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From Academic Development: Walk-in Tutoring During the Final Exam Period

Academic Development will be conducting two nights of walk-in tutoring during the final exam period as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., CUC Conan Room

  • Organic Chemistry I 09-217
  • Thermodynamics 24-221
  • Physics 33-121, 33-141, and 33-142

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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

New Gen Ed Course Offering for Spring 2018

This course has been approved for Gen Ed/Modeling/Other.

  • 27-101 (A): Everyday Materials
  • 9 units, MWF: 9:30 – 10:20 AM, Location TBD
  • Instructor: Professor Robert Heard

This course is for NON-CIT students ONLY.

This course is developed as an introductory level course suitable for undergraduate students outside of the College of Engineering. The course, will provide a basic introduction to materials and engineering principles and discuss how everyday activities are influenced by materials selection and basic engineering principles. It will illustrate that engineering is not only about math and science, but also about social problem-solving.

This project aims to build creative thinking by giving students enough exposure to the cultural and physical dimensions of materials and materials science to enable them to see current problems in new ways. It will explore a wide range of topics; from simple choices we make in materials for everyday use, through issues and concerns about materials and global sustainability. 

The course features weekly units about different materials, case study presentations, demonstrations and projects that explore materials, their properties and their potential application. Potentially we will have guest lecturers with specialization in the use of materials in different disciplines. The course is intended to be a place where you can bring your questions and interests for refinement and discussion so that we "de-emphasize" the engineering and make materials engineering more broadly understood and more widely considered in your everyday activities.

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.

Dietrich College Freshman-Sophomore Research Training Courses for Spring 2018

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. 

Research Training Courses (RTC) are semester-long, structured independent studies for 2nd semester freshmen and sophomores, designed to give students real research experience working with a faculty member in a current project or lab, and in so doing, to stimulate and nurture further interest in research in future semesters. RTCs occur during the semester in which students take the course.

With a Research Training course you will:

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

Current listing of Spring 2018 Courses

Special Course Offering for S18: Art, Conflict + Technology in Northern Ireland

Spring 2018: January 26 – March 2

  • Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 p.m.

Art, Conflict and Technology in Northern Ireland is a 12-unit course cross-listed in the School of Art, the Robtotics Institute and the Department of English. The class consists of a weekly seminar (Wednesdays) and a required 3-unit recitation in the Robotics Institute (Fridays). Throughout the term students will be introduced to a history of social strife in the North of Ireland from the 1960s to the present, and efforts to reconcile differences in the contemporary period. We will reflect upon and analyze a variety of literary and visual art sources from the chosen time period.

We will consider the influence of advancing technology on how narratives are shared within a community and worldwide.

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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!

Spring 2018 Pittsburgh Glass Center and Pittsburgh Filmmakers Courses offered through the CFA Dean's Office

Spring 2018 course schedules for Pittsburgh Glass Center and Pittsburgh Filmmakers

These courses have CFA Interdisciplinary course numbers, but are being taught off-campus. Glass Center courses are 8 weeks long and worth 3 units, Filmmakers courses are full-semester 9 unit courses.

Spaces are limited and registration is first-come, first-served. Interested students may enroll with me on their designated registration day in CFA 100.

Please direct questions to Svenja Drouven, Sr. Academic & Business Associate, CFA Dean’s Office.

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.

IPS Course Videos - Spring 2018 Courses

To assist students in gathering more information about courses before registration,  the Institute for Politics and Strategy now has online videos for all of its courses being offered for spring 2018.  In each course video, the faculty instructor describes the topics covered in the course, the type of classroom experience, coursework, and assessment that students can expect, and skills students will gain from the course.  It is a great way for students to learn more about the class and get to “meet” the instructor, before registration.  

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Other Opportunities

FREE Muffins & Coffee During Finals Week (While Supplies Last)

Monday, Dec. 11; Tuesday, Dec. 12; Thursday, Dec. 14; Friday, Dec. 15; Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Cohon University Center

Sponsored by the Divison of Student Affairs and Culinart

Emerging Leaders 

Register Now for Emerging Leaders!

The Emerging Leaders (EL) program is seeking enthusiastic first-year undergraduates to participate in the 8 week leadership and service program. EL promotes the development of leadership skills through collaborative civic engagement and service at Carnegie Mellon and throughout Pittsburgh. The program begins with an overnight retreat January 26-27, 2018 at Camp Guyasuta. Students implement service projects in small groups based on themed areas in February and March.

