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Make the most of your graduate education with our virtual one-stop-shop of information on Graduate Division workshops, seminars, programming, and resources.
Fall Commencement 2017
UC Merced's first fall Commencement ceremony will be held on December 16 at the Art Kamangar Center in the downtown Merced Theatre. Register by November 9!
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The Formula for a Perfect Fit
UC Merced's mix of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research groups, excellent funding options, tailored peer-mentorship programs, and extensive professional development opportunities are just a...
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Forge your own path with a unique interdisciplinary graduate education.

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Dreamers Welcome

UC Merced supports undocumented students and is committed to standing with our Dreamers. 

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International Tea Party

Mark your calendars for next month's Grad Social—our annual International Tea Party! 

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GEARS Professional Development Series

Our GEARS series is a 1-credit graduate course this semester. Check the seminar schedule and attend the meetings that will be the most beneficial to you.

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November 16, 2017

Outstanding contributions in service to professional organizations, academic institutions and the advancement of criminal justice have earned Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz the Julius Debro Award from...

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November 15, 2017
Physicists recreate classic acoustics experiment at the quantum level, a discovery that may help detect nuclear threats.
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“There’s so much academic freedom here; it’s a tremendously unique opportunity.”
David Ando
“The fact that this is a smaller school was very attractive to me. You can get to know everyone in your graduate cohort, and it’s a great environment for research.”
Edwin Shen
Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
“Many other options for graduate school seem to come prepackaged with a defined future, or to create only a specific type of graduate. UC Merced has encouraged me to forge my own path and has provided an opportunity to expand and contrast my interests at my own pace.”
David Vinson
Cognitive & Informations Sciences
“I chose UC Merced because I liked the idea of being part of a smaller group where the faculty knew who I was and were excited to work with me.”
Neama Alamri
Interdisciplinary Humanities
“Our sociology graduate program is so diverse - it makes such a difference in the overall experience of being a student here.”
Wendy Puquirre
“Research is founded on being able to figure out problems - our groups are so close that we all talk and know about each other’s projects, which really helps to inject interesting ideas and methods into our work.”
Bridget Martinez
Quantitative & Systems Biology

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor

Dr. McCloskey is the founder and first chair of the Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate program and serves as the university liaison for the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Multicampus Research Unit.

Professor and chair of the Physics Graduate Group

Associate Professor

Dr. Martini is the chair of the Mechanical Engineering graduate group. Her research focus is application of atomic-scale models and micro-scale friction measurements to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena.

Thomas G. Hansford

Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group

Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

Dr. Song's primary research interest is adolescent and young adult decision-making as it pertains to risk behaviors.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ardell is the chair of the Quantitative & Systems Biology graduate program. His research focuses on computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms. 


Dr. O'Day is the chair of the Environmental Systems graduate group. She studies the chemistry, reaction, and transport of inorganic contaminants and species, primarily metal and metalloid elements, in surface and subsurface systems.

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems

Associate Professor and chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Group


Dr. Brown is the Chair of Public Health and the Director of the  Health Sciences Research Institute at UC Merced. His research interests include Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR), cancer prevention and control, discrete choice experiments, and behavioral economics. 

Zulema Valdez

Associate Professor and chair of the Sociology graduate group