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Merced 2020: Building the Future




UC Merced has now concluded an ambitious campus expansion that will position the university for academic distinction, research excellence and continued student success. The international award-winning, $1.3 billion project will add new classrooms and laboratories and increase access to higher education for thousands of students, while doubling the available space on campus.

Implementing this vision for growth has been among the most important initiatives in UC Merced’s young history, and the External Relations team has been a key part of this effort.

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The Lakireddy family poses in front of UC Merced's Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium, one of the largest lecture halls on campus. Top: Dr. Hanimireddy Lakireddy and his son Dr. Vikram Lakireddy; Bottom: Hanimireddy's wife Vijaya and his daughter-in-law, Priya.
May 15, 2020

Merced Mayor Michael Murphy and cardiologist Hanimireddy Lakireddy will be awarded the prestigious UC Merced Chancellor’s Medal. Established in 2005, the Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor of...

May 12, 2020

The San Joaquin Valley — with all its agriculture and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that go with it — is one of the places most at risk because of changing snowmelt patterns, a new study shows....

UC Merced is commemorating the tremendous accomplishments of its graduates with a virtual ceremony streamed at 10 a.m. May 16.
May 11, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered many things this spring on the UC Merced campus — from classes and research to events — UC Merced is making sure the Class of 2020 has a forum to commemorate...