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Research Support

Research is the cornerstone of the University of California. At UC Merced, our innovative faculty and students conduct cross-disciplinary research that will solve complex problems affecting our region, California and beyond.

Areas of Research Support

$21.9 million, July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Pie chart showing the percentage of private support by source

UC Merced is a young university with a vibrant faculty of diverse and compelling research interests. They have attracted an astounding number of research awards across the spectrum of disciplines this past year: from climate change research at the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, to robotics and solar energy collaborations with the Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences and Humanities and Arts.

One notable award this year — a $1.3 million federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — is directed toward the creation of a Center of Excellence for the Study of Health Disparities in Rural and Ethnic Underserved Populations. The study of health disparities — the differences in the rate of disease incidence, prevalence, death or survival rates — is a natural fit for UC Merced, which is located in a region with a diverse population, high rates of poverty and a lack of health professionals to treat people; higher rates of asthma and diabetes and obesity are found in the Central Valley than in many other areas of the country. Psychology professor Jan Wallander will help develop and oversee the activities associated with the two-year grant, which will fund research projects for undergraduate and graduate students, and the development of an undergraduate health-sciences minor emphasizing health disparities. The award provides opportunities for faculty and students that will advance preparations for the ultimate establishment of a medical school at the university.