Carnegie Mellon University
Prospective Students

Information for Prospective Students

Prospective Ph.D. Students

We are always looking for students interested in pursuing doctoral (Ph.D.) study at Carnegie Mellon with interests similar to our ongoing research projects. Recent graduates from our research-based PhD program have accepted industry jobs, government agency appointments, and tenure-track academic positions at leading institutions in North America. Several students a year are chosen from new applicants to the engineering and business schools of CMU. While there is no formal or common doctoral program in Green Design, students with such interests are encouraged to apply directly to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, the Department of Mechanical Engineering or the Tepper School of Business (including Economics). You should explicitly note your interest in working with GDI (or specific faculty) in your application materials and essays. GDI students must fulfill the admission and graduation requirements of their home college/department, take specialized courses on green design, and attend biweekly research seminars and discussions. Some offers of financial support in the form of tuition and stipend fellowships may be available. Due to the limited amount of direct financial aid, we highly recommend that qualified students apply for NSF and EPA Graduate Fellowships (and other sources) to offset costs. We historically have been able to provide the difference between these fellowships and actual CMU tuition.

Prospective Masters Students

Students interested in graduate study, but not interested in a PhD, may apply to one of several graduate programs at Carnegie Mellon tied to the Green Design Institute. There are several relevant Master's-level programs to choose from that provide interaction opportunities with the students and faculty of GDI, and lead to accredited and highly-ranked graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon. These programs are:

Funding support for MS programs is more limited than for PhD students, but may be available in special circumstances. Contact us if you are interested in other majors. Students interested in an MS should also consider applying for outside fellowships as noted above.  Note that students without backgrounds in engineering who apply to the Civil and Environmental Engineering MS program will be expected to take makeup courses (a requirement of that program, not of Green Design).

Prospective Undergraduate Students/Interns

Undergraduates from Carnegie Mellon are welcome to attend GDI meetings. Undergraduates from any institution may inquire about prospective research assistant opportunities with the faculty and students of GDI. Note that funding for such positions is extremely limited and may not be available during all semesters or summer periods.

Typically during the summer, a limited number of sponsored fellowships will be available. This summer research program will allow several highly qualified students from the US to work with faculty and other students on pieces of existing GDI research projects. Examples of projects include assessing the benefits of an ethanol-based economy, environmental life cycle assessment of products, and tracking heavy metal flows. The intent of this program is to give undergraduate students an appreciation for the level of thought, effort, and reward of graduate education. A stipend will be paid that can be used to cover living and travel expenses (approximately $4000 for June 1-August 15 period). These fellowships are funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Details

Program Dates: June 1-August 15
Application Deadline: April 1 (cover letter plus resume to
Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA
Number of positions available: 2 (Note this is subject to availability of funding)

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