Carnegie Mellon University
students at laboratory hood

Undergraduate Education

  • Innovative laboratory experiences with modern instrumental methods of analysis and synthesis
  • Use technology to enhance teaching
  • Faculty advisors for help in selecting courses, finding research or internship opportunities, and deciding on their next educational or career choices
  • Participation in research
graduate student at instrument

Graduate Education

  • Excellent access for 1-1 interaction with research advisors
  • Strong relationships with advisory committee members, who sometimes become collaborators.
  • Interdisciplinary research centers facilitate broad training
  • Professional development opportunities in teaching and entrepreneurship
Catalina Achim doing a demonstration for middle school teachers


  • The Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology (CNAST) at Carnegie Mellon University has developed DNAZone, an educational outreach program for 4th-12th grade students based on nucleic acid themes and more. The DNAZone program creates educational materials that can be used in teaching core concepts of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering, and illustrate how chemistry is the foundation for bio- and nanotechnology. 
screen shot of the Virtual Lab

Online Learning

  • David Yaron’s Chemistry Collective develops computer-based environments, such as a flexible virtual lab, that enable college and high school students to work on activities similar to practicing chemists. Ongoing research evaluates the effectiveness of these environments as well as how to build online communities to further develop digital libraries for science education.