MACES Graduate Education Program

Solutions to many of today’s critical scientific and technological challenges— from nanomaterials that convert or store green energy at record high efficiencies, to low-power consumption light weight biosensors that can transform medical diagnosis — require multidisciplinary approaches. Graduate students in the MACES Center will receive training in one of the following areas core areas: Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies (Materials Science and Bioengineering), Mechanical Engineering , Physics, and Chemistry. In parallel, by putting students on multidisciplinary and vertically integrated research projects, students will be able to work with multiple faculty members from different core areas and gain hands-on experience in developing lab skills in a multitude of areas including materials synthesis and characterization, and device fabrication and evaluation. Their research skills will be honed along with critical and analytical thinking capabilities as well as self-learning and communication skills.  Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers from NASA Research Centers and access state-of the-art research facilities there, which is important for pursuing future careers at NASA.

Students interested in becoming MACES fellows or affiliated MACES students should apply for graduate programs at UC Merced. Specific requirements for applications can be found in graduate school admission websites.

Students specifically interested in receiving training with MACES should apply to:

Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies (Materials Science and Bioengineering)


Mechanical Engineering


Students should indicate in their application an interest to work with MACES faculty members and should contact through email specific MACES faculty members to express their interest.

MACES Graduate Fellowship Program: The MACES fellowship program is designed to support talented graduate students who are interested in seeking challenges that go beyond a single traditional academic discipline and combine cutting edge fundamental materials research with high impact technologies.

Benefits of the training program include:

  • Interdisciplinary Coursework: The MACES fellows participate in the nanotechnology emphasis tracks within the physics, chemistry, and bioengineering and small technologies (BEST) graduate group. The tailored curriculum not only provides in-depth training in the home discipline, but also provides sustained exposure to other relevant fields to facilitate the cross-fertilization of ideas.
  • Multidisciplinary research training: Excel in multidisciplinary research depends on close interactions with scientists from other fields. By participating in MACES, the fellows will have a close-knit network from which to draw support and forge collaborative opportunities. They will work with MACES faculty investigators who are top-notch experts working on high impact research projects. All MACES fellows will participate in oen of the MACES research thrusts (energy/sensing), which meet monthly to promote collaborative research projects on nanomaterials relevant to space missions.
  • Mentoring: MACES faculty mentors are heavily invested in their graduate fellows’ success. MACES fellows will be assigned to multiple faculty mentors who have different areas of expertise to support their endeavor. The faculty will help them develop communication and other professional skills through workshops as well as outreach activities.
  • State-of-art facilities: Students can easily gain access to campus facilities that allow them to carry out cutting edge research.
  • NASA internships: MACES is working at the intersection of ground-breaking basic research and exciting technologies. To broaden the fellows’ experience, MACES has established partnerships with a number of NASA centers, including NASA Ames, NASA Langley, and JPL. Fellows who are US citizens will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the development of transformative space technology by conducting research at NASA.

This fellowship includes a stipend, tuition, and fees.

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NASA Internships