Choose Your Access Point for UC Merced/Yosemite Information

MERCED - The Office of Communicationsat the University of California, Merced, is reaching out to a broad audience with news and updates on the university's summer programs in Yosemite National Park using several access points to serve those interested in learning more.

The programs have been under way in the park since June.

Research Experiences for Undergraduatesis a National Science Foundation-funded program for students from all over the United States. Each is paired with a research mentor to spend the summer learning about environmental science in Yosemite.

The Yosemite Leadership Programis a UC Merced effort funded by the Toyota Corporation and Delaware North through the Yosemite Association. Twenty UC Merced students are in the park with this program all summer as interns in various capacities with the National Parks Service.

The programs are featured on a new landing page prominently linked from the UC Merced home page. Visitors can reach the UC Merced National Parks Connectionpage by clicking the pictorial button near the bottom of the UC Merced home page at www.ucmerced.edu.

The programs are also featured on a Facebook groupopen to all who wish to join and a blogabout the experiences of Communications staff members interacting with students, staff and faculty in the programs. Both these locations will also connect with new material produced about the Yosemite programs.

For example, the first of several podcasts about the students debuts today (July 8) on the UC Merced podcast page.Videos and photography will follow later in the summer.

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