Carnegie Mellon University

Outreach

Carnegie Mellon's Physics Department pursues outreach in many ways, through centrally organized programs and through personal efforts of individuals. The following is a sampling of just a portion our activities.

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous six-week residential summer experience for high school students who have a strong interest in math and science. Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science, and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply. Students must be at least 15 years old to participate in this program. George Klein is involved in this program.

The Leonard Gelfand Center offers rigorous, hands-on STEM classes for kids through Gelfand Outreach, including Saturday classes in the Fall and Spring, and week-long classes in the summer. 

Since the mid-1990s, the Buhl Lectures bring a distinguished visitor to campus each spring for public and technical lectures. More recently, the Bennett-McWilliams Lecture Series presents exciting updates on current developments in Astrophysics and Cosmology.

The Carnegie Mellon Physics Concepts Outreach Program has been part of the CMU Physics Department since the late 1990s. The goals of the program are to teach scientific methods and concepts, and to build self-confidence for selected inner-city students. The program tries to achieve these goals by providing 6-8th grade inner-city students with hands-on experience as they carry out science fair projects during the fall semester, with the help of mentors, presenting their projects at the PJAS (PA Jr. Academy of Sciences) science fair in February, and having the students attend lectures on physics concepts given by CMU faculty during the spring semester. The program is led by Professors Kisslinger and Ferguson.

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS), directed by Barry Luokkala, brings high school students to campus for a five week annual summer program. This program operated until 2008 when it was closed for the lack of funds, then re-opened in 2012 and has been going strong ever since.