Undergraduate Research Office
Warner Hall 531, 412-268-5702, http://www.cmu.edu/uro
Stephanie Wallach, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Jennifer Keating-Miller, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research
Jennifer Weidenhof, Program Coordinator
Conducting research as an undergraduate provides many great opportunities—it is a valuable way to get to know faculty members, explore an area of interest in depth, turn classroom theory into practical hands-on experience, develop a topic outside your major, get a feel for graduate school, and have some fun at the same time!
All undergraduate students conducting research with a faculty advisor are eligible to participate in the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) programs which include: Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF). The term ’research’ is defined broadly: “Research, scholarly, or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem solving capabilities, including design and analysis; to original critical or historical theory and interpretation; or to the production of art or artistic performance.” All Carnegie Mellon students are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research Office programs at least once during their undergraduate careers.
Funding through SURG and SURF is available to all undergraduates from every discipline and at all levels. Deadlines are well advertised on campus and on our website and are usually in mid-October for spring SURG and mid-March for summer and fall SURG and SURFs.
Our annual Undergraduate Research Symposium called Meeting of the Minds occurs on spring reading day each May and is a celebration of undergraduate research in all fields across campus.