Physics at UC Merced

Physics at UC Merced leverages our unique academic atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary research - connecting the physical sciences to life sciences, material sciences and engineering. We focus on three main areas of research — biological and soft matter physics, condensed matter and materials physics, and atomic, molecular and optical physics — that synergize with each other, allowing for collaborations that approach problems from distinct perspectives. Our graduate and undergraduate students pursue their degrees while working on a broad range of cutting-edge research topics in one of the most diverse departments in the country.

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May 22, 2017

Students from Burbank and Peterson Elementary Schools in Merced participated in a day of interactive science and engineering hosted last month by UC Merced’s Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM), a National Science Foundation Center of...

May 9, 2017

UC Merced added a powerful new tool to the campus’s Imaging and Microscopy Facility. The newly acquired Zeiss LSM 880 is a state-of-the art laser scanning confocal microscope that represents a huge leap forward for the university’s imaging capabilities...

April 27, 2017

MACES, the Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing, held its second annual open house on April 19, showcasing student research and highlighting the center’s connection to NASA. The daylong event kicked off with remarks from MACES Director and...

April 20, 2017

The UC Merced student chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) hosted the second annual Central Valley Regional SIAM Student Chapter Conference on April 7. In only its second year, the conference attracted 85 participants from...

Faculty

Our active, diverse group of faculty is enthusiastic, driven and invested in student success. Our team is large enough to offer rigorous and comprehensive training but small enough that students receive a lot of personal attention.

Interdisciplinary Research

UC Merced's academic structure and physical proximity make collaborative opportunities with other research groups the rule rather than the exception.

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Welcome to Physics at UC Merced

Access to World Class Resources
As the 10th campus of the University of California, UC Merced draws on the outstanding resources of the UC system, a world renowned center for research and education. The research groups in this graduate group have access to major facilities, such as state of the art laser systems, an electron microscopy facility, a nanofabrication facility and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy on campus. Other large facilities, such as synchrotron light sources, located at Stanford University and UC Berkeley labs, are within two hours of driving distances. Students also have access to the extensive library holdings and journal subscriptions of the UC system.

 

Celebrating Diversity

The second-largest program within the School of Natural Sciences, our graduate group celebrates diversity. Five of the 13 faculty members are women and 43 percent of our students are either underrepresented minorities or women, which makes our group among the most diverse in the country.

Research focused undergraduate education

Undergraduate students at UC Merced have a rare opportunity to take part in scientific research with world-renowned research groups in cutting-edge fields such as atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, soft matter and biophysics, solar energy sciences, nanoscience, or materials science. During the senior year all students work closely with a faculty advisor to design and carry out a research project, with many starting their research work in earlier years.

Contact Us

Physics Graduate Group Chair

Linda Hirst, Professor

 
Physics Undergraduate Lead
Jay Sharping, Associate Professor
 
Physics Bylaw Unit Chair
Kevin Mitchell, Professor
 
Physics Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

 

Centers and Institutes

CCBM

MACES

UC Solar

HSRI

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University of California, Merced
 
The first new American research
university in the 21st century, with a
mission of research, teaching and service.
 
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400
 
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