UC Merced is one of 83 campuses across the nation to newly receive the Community Engagement Classification.

Research Week Symposium

A big Thank You to all of our guest speakers from the Research Week Symposium on StakeHolders in the Antibiotic Resistance Problem.
Research Week
Idea Share for faculty, students and community members

UCSD Blum Center Visit

Thank you to University of California, San Diego Blum Center for coming to Merced for a visit. We had a blast getting to know Fonna and Teddy!
UCSD Blum Visit

Upcoming Opportunities

Big Ideas Competition

As one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious social impact contests, Big Ideas provides up to $300,000 directly to students each year for their groundbreaking initiatives. Armed with the training and seed funding provided by Big Ideas, student teams have gone on to secure over $150 million in additional funding for their for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid ventures. Read More

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Our Mission

  • We catalyze improvement in quality of life for the least prosperous people of the San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada, as well as for analogous regions around the globe, through research, innovation in deployable technology, transformational educational experiences and community partnerships.




Our Strategy

  • We help communities help themselves via mutual respect, reciprocity and commitment.
  • We connect young people’s shared passions to life-transforming opportunities that make a difference.
  • We leverage global parallels for shared learning and to link the next generation of world leaders.
  • We continually assess and improve the effectiveness of everything we do.