If you would like to nominate a qualified fist-year student or have a questions about the program, contact Meredith Hassenrik.

Register Now

Call for Volunteers: Free Store Wilkinsburg

The Free Store Wilkinsburg is an independently operated 501c3 that serves community members in Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities by redistributing new and lightly used goods at no cost to bridge times of financial stress and emergency. Everything in the store is free and ready for the community to utilize. Volunteers are needed every Saturday to come in and help run the FSW.

  • When: Saturdays from 10:30 AM- 2:00 PM
  • What: Help keep the store orderly, sort through donations, and help community members find items that they need.

If interested, please email

Host a Prospective Student!

Any student living on campus can be on Overnight Ambassador!

Sign up via SIO under Campus Life > Admission Overnight Ambassador

Why Host:

  • Have a role in a student’s college decision process
  • Meet the next potential Tartans
  • Show your school pride!
  • FREE FOOD during the host matching event!

Questions? Email Jackie Singer

Calling All Current CMU Student Entrepreneurs! 2018 McGinnis Venture Competition

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 University¹s global community of student entrepreneurs, bringing together the best and brightest to compete for $60K 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 March 27, 2018. Check out the requirements and guidelines.

Learn more and register

Toys for Tots

Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to donate toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local area.

  • New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the SLICE Office or one of several other locations around campus
  • Money can be donated in the cash box in Entropy in the Cohon Center
  • You can shop from our Amazon Wishlist and toys will be delivered directly to our office. Please be sure to include your name so we can confirm with you that we've received your gift. 

Questions about the Toys for Tots program can be directed to the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE).

Stop by the SLICE Cohon Center Office (suite 103) to drop off your toy!

FORGE Winter Clothing Drive

FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) is collecting new and gently used winter clothing for refugee families in Pittsburgh. They are in need of hats, gloves, scarves, and winter coats of all sizes. The group is also collecting packages of diapers and wipes for families.

Donation boxes are located around campus or you can purchase an item from their Amazon wishlist and items will be shipped directly to the Student Life Suite.

For more information please contact FORGE.

Haciendo Enlaces is Starting Again!

Haciendo Enlaces (Making Connections) is a weekly opportunity to get together and talk in Spanish about topics related to identity, culture, current events, etc. Our primary objective is to create connections among undergraduate Spanish speakers at Carnegie Mellon (be they native speakers, heritage speakers, or intermediate-advanced students of the language). We also aim to occasionally invite faculty/staff Spanish speakers as guests to get students connected.

All undergraduate Spanish speakers are invited to participate

If you have questions, please send to:

Michelle Mirabella
Coordinator of Community Standards & Integrity, Housefellow of Boss & McGill
Student Life Suite
(412) 268–2142

Galilee Institute One Land, Two Peoples, Three Religions - Winter Programme in Israel

Program dates: Dec. 28, 2017 – Jan. 9, 2018

All students, faculty members and professionals who wish to take a deep look at the diverse groups living in Israel/Palestine are invited to register for our winter program, "One Land, Two Peoples and Three Religions." This program focuses on the Jewish/Christian/Islamic religions, their roots in Israel and their relationship in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It presents the history as well as the current situation.

For more information and to register, please visit our website or contact Ms. Shoshi Norman, Director for the Centre for Middle East and Religious Studies.

Partial scholarships are available, as is an early bird discount for applications received by Friday, Oct. 27. 

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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American Enterprise Institute, Executive Council Program Rolling Application

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC, is home to some of America's most renowned economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy experts. A nonpartisan public policy research organization, AEI is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of a free society through independent thinking, open debate, and reasoned argument. It does this in part by providing educational and career development opportunities at the undergraduate level to the next generation of leaders through its Executive Council Program.

What do Executive Councils do?

  • Host events with AEI scholars; private dinners with business professionals and government officials; student debates; reading groups; and film and debate viewings.
  • Attend exclusive gatherings for public policy discussion and leadership training at AEI's headquarters in Washington, DC, and other locations around the country.
  • Connect with former students and alumni of AEI's Academic Programs to explore career opportunities in the world of public policy.
  • Write op-eds and articles in national publications and students newspapers.

To apply and learn more, visit the AEI Executive Council's webpage.

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.