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Summer Opportunity for Advanced Research (SOAR)

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 an interest in pursuing graduate school are especially encouraged to apply. This program is funded directly through the Division of Undergraduate Education. 


Program Eligibility and Requirements 

To be eligible for selection, each applicant must:
  • Confirm summer faculty mentor and research project prior to applying
  • Have previous research experience (not course-related)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate the potential for success in a graduate program 
  • Be on track to receive a bachelor's degree 
     


 

The following materials are needed to complete the UC Merced SOAR application: 

  1. Online application
  2. Two letters of recommendation -  At least 1 from a professor (can be a previous institution if you are a transfer student)
  3. Resume or CV 
  4. One cumulative unofficial transcript from all attended colleges
  5. One Research Proposal (timeline, brief literature review, & methods)
  6. Three application statements:
    • Personal Statement: Please describe how your personal background has helped shape your decision to obtain a graduate degree. This may include any obstacles you have encountered through your journey. (600 word max).

    • Statement of Purpose: Why do you want to continue research through this program and how will it aid in your goals for graduate studies, and ultimately your future occupation or profession? (600 word max).

    • Supplemental Question: Briefly explain your research community, mentor relationship, or challenges you have encountered in your previous research experience. (600 word max).
       

 

Scholars in the SOAR Program have separate training and assignments from the new scholars in SURI. These include but not limited to:

  • Final versions of graduate school application statements (other SURI scholars submit drafts by the end of summer)
  • Predoctoral fellowship statements (encouragement to submit in Fall)
  • Grant process development (preparing for careers in academia)
  • Draft manuscript of research paper
  • Additional workshops intended to build on previous research experience 

 

Apply Now

Summer 2021 application open now and the deadline to submit is February 15, 2021.

 

Undocumented students are eligible for this program. 

 

Contact Information 

Jorge Arroyo
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center 
Student Services Building, 230 
Phone: (209) 228-4245