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Sustainability Across Disciplines Showcase

Sustainable Earth, Carnegie Mellon’s primary sustainability and environmentally-focused student organization, is currently planning an event called Sustainability Across Disciplines (SAD), which will be a showcase of work by students from various colleges and majors who have been doing projects or research that intersect with sustainability. They are planning on holding this showcase during the second week of February 2022.

If you are interested in presenting a project at this event, please complete this Google Form. Questions can be sent to the Sustainable Earth club email. 

Pre-College Staff Opportunities for Students: Information Session Drop-bys

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people, hone event planning skills and  leadership abilities, and make peer relationships to last a lifetime? CMU’s Pre-College summer program is seeking to hire a diverse pool of 60+ CMU students to support its robust offerings, which includes 12 academic programs and the 700+ high school students coming to Pittsburgh from all over the world next summer.

Pre-College Staff Information Drop-Bys: 

Fri, Jan 21 & Tues, Jan 25 (all times EST)

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 960 2952 4538

Passcode: 356132

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

1 to 2:15 p.m.

3 to 4:15 p.m.

5 to 6:15 p.m.

As a student staff member, you will work together to provide a well-rounded offering of social, educational and cultural events to enhance the Pre-College summer experience for its participants as well as supervise their residential experience. Compensation package includes a stipend, summertime housing and dining arrangement, training, and professional development. Application deadline: Jan. 26, 2022.

Read full job descriptions.

Community Advisor 

Resident Advisor

Fifth Year Scholar Program 

Deadline for application submission: Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 

The Fifth Year Scholar Program Application for the Scholar Class of 2023-2024 is now open! 

The Fifth Year Scholar program offers an opportunity for a small number of exceptional students to remain at Carnegie Mellon for one full year following the completion of their normal course of study, supported by a tuition and scholarship grant.  

Designed to provide distinguished students with an opportunity to pursue a broadened educational experience, often in an entirely different area from their major field of study, the program offers students continued personal and professional growth. In addition to their chosen area of study, Scholars are required to design and implement a community impact project that they believe will enhance the Carnegie Mellon experience for other students. Examples of past scholar activities include a CIT student who built the Mindfulness Room and used their fifth year to study Music; a CFA student who expanded the opportunities for non-art majors to display their talents and studied business practices to support their own arts career; a student with a self–defined major who created an on-line career platform and took architecture courses in their fifth year and a SCS student who worked to bring the hackathon culture to CMU-Q and studied music and several languages in their fifth year. 

Juniors are encouraged to apply, and applications are available for the 2023-2024 class of scholars on the Office of the Dean of Student website.

Applications are due by Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

Apply for the Fifth Year Scholar Program

Attention Students: The Tartan Ambassador Program Is Seeking Applicants

Are you a student who is looking for a spring on-campus job? If the idea of getting paid to talk about your CMU student experience interests you, you may want to consider applying to become a Tartan Ambassador.

University Communications & Marketing is looking to hire a diverse group of current undergraduate CMU students who represent different schools, programs, years and experiences at CMU. Each paid position will work in the Coulter Welcome Center to welcome, connect and engage visitors (primarily prospective and admitted undergraduate students) through written communication and events including in-person and virtual tours and panels.

You can learn more information about the position on Handshake (Job ##5709853) and apply online if you are interested. 

LAST CALL: 2022 McGinnis Venture Competition

Application Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 19

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 $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 on March 22, 2022. Check out the requirements and guidelines.

Important Dates & Deadlines for McGinnis Venture Competition

Wednesday, Jan. 19: Round 1 submission deadline
Round 1 application closes at 11:59 PM EST; executive summary and video pitch due

Thursday, Feb. 3: Teams notified; Round 2 begins at 2:00 PM EST

Tuesday, Feb. 15: Round 2 submission deadline
Round 2 closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 2 updated executive summary and video pitch due

Thursday, March 3: Teams notified; Round 3 begins at 2:00 PM EST

Tuesday, March 15: Round 3 mini-business plan due

Tuesday, March 22: Live final round

For more information contact Allyson Hince.

Art Courses with Space Available

If you are rounding out your spring schedule, the following Art courses have space available. Interested students should waitlist themselves and email the faculty to express interest. Faculty may waive prerequisites if students have related experience!

Critical Theory/Studies Courses

Critical Theory in Art II - 60106

Tuesday 7:00-9:20 p.m. (Section A)

Professor M. Elena Versari

This is the second part of a year-long course intended to introduce students to key readings in the history of artistic theory, studied in relation with the concurrent development of Western and non-Western art. It is devoted to the period ranging from 1900 to 1960 and covers major artwork and theories spanning from Cubism and the historical avant-garde to totalitarian art and 1950s artistic research worldwide. The course is structured as a seminar discussion of theoretical texts, integrated with lectures. Readings will introduce students to the historical and critical background of the themes discussed in class and familiarize them with the varied methodologies and argumentative styles proper to art criticism, critical theory and philosophy. 

