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The official graduate student government at UC Merced


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This list contains information about everything that involves graduate and professional students, as well as things that graduate students could get involved with in the near future.


Business of the GSA

Information that arises from meetings are made public to all graduate and professional students and can be found in the links below.

GSA Constitution & By-Laws -- The structure and procedures of the GSA

GSA Agendas & Minutes -- See what GSA members discuss and vote on


Living as a Graduate Student

What are some things that will make your time as a graduate student helpful at UC Merced?  See below:

Housing Options -- Info on graduate student housing

Food Security -- Learn where you can get fresh, local, and often free food

Conflict Resolution & Violence Prevention -- Learn where you can visit to help resolve business and/or personal issues

Promoting Research -- Learn about tools to assist you in your research goals

Career and Job Resources -- In the middle of a job search, or currently in a job?  Here are sone resources.

Policies, Procedures, and Responsibilities -- Policies that graduate students at UC Merced should abide by


Campus Life

What are some other things on campus that you can be made aware of?

Transportation & Parking -- Ways of getting to and from campus, and where you can park your vehicle

Graduate Student Organizations -- The awesome clubs and organizations run by graduate students

Health Resources -- Need to talk to someone, not feeling well, or want to learn about insurance as a UC Merced student

The GradPad (SSB 350) -- A neat space for graduate students, and home of the GSA office


Getting Involved in the Campus and Community

If you want to get involved in the shaping of UC Merced for future students, this is the place to start:

Become a GSA Delegate -- Learn how you can represent your graduate group on important issues

Committee Representation -- See what committees graduate students are involved in

Community Service -- Volunteering opportunities off campus

Start your own Graduate Student Organization -- Have an interesting idea for a new club?

UC Student Association -- See how GSA members represent the entire UC system

UC Systemwide Representation (page under construction)



Looking for funding toward a conference or event?  Apply through the GSA:

GSA Travel Award -- A tri-monthly reimbursement given to 6 random graduate students for presenting at conferences

Graduate Student Organization Fund -- Learn how the GSA supports the graduate clubs on campus

Sponsored Events Fund -- Learn how the GSA supports the events hosted by our graduate students


International Graduate and Professional Students

Here are some resources that we found which may be of use to international and/or immigrant graduate students

Info for International Students -- Transitioning to UC Merced, handling visa statuses, and other important information pertaining to international students

Services for Undocumented Students -- Academic, legal, and financial support for undocumented students


Other Tools and Extras

This is a list of things that may not fit well into the categories above, but serve as useful tools and amenities for all students at UC Merced, including graduate and professional students.

Create your own website -- Want to know how UC Merced can host a website for you?

List of Software for all Students -- A list provided by IT that shows what software students can either install for free or qualify for discounts

UC Merced VPN -- The tool every researcher needs when working off-campus.  Allows users to connect to the UC Merced network from anywhere, thus allowing access to the computing cluster and institutional access to scientific journals.

Flipster Digital Magazine Service -- Learn how you can read magazines like Discover, National Geographic, Wired, and more on your device when signed in to the UC Merced network.  Provided by ASUCM.

UC Merced/Swank Motion Pictures Streaming Service -- An online catalog of movies you can watch on your computer, updated monthly on average.  You must be logged in to the UC Merced network or the Janus VPN to access the catalog.  Provided by UC Merced Housing & Residence Life.

Reserve a Room -- Looking for a space to host a study session, lab meeting, social event, or even your qualifying exam or defense?

UC Learning Center (Required Training) -- A link to access sets of training courses that all UC employees must complete as they relate to their positions.