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2023 UROC Summer Research Grad Mentors

Position overview

Position title: UROC Summer Research Grad Mentor
Salary range: See Academic Salaries Table 18 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $50,000 per year.
Percent time: 50%
Anticipated start: May 15, 2023
Position duration: 12 weeks

Application Window

Open date: February 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UCM Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC) is seeking Graduate Research Mentors (payroll title of Teaching Assistant) to work from May 15, 2023 through August 11, 2023 (summer session D). Graduate Research Mentors offer mentoring and tutorial services to undergraduate students who are part of 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 the graduate mentors to develop skills and receive feedback on their graduate school preparation. 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 10 Graduate Research Mentors for Summer 2023 (4 in SSHA and 6 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. The mentors also conduct individual meetings with program participants to work on research, writing, communication skills, and creating an individual academic plan to pursue graduate studies.

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

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

UCM graduate student
Completed a minimum of one year of graduate school at UCM
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.
Able to work 20 hours per week for the duration of the appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Preferably enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
Sincere interest in working with and assisting undergraduate students, particularly those who are interested in a research/academic career.

Application Requirements

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 STEM or SSHA disciplines.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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 (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA