Since 2018, ¡Valle! Get your start in tech! has enabled undergraduate students in STEM like you to meet each other, build skills and confidence, and access rewarding experiences in research or graduate school.

This year, Valle VISTA will focus on agriculture, natural resources and how technology can assist in addressing some of our greatest challenges in the San Joaquin Valley. You'll see yourself as part of the solution.

By walking through the ¡Valle!, you will:

  • build communication and networking skills
  • learn a new coding skill with Google Earth Engine
  • learn about career pathways
  • increase your confidence and sense of belonging in STEM
  • prep application materials to your next adventure
  • grow your community, network and make connections with students like you
  • get insights into the many opportunities open to YOU

¡Valle! fosters diversity in STEM by increasing the accessibility of students in STEM to research experiences, graduate school, and careers in technology. First and second year students are encouraged to apply. African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, and Native American/Alaskan Native, womxn, LGBTQA+ identities and people who are blind or deaf are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, or other demographics.

Sessions will be Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28, with opportunities to engage in tech, teamwork, and networking activities on UC Merced campus. Parking is free on weekends. All food will be provided, including a special mentor dinner at Bella Luna on January 26.

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About The Hosts

CITRIS is committed to transformational experiences for students and training the next generation of leaders in computer science research. We specialize in ag-food-tech, sustainable infrastructures, people and robots, and women in technology.

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

View our past ¡Valle! posters!