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Research Opportunities

A Mission of Discovery

Graduate students working in QSB lab

Academic research is a critical aspect of UC Merced's mission. The process of discovery provides our students with a deeper understanding of the world and its cultural, social, natural and engineered systems. The School of Natural Sciences' research is broadly split among the following major disciplines, with numerous graduate research groups across the school, fostering an environment of interdisciplinary research:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Physics


Current Opportunities

Undergraduate research opportunities can be found at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) and the STEM Resource Center.

Grant-funded research opportunities can be found on the Research Development Services website.

  • In the PIVOT database, the Advanced Search function allows users to search by "Applicant Type" specific to graduate student and/or undergraduate student opportunities.