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Graduate Services Resources

Mission

Our mission is to support graduate students in navigating academic and administrative policies affecting their coursework, funding and research, while facilitating graduate program processes.

Goals

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

Services for Graduate Students

  1. Provide graduate students with information for progress to degree (i.e. resources, campus policies, school policies, etc.);
  2. 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;
  3. Coordinate teaching assistantships, graduate student research positions and fellowships, including pay cycles and summer instruction opportunities; and
  4. 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

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

Forms

Contact

Graduate Services Staff:

Staff Functions:

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

 

Monica Garcia
Graduate Specialist
Supporting: Interdisciplinary Humanities
Email: mgarcia379@ucmerced.edu
Cell Phone: 209-382-4145
Office: COB1, Room 257
Office Hours: email for zoom link

  • IH -Weds 10am-11am via zoom
  • Graduate Student Funding
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Graduate Program Academic Support
  • University-Wide Collaboration
  • Graduate Student Admissions

Pakou Thao
Graduate Specialist
Political Science, Public Health and Sociology
Email: pthao29@ucmerced.edu
Cell Phone: 209-355-8507
Office: COB1, Room 257
Office Hours: email for zoom link

  • POLS -Wed 11am-12pm via zoom
  • PHE -Thurs 3pm-4pm via zoom
  • SOCI -Thurs 11am-12pm via zoom
  • Graduate Student Funding
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Graduate Program Academic Support
  • University-Wide Collaboration
  • Graduate Student Admissions

Mitch Ylarregui
Graduate Specialist
Supporting: Cognitive & Information Sciences, Economics, and Psychology
Email: mylarregui@ucmerced.edu
Cell Phone: 209-233-1146
Office: COB1, Room 231
Office Hours: email for zoom link

  • CIS -Mon 11am-12pm via zoom
  • ECON -Weds 1pm-2pm via zoom
  • PSYS -Thurs 2pm-3pm via zoom
  • Graduate Student Funding
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Graduate Program Academic Support
  • University-Wide Collaboration
  • Graduate Student Admissions

Last Updated: October 2020  

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