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UROC Research Programs

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center sponsors several research programs. Each program is aimed to help guide the student towards their academic/career goal by providing research training and leadership development opportunities.



Summer 2022

ALL APPLICATIONS: Nov. 1, 2021- January 23, 2022 (Due by 11:59PM PST)


To find out more information, check out the links below!

The goal of the UROC-H program is to engage a cohort of 20 promising undergraduate students each year in faculty-mentored research and prepare them for advanced education in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

 Click here for more information or click here to view UROC-H Alumni!


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Logo

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is our newest research program offered to all undergraduate students in any discipline. This 9-week summer fellowship offers undergraduates the opportunity to work alongside faculty and graduate student mentors and provides graduate school preparation. 

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The Summer Opportunity for Advanced Research (SOAR) program provides funding for UC Merced undergraduates with prior research experience to continue their projects at UC Merced. Qualified students with interest in pursuing graduate school are especially encouraged to apply. 

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The University of California Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) Scholars Program is a two-year research and leadership training program designed to prepare UC Merced students for advanced education in STEM and careers in research, academia, government and public service.

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The NSF California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Program strengthens the quality and quantity of underrepresented students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies at the University of California. CAMP offers extensive resources and unique opportunities for students to excel in their respective fields of study. The CAMP program began at UC Irvine in 1991; currently, nine UC campuses participate in the program.

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Berkeley Lab and Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Logo

JGI is a 9-week program that allows students the opportunity to experience research with a national laboratory through two opportunities. A few students will have the opportunity to conduct research on-site at the Berkeley Lab and others will conduct remote data science research at UC Merced in collaboration with JGI scientists and UC Merced faculty mentors. The Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) is managed by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) to produce high-throughput DNA sequencing and analysis in support of its missions in alternative energy, global carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry. 

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More UC Merced Research Programs

UC Merced offers a wealth of research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in gaining practical experience. These opportunities vary across academic disciplines and include creative opportunities such as community-engaged scholarship and applied learning. To find out more information, check out the links below!


Resources for UC Merced Students


How Do I Get Involved?

There are different ways to get involved with research:

  • UC Merced Research Programs, such as UROC programs
  • Independent study units
  • Volunteering with labs/groups 
  • Research programs at other institutions


We suggest you consider the following:

  • Networking with your peers
  • Talking to professors and graduate students
  • Identifying and applying to research programs at UC Merced
  • Identifying and applying to research programs across the country