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 began in 2002 at Carnegie Mellon University. If you are interested in doing research in molecular biology and biochemistry in the summer of 2015, please read on and apply by deadline shown below.

Eligibility and Length of Program

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is supporting a 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. Students will receive university housing and a stipend.

The 2015 program dates are Tuesday, May 26 Friday, July 31.


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 or extensive travel plans during this period. Research projects will involve recombinant DNA techniques and biochemical methods directed towards the functional analysis of proteins and enzymes. In addition to wet laboratory techniques, students will use software for DNA 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 (AP, transfer, or 03-121) at some time prior to the start of the program.

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 Monday, March 30, 2015.

Apply Now! (Online Application)


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

Program Director:
Javier Lopez