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GCC Workshop: Improving the "Flow" of your Writing

Tuesday, March 20 5-6 pm, Hunt Library IDEATE A

If you have ever been told that your writing is “choppy” or does not have any “flow,” this workshop is for you. We will teach you a simple – but effective – principle for improving the logical flow between sentences and paragraphs, called the Known/New Contract. This crucial rhetorical principle will help an audience follow the progression of your ideas and arguments.

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Faces of (In)Equality Weekend Course: A Critical Analysis of Inequality Through the Art of Film

  • 99- 421A4: Film Workshop (3 units)

  • Thursday, Mar. 22 – Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018
  • Semester: Spring 2018

Watch acclaimed films. Meet international filmmakers. Debate heatedly. Learn intensely. Eat well. All while earning credits/units in one weekend. This course is open to any full-time student attending a Pittsburgh-area college or university.

An interdisciplinary, inter-university dive into film as part of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.

Course Description:

This course introduces students from all academic majors, both undergraduate and graduate, to the socio-political significance and artistic merits of film. Through screenings of acclaimed, international features and documentaries, class discussions, and workshops with award-winning filmmakers, students gain a basic foundation for film analysis.  Over the years, the festival has developed strong programming that has attracted internationally-renowned guests, including Oscar-winning director, Jonathan Demme; Academy-nominated filmmaker, Spike Lee; and the former First Lady of Poland, Danuta Walesa. The films are presented in conjunction with the 2018 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival entitled, Faces of (In)Equality. Each film in this year’s lineup will explore international and contemporary issues surrounding the theme of (In)Equality, including, but not limited to, gender, race, sexuality, and ethnicity, that are often hidden from mainstream media reporting. This course provides the rare opportunity to engage directly with the filmmakers, offering the chance to expand on the film’s controversial, global themes and learn more about the filmmaking industry and artistic process. Through viewing the films and learning from the filmmakers’ firsthand accounts, the students will hone their critical-thinking skills and learn to read the mainstream media with a more discerning eye. Each student will translate the films’ themes, directors’ perspectives, class discussions, and their own cultural backgrounds and personal experiences into written reactions to the screenings and a final written analysis as part of the pass/fail component of the course.

The Faces of (In)Equality Weekend Course is sponsored in part by CMU’s Department of English.

For more information, contact: Jolanta Lion or Shernell Smith.

Meeting of the Minds – Undergraduate Research Symposium – May 9, 2018 

Registration Deadline: April 10, 2018  

The deadline for registration for Meeting of the Minds is April 10, 2018 at 5 PM.  All recipients of SURG, ISURG, SURG/CW, SURF, ISURF, SRC-URO, Jennings, Buncher, and Presentation Awards for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are REQUIRED to present at Meeting of the Minds!  All other undergraduate research students are also invited to present their work.

Instructions for registering:

  1. Visit and click on "REGISTER NOW" at the top of the screen.
  2. You will then authenticate through the WebISO system.
  3. Your profile will come up, and you will need to click on "add project" and add the information for your Meeting of the Minds presentation.
  4. The Project Type will be "Symposium", and the event will be "Symposium 2018" - then please complete the other information. 
  5. Please also check the information listed in your student profile and make any necessary corrections.

You must list your title and abstract, choose your presentation type, and add your faculty mentor and any other students on the project (only one registration needed per project presentation.)  All presentations MUST list a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors and students should be added to your registration by using their Andrew ID.

Signing-Up For Competitions:

  1. Please take a look at the list of competitions.
  2. There are 14 competitions and each are open to all students. This is the time when you have to sign up to be considered.
  3. Please read through the list carefully. Some of the competitions are only open to particular majors or types of projects and check off the ones that are most interesting to you.
  4. Have fun with the competitions and take some chances. They add some fun to the experience and they are low risk. You might even win a very "rewarding" prize.

If you sign up for any competitions, you must be present at the Awards Ceremony at 5 pm in McConomy on May 9th.

Please direct any questions on registering to Jen Weidenhof.

CMU Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship

Verification Form Due: Monday, Jun. 4, 2018

Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (SURA) is designed to be a mentored research experience for undergraduate students who have not previously done undergraduate research at Carnegie Mellon. It is an entry point to undergraduate research.  The program consists of student participation in faculty research projects under the direction of a Carnegie Mellon faculty member. Students are eligible to receive up to 9 units of credit commensurate with hours worked during the summer-all term. Students receive these units at no cost to them via enrollment in the 99-270 SURA course.

