Carnegie Mellon University

Summer Program for Undergraduate Researchers (SPUR)

Although PIER is primarily aimed at training graduate students working toward the Ph.D., PIER does participate in a program designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (including racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, veterans, and students with disabilities) in graduate school training by providing undergraduate students with some research apprenticeship experience during the summer.

PIER’s SPUR program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University.  Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, SPUR 2021 may be offered on a remote basis. Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $3,000 and apartment-style housing will be provided if SPUR 2021 takes place face-to-face. Guidance and supervision of the research project will be provided by a faculty member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or advanced graduate student.  Admitted students will also participate in the Go Research! Summer Program at CMU. This program brings undergraduate researchers from across departments together in apartment-style dorms with resident assistants to facilitate community building, manage housing, and provide programming.  A Summer Seminar Series is provided for all students to help prepare for graduate education and research careers.

We are not able to offer SPUR in Summer 2022 but plan to bring it back in Summer 2023. Check this page in the Fall of 2022 for program updates and application instructions!

Please note that due to program funding requirements, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be currently enrolled as a continuing undergraduate student at the time of the program (8 weeks May–Aug 2021) can participate in SPUR.