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At UC Merced, interdisciplinarity is a pillar of graduate education and a signature element of multiple research projects. To further expand such opportunities, the Graduate Division’s Interdisciplinary Small Grants Program provides resources for faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students to come together in contexts designed to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations leading to grant proposals, special issues of journals or edited volumes, and related outcomes.

It is anticipated that some, though not necessarily all, of these small grants will align with the campus Strategic Academic Focusing Initiatives. While the format is flexible, in most cases, these initiatives will begin as faculty and student led seminars. The proposal should specify the meeting schedule, format, and initial readings selected by the facilitators.

• Funded proposals should submit a one-page final report at the close of the academic year, summarizing funded activities and outcomes; next steps for the group; and the involvement of graduate students in the project, including student comments to gauge their assessment of the project’s contributions to enriching interdisciplinarity at UC Merced

Proposals should be submitted by faculty as the principal facilitator but may include graduate students as co-facilitators. Proposals should be no more than 2 pages (single-spaced) in length and submitted to Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz at Proposals should include:

• An itemized budget with appropriate justification (download the budget template here). Budget items may include books or reference material; consultants or speaker costs; lunch or other refreshments during meetings, or other miscellaneous costs associated with meetings and consistent with UC Merced policies.

This grant will help to support the activiites that create a space to share and discuss current work in Interdisciplinary Humanities by graduate students and faculty. The Interdisciplinary Dialogue Circles will consist of a reading scholarship that explores topics such as professionalization, interdisciplinary methodologies, and survival in academia. This group also seeks to explore the issues and specific challenges that underrepresented scholars face in the academy.

This grant seeks to expand the work of Hmong Studies Working Group at UC Merced and organize a series of seminars that would bring together Hmong studies scholars to share new research and provide mentorship. The participants of this working group and seminar facilitators will include members from four UC Merced graduate groups: Interdisciplinary humanities, public health, sociology, and political science. The seminars will be open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in these topics.

This grant will support smartphone-based app challenge and four meetings for postdocs, graduate students, faculty and Park professionals. The app would be designed to facilitate citizen collection of voluntary geographic data used to inform and evaluate desired conditions for Wilderness users in Yosemite with the intention of expanding to other congressionally designated Wilderness areas.

Today, more than 90 percent of all Latinos living in the Central Valley of California are Mesoamericans, a high percentage of them of Indigenous origin, and as of Fall 2015, 48 percent of UC Merced undergraduates identified as Latino. It is logical that UC Merced scholars would be uniquely interested in researching and working with the flow and ebb of this critical population, their issues, histories, and cultures.

This grant will help to support the activities of the interdisciplinary forum CS-BIG, which focuses on advanced research training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in genomics, biomedicine, and drug targeting in cancer systems biology. The CS-BIG meeting is well established at UC Merced, since its inaugural meeting on 8/1/2012. In the past CS-BIG has hosted 25 seminar speakers and meetings have an average attendance of about 20 researchers including students, researchers, and faculty from all three schools at UC Merced. The goal of CS-BIG is to attract a federally funded training grant supporting research and education in computational cancer and systems biology.