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First Year Scholar Requirements

Welcome First-Year Fiat Lux Scholars! 

We have a dedicated team of program staff that are committed to helping you along your journey at UC Merced.

The Fiat Lux Scholars Program has a set of requirements for scholars to complete every semester. You can view these program requirements below and click on the specific requirement to learn more.

Here is some information for invited scholars. In addition, here are some tips to navigating your first-year as a first-generation university scholar.

Please feel free to contact us at if you have questions and/or concerns about the Fiat Lux Scholars Program. 


Please note that each program requirement must be completed every semester.

For example, 2 Pro-Staff Scholar Meetings must be completed in the Fall semester and in the Spring semester, for a total of 4 Pro-Staff Scholar Meetings for the academic year.



2023-2024 First-Year Scholar Requirements:


2 Pro-Staff Scholar Meetings


2 Academic Scholar Meetings


3 Workshops

Scholars have the option to complete 3 Fiat Lux-hosted workshops each semester


2 Fiat Lux-hosted workshops and 1 outside/non-Fiat Lux hosted workshop to fulfill their 3 workshops requirement each semester.


1 Social 

Scholars must attend 1 Fiat Lux-hosted Social each semester. 


1 Professional Development


1 Faculty Reception

Scholars must attend 1 Fiat Lux-hosted Faculty Reception each semester.


1 Fiat Lux Scholars Program Orientation (Fall semester only)

First-year scholars must attend one Fiat Lux Scholars Program Orientation at the beginning of the Fall semester. You will receive more information about the Fiat Lux Scholars Program Orientation in August.