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Summer Research Institute

Application materials are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity for rising sophomores in technical fields - the Summer Research Institute (SRI). The SRI Program is an immersive research experience for rising sophomores at Carnegie Mellon that has been offered since 2002. If you are interested in doing research in molecular biology and biochemistry in the summer of 2019, please read on and apply by the deadline shown below.

Students who are accepted into SRI will be eligible to receive 3 units of research credit through the Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (SURA) program through CMU’s Undergraduate Research Office.  More information about SURA can be found here.

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Non-Profit Message Creation (76-396/ 796): English Dept. Course for Fall 2019

For students interested in future work — or deepening their work — with non-profit organizations, "Non-Profit Message Creation" in fall 2019 will strategically involve students in working with a local, Pittsburgh-area non-profit to examine and produce messaging materials based on the organization’s needs. Over the course of the semester students will research the organization’s persona and values via interviews with chosen organization’s staff and analysis of existing communication channels and different forms of content currently used by the organization. Students will use this research and analyses to inform and shape a final project that should meet the specified, needed deliverables from the selected non-profit. 

Students will have a wide selection of organizations to choose from and know projects associated with the organization at the beginning of the semester, as these will be organized by the professor. (Previous example projects include: Revising a newsletter and specifying future best practices for an organization; developing new format and copy for an organization’s website; developing a social media campaign for an upcoming event; developing a grant proposal for an organization’s project; among many others.) At the end of the course, students will have a portfolio ready material and an increased understanding as to how non-profit organizations advance their causes.

Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) for Fall 2019

Online Applications Due: Monday, April 1

Applications are now being accepted for the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) for fall 2019.

Students should plan to attend only one information session. Pizza and drinks will be provided. If you cannot attend an information session, please contact Emily Half, for an individual appointment.

Download a program brochure

Undergraduates from any course of study who would value firsthand policy experience are invited to apply to the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP), sponsored by the university’s Institute for Politics and Strategy. In this semester-long program, students live, work and study in Washington D.C., coming into direct contact with political, business and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day.

Students earn 48 units for the CMU/WSP, interning 25 hours per week in any sector or field of interest within Washington D.C., while taking CMU classes. The Institute for Politics and Strategy sponsors events and forums for students to enhance their understanding of Washington as a hub of national and international policy making.

Apply here

Heinz Education Policy Courses

Interested in education policy courses through Heinz? The following courses are open to interested Dietrich College students with a 3.0 or better.

90-865 Policy and Leadership in Public Education Mini 3, Wednesdays 6 to 8:50 p.m.
This course introduces students to policy issues in public education while simultaneously building the skills to lead change through authentic assignments and in-class collaboration.

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New Mini 4 Class Added for Spring: Future of Democracy

The Institute for Politics and Strategy has just added a new mini 4 course to the spring 2019 schedule. There are no prerequisites and it promises to be a terrific new course!

84-324 A4: The Future of Democracy
Professor John Chin
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10:20 a.m.
6 units

After the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously argued that humanity had reached the "end of history" insofar as liberal democracy had become the last viable form of government. Yet today, illiberal democracies and dictatorships persist and the world has witnessed the return of authoritarian great powers led by China and Russia. What is the future of democracy globally? How strong and secure are autocratic regimes from Iran to North Korea? Do populist movements in the United States and Europe really put democracy in the heart of the "democratic west" at risk? This course surveys the historical rise of democracy, the domestic and international causes of democratization and democratic consolidation, the rise and fall of democracy promotion and the impact of democratic and autocratic major powers on the spread of democracy worldwide. By the end, students will be expected to write an intelligence memo on democratic prospects in a specific country or region or a policy memo with a proposal to reform democracy promotion.

