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Academic Opportunities:

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.

Learn more and apply

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 winter & 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.

Learn more 

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

The CMU Pantry Is Open!

Pantry Open Hours begin week of Monday, Nov. 12!

Needing some help fueling your body with enough nutritious food to keep you going? The CMU Pantry is here for you! Having a difficult time financially? Aren’t eating balanced meals because your grocery store is hard to access? Having a rough week academically and you didn't prioritize getting and cooking enough food for the week? The CMU Pantry offers a free supplemental supply of non-perishables and fresh fruits and vegetables for undergraduate and graduate students (and their families). Visit the Pantry in the Residence on Fifth (corner of Fifth and Neville).

Open hours (drop by to shop) will be Thursday, Nov. 15: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17: 2 to 4 p.m. Normal hours are suspended for the week of Thanksgiving break, but will be open on either Monday, Nov. 19 or Tuesday, Nov. 20 for open hours. Confirm open times before coming. Those times don't work for you or you need to access this resource sooner? Email the Pantry Coordinator for an appointment. Questions about the CMU Pantry can be directed to cmu-pantry@andrew.cmu.edu.

Ice Hockey Make-a-thon: Rethink the Rink

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, Nov. 27

The application to participate in the world's only Ice Hockey Make-a-thon is now open. From the applicants, 25 CMU students will be selected to learn about sports safety from the Pittsburgh Penguins and cutting edge materials from Covestro. Using these materials and resources in the Tech Spark prototyping facility, student groups will develop solutions to the challenge of prototyping new ice hockey equipment that will still allow regular game play but reduce player injuries. The innovative solutions resulting from this event will be publicized locally, nationally and internationally. The Penguins and Covestro aim to offer partnerships with students to implement successful ideas at the outcome of this event, last year multiple internships were offered by Covestro. There is no cost to participate in this event. It is hosted during spring break.

The Ice Hockey Make-a-thon will take place Monday March 11 through Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Tech Spark prototyping facility (Hamerschlag Hall)

Apply here
Password: Rethink the Rink

PACE Service Saturday: Boys and Girls Club

Saturday, Dec 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walking to the Sky

This project will be helping to prepare the Shadyside Boys and Girls club for the holidays by hanging decorations and cleaning.

Check-in Time: 8:30 a.m.
Transportation: We will meet up on campus and walk to the bus stop together.

You will receive an email containing specific details the Friday before the project. Please contact the PACE intern Isabelle Augensen  with any questions!

Sign Up

Study Abroad Pre-Departure Sessions - Get Ready for Your Winter Break or Spring Abroad!

If you plan to study abroad during the winter break or spring term, you are REQUIRED to attend one Pre-Departure Orientation Session this semester. You only need to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Friday, Nov. 16, 12:30 to 2 p.m., McKenna Room, Cohon University Center
  • Monday, Nov. 19, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center

This orientation will prepare you for both the cultural and practical issues regarding study abroad. Students who do not attend a Pre-Departure Orientation will not be registered for study abroad or receive credit for the experience.

Learn more and register

Women's Leadership Lunch: Working Across Difference

Join SLICE for the final Women’s Leadership Lunch of the semester on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cohon University Center Dowd Room. “Working Across Difference” is a reality in both academic and work settings. At this lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about theory and research reflated to diverse teams and work environments and participate in activities and discussion on how to know yourself, your colleagues and your environments in order work most effectively and creatively.

Lunch is Provided, RSVP

2019 McGinnis Venture Competition

Calling all CMU student entrepreneurs! Ignite your startup – compete in the 2019 McGinnis Venture campaign.

Registration is Open!

Compete for a chance to:

  • Win $60K in investments
  • Gain exposure
  • Interact with investors and alumni entrepreneurs

The McGinnis Venture Competition is a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s global community of student entrepreneurs, bringing together the best and brightest to compete for $60,000 in investments. All participants receive coaching, valuable feedback and an opportunity to raise capital.

This multi-round competition begins with two virtual rounds, and will culminate in a final live-round celebration in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Check out the requirements and guidelines.

Spring Break with the Green Program

Cusco, Peru (Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices)
Fukushima, Japan (Disaster Mitigation & Nuclear to Renewable Transitions)
Reykjavik, Iceland (Renewable Energy & Sustainability)

Short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development.

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.

Mental Health First Aid Training

This 8-hour instructional course is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, overviews common supports and identifies ways that an individual can help someone in need. This training is conducted by two CMU staff members, one from Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) and one from University Health Services. The training is offered free of charge.

For more information or to register

Fall 2018 training dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14
  • Friday, Dec. 14

For more information, about Mental Health First Aid courses

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 fall 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 at kissling@andrew.cmu.edu.