If you are interested in participating in SURA, please contact your advisor for more information and to connect with a faculty member to discuss available research projects. Once there is mutual agreement that you will work on the project over the summer, please visit the SURA website to register for the units over the summer.

CMU/WSP - Fall 2018- Rolling Admissions/Applications Still Being Accepted

The deadline for applications to spend the fall 2018 semester in Washington, DC, through the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) has been extended.  We will be accepting applications on a rolling admission basis until all spots are full. 

Program advisor Emily Half would be happy to meet with interested students to discuss questions you might have.  

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until all spots are filled, so please submit your materials as soon as possible. 

Fall 2018 Application

Spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule Posted 

The spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule is now available and may be viewed on The HUB website.

Prior to confirming travel arrangements for the end of the semester, you may want to verify the dates and times of your final exams by contacting your instructors, as academic departments and faculty reserve the right to change and/or cancel exams. Note: Tepper School of Business and Heinz College graduate programs have separate exam schedules.

If you are scheduled to take two final exams at the same time, if you are scheduled to take three or more final exams within a 24-hour period, or if you encounter another exam conflict, then we recommend that you refer to the Carnegie Mellon University Policies on Examinations and Final Examination Conflict Guidelines, before contacting your instructors to resolve the conflict.

The University Registrar's Office releases the final exam schedule within five weeks of the semester start to enable students to better plan for travel arrangements and structure decisions around post-semester plans. View more information about the final exam schedule process.

Questions regarding final exam scheduling may be directed to the University Registrar's Office office.

Information Sessions: Tepper Transfer & Major/Minor

The following is the Spring 2018 schedule of info sessions about applying to transfer to the Business Administration Program in the Tepper School, or in applying for the additional major or minor in BA, or the minor in Operations & Supply Chain Management.

All sessions will be in the Tepper undergraduate conference room, Tepper 132, except for the Tuesday, Feb. 27 transfer session, which will be in Tepper 147.

For the minors in Business and in Operations & Supply Chain Management:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22, 3:30 p.m.

Applications for the minors are accepted/approved on a rolling basis.

Links to forms:

Summer Research Institute

Application Deadline: Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

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 2018, 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.

Previous research experience, while not required, will also be considered as part of the application. Application materials are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, Mar. 23, 2018.

Learn More & Apply Now

Summer Recharge Program

Summer (re)CHARGE is a collaborative, campus-wide initiative designed to ensure that all students are able to maximize their opportunities and take advantage of all that Carnegie Mellon University has to offer. This program is the perfect option for rising sophomores and juniors who want to enhance their academic profile. Program details:

  • Summer (re)CHARGE takes place during summer session one: Monday, May 21 – Friday, Jun. 29, 2018
  • Participants will take an academic course chosen in collaboration with the departmental advisor
  • Participants will enroll in a 3-unit seminar course to assist in building on student strengths and development in growth areas
  • Each student will receive individualized coaching to provide opportunities for self-assessment and the creation of a strategic plan to meet established goals
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to live on campus in order to take advantage of the residential community aspect of the program
  • Mentorship opportunities will be made available
  • Summer financial support is available, as needed

American Graduate School in Paris

American Graduate School in Paris (AGS), a private, non-profit, “boutique” institution of higher education, offers American graduate programs in International Relations and Diplomacy in the heart of Paris. If you are interested in earning your graduate degree at an American institution in France, or spending a semester abroad in Paris, this programs might suit you well.

Offerings include:

  • A US-accredited M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy;
  • An American Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy;
  • Certificates in NGO Management and area studies;
  • Dual Master’s options in complementary disciplines, with partner universities (American University in Washington, D.C., Université Paris-Sud in France, and others).

Paris is an ideal setting for the study of international relations, being host to hundreds of NGOs, international organizations and diplomatic missions, and being a short flight away from other European capitals. AGS provides privileged access to these resources through guest talks, site visits, internship options, and networking opportunities. Other characteristics of AGS are its multicultural learning environment, with faculty and students coming from all continents, and the close attention that we dedicate to each student. 

For learn more, please visit or email

Study Abroad Programs in Israel - Summer & Winter 2018: Coexistence in the Middle East

Experience the challenge of human diversity overseas where civilizations, religions and cultures converge.

