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Two UC Merced Ph.D. Students Snag UC Awards for Research
Among the University of California’s 26,000 graduate students, National Research Traineeship (NRT) fellows Ketika Garg and Shayna Bennett have both received awards in UC systemwide competitions...
NRT-IAS Student, Shayna Bennett, Wins Grad Slam at UC Merced
Applied Mathematics graduate student Shayna Bennett will represent UC Merced at the University of California Grad Slam finals on May 7.
Amid the Pandemic, NRT-IAS Students Give Virtual Talks at top Conferences
Despite the challenges that have been brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, UC Merced graduate students Ketika Garg, Matthew Turner and Carlos Diaz Alvarenga have demonstrated just how resilient...
Search Dynamics
Students from Cognitive Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Sciences backgrounds are collaborating to compare search patterns formed by individuals and groups. They are using virtual...
The Future of Machines
"A unique, interdisciplinary team of exceptional faculty and students are bringing artificial intelligence and robotics to croplands in the Valley, developing game-changing advancements in water...

NSF National Traineeship Intelligent Adaptive Systems

Our Mission

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. Students in the training program participate in a computational basecamp, custom course modules on intelligent adaptive systems, communication skills development workshops, and industry networking opportunities.


NSF awards UCM $3M

UC Merced's grant NRT: DESE on Intelligent Adaptive Systems was one of 16 grants in this category funded across the nation. Click the link to read the press release about the grant itself. ​NSF features UC Merced's research on their website.​​



Funding and Participation

How can you be part of this program?​

We are looking to recruit talented students to apply to our PhD programs to become NRT Fellows/Trainees.  (Click HERE to see our flier.)

NSF AGEP program

NSF Grant unites four Hispanic-serving institutions to help diversify STEM faculty

UC Merced is partnering with UC Santa Barbara and two California State University campuses — Fresno and Channel Islands — on a project to create a more diverse STEM faculty at colleges and universities nationwide. Read more....

Featured News

February 2, 2021

Although our Bobcat students have been going through an atypical time in regard to their education, UC Merced graduate students Harrison Ho and Jasper Toscani Field have demonstrated that our...

October 31, 2019

Four students of the NRT-IAS program attended the 2019 Annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference in Honolulu, HI. At this conference,...

September 27, 2019

Two NRT-IAS students received travel awards to present at the 2019 NSF NRT Conference in Evanston, Illinios. At the conference, students presented a poster on the NRT-IAS program and attended...