Carnegie Mellon University
May 08, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Student Work Showcased at Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 9

Contact: Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

Event: More than 450 students from Carnegie Mellon University's six undergraduate schools will present research at the annual Meeting of the Minds symposium on Wednesday, May 9.

Their projects address complex questions such as:
  • What's the deal with free shipping?
  • How do babies differentiate between two languages?
  • What causes the body to reject transplants?
  • How do symbols in tattoos and constellations connect the body and the sky?

Meeting of the Minds is sponsored by CMU's Undergraduate Research Office, which encourages undergraduates to engage in the type of research and innovation that at many institutions is the sole domain of faculty and graduate students. Students will share their work through oral presentations, poster sessions, prototype demonstrations, art installations and live performances.

Judges will award prizes in 18 competitions sponsored by university departments and organizations, individual donors and companies such as Alcoa, Boeing Corp., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Semiconductor Research Corporation and Toyota.

A booklet of research abstracts is available at:

When: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 9. A schedule of events is posted at:

Where: University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213