Carnegie Mellon University

PIER: Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research

PIER is an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, at Carnegie Mellon University aimed at preparing a new generation of researchers who will be:

  • Grounded in cutting-edge theories and methodologies in cognitive and developmental psychology, statistics, human-computer interaction instructional technology, Education Policy and Economics.
  • Familiar with many of the fundamental problems facing education in America.
  • Committed to applying their skills and knowledge to solving those problems.

Detailed Description of the PIER Program

Students apply to PIER at the same time that they apply for admission to the participating departments, and are only considered for admission to PIER after have they have been accepted into the doctoral programs of one of those participating departments. (In recent years this has included PsychologyStatisticsPhilosophyHuman Computer Interaction, Machine LearningComputer Science, Economics and Public Policy as well as disciplinary departments such as PhysicsChemistry, and Mechanical Engineering.  (See Benefits section for a description of eligibility and levels of support.)

IES supports several other pre-doctoral training grants in the Education Sciences.  A full list can be found here.

Summer 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates

LINK TO APPLICATION - Position now filled for 2017

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 minorities in graduate school training by providing undergraduates (mainly juniors and seniors) with some research apprenticeship experience during the summer. PIER’s REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at CMU.  Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $3,000 and apartment-style housing will be provided. 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.

Applications are due via email by March 20, 2017.

Our 2016 summer research activities and participants are described here.