, this is the webinar for you! Learn more about the graduate application process, funding, common misconceptions, and graduate programs offered by UC Merced. This webinar is 1-hour and will include a presentation and Q&A portion.

Register for the Webinar

You can find other Graduate Division webinars and recrutiment events here


Oct. 6

UCSF Outreach and Recruitment Virtual Visit




Professor Orion Weiner will share some of his research and discuss the graduate programs and summer research opportunities at UCSF.

Jocelyne Fadiga, UC Merced Alum and current UCSF Tetrad PhD Program graduate student will also share her experience and network with undergraduate students thinking of graduate school.

Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 890 8961 6660, Passcode: UROC


Oct. 7

UC Merced Graduate and Professional School Fair
Education, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts




Learn about professions and pathways for graduate school.

For more information and to Register please visit:

Event password will be emailed to all students 24 hours prior to the event.


Oct. 8

Grad School Advising Tabling - Path to Grad School




Outside the Library Lantern

Come meet the UROC staff and get more information. We are available for grad school advising and to answer any questions you have about the process or the workshop series.


Oct. 15

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Workshop




What is a CV? What if I only have a resume? What is the difference?
This workshop will help students adapt their resume into the curriculum vitae (CV) required by most graduate school programs and fellowship applications. 

Bring a copy of your resume if you do not have a CV. CV drafts can also be reviewed and edited.


Oct. 22-23

California Forum for Diveristy in Gradaute Education (aka The Diversity Forum)




The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities throughout California, have been designed particularly to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master's candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs.

Participants will explore graduate opportunities and resources by participating in numerous workshops conducted throughout the day.



Oct. 27

Grad School Advising Tabling - Path to Grad School

Academic Walk



Meet with staff to better understand the admissions process, timeline, and requirements. Bring your questions and ideas for grad school and we will help you navigate your next steps. 

Oct. 29

Intro to Application Statements Workshop

University Writing Center (KL 296)



Staff will provide resources and direct feedback for edits to successfully market yourself on paper when applying to REUs, internships, graduate school, or industry jobs.

The presenter will cover the differences between the types of statements, what to include/not include, and some tips and strategies for writing and revising.


Nov. 5

Graduate School Advising Tabling

Pavilion Lawn



Meet with staff to better understand the admissions process, timeline, and requirements. Bring your questions and ideas for grad school and we will help you navigate your next steps. 




Nov/Dec Every Tuesday

Statement Review "Write-In" Sessions

KL 296



University Writing Center is providing sessions for students to get feedback and edits to documents prior to submission. Bring drafts of your application statements, cv, and fellowship materials to have multiple reviews in one session.

Nov. 9

Transitioning to Grad School
Alumni Networking Session


4:30pm - 5:30pm


Join previous UROC scholars to learn about their grad school application process, hear stories about their post-undergrad experiences, and network for future opportunities. 

More info about the alumni will be shared before the session.

Nov. 15

Women in Grad School 
Alumni Networking Session


6:00pm - 7:00pm


Discussion will specifically address the unique challenges faced by women pursuing advanced degrees and how they persist using different strategies to continue to overcome barriers. Alum from several disciplines will share their stories and build a network of scholars to support current undergrads planning for education beyond the Bachelor's.

All are welcome to attend. More info about the alumni will be shared before the session.

Depsite increases in baccalaureate degrees, women have a lower share of doctoral degrees in research fields and the share of women experiencing challenges to pursue their education continue.

Nov. 17

Networking Mixer with Graduate Students

Crescent Arch Room (Half Dome 180)

4:30pm - 6:30pm


Attend this graduate school networking mixer for a chance to meet with current UC Merced graduate students to discuss the graduate application process. Graduate students will share their experience with the interview process, the challenges they have overcome, and offer advice and best practices for applying to graduate school. 

This is a great opportunity for you to engage with peers and to address any concerns you may have for the next big step in your future. 

Boxed meals will be provided.

Nov. 18

UC Merced Beyond the Bachelor's
UCLA Outreach for Graduate School




UCLA Graduate Division will share information about the graduate programs while reviewing the application process, faculty will share their research, and a UCM alum will share her experience transitioning to UCLA for a PhD prgram.

Nov. 29

Predoctoral Fellowships Workshop


5:00pm - 6:00pm


Learn about different fellowship opportunities to help fund your graduate school program. This session will review different fellowships, how to write competitive proposals, and provide resources to help you be competitive.

Presnter: Ivan Soto is a current UC Merced PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a recent Ford Foundation Fellowship Recipient.

Ivan will share his experience with the application process and resources for student.