Welcome to the UC Merced Engineering Service Learning Program
The UC Merced Engineering Service Learning Program enables undergraduate students to earn academic credit by participating in multiyear, multidisciplinary teams that solve engineering and technology-based problems for the San Joaquin Valley’s leading not-for-profit organizations.
"Influenced by this program, our student retention is among the best in the nation and our students are better prepared to be engineering leaders."
School of Engineering
UC Merced students get the opportunity to develop real solutions to complex social problems faced by real organizations, locally and globally. Working in project teams, even first year students gain valuable experience in defining, designing, building, testing, deploying, and supporting systems to meet their community partners' needs—broadening their educational experience and enhancing their workplace readiness.
Community partners receive affordable engineering expertise at a time when budgets are tight and technical expertise is scarce or expensive. Partners utilize this expertise to improve existing services, launch new programs, and try new and innovative ideas, while working alongside student teams to provide a meaningful engineering experience.
Sponsors benefit from their interactions with talented students, advisors, and project teams, while aligning themselves and their organizations with the program’s commitment to service.
The Foster Family Center for Engineering Service Learning is proud to be affiliated with the National Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, which is based at Purdue University. UC Merced Engineering Service Learning students also work with other University of California campuses such as UC Berkeley (CITRIS), UC Davis (Radio), and UC San Diego (TIES) to enhance the quality of services to their community partners and promote
professional development by participating in other programs such as UC Day.