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Graduate Services

Graduate Services Resources

Please visit SSHA Graduate Services, our primary venue for supporting students and faculty. The page you are currently viewing is geared to quickly communicate the office's fundamental services. Additionally, inquiries can be emailed to ssha.grad@ucmerced.edu.

Mission

The UC Merced School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) Graduate Services team supports graduate students in achieving their educational goals. We provide student focused services, facilitate the coordination of activities and promote opportunities in order to further graduate student success. The SSHA Graduate Services Coordinators are committed to assisting students navigate their graduate career within SSHA. We present information and guidance on an array of policies, procedures and services. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and supportive environment in which all our students can reach their greatest intellectual potential through their journey from recruitment to graduation.

Goals

  • Support graduate students in understanding and navigating resources and policies on campus to resolve common and individualized challenges;
  • Support academic progress for graduate students;
  • Support graduate students in their funding (teaching assistantships, graduate student researchers, fellowships, etc.); and
  • Ensure that the admissions process for new graduate students into SSHA programs is smooth and transparent.

Services for Graduate Students

  • Provide graduate students with information for progress to degree (i.e. resources, campus policies, school policies, etc.);
  • Facilitate interventions as necessary with graduate students who show difficulty with completing coursework, teaching assistantship responsibilities and research expectations, including sending emails, holding meetings, recommending solutions, processing paperwork and collaborating with program faculty members;
  • Coordinate teaching assistantships, graduate student research positions and fellowships, including pay cycles and summer instruction opportunities; and
  • Coordinate the admissions process for new graduate students into SSHA programs, including contacting prospective students, sending acceptance correspondence, holding introductory meetings and linking new graduate students with SSHA and campus resources.

Services for Faculty

  • Coordinate admissions processing in collaboration with Graduate Division; and
  • Act as policy resource in coordination with Graduate Division.

Contact

Megan Topete
Assistant Dean, Student and Instructional Services
Email: mtopete@ucmerced.edu
Phone: 209-228-4594

 

Monica Garcia
Lead Graduate Services Coordinator
Supporting: Interdisciplinary Humanities
Email: mgarcia379@ucmerced.edu
Cell Phone: 209-382-4145
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-11am via zoom

 

  • Graduate Student Funding
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Graduate Program Academic Support
  • University-Wide Collaboration
  • Graduate Student Admissions

Pakou Thao
Graduate Services Coordinator
Supporting Political Science, Public Health and Sociology
Email: pthao29@ucmerced.edu
Cell Phone: 209-355-8507
Office Hours: via zoom

  • POLS - Wednesdays; 11am-12pm 
  • SOCI - Thursdays, 11am-12pm 
  • PH - Thursdays, 3pm-4pm
  • Graduate Student Funding
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Graduate Program Academic Support
  • University-Wide Collaboration
  • Graduate Student Admissions

Mitch Ylarregui
Graduate Services Coordinator
Supporting: Cognitive & Information Sciences, Economics, and Psychology
Email: mylarregui@ucmerced.edu
Cell Phone: 209-233-1146

Office Hours: via zoom

  • CIS - Mondays, 11am-12pm 
  • ECON - Wednesdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm 
  • PSYS - Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm 
  • Graduate Student Funding
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Graduate Program Academic Support
  • University-Wide Collaboration
  • Graduate Student Admissions

 

Last Updated: February 2021

Graduate Services Questions: Please contact ssha.grad@ucmerced.edu.