Funding opportunities

  • UC Natural Reserve System Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program - The Natural Reserve System provides grants to support graduate students at all UC campuses except UCSF for their independent and field science studies at NRS reserves. These grants not only encourage students to conduct research, but also provide experience in applying for grants, meeting deadlines, and managing a budget. Awardees are expected to produce a paper or report, or present their findings in a suitable forum.

  • Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative - 2017 George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change - Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates are eligible to apply for a paid summer internship to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Internship projects, eligibility information, and application instructions can be found at http://parksclimateinterns.org

COVID-19 and the SNRS

Updated 3/19/2020

The following represents current guidance for the UC Merced Natural Reserve System. We reserve the right to cancel any reservation to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, and to revise policies in the event of specific campus, state, NRS, NPS, or CDC guidance.

Yosemite Field Station: 

  • All visits are cancelled through the end of March, 2020.
  • In April, and pending resolution of the statewide "shelter-in-place" order issued by Governor Newsom, we anticipate allowing only visits that support essential research (i.e., place-based scholarly activities and programs that cannot reasonably be conducted elsewhere or rescheduled for a later date). Any essential research visitor groups must be 10 or fewer people. Approval is subject to the availability of housing that can allow for appropriate social distancing while staying at the field station.
  • Processing of all *new* reservations for May through August 2020 is on hold, as we develop our plans for allowing future use of the field station. We will issue updated guidance for May and beyond as the situation evolves.

Sequoia Field Station:  The field station remains closed for the winter, but re-opening may be impacted by COVID-19.

Any queries about SNRS reservations can be directed to NRS Associate Director Molly Stephens, mstephens3@ucmerced.edu, 209-500-6325.