Carnegie Mellon University

Educational Initiatives & Opportunities

Carnegie Mellon and the Dietrich College offer several programs and initiatives to enhance education in the humanities and behavioral and social sciences.

Within Dietrich College

  • Research Training Courses are open to second semester freshmen and sophomores with a 3.0 QPA or by petition. It is designed to give eligible and interested students some real research experience working on a faculty project or lab in ways that might stimulate and nurture the students' interest in doing more research.  The projects take the form of a one-semester/9-unit research apprenticeship with a faculty sponsor.   
  • Research Centers, such as the Center for Ethics and Policy, the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Humanities Center, are available for interested students to participate in.
  • Summer Internship Opportunity Grants enable students to accept relevant and enriching summer internships, which are often unpaid. Students selected for this program receive a grant that helps to offset both the out-of-pocket costs and the opportunity costs of accepting such valuable summer internship opportunities.  
  • Study Abroad Scholarships are offered by the Dietrich College’s Dean’s Office to encourage study abroad.
  • Senior Honors Program - This is an opportunity for the college's most accomplished and promising seniors to work independently, with the close guidance of a faculty member, in the design and completion of a year-long scholarly or creative project.
  • Humanities Scholars Program is a rigorous, four-year interdisciplinary program open by invitation. The program offers an unparalleled undergraduate experience to student scholars. The program exemplifies the humanities at Carnegie Mellon—namely, interdisciplinary research in a technologically rich environment, with an open and forward-thinking stance towards the arts and the sciences.
  • Quantitative Social Science Scholars Program is designed to help outstanding undergraduates acquire advanced quantitative technical skills they can use to impact society as entrepreneurs, policymakers, or social scientists.

At the University Level

  • Undergraduate Research Office supports student research in every field of study. It gives small grants to cover research expenses, summer fellowships for full-time summer research, and presentation awards to support students presenting at academic conferences. In May of each year, the URO holds the campus-wide celebrations of undergraduate research, the Meeting of the Minds. It also offers help with writing proposals, finding advisors, and applying to academic conferences.
  • Fellowship and Scholarship Office works with current Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students in fulfilling their intellectual and professional goals by pursuing nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. We promote awareness of external scholarship and fellowship opportunities, and provide advice and support to students who apply for these awards.
  • Study Abroad - the study abroad staff of the Office of International Education (OIE) supports Carnegie Mellon students through every step of the process of exploring and developing a study, work, or research abroad experience.
  • Health Professions Program is an advising resource for students interested in pursuing a career in a health profession.
  • Prelaw Program provides support and related activities and outlets for students and alumni with interests in law, and in the possibility of law school at some point beyond college. The program has two components that work in partnership: an advising program, and the student prelaw society. The program offers guidance and information about law school and careers in law, and help in selecting, applying and gaining admission to law school. It also provides information and advice about coursework in areas that are topically law-related, as well as to areas of study that develop skills relevant to the demands of law school. Related activities include mock trial competitions, prelaw society events, visits and talks by distinguished jurists and law school representatives, and workshops on the law school application process. (Please note that the Prelaw Program website is currently being redesigned. For questions or more information, contact Joseph Devine.)