"Coexistence in the Middle East" is a study abroad summer and winter program in Israel, which seeks to promote coexistence. Through a series of academic field trips and encounters, these courses provide international exchange students and professionals with a unique opportunity to engage with different national, religious, and ideological groups that converge in Israel, a crossroads for humanity. Our joint programs with the Rothberg International School also offer academic credits from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of World's top 150 universities.

Learn more and apply

Study Abroad Peer Contacts 

Want to connect with other students who have studied abroad? Take a look at the Study Abroad Office's E-Peer Advisory network. All of the students listed in their database are happy to share their experiences.

Economics Peer Snack and Chats

The Economics Peer Snack and Chats series happens every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Tepper 129. Rotating upper class economics students will host each session. Any student can stop by to ask questions about courses, careers, networking, life at CMU or anything else you want over snacks!

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is an assistance program that helps students acquire more effective and efficient study skills. The program is designed to help both students who are having academic difficulty and students who just want to improve their study skills. Student Academic Coaches (ACs) conduct group workshops throughout the semester and weekly individualized sessions that focus on various skills such as:

  • Time management
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Taking lecture notes
  • Exam preparation
  • Reading textbooks
  • Memory Techniques

Students can choose to attend one or more workshops that are available throughout the fall and spring semesters or request an initial consultation with a staff member who will then set up individualized sessions with a student Academic Coach.

Other Opportunities

PACE Service Saturday: Global Links

Sort and organize surplus donations.

  • Date: Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018
  • Meeting Place: Morewood Bus Stop
  • Check-In Time: 9 a.m.
  • Time of Event: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Transportation: We will meet up on campus and travel to the site together

You will receive an email containing specific details the Friday before the project. Please contact Hannah Avery, the PACE Intern, with any questions. 

Now Accepting Entries: The 2018 Kenny Ross Film Festival

Application Deadline: Early Submission – Sunday, Apr. 1 or Standard Submission – Tuesday, May 1

Brought back for its seventh year, the Kenny Ross Film Festival is now accepting all types of films and genres to enter the festival.  Applicants can submit their film with a $15 entry fee until Sunday, Apr. 1 for early submission or submit their film with a $20 fee until Tuesday, May 1, 2018 for standard submission. The films will be graded by a panel of judges on originality, creativity, strength of plot, story structure, characters cinematography direction, entertainment value, dialogue (character interaction) and overall quality. Thanks to monetary donations from local companies, MCA-TV will award prize money to the winners for the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film – $1,000
  • Best Short Film – $1,000
  • Best Documentary Feature Film – $400
  • Best Documentary Short Film – $400
  • Best Narrative Feature Film – $400
  • Best Narrative Short Film – $400

The film festival will air on MCA-TV on Saturday, May 19, 2018. MCA-TV is a community-based television station funded by the franchise fees paid by Comcast and Verizon. The station currently reaches more than 45,000 households in Moon Township and the surrounding communities. MCA-TV has been a part of Moon Township for the past 32 years and has broadcast numerous community-produced programs throughout that time.

Submissions can be sent with cash or check and the signed application form to MCA-TV at 1700 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, PA. 15108.

For questions or more information, please contact Allison Eastham or call (412) 269-1191.

Submission and entry form 

The Tartan Now Hiring Staff Writers – All Majors Welcome

Writing for The Tartan has many benefits, such as staying engaged with the CMU community, learning about a variety of activities on campus, enhancing your writing skills and more. All majors are encouraged to apply, with the only prerequisite being interested in or wanting to learn more about any topic. 

Students interested in writing for the The Tartan News are encouraged to email or attend an all-staff meeting, which are held every Monday at 5:00 p.m. in room 314 in the Cohon University Center (CUC). 

Blood Drive Hosts Needed for Spring Semester

Are you looking for an easy way for your org to give back to the Pittsburgh community in a big way?

The SLICE office is still seeking some Blood Drive Hosts for the spring semester.

Dates needed: Apr. 23, May 3
Organization hosts are needed for blood drives that support the Central Blood Bank and American Red Cross. Organizational hosts are responsible for publicizing the blood drive, signing up donors in advance, and assisting on the day of the actual drive. All publicity materials will be provided to hosting organizations. You can earn service hours for your organization through hosting.

Sign-up to host a drive(s) by completing the Blood Drive Host request form on The Bridge.


City of Thorns Book Club

The Dadaab Refugee Camp is many things: To the charity workers, it's a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, a 'nursery for terrorists' to the Western media, a dangerous no-go area. But to its half a million residents, it's their last resort.