DeepFake and Beyond: Posthumanism & Contemporary Art – 60369

Tuesday 7:00-9:50 p.m.

Professor Cash (Melissa) Ragona

Is Posthumanism just another kind of humanism? Is the idea of difference at risk when thought is no longer attached to a body? What are the possibilities of imagining a queer phenomenology —or a transhumanism that challenges the limits placed on gendered, sexualized and so-called “able” bodies? How are our concepts of affect and authenticity being transformed by ideas of robotic intelligence or deepfake iterations generated by machine-learning enabled media? This seminar hopes to excavate such questions and many more produced by examining the competing and shared perspectives developed by contemporary artists and critical theorists across posthumanist, transhumanist and new materialist paradigms.

Art and Conflict – 60397

Tuesday & Thursday 11:50 am -1:10 p.m.

Professor John Carson

These are turbulent times we are living through, with unnerving specters of conflict in seemingly irreconcilable political ideologies and environmental threat. What role do we have as artists within this malaise. Can art become a catalyst for meaningful change? This course will consider definitions of 'conflict' and look at artists whose work has responded to conflict, such as war and civil strife, and all manner of disputes from territorial to domestic. We will look internationally at colonial and imperial histories, and consider national struggles from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter. We will examine how artists have expressed solidarity, observed, or engaged with ideological differences, abuses of power, injustice and the infliction of privilege; through commentary, protest, agit-prop and activism.

Studio Courses 

Transdisciplinary Research Studio III: Futures - 60202

Monday and Wednesday 8:00-10:50 a.m. (Section A)

Professor Kim Beck

Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-10:50 a.m. (Section B)

Professor Alisha Wormsley

In the third and final Transdisciplinary Research Studio: Futures, students will be asked the question, "what if?" Looking backwards and forwards students will grapple with what futures might be possible, impossible, desirable, undesirable and more. Throughout the class, students will explore critical and imaginative world-making and utopian, dystopian, and ambiguous scenarios from a variety of perspectives through the act of making. In addition to speculating and inventing futures, students will explore various histories of the future - through mythologies, origin stories, science fiction, futurist movements across cultural contexts, and more. Students will respond to theory-driven prompts and are encouraged to take risks and explore a variety of different approaches to art-making, as each assignment will not have a specific medium requirement.

Mutable Landscapes – 60472

Monday and Wednesday 1:25-4:15 p.m.

Professor Kim Beck

With camera in hand, students will explore, document and invent a sense of place in Pittsburgh. Informed by photographic history and landscape studies, students will develop their own portfolios of digital prints. As a CFA Interdisciplinary photography course, students will be encouraged to consider their photographs in the medium of their home department, and in some cases as a starting point for projects in other materials.

Out There: Post-Studio Practice – 60493

Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-10:50 a.m.

Professor John Carson

Since the Dada movement began to erode the importance of institutional validation, artists have consciously chosen to operate outside of a studio context in a variety of ways. The eighties saw the emergence of movements and artist-run organizations intent on removing institutional barriers for art practice, enabling performance, civic engagement, social and political intervention, and myriad other approaches to feed the dialogues surrounding art and culture. Students will engage in research and reading to develop their own project(s), using the class as a space for dialog and development, and the time outside of the class as the space for execution and manifestation.

Still Looking for Another Spring Course? 

Interested in theater?

Want to know more about the ways in which people have processed living through a pandemic?

Need to fulfill a GenEd?

Fear not! The Department of Modern Languages is offering these new courses for Spring 2022 that may be of interest. Note: The courses are taught in English with no pre-requisite.

82-281 Contextual Thinking (9 units)

Section A: Focus on América

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:10 to 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Kenya Dworkin

This course examines English-language Latinx theater and performance in the United States, from the turbulent 1960s to the present time, as well as the historical context from which it emerged. Students will use contextual thinking to analyze plays from the established and emerging Latina/o/x canon while integrating supplementary texts including reviews, critical analyses, essays, and theoretical studies in areas such as translanguaging, border theory, performance theory, Latinx feminist philosophy, critical race theory, and transculturation theory. We will consider plays as artistic expression, political platform, and a means of fomenting social awareness and understanding of the Latina/Latino/Latinx experience and issues of diversity in the United States today. Students will gain an understanding of how Latinx playwrights and artists have employed and are continuing to use theater as a way to communicate their distinct and unique American experience to Latinx and broader audiences.  

Section B: Pandemic Perspectives Re-Viewing Through a Cultural Lens

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:50 a.m. to 01:20 p.m.

Instructor: Candace Skibba 

Living through a global pandemic is new, challenging, and downright difficult. And yet, pandemics have existed for centuries. What might we gain from viewing our current reality through cultural and historical lenses that focus on stories from around the world that attempt to explain pain, family, medicine, humor, and even division? This course is designed to investigate the narratives of pandemic within a global context focusing on the humanistic and cultural such that through this analysis we might arrive at a more robust understanding of our current times. We will concentrate on stories as communicated through media sources, literary texts, journals, and art in order to better situate our own ways of thinking.

