Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Research

Research is a key component of the training in our department.

Carnegie Mellon has fostered the practice of students participating in undergraduate research throughout the campus, and the Biological Sciences Department was a leader in establishing this tradition. Undergraduate research is a key component of the rigorous scientific training in our department. Students work closely with faculty members and their laboratory groups on cutting edge research projects.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs for qualified undergraduates who are currently registered at Carnegie Mellon as well as undergraduates at other institutions that do not have extensive research programs. Opportunities are available during the academic year, as well as in the summer. Please take some time to explore all of the research programs available through our Department.


  • learn to think critically and conduct research using the latest techniques and equipment, while working one-on-one with faculty and other laboratory members on cutting-edge research projects.
  • have the opportunity to contribute to the general knowledge being created at Carnegie Mellon. 
  • develop their communication and interpersonal skills.
  • have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to solve problems encountered in the laboratory.

Student researchers may volunteer, earn an hourly wage or academic credit for their work in the laboratory. At the university level, students may apply for small undergraduate grants. Students who complete a substantial body of research and fulfill the required course work can complete an Honors Thesis during the last semester at Carnegie Mellon.