Join PACE in late March/early April for the City of Thorns book club to discuss this absorbing book about life in a refugee camp.

Please sign up on the Bridge by Wednesday, Mar. 21. Books will be available for pickup in the lower level SLICE Office next week.

PACE Steering Committee Applications Now Available

Are you passionate about service, philanthropy, education, and/or activism? Have a vision for expanding the culture of civic engagement on campus? Are you passionate about continuing next year’s theme of Immigration and Refugee Support?

Want to focus your 2018-2019 year on leading the civic engagement movement? Apply on the Bridge to the PACE Steering Committee by Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018.

Join the Special Olympics Planning Committee

As you may know, Carnegie Mellon will host the spring sectional of the Special Olympics for the third straight year on Saturday, April 14. It has become a wonderful tradition. In order to host this event in a first-class manner, we rely on many volunteers for planning purposes. While there is a role for everyone on the day of the event, we do need help in organizing things in the preceding weeks. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, which will meet weekly for about six weeks, sign up.

Stories Needed for Immigration and Refugees Project

Alexis Soto and Amy Lopata are freshmen in the emerging leaders program at CMU. In the program, they are divided into groups based on social issues they are passionate about, and carry out a semester long project related to the issue. Their group is focusing on immigrants and refugees and for their project, they have decided to make a documentary on how immigrants have shaped CMU. They are looking for faculty, staff and students at CMU who would be willing to share their story by partaking in an interview. They are flexible with scheduling and the interviews should not last any longer than 45 minutes. Please contact or for more information or to participate.

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2018: Technology Consulting in the Global Community Program (TCinGC)

This summer, do international work that matters. Work on projects that make a difference. Develop your professional leadership and communication skills in a client-facing consulting position. Travel for free to an interesting part of the world. Add international work experience to your resume. Expand your cross-cultural skills. 

Undergraduates, graduates and students graduating in May are eligible. 

The application process is simple and includes:

  • An application form.
  • Statement of Interest.
  • Statement of Availability.
  • Resume.
  • Transcript.
  • Skills and Interests Self-Assessment.

Learn more and apply

Invitation to Join: Women in Science Club

The Women in Science Club aims to discuss and bring attention to diversity and gender issues in the sciences, especially those relating to women. We accept people of all genders, majors, and colleges into our organization. 

If you are interested in joining with us, please contact Olivia Zhiyao Li.

IMPACT Conference—Application

The SLICE Office has funds available to financially support up to 4 students to travel to and attend a national student-focused civic engagement conference called IMPACT. This year, it is being hosted at the University of Dayton, and easy drive from campus.

If you are interested in traveling, please fill out an application on the Bridge. We are looking for students that will be returning to campus for the 2018-2019 school year that are interested in working to increase civic engagement on our campus. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kristine.

Learn more about IMPACT

Now Hiring: The Infant Language and Learning Lab 

The Infant Language and Learning Lab is seeking dedicated, motivated undergraduates who are interested in infant development and language acquisition. With a variety of ongoing projects that could use the help of new research assistants, the Lab is especially interested in students who have a record of academic success, relevant coursework and the willingness to spend approximately 9 hours/week working in the lab.

Interested students, please contact Kristen Boyle lab manager for the Infant Language and Learning Lab.

Now Enrolling: Peru, Spring & Summer Break – Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices

Short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development with the Green Program, you will:

  • Experience Cusco, Peru’s authentic heritage and culture.
  • Explore ancient history through education and adventure.
  • Connect with local communities and people.

Spring funding available.

Learn more and apply

Backpacking With a Purpose

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you're into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply today to secure an interview for one of your top choice programs!

Programs are filling up quickly so apply as soon as possible!

*Financial assistance is available for all students on our 35- or 40-day programs.

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Dietrich Dates

Are you a freshman or sophomore looking for some support, mentorship or just to feel connected? Are you an upperclassman looking to pass on some tricks, wisdom and support? Just want to meet more Dietrich people?

Dietrich Dates is an effort to foster deeper peer learning in Dietrich’s community - a fun, easy way to connect with people you might not know in Dietrich. Sign up for a “date” - you'll be matched, and have two weeks to meet up. To prevent awkwardness, we'll have some big questions, activities and challenges to keep things fun, while building up a network of like-minded folks.

Get matched today

Note: This initiative is part of early research into peer learning and mentorship, hopefully to design an awesome system for fostering productive peer relationships.