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2020 UROC Summer Research Graduate Mentors

Recruitment Period

Open February 7th, 2020 through Monday, Mar 9, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The UCM Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC) is seeking Graduate Research Mentors (payroll title of Teaching Assistant) to work from May 18, 2020 through August 7, 2020 (summer session D). Graduate Research Mentors offer mentoring and tutorial services to undergraduates who are part of the UROC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Institute.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is designed to introduce undergraduate students to academic research by conducting a faculty-mentored research project in their discipline over the course of nine weeks during the summer. SURI participants also attend weekly workshops for graduate school and career preparation, professional development, and a weekly seminar/tutorial with their research mentor to work and gain feedback on their research skills. Students develop their skills to better understand their purpose at a research university and become familiar with research in their discipline. At the end of SURI, students present their research in a variety of methods at UC Merced’s Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

UROC is seeking up to 5 Graduate Research Mentors for Summer 2020 (2 in SSHA and up to 3 in STEM). Graduate Research Mentor activities may include:

Conducting group tutorial sessions, including workshops on writing research abstracts, writing personal statements and CVs, sharing your research, creating oral and poster presentations, coding and data analysis, dissecting journal articles, preparing for graduate school and other research opportunities such as external REUs and Conferences.

Conducting individual tutorial sessions with program participants to work on research, writing, communication skills, and creating an individual academic plan to pursue graduate studies.

Eligibility Criteria:
UCM graduate student, preferably a Ph.D. student in who has completed a minimum of one year of graduate school at UCM, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Making normal progress toward the graduate degree as outlined by Graduate Division/departmental guidelines.

Sincere interest in working with and assisting undergraduates, particularly those who are interested in a research/academic career.

Able to work 20 hours per week for the duration of the appointment.

Preferred: experience teaching writing at UC Merced.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae, 3) diversity statement: one-page statement addressing past and/or potential future contributions to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service, and 4) a list of two references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

The University of California Teaching Assistants are represented by the UAW-AFL-CIO.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Job location

Merced, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please address your interest in the summer position including your skills and abilities as they relate to supporting the development of undergraduate researchers in either STEM or SSHA disciplines.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential future contributions to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)