UC Merced’s 19,932 undergraduate applications for next school year were the most ever in the school’s 10-year history and were a 14 percent increase over last year’s total, according to numbers released Monday by the UC Office of the President.
Jeremias Gonzalez fell in love with physics at a young age, but it almost stopped there. He didn’t think he was academically prepared for such a rigorous discipline and considered going in another direction.
Even in its 10th academic year, many opportunities for innovation still exist at UC Merced. Armando Lomeli, a senior from Los Banos, wouldn’t have it any other way. As a psychology major minoring in Spanish and management, he embraces the pioneering spirit for which the campus is known.
UC Merced was awarded about $5 million to continue research conducted on water and solar sustainability, the university announced Monday. The money comes from the greater UC system, which picked the two UC Merced projects as part of the 18 programs across the system that received the money.
Young people stared into microscopes and formaldehyde-filled jars this week in a UC Merced laboratory, where a growing science-literacy program worked to get them thinking about science careers. From Quanta to Quasars was founded and is run by UC Merced students, who aim to pass on science knowledge and spark scientific interest in Merced-area students. In less than a year, the program has moved from a few weeks of lessons at the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County to an effort in six classrooms on five campuses.
UC Merced received another Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, this time for the Student Services Building. The award brings the campus total for LEED certifications through the U.S. Green Building Council to 13. UC Merced continues to be the only campus in the nation with LEED certification for all its facilities.
Faculty, staff and students turned out Tuesday to watch the final steel girder attached to the top of the $54 million Classroom and Office Building 2, the latest construction on campus and which will house the newest in educational technology.
From understanding how groups of atoms behave at ultra-low temperatures to modeling how flocks of birds organize, the physics group is helping solve many mysteries and using the knowledge to improve technology – from computing to solar energy conversion.
The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to adopt a plan that would allow UC system leaders to raise tuition by up to 5 percent annually over the next five years if schools like UC Merced do not receive more funding from the state.
Teaching students to transform years of research and study into a profitable commercial venture that could bring jobs to the region was the focus of an event Thursday at UC Merced called “Global Entrepreneurship Day.”
Organizers expect nearly 1,000 people from throughout California to be in town this weekend to attend UC Merced’s first hosting of the Student of Color Conference, where students discuss their challenges.
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