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The Undergraduate Research Office 

The Undergraduate Research Office provides seed funds for undergraduate research projects, recognizes students conducting research, funds undergraduates presenting their findings at academic conferences, and presents an annual undergraduate research symposium. The program is available to students from each of the University’s six undergraduate colleges. The Office has proven extremely successful in encouraging students to pursue graduate studies and research careers.

The Fellowship and Scholarship Office

The Fellowship and Scholarship Office provides support to Carnegie Mellon students who are interested in securing external scholarships and fellowships.  The office works with students to help them develop competitive application, identifies and supports faculty and staff representatives for a select number of prestigious scholarships and fellowships, maintains a searchable database of external scholarship and fellowship opportunities and manages campus selection processes.  Please visit the FSO website.

Stephanie Wallach

Stephanie Wallach, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Stephanie's position as the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education puts her in charge of both the Undergraduate Research Office (including SURG, SURF, Speak Up! and Meeting of the Minds) and the Fellowships and Scholarships Office (including a range of national scholarship competitions). Stephanie has been a part of the Carnegie Mellon community since 1995.

Joanna Dickert

Joanna Dickert

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships

Joanna directly supports SURG and SURF students through each phase of the research process.  She also serves as the Fulbright Program Advisor and provides support and advisement to students interested in international undergraduate research experiences.  Joanna also administers the Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship program. She has been part of Carnegie Mellon since 2004.
Richelle Bernazzoli

Richelle Bernazzoli, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships

Richelle supports students in their academic and professional development through research, international study, and competitive postgraduate opportunities.  She supports SURG and SURF students through the research process and also provides advising and application support to students applying to a range of national and international scholarships and fellowships.  Richelle began her career at Carnegie Mellon in 2016.
Jen Weidenhof

Jen Weidenhof

Program Coordinator

Jen is responsible for all administrative aspects of both the URO and FSO, including budgeting, website production, and event planning. She also plans all logistics for the annual Meeting of the Minds undergraduate research symposium. Jen came to Carnegie Mellon in 2006.