[Note: Contextual Thinking for the General Education Program for first-year students; Reflecting for the General Education Program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors]

Also from Modern Languages – 2 more Gen Ed courses

82-282 Disciplinary Perspectives Humanities: Interpreting Global Texts and Cultures (9 units)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:25 to 2:45 p.m.

Instructor: Jose Estrada

Literature, film, music, art, theater, and other forms of humanistic artistic expressions, play an important role in society. Few moments in life are as moving as listening to the right song at the right time, and many of us can list films and/or books that have shaped who we consider to be. Beyond the individual level, artistic expressions have also influenced revolutions, businesses, science, politics, and the list goes on and on. Yet, we often take culture and artistic expressions for granted. What is their role and value in society? How can we interpret these cultural artifacts? Is there a right or wrong interpretation? These are some of the questions we will explore in this class.

82-286 Intercultural and Global Inquiry: Of Migrants and Minorities: Exploring Germany From the Margins (9 units)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

Instructor: Martina Wells 

Exploring Germany from the Margins Germany today is home to a multi-cultural and ethnically diverse population, largely the result of accelerated migratory flows in the wake of the country's postwar era. In this course, we will explore the impact and cultural dimensions of migrations through the lens of Germany's minorities. By mapping the course of German post-war history, immigration and migration, we will establish the context for our probe into the lived experience of Germany's Turkish, Jewish, Black, East German, and refugee minorities. Examining, comparing, and historically situating these experiences and surrounding debates will allow us to address topical issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, racism, and citizenship that shape contemporary Germany. Appreciating the diversity of minority experiences will help students think more critically about the constructedness of identities. This discussion-based course is taught in English and open to all students.

Spring 2022 MCS Course: Now Open to Dietrich College Students

38304 A4 - Science Communication and Social Impact (6 units)

Tuesdays from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Hone your communication skills with diverse audiences
  • Identify and practice applying the linguistic features of scientific argumentation
  • Improve your reading and writing of scientific content
  • Learn to write about scientific research for non-expert audiences
  • Practice oral and visual communication by creating oral presentations

Pre-College 2022: Staff Opportunities for Students 

Staff hiring season is upon us for Pre-College 2022! We seek to hire a diverse pool of 60+ students by January 14th, including three of them before Dec. 9th, to support our robust summer program, which includes 12 academic programs and 700+ high school students over 6 weeks on campus. Two roles are available: Resident Advisor and Community Advisor. These student staff work together to provide a well-rounded offering of social, educational and cultural events to complement and enhance the academic Pre-College summer experience. Students receive a financial stipend with room and board, ongoing training, personalized professional development, program supervision, and time off. Community Advisor applications are open until Dec. 9th – link below to WuFoo.

See full job descriptions

In addition, Pre-College is always looking for new and continued partnership opportunities with campus and community partners as well as student groups. Previous offerings include ethical questions, knitting, mock interviews, preparing a college essay, networking, budgets/personal finance, cooking demonstrations, and self-defense to name a few. Please send opportunities and ideas to, attn: Amy. 

Hiring dates and links:

(10/21-12/09/21) – Community Advisor link

(12/15-1/14/22) – Resident Advisor link

New Dietrich College Gen Ed Course Additions for Spring 2022

Several courses have been recently added to the Gen Ed course offerings that may be of interest:

  • 03-124 Modern Biology Lab (Modeling: Natural Science)
  • 05-318 Human AI Interaction (Modeling: Other)
  • 17-200 Ethics and Policy in Computing (Deciding)
  • 17-450 Crafting Software (Creating)
  • 67-220 Digital Accessibility (Creating)
  • 70-455 Data Management Fundamentals (Modeling: Other)
  • 73-155 Models, Markets, and Math (Modeling: Math)
  • 76-259 Film History (Reflecting)
  • 76-314 Data Stories (Modeling: Other)
  • 76-388 Coding for Humanists (Modeling: Other)
  • 79-360 Crime, Policing, and the Law: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Reflecting)
  • 80-325 Foundations of causation and machine learning (Modeling: Other)
  • 82-281 Contextual Thinking (Reflecting)
  • 82-287 Multicultural Immersion - Relating Your World in Virtual Reality (Creating)
  • 82-299 Equity and Justice (Deciding)
  • 85-350 Psychology of Prejudice (Deciding)
  • 85-359 Introduction to Music Cognition Research (Modeling: Natural Science)
  • 88-312 Decision Models and Games (Modeling: Other)

Find out more about the Gen Ed program

Apply Now: Key Into Public Service

The Society invites online applications for our Key into Public Service scholarship. In addition to awarding $5,000 undergraduate scholarships for successful applicants, this program connects promising liberal arts and sciences majors with pathways into local, state, and federal government service. Membership is not required, but students must attend a Phi Beta Kappa chapter institution and participate in a June 2022 conference that will provide training, mentoring, and resources. 

Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, breadth and depth in arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others.

Interested students can learn more and apply online until January 23, 2022.