Participating in undergraduate research is a special aspect of the Dietrich College experience.
The Undergraduate Research Office provides extensive support to all Carnegie Mellon students looking to engage in research and can assist you with everything from proposal to funding. A great way to get connected to research is to get to know the professors doing work in your areas of interest and find out what projects they are working on. Of course, your academic advisor is a phenomenal resource to help you with adding undergraduate research to your academic plan so make sure you are reaching out to them as you consider this experiential learning opportunity.
Preparing for Undergraduate Research
If you anticipate wanting to complete research during your time at Carnegie Mellon, the resources listed below can help make sure you are fully prepared.
- Dietrich College Research Training Program: this unique research apprenticeship is designed for second-semester first-year students and sophomores to prepare them for future research
- Introduction to Statistical Research Methodology (36-290): this is a first course in statistical practice, targeted to first-semester sophomores. It is designed as a high-level introduction to the ways by which statisticians go about approaching and analyzing quantitative observational data, thus preparing students for future work in capstone classes.
- Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (SURA): this entry-level, immersive research experience is designed for students who aren’t yet ready to write their own research proposal or apply to more competitive programs yet
- Meeting of the Minds: learn more about the projects taking place at Carnegie Mellon during this annual celebration of undergraduate research
Finding Undergraduate Research
Research is happening all over campus! If you aren’t ready to propose your own topic yet, check out the various labs, centers and campus resources that can help you find the right project to match your passion.
- Economics Undergraduate Research
- CMU Economics Research Club
- Department of Psychology Research Labs
- Social and Decision Sciences Research Labs
- Institute for Policy and Strategy Research Lab
- Research Centers in the Mellon College of Science
- Independent Study with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute
- Language Technologies Institute
- Machine Learning Department
- Metro21: Smart Cities Institute
- Block Center for Technology and Society
- Digital Transformation and Innovation Center
- CyLab Security and Privacy Institute
Funding Undergraduate Research
Ready to take your research to the next level? Whether you are looking for funding for supplies or a summer-long research fellowship, various grants exist to support you while completing research.
- Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG): offers grants for materials and supplies for research in any field of study
- International Small Undergraduate Research Grants (ISURG): students who are planning to study/travel abroad and are planning to complete a research project while abroad
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): provides funding to students completing 8-10 weeks of full-time research over the summer
- International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (ISURF): funding for students who are completing 8-10 weeks of full-time research with a faculty member overseas who is collaborating/has collaborated with a CMU faculty member
- Community-Based Research-to-Practice Program: supports students who are interested in research-to-practice engagement with the local Pittsburgh community
- Jennings Family Brave Companions Award: funds sophomores and juniors who want to travel to developing countries to study, travel, conduct research and/or participate in service work
- Dietrich College Honors Fellowship Program: funding to support Dietrich College Honors Fellows as they spend the summer before their senior year undertaking early-stage research.
- Presentation Awards: funding to support conference registration, travel, lodging and food expenses for students presenting their research
Receiving Academic Credit
If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your research experience, make sure to talk to your advisor!