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Other Opportunities

PACE Service Saturday: Grounded Strategies 

Saturday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Meet at Brown Chairs (Cohon University Center First Floor)

Grounded Strategies is an organization that revitalizes vacant land and transforms it into community assets neighborhoods want to see implemented in their community. These youth-created green spaces provide opportunities for outdoor STEM learning for youth in some of Pittsburgh's most distressed communities. Help Grounded Strategies clean and organize their shed in preparation for the upcoming working season. Transportation will be provided.

Transportation: Uber/SLICE Van (transportation will be covered)

MLK Student Speaker: Applications Open

Applications deadline: Thursday, Jan. 30

The selected student speaker will present a 2-3 minute talk prior to the MLK Keynote Address on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center.

All student submissions will participate in a 30 minute interview that will be conducted by selection committee from the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Interviews will be individually scheduled upon submission of the speaker application.


The CMU Global Challenges Competition

Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 22

The CMU Global Challenges Competition is an annual initiative organized by CMU’s Economics Program.  The goal is to give students the opportunity to learn about and tackle society’s most pressing issues.  

The 2020 Challenge: Income & Wealth Inequality

During the 24-hour hackathon-style competition, small teams of students will work on a common and narrowly defined global problem that integrates economic reasoning and data analytics learned at CMU.  The Global Challenges Competition will take place Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Tepper Building. The competition begins with a presentation of the challenge at 5 p.m. on Friday. Following the initial presentation, teams will be provided with sources of data and other resources. The teams will have 24 hours to develop a solution/recommendation and prepare a presentation. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the event will conclude with short group presentations and an award ceremony.

Group and individual registration

Applications Now Open: The Laney Graduate School's Summer Opportunity for Academic Research Program  

Application deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 29

The LGS-SOAR Program (May 26 – July 31), is a 10-week residential summer program where research fellows conduct full-time research and are mentored by their faculty mentor and teams of postdocs, research technicians, librarians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. SOAR scholars receive a housing award for residence on the Emory University campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and professional development. The program is unique in that all scholars will be from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds in graduate education.

The program is geared to introduce talented, potential Laney Graduate School Scholars to a vast skillset that includes: 

  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building
  • Presenting their work (Symposium Style Capstone Experience)


Applicants must be on track to graduate between December 2020 and June 2023 and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 


A complete application will include items such as a transcript, statement of purpose, application form, letter of support and more. For more information, visit our website. Questions about applications?  We have a PDF document with instructions.

Questions?  Contact Associate Dean Amanda Marie James at

IPS Mini 4 Courses

The Institute for Politics and Strategy is offering mini 4 courses in the spring. If you are looking for a mini or want to explore a new topic in political science/international relations, please consider these courses:

Questions? Please email Emily Half.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes 

Application deadline for summer 2020: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST 

Summer study in the UK for U.S. first- and second-year undergraduates! Each summer, the US-UK Fulbright Commission offers summer institutes at various universities around the UK, where students can explore themes of interest to them while gaining international experience and cultural immersion. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older
  • Be undergraduate first-year or sophomore students (at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the summer)
  • Have little to no study/travel experience outside of the U.S. or North America
  • Have a GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Be able to complete the entire program

There will be four institutes offered in 2020: Queens University Belfast, University of Bristol, University of Strathclyde/Glasgow School of Art, and Aberystwyth University.

Apply to be an Orientation Counselor (OC) for 2020!

Carnegie Mellon University’s First-Year Orientation program exists to support new first-year and transfer students as they transition to the university.

The Orientation Counselor (OC) role is an important campus leadership position that helps incoming students with their intellectual, social, emotional and cultural transitions into the Carnegie Mellon community. The OC position is open to all full-time undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon who have completed at least one semester on campus and who are returning to Carnegie Mellon as a full time undergraduate or first-year graduate student in the fall of 2020. OCs must be available to be back on campus by Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. 

Log on to Handshake and search "Orientation Counselor #3342103" for more information and to apply. For more information about Handshake, please see the Career & Professional Development Center’s website. Please note, you will be directed to submit an external application. Applications are due by 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. 

Please direct any questions to Diane Eshelman, Assistant Director for First-Year Orientation.

Call for CIRP Journal Submissions: US-China Relations

Please note that the topic has changed from political economy to US-China relations.

Submission Deadline: Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

For its eighth issue, the CIRP Journal invites students to submit original research on any topic related to US-China relations. Undergraduate and master’s students from all Carnegie Mellon University colleges and disciplines are invited to submit. Work that has been submitted for a grade in a prior or current CMU course is eligible for submission.

Submission Guidlines: 

  1. Submissions should be five pages including section headings, footnotes, pictures, graphs, tables, etc., Times New Roman 12, single-spaced.
  2. Citations should be formatted in accordance with Chicago Manual of Style rules.
  3. Submissions must include a cover sheet with the author's name, e-mail address and essay title.  The author’s name should appear on the cover sheet only. 

Students should submit their work electronically to Hillary Tanoff, with subject line “CIRP Journal: Submission,” on or before Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

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CMU Pantry

Open Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Residence on Fifth, 4700 Fifth Ave. The CMU Pantry is a resource for undergraduate and graduate students to help combat food insecurity on campus. Non-perishable food items and fresh produce will be available to all students who visit the CMU Pantry.

If you are unable to visit the CMU Pantry during open hours, please email the Pantry Coordinator to make an appointment.