Summer Research Institute-HHMI Undergraduate Program - Carnegie Mellon University

Summer Research Institute

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity for rising sophomores in technical fields - the Summer Research Institute (SRI). The SRI program is an immersive research experience for rising sophomores at Carnegie Mellon that has been offered since 2002. If you are interested in doing research in molecular biology and biochemistry in the summer of 2016, please read on and apply by the deadline shown below. Please note carefully the changes from previous years.

Students who are accepted into SRI can apply to the CMU Summer Internship Experience Fund. Information about other sources of support will be available in late March/early April.

Eligibility and Length of Program

We are offering the Summer Research Institute (SRI) for Carnegie Mellon students who will complete their first year in the Science & Humanities Scholars Program, Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree Program, Mellon College of Science, Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Institute of Technology or School of Computer Science. The program will be held during the summer session at Carnegie Mellon and will run for 10 weeks.

The 2016 program dates are Tuesday, May 31st – Friday, August 5th.


All students and the affiliated teaching personnel will work together and be immersed in doing research from day one of the 10 week program. Students are expected to fully participate in the entire program and they should not plan other educational activities, other research, or extensive travel plans during this period. SRI research projects will involve recombinant DNA techniques and biochemical methods directed towards the functional analysis of proteins and enzymes. Additional approaches may be involved in specific projects. In addition to wet laboratory techniques, students will use bioinformatics software for DNA and Protein analysis and experimental design.


Rising sophomore standing (i.e. students in the second semester of their first year) with at least one college-level course in biology and chemistry (03-121 or 03-151 and 09-105; or equivalent AP credit or transfer) at some time prior to the start of the program. Students accepted into the SRI program must register for 03-270 (“Summer Research Institute”, 3 units).

Application Process

The following items will be part of your application:

  1. Questions addressing your interest and motivation for participating in the SRI experience.
  2. Your date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number.
  3. The name of a professor or teaching assistant (and their contact information – department, phone, email) who is willing to provide a reference for your application. A letter of recommendation is NOT required, but the application reviewers may contact your reference, if necessary.

Previous research experience, while not required, will also be considered as part of the application. Application materials are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 25, 2016.

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Summer Research Institute
Department of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Program Director:
Javier Lopez