Summer has just ended, but it’s never too early to plan for next summer. You could take classes at UCM or you could make it an unforgettable summer by gaining valuable research experience. The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC) at the University of California- Merced will be hosting a mixer on September 20th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the California Room. This event will provide the chance to meet scholars apart of the program, learn about their various research projects, and their past summer experiences.

UROC will be opening applications to summer research programs this semester. Beginning September 15th through October 30th, two summer program applications will be open. The first is UROC-H, which is a program that focuses on research in the humanities.  For this program, you don’t need any previous research experience to apply. To go into more depth about the program, please visit their website at: Next, the Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE) is a ten-week program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and it is intended for students who are interested in research in the biomedical field.  An additional perk to the program is that participants receive a stipend of $2,500. For more information go to Additionally, JGI applications will be opened from October 18th to November 15th, and to explore more deeply into the program go to

The following programs will be accepting applications in Spring 2018 around February and early March. The California Ally for Minority Participation (CAMP) helps undergraduates gain research experience for STEM majors. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) accepts undergraduate students from all majors and is a 9-week summer program.  Maximizing Access to Research Careers – Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (NIH MARC U*STAR) is a two-year program for students pursuing biomedical and behavioral science. It’s an honors program for students who intend to go for a MA or Ph.D. program. The University of California’s Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) is a two-year program for promising UCM students. This program is open to all majors and students who have intended careers in STEM, Gov, academia etc. are encouraged to apply.  The World Heritage Research Experience (WHERE) is a one-year program and scholars from across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. This program focuses on human heritage and history.  For specific program requirements and further details go to now! You have plenty of options to explore for next summer!

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