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University Friends Circle enhances strong relationships between University of California Merced and communities of the Central Valley through programs that promote social and intellectual interaction. University Friends Circle raises funds to support UC Merced endowed scholarships and a Student Impact Fund (SIF) that supports projects and student organizations that significantly contribute to UC Merced student success. University Friends Circle is open to all who support the mission and activities of the organization.

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University Friends Circle is a dues-based organization. For just $50 per year, you will receive a monthly newsletter, membership directory, discounted luncheon program rates, and special invitations to UC Merced events. Click here to join now!

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Monthly luncheon programs feature an outstanding UC Merced faculty member who shares about their research and the real societal impact. Throughout the year, UFC organizes additional events, including an annual scholarship reception and athletics tailgate parties.

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We strive to support UC Merced students through our fundraising efforts, which include the UFC Endowed Scholarship and Student Impact Fund.

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Events and Happenings


Virtual via Zoom

 Please click the link below to view the live recording of Dr. Thelma Hurd's presentation. On January 12, 2021 Dr. Hurd presented an...

Virtual via Zoom

On February 2, 2021, UFC hosted Distinguished Professor, Mark Aldenderfer. Please watch the live recording below if you missed the program. 

Virtual via Zoom

On March 2, 2021 the UFC group featured Miriam Barlow, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, School of Natural...
On April 6, 2021 the UFC group featured Eric A. Walle, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Psychology Psychological Sciences School of Social Sciences,...

Featured News

Student Cathryn Flores poses in front of a University of California, Merced sign.
November 24, 2021

This time around, what happened in Las Vegas will not stay there — at least for Cathryn Flores. The fourth-year undergraduate, who's working on a major in English and minor in writing, reached yet...

A 10 kW array on location at UC Merced. This is one of the two innovative technologies in the Department of Energy's desalination contest.
November 22, 2021

When people hear the word “solar,” many think of solar panels on a house, which generate electricity. But there is another way to use energy harnessed by the sun: heat. Founding faculty member and...

Fourth-graders at a Merced elementary school are introduced to agriculture-related sciences by undergrads in the FARMERS program.
November 18, 2021

Students at UC Merced and those who might someday become Bobcats are the focus of FARMERS, Professor Rudy M. Ortiz’s training program funded again for $1 million by the U.S. Department of...