MechE course (“Citizen Science”) approved for Dietrich College General Education (Modelling/Other)

24-213: Citizen Science: Sensors, Makers, and the Environment,  approved as a Dietrich College general education credit!
This course will introduce students to technical aspects of citizen science, using air pollution as a case study. Students will learn about important air pollutants and the environmental regulations that govern these pollutants in the United States. Students will be introduced to data quality requirements for applications ranging from regulatory pollutant monitoring to education and outreach. Students will also learn about operating principles for both laboratory- and consumer-grade pollutant monitoring equipment. The class will culminate in a project where student teams will design, construct and test a low-cost air pollutant monitoring system. The groups will then deploy these sensor packages to collect and present their data. The project will use the TechSpark maker space. It is primarily aimed at non-engineering majors.

Consider Research in Spring 2019!

One of the greatest advantages of attending Carnegie Mellon is the opportunity to participate in the research that faculty are pursuing. If this appeals to you, consider the Dietrich College Freshman-Sophomore Research Training Courses for Spring 2019.

Research Training Courses are semester-long, structured independent studies for Dietrich College freshmen and sophomores, designed to give students real research experience working with a faculty member in a current project or lab. Doing so stimulates and nurtures further interest in research in future semesters.

Research Training Courses (RTC) are open to those students who will be second semester freshmen or sophomores during the semester in which they will take the course.

Benefits of taking a Research Training Course:

Dietrich College students have first priority in taking these courses; registration will be open only to Dietrich College students through registration week and then will be open to other freshmen and sophomores after that week.

  • Establish a working connection with a faculty member
  • Learn crucial research skills
  • Have a true one-on-one learning experience

Read course descriptions for Spring 2019

Photography Minor Program

The College of Fine Arts' photography minor is complete with four studio courses and two academic classes.

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The upcoming spring 2019 courses include two new studio/making courses, "Photographing America" and "Photography: Picturing Identity."

Most courses are designed for students who have no prior experience with the medium, and have no prerequisites, making it easier to fit photo classes into your schedule.

View course descriptions

If you have questions, please contact Jamie Gruzska, special faculty and CFA photography administrator

The Green Program

Enrollment is open for spring break 2019.

Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program (TGP) is an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students by students, TGP has introduced a new model for education abroad driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost.

Our program attracts students and young leaders who are curious about the world, seek opportunities to break out of their comfort zones and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens.

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New! Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict

We are excited to announce the launch of a new Institute for Politics and Strategy minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict. The minor is open to all undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, including students with a major in IRP.

The minor in cybersecurity and international conflict analyzes the role of cyber warfare and cybersecurity in international politics—past, present, and future. Cyber attacks by nation-states and their proxies have the potential to reshape how wars are fought in the twenty first century. As such, the complexity and policy challenge of cyber-engagements is immense and altogether without precedent. The minor addresses the role of deterrence, dissuasion, and attribution in cyber conflict, while also studying the nuances of key components of modern warfare—from the security dilemma to escalation management.

View the full curriculum

For more information, please contact Emily Half, deputy director, Institute for Politics and Strategy

Other Opportunities

Business Hackathon with Joget, Inc.

Application deadline: Monday March 25

The Undergraduate Business Administration Program is hosting a business hackathon with Joget, Inc. on March 29-30. Student teams will compete to design and build a business application with Joget’s “No-code/Low-code” open-source workflow platform. This platform is an easy-to-use drag-and-drop way of coding that requires no computer programming experience. All undergraduate students are welcome to compete in this event. Team prizes: $1000 for first-place team, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

The application deadline is Monday, March 25.

More details and application

For more information, contact Steve Pajewski (sp4g) of the UBA Program.

Paid Opportunity to Teach Public Speaking & Debate

Carnegie Debate is a CMU startup which hosts weekend public speaking & debate classes for middle-school children. We are looking for more CMU students to coach some of our classes. If you are:

  • Confident in your public speaking skills
  • Have some interest or experience in any form of debate
  • Enjoy working with young children

This may be a great job for you. We can usually work around your schedule, and the commitment is not at all time-intensive. You will be paired with another one of our coaches, so limited debate experience is just fine.

