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In addition to the virtual commencement this year, graduates had the option to take part in in-person activities.
May 10, 2021
The pandemic has changed many aspects of life, but UC Merced Bobcats demonstrated their ability to overcome life's unexpected curveballs during an academic year unlike any other. To ensure each student’s accomplishments are celebrated, UC Merced will host its second virtual spring commencement...
Applied Math graduate student Shayna Bennett
May 7, 2021
Applied Mathematics graduate student Shayna Bennett won first place at the University of California’s Grad Slam finals today (May 7). Bennett presented her dissertation research, “A New Tool to Fight Invasive Species,” in just three minutes and won $7,000 and the systemwide trophy — known as the...
Farmworkers receive facial coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 6, 2021
California is getting a closer look at exactly how workers in high-risk industries across the state have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, UC Merced's Community and Labor Center (CLC) has analyzed the increase in the number of pandemic-era deaths of working-age people...
Male Interdisciplinary Humanities graduate student Ivan G. Soto
May 5, 2021
A half-dozen UC Merced students and alumni are recipients of significant fellowships to help support their graduate education. “We’re extremely proud of our undergraduate and graduate students and alumni who have earned prestigious fellowships,” Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Chris Kello said. “...
Zoom event presenters (top row) Patti Kishi, Jess Évora and Charles Nies, (center row) Hayley Montoya, Cassie Gunter and Brandon Lopez, (bottom row) Andrea Guerra
May 4, 2021
For the second year, the Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center and the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) held the 2021 UC Merced Leadership Awards virtually. The April 30 event provided an opportunity for the center to acknowledge all student leadership witnessed by individuals at UC Merced...
Professor Colleen Naughton (center) poses with first-year doctoral student Ana Grace Alvarado (left) and fourth-year undergraduate student Fernando Adali Roman, Jr (right). Photo by Veronica Adrover, UC Merced
May 3, 2021
After the COVID-19 pandemic struck, scientists across the globe realized they could track the virus by testing sewage water. School of Engineering Professor Colleen Naughton pioneered a dashboard to host the global findings. One way Naughton finds who and where wastewater research is being...
Two male researchers in a lab
April 28, 2021
A five-year, $2.2 million training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will assist UC Merced with the development of diverse cohorts of doctoral students in interdisciplinary biomedical disciplines. Twelve trainees each academic year will benefit from NIH’s longstanding Graduate...
April 27, 2021
Name: Sean Nguyen Year: Graduating May 2021, School of Natural Sciences Commencement Student Speaker Major: Chemistry Hometown: San Jose What clubs or organizations were you part of at UC Merced? I was in the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) and INTRO Movement Dance Team. What is a memorable...
April 27, 2021
Name: Keanu Velasquez Major: Sociology Major and Psychology Minor Year: Graduating May 2021, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Commencement Student Speaker Hometown: San Francisco What clubs or organizations were you part of at UC Merced? I was a member of the Pilipino-American...
Professor Berhe delivers her TED talk.
April 22, 2021
President Joe Biden has nominated UC Merced Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe to be the new director of the Office of Science in the federal Department of Energy. In honor of Earth Day, the White House today announced nominations for a variety of federal posts in the departments of Energy,...
Female applied mathematics graduate student
April 21, 2021
Applied Mathematics graduate student Shayna Bennett will represent UC Merced at the University of California Grad Slam finals on May 7. For the campus’s Grad Slam final round, Bennett presented her dissertation research, “A New Tool to Fight Invasive Species,” in just three minutes and earned first...
April 21, 2021
A major international conference looking at the relationships between William Shakespeare's works and the current climate crisis will soon get underway. UC Merced is co-hosting the virtual event with the world-famous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London on April 23 and 24 to mark both Earth Day...
April 20, 2021
Name: Habibatu Mboka Year: Graduating May 2021, School of Engineering Commencement Student Speaker Major: Computer Science and Engineering Hometown: Turlock What clubs or organizations were you part of at UC Merced? I was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and I...
The Center for Climate Justice’s two-day launch event kicks off on Earth Day, April 22.
April 20, 2021
The University of California is launching a new center just in time for Earth Day: the Center for Climate Justice. Led by Management of Complex Systems Professor and UC Presidential Chair Tracey Osborne , the Center for Climate Justice is a system-wide initiative to address climate change as a...
April 19, 2021
Like many students at UC Merced, pre-medical student Nina Bouzamondo-Bernstein faced uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world. She had applied for more than 40 clinical research care openings, but the pandemic had closed them all down. Feeling cornered by the changes...
Public health Professor Asa Bradman conducted research to examine a link between childhood development and food dyes. Photo by Veronica Adrover, UC Merced
April 16, 2021
Public health Professor Asa Bradman contributed to a new report that examines the relationship between synthetic food dye — found in everything from juice to cupcakes — and child development. The report, released today by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental...
April 15, 2021
Name: Alisha Nesslage Year: Third Majors: Philosophy and Political Science Hometown: Denair What is a memorable project that you worked on during your time at UC Merced? The most memorable project I have undertaken is my employment as a Food Rescue intern for the Bobcat Eats Food Awareness and...

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