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UROC Summer Undergraduate Research Institute

The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is a vital component of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center and is designed to introduce scholars to academic research alongside a faculty mentor. SURI provides research enrichment activities that prepare undergraduate students for successful entry into graduate programs. In addition, undergraduate scholars attend weekly graduate preparation and research development workshops, as well as participate in academic-related field trips.

At the end of the 9-week summer program, students present their oral and poster presentations at UC Merced’s Annual Summer Research Symposium.


Learning Outcomes

The goal of SURI is to provide UROC Scholars with experience in all aspects of the research process.
At the conclusion of this experience, student participants will:

  1. Generate a clear research question or problem by identifying and demonstrating appropriate research methodologies, use of terminology, concepts, and theories in their field.
  2. Identify common ethical challenges and practice responsible research by conveying awareness of cultural values, legal protections, policies, and regulations.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills and be comfortable with the ambiguity of research, whether working autonomously or collaboratively to manage a project.
  4. Gain confidence to communicate constructively with research mentors, graduate students, and faculty.
  5. Develop skills to explain their research to experts in the field and broader audiences through research presentations.
  6. Articulate the relevance of their participation in undergraduate research to make decisions about their future, whether for graduate school or the workforce.

UROC Scholars develop critical research skills as well as improve their communication skills through the presentation of their research results in both written and oral forms. The training students receive through SURI will prepare them to succeed in graduate school and jumpstart their careers in research, leadership, and public service.


SURI 2024

The dates for SURI 2024 will be Monday, June 3rd through Friday, August 2. 
This includes orientation day(s) and optional bootcamp workshops throughout the first week and will end with the summer symposium. Student move-in for those who need on-campus housing will be announced in Spring semester.





1 Make the most of SURI

Team building, Lab safety fundamentals, etc.


Becoming a Researcher Beyond the basics; Components of an Abstract; Grad school admissions


Looking Beyond this Summer Intro to Grad School; Conflict Resolution; How to Effectively Search for Grad Schools; Professional Networking


Cultivating your Message Personal Statement; Application Statements; Public Speaking; Elevator Pitch Presentation


Progress, Not Perfection Statement Peer Review; Abstract & Poster/Presentation Review; Building a presentation


Translating your Research Developing a CV; How to Communicate your research; Visualization of Data


Moving from Goals to Reality Research Writing, How to Get Funding for Grad School; Conferences 101


Bringing it all Together UC Merced Faculty Panel; Letters of Recommendation; The Importance of Research, Presentation Tips


Your Best Self

UROC Summer Research   Symposium

Practice for Symposium

Oral Presentations & Research Poster Presentations

Participating programs include:

*indicates a program that participates for less than 9-weeks

2024 UROC SURI Graduate Student Mentors

UROC hires current UC Merced graduate students to be SURI Grad Mentors to support the development of undergraduate students in the summer research fellowship programs. 

Apply here!