If you’re interested: please fill out this form or email, and we’ll reach out to you.

Global Communication Center Spring Schedule Now Available

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McGinnis Venture Competition

The McGinnis Venture Competition is a platform exclusively for CMU's community of student entrepreneurs to compete for $60k in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital, and valuable feedback about ventures. The multi-round competition kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds and culminating in a final live round celebration at CMU. Registration is now open!

Now Enrolling: The GREEN Nepal Program - Microgrid Systems for Rural Development

December 12-21, 2019

The GREEN Nepal Program will analyze the role of alternative energy and its practicality, adaptability, and impact in rural societies of developing countries. Selected participants will study a rural village of Nepal and discover how solar energy is impacting the development of local communities and their livelihoods. Through hands-on education about microgrid system design, TGP participants will execute off-grid solar field project planning and installation.

Learn more and apply

Volunteer for Notetaking

Are you interested in volunteering to help students with disabilities? If you're looking for an easy, low time commitment, high impact volunteer opportunity, becoming a peer notetaker for Disability Resources is for you! You can use the online system to upload notes for classes you are already taking notes in!

Contact Catherine Gethcell, director of disability resources, for more information.

Spatial Storytelling Series

The Spatial Storytelling Series is a series of events and workshops on spatial storytelling. These events support broader interaction between members of the CMU community who engage in any aspect of spatial storytelling. We hope to promote critical engagement with spatial data and concepts and learn how we can best support research and student learning by supporting the creation of spatial narratives.

Spatial inquiry and analysis is of growing interest in multiple disciplines. At CMU, courses in geographic information systems (GIS) are taught in the Heinz and Dietrich Colleges and a course on Spatial History has been offered through the History Department. In addition to instruction, researchers in every College of CMU, from the College of Engineering to the Tepper School of Business, are leveraging spatial tools and techniques in their research. Although the application of many of these tools and techniques differ between disciplines, spatial storytelling crosses over disciplinary boundaries. Students and scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences can all utilize spatial narratives to tell stories and provide context to their research. To foster the use of spatial narratives across campus, the proposed series of events open to everyone, will promote the use of digital storytelling methods and methodologies across disciplines.

The planned series of events will end in a competition and expo that will showcase student work in these cross disciplinary applications of digital storytelling. Our events focus on storytelling and aim to support students through the entire process from identifying a research problem, data collection, learning specific tools, and finally crafting a narrative.

Learn more about the series

Global Communication Center fall schedule is now available!

Our schedule is now live, so you can start making appointments right now! You can make an appointment by clicking on the link above. For more detailed instructions, visit the GCC online.

This year, we will have more available appointments than ever before! To help us continue expanding our services to the entire CMU community, we have switched to a new scheduling system, Acuity. For you to have the most functionality with the scheduler, we strongly recommend you register for a free Acuity account. Please bear with us as we fine-tune this new system. Our schedule for spring workshops is also available.

We look forward to working with you on your written, oral and visual communication!

Undergrad Student Mentors Needed - Physics Concepts Program

Why be a mentor in the 2018-2019 CMU Physics Concepts Program?

  1. To help middle school students learn science by doing hands-on projects: test a hypothesis by carrying out an experiment (many times to get a reliable result and estimate the error).
  2. To form a bond with your mentee, which both of you will love.
  3. To build your mentee's self-confidence by understanding the (sometimes very complex) concepts related to his/her project, and rehearse to be ready to present at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) fair in February.
  4. You will learn a great deal about science, teaching of science and working with inner-city kids. 
  5. Your being a mentor in an outreach program will look great on your CV. It could help you get admission to graduate school or get a position when you leave CMU. Also, when one applies for grants from National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, NIH, etc. you are asked what outreach activities you have done.

Sessions: 2:40 to 4:05 p.m. on Tuesdays

Work-study stipend $10/hour=$20/session

Interested undergrads can contact Leonard Kisslinger.