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Academic Opportunities

Data Stories Course (ENGL 76-314/714) and Humanities Analytics Minor

For this fall’s Data Stories course (ENGL 76-314/714) part of the new Humanities Analytics Minor (HumAn) in the Department of English, students are invited to explore the unlikely casts of algorithms, data miners, researchers, data janitors, pirates, data brokers and financiers whose activities increasingly shape culture. While data science and the humanities are separate strengths of many CMU students, the HumAn minor is the university’s only minor that marries tech, A.I., machine learning and data science with the humanities’ constitutive attention to contingency, social contexts and the important histories of human thought and action. To get a flavor of the writing and research students might undertake in Data Stories, check out the piece student Scott Weingart wrote for last year’s course, which was swiftly picked up by VICE’s Motherboard site. To register for the course, or for questions about the new Humanities Analytics minor, contact: Laura Donaldson, undergraduate academic coordinator.

English Courses Offered in Summer 1 and Summer 2

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For students who have not yet completed the First-Year Writing requirement, 76-101 is being offered during both terms (3 total sections).

Consider Research for Fall 2019!

One of the greatest advantages of attending a research university like 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 fall 2019.

Research Training Courses (RTC) are semester-long, structured independent studies for Dietrich College first-years and sophomores, designed to give students real research experience working with a faculty member on a current project or lab, and in so doing to stimulate and nurture further interest in research in future semesters.

RTCs are open to those students who will be second semester first-year students or sophomores during the semester in which they will take the course.

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Exciting New Course Additions to the Dietrich College General Education Program

As you plan your fall 2019 schedule, have a look at the courses that have been added as options in the following Dietrich College General Education requirement categories:

  • Creating
  • Deciding
  • Modeling/Mathematics
  • Modeling/Natural Sciences
  • Reflecting

Involving courses from the following departments:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Institute for Politics and Strategy
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern Languages

Something for everyone!

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CFA Interdisciplinary: wats:ON Course 62-485/62-785

There is a new CFA interdisciplinary course this fall in collaboration with the wats:ON Festival. Students will work directly with festival artists to produce work to premiere at the November festival. Our focus project, a music video, will provide an opportunity for students to work across disciplines, both in front and behind the scenes. More info can be found in poster attached, in the course description online and on the wats:ON website.

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New Global Communication and Applied Translation Master's Degree Program

We are excited to share with you the new Master of Arts in Global Communication and Applied Translation program that will launch in fall 2019! The one and a half-year program is designed especially for individuals interested in becoming translation professionals whose careers involve content generation and state-of-the-art translation technologies.

Students may be interested in pursuing this joint program within CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences or they may choose to enroll in one of the fall 2019 courses to sample the program, as the courses are open to all.

The program offers students access to the Department of English's strengths in building understanding of their chosen translation areas' texts, literatures and digital humanities, in addition to the international diplomacy experiences, computer-assisted technologies and cultural localization offered by the Department of Modern Languages. You can read more about the unique collaboration of the English and Modern Languages departments in this article, which highlights the launch of the program.

Please contact Gabi Maier or Jen Loughran if you have any questions about the program.

Fall 2019 Introductory Entrepreneurship Course (70-415)

This course is an introductory and interdisciplinary course designed to provide an overview of entrepreneurship, develop an entrepreneurial frame of mind and learn the fundamentals of lean start-up development. Students, sophomore year or higher, interested in founding or contributing to a start-up venture, regardless of areas of discipline (engineering, design, business, computer science, music, drama and more), are welcome.

Students can expect to gain a basic understanding of functional areas such as customer discovery, sales, business planning, risk management, venture funding and more. This class also features “The Apprentice Experience” that affords the students the opportunity to develop, produce and sell a product in a real world and competitive environment.

The class is structured in a lecture-applied workshop format. Students will learn the fundamental tools required for any start-up and then apply said tools and techniques to analyze and execute real world business opportunities. Interdisciplinary teams will generate ideas and explore their potential as viable businesses. Numerous student teams have exited this class with real world opportunities. Lectures, guest speakers, case studies and exercises will also be integrated.

If you have questions, contact Will Kaigler, assistant teaching professor of entrepreneurship in the Tepper School of Business.

Non-Profit Message Creation (76-396/796): English Department 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.

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.

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

Other Opportunities

PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience)

Application deadline: Monday, June 3

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We invite talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. PULSE fellows serve with a Pittsburgh nonprofit, live in intentional community and grow as a leader.

How does the program work?

We partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits to develop young adults to be the next generation of servant leaders in our city. Nonprofit partners receive a young, talented, university graduate to build capacity in their organization while the fellows receive training and skill development.

We cultivate community by having our fellows live together. Our fellows share meals, household tasks and life together. As a result, they grow and develop as individuals and as a cohort group of young adults working to make change in Pittsburgh.

We train and equip our fellows to become servant leaders in Pittsburgh. We provide regular, on going personal and professional development, mentoring relationships and other opportunities to give our fellows the support they need to succeed.

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Goldman Sachs 2nd Annual Hispanic and Latino Leadership Summit

Join us for a three-day summit of networking, skill building and dialogue as we convene Hispanic/Latino student leaders from universities around the country at the 2nd annual Goldman Sachs Hispanic/Latino Leadership Summit.

September 25-27, 2019, New York, NY
Application deadline: July 21, 2019

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Seeking Mentors in The 2019-2020 CMU Physics Concepts Program

Why Be a Mentor

  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 mentees self-confidence by understanding the (sometimes very complex) concepts related to his/her project, and rehearse to be ready to present at the PA Jr 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. Some mentors learn more than their mentees.
  5. Your being a mentor in an outreach program will look very good 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 a National Science Foundation, Dept. of Energy, NASA, NIH, etc. grant these days you are asked what outreach activities you will do.

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

Work-Study Stipend $10/Hour=$15/Session

Contact Professor Leonard Kisslinger.

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.