Carnegie Mellon University

Research Opportunities

Current sophomores with a permanent right to work and with a minimum GPA of 2.8 are eligible to apply for a paid research position through the SRC URO (Undergraduate Research Opportunity) program, funded through the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Students will use a list of participating faculty members to find a mentor to determine an appropriate research project and are paid a stipend of up to $2000 each semester, beginning in the spring of the sophomore year and potentially through the senior year. Opportunities to submit research proposals and attend conferences, network with employers specifically looking to hire SRC students, and apply for graduate fellowships are made available to SRC-URO students as well. The deadline for applications is NOVEMBER 14th.  Detailed information and application can be found here.

Undergraduate Research Office (URO) supports student research in every field of study with SURG grants to cover research expenses, Summer Fellowships for full-time summer research, and Presentation Awards to support students presenting at academic conferences. 

DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships  

Search for Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Finding a research opportunity on campus:

There is no trick to doing this. You have to go talk to faculty to find research opportunities.

  1. Know what you are looking for and why a particular faculty research group has what you need. 
  2. Be persistent, but respectful. If nothing is available in the current semester, ask about the next semester. Ask if there are literature studies you could help with or graduate students you could work with. The answer may still be no if the group is completely full, but faculty respect genuine enthusiasm and willingness to work and they may be able to find something if you help them know what you are willing to do.
  3. Apply for funding through the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) to work on a project. Most faculty are willing to help you prepare these if you are willing to do it.
  4. Work for credit during the school year.
  5. If you work for credit, you should register for an independent research course in the department where your research advisor is located. You will need to determine, with your advisor, how many units you should sign up for and what their expectations are for you.