As a part of the cultural exchange program, Horizons du Monde, a group of about 20 french middle school students were hosted by UC Merced staff and faculty for a week in February. The students stayed in the homes of many UC Merced faculty and staff as a part of this immersion program. A half day tour of the UC Merced campus allowed for the students participate in science demonstrations by the School of Natural Sciences insturctional lab staff and tour the research laboratories of Natural Sciences faculty - included Professors Rudy Ortiz, Sayanatani Ghosh, and Jessica Blois. The students were able to see some of aspects of research that is happening on the UC Merced campus. The tour ended with a lunch at the Dining Commons, hosted by Charles NIes, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.