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May 1, 2018
Professor Irenee Beattie and graduate student Melissa Quesada have been awarded a $40,000 research grant from the California Teacher Education and Research Improvement Network (CTERIN) to study the factors associated with teacher retention in underserved schools. The interdisciplinary grant, which...
April 23, 2018
  UC Merced Sociology students and faculty actively participated in Bobcat Day festivities this past Saturday (April 21). Bobcat Day is an annual spring event where admitted students and their families visit the campus. The Sociology Club tabled the entire day. Students and faculty served...
April 18, 2018
Kimberly Ramirez Gonzalez has been advocating for youth for four years and she is committed to dedicating the rest of her life to doing so. The third-year UC Merced sociology student takes the stage April 19 alongside world-renowned entertainers and social activists such as Morgan Freeman,...
April 6, 2018
For the summer of 2018, UC Merced Sociology undergrad Harmeet Kalsi has had a paper accepted to the August 2018 American Sociological Association (ASA) Honors Program in Philadelphia. Kalsi's paper asks how student debt might influence students' sense of self worth in positive or...
March 9, 2018
Recently Professor Laura Hamilton published two higher education articles. The first (with Simon Cheng), “Going Greek: The Organization of Campus Life and Class-Based Graduation Gaps,” came out in Social Forces. It shows that the presence of Greek letter societies at selective four-year...
December 12, 2017
Professor Nella Van Dyke and grad student Bryan Amos have published an article on social movement coalitions in the journal Sociology Compass.  Social movements rely on coalitions to help mobilize the mass numbers of people necessary for success.  In this article, we review the...
December 11, 2017
As a teenager in Merced, Marcus Shaw lived a life marked by poverty, poor choices and indifference to education. The idea of college — especially at the new UC Merced campus — seemed like an opportunity for someone else. Yet on Dec. 16, Shaw will participate in the university’s first Fall...
December 11, 2017
Edward Flores was recently named as one of Faith in Merced's "Partner of the Year" recipients. He was recognized for working with a local community organizer conducting research for PICO's (People Improving Communities through Organizing) Live Free campaign. Faith in Merced...
November 27, 2017
Professor Paul Almeida, sociology unit chair, teaches and researches social movements among other topics. With race, immigration, rising inequality, gender discrimination and collective mobilization grabbing current headlines, the work of the UC Merced sociology unit — always...
November 21, 2017
The Bias Incident Response Team at UC Merced presents sociology Professor Nella Van Dyke, speaking on “Hate Speech and the Limits of Free Speech,” from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 29 in the California Room on campus. The United States has seen an alarming increase in hate crimes since the 2016...

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