Carnegie Mellon University

Learn about the policies, recognition and resources available to MCS graduate students.

The great majority of graduate student life in the Mellon College of Science is centered in the academic departments, from graduate admissions through degree requirements. The Dean’s Office strives to provide a framework to support the departments in graduate education. At the college level, all Ph.D. students need to be aware of a few policies across departments that affect their dissertation committees and doctoral degrees.

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The CMU Rales Fellow Program is dedicated to developing a diverse community of STEM leaders from underrepresented and underresourced backgrounds by eliminating cost as a barrier to education. Learn more about this program for master's and Ph.D. students. Learn more

Conference Funding Award

The MCS dean's office is pleased to provide supplemental conference travel funding for MCS graduate students. The goal of the funding is to enable MCS graduate students to attend and participate in key conferences and workshops that advance their research.

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Key Contacts

MCS has Departmental Liaison when students encounter concerns; however, the college-wide Graduate Liaison can provide confidential advice and guidance when graduate students believe their concerns cannot be resolved within their departments.

Graduate policy questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs.

Graduate Student Awards and Fellowships

Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award

for outstanding contributions to research

Visit the MCS Intranet for eligibility and nomination details

Hugh D. Young Award for Graduate Student Teaching

in recognition of unusual devotion and effectiveness by a graduate teaching assistant

Visit the MCS intranet for eligibility and nomination details

CMU Graduate Student Awards

recognizes exemplary teaching by and service to graduate students at CMU

Visit the Celebration of Education page