Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

SURG Grants

The Small Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG) program awards grants to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for research in all fields of study. Any undergraduate student in a degree-granting program who is in good academic standing and is enrolled during the semester of their grant (fall or spring) or the semester before their grant (summer) is eligible. Learn more at the Undergraduate Research Office Website.

SURF Fellowships

The Summer Research Fellowship program awards $3,500 to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for 8-10 FULL-TIME weeks of summer research in any field of study. Any undergraduate student in good academic standing who is enrolled for the fall semester after their fellowship is eligible. Learn more at the Undergraduate Research Office Website.

Undergraduate Presentation Awards

Undergraduate Presentation Awards are awarded to Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students or groups who are presenting their research at academic conferences. The award can be used to fund conference registration, travel, lodging, and food expenses. All undergraduate students who are in a degree-granting program, are not on academic discipline or probation, and have been accepted for presentation at an academic conference are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please visit the presentation awards website.

Meeting of the Minds: Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium, or the "Meeting of the Minds," is a university-wide celebration of undergraduate research. All Carnegie Mellon undergrads engaged in research and creative projects are encouraged to apply. Students can register for the special competitions to win cash prizes. Both individual students and groups are permitted to apply.

Read about the 2016 English Department student award winners.

Learn more about "Meeting of the Minds." 

Dierich College Senior Honors Thesis Program

The Dietrich College Senior Honors Program was founded in 1982 and offers the college's most accomplished and promising seniors the opportunity to work independently (with the close guidance of a faculty member) in the design and completion of a year-long scholarly or creative project. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  1. Student must have a major in H&SS (primary or additional) or be in the BHA program.
  2. Student must be officially classified as a senior by having completed a minimum of 238 units before beginning the program.
  3. Student must have a cumulative QPA of at least 3.25 and at least 3.50 in the H&SS major associated with the proposed project.
  4. Student must find and secure approval from a faculty member willing to supervise the project and serve in the role as thesis advisor.

For more information on the program, please visit the Dietrich College Advising website.

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