How to Apply
Deadline: November 2, 2015
All students connected to the SRC-URO application must REGISTER. When registering, please update any incorrect or missing information in your profile. If you have already met with and secured the support of an SRC-URO faculty member, pelase list their name as your advisor. Applicants who already have a faculty mentor will be considered to have stronger applications. You must upload the components of the application through the registration section of our website AND deliver a hard copy of all components to our office (531 Warner Hall) by the published deadline.
- Minimum GPA: 2.80.
- Current Sophomores ONLY: Majors in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science and Physics.
- Must have be a U.S. citizen or hold a U.S. green card.
- Desire to conduct research over a sustained period in the areas listed above.
- Commitment to participating in a program for a minimum of three semesters and a maximum of five semesters, possibly including a full-time summer fellowship on campus in Summer 2015.
- Open to a wide range of students with diverse economic and social backgrounds. Grades are only one part of the application process.
Components of Application
- Statement of Interests: 1 page maximum, single-spaced.
Please briefly outline areas of interest to you. You should let the committee know if you have had any previous research experience, either at Carnegie Mellon or elsewhere.
- Personal Statement: 2 pages maximum, single-spaced.
The goal is to allow the committee to get to know you better as a person. Questions to consider addressing in your personal statement:
- What is your background?
- What prompted you to come to Carnegie Mellon?
- Are you a first-generation college student?
- What factors made you interested in technical fields? (Family members, a teacher, friends, etc.)
- What information can you share with the committee that will help them get to know you better?
- What are your current goals? Do you foresee graduate school in your future?
- Applicant's college transcript
Please include an official or unofficial transcript.
If you do not have an updated resume, please see the Career Center for advice on resume writing.
- Faculty/Advisor Reference
Please include a short statement from a faculty or advisor reference. This can be from a professor who knows you and the quality of your work, or it can be a statement from the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your SRC-URO mentor.
SRC-URO recipients must:
- Commit to the full length of the program: three semesters and the possibility of a summer (between sophomore and junior year) and the possibility of required participation in the senior year.
- Participate in various professional development and social activities associated with this program.
- Submit a written "Reflection on Your Work" (instructions to be given at the end of the summer).
- Participate in all surveys connected to the Undergraduate Research Office, throughout the program and post-graduation.
- Present at the Meeting of the Minds each year of participation in SRC-URO, starting May 2016.