Carnegie Mellon University
SRC-URO Program

Deadline: October 20th, 2017

Eligibility and How to Apply

Carnegie Mellon is one of 17 campuses to participate in the SRC Undergraduate Research Opportunities (SRC-URO) program, funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).  It is designed to attract and retain students in science and engineering disciplines relevant to technology-based industries and to encourage their enrollment in graduate school by providing sustained undergraduate research experiences and mentoring relationships.

  • An established faculty committee will select 4-8 sophomores for a 3-5 semester/and the possibility of one summer commitment.
  • Candidates will start the program in spring 2017, with the option to continue through summer in our SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program; (they will apply for SURF following the same application procedures as all of our other students), continue through their junior years and possibly into their senior years.
  • They will receive $2000 (to be paid by bi-weekly timecard) and $3500 over the summer between their sophomore and junior years for the SURF.
  • All SRC-URO participants must attend in workshops, lectures, events sponsored by this program.
  • All SRC-URO participants must agree to fill out assessments.
  • All SRC-URO participants will present their research at Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Research Symposium, Meeting of the Minds.

SRC-URO participants will need to commit to the entire program, which requires 3 semesters and the possibility of a summer (between the sophomore and junior year) of support, and possible further commitment through the senior year.

Priority will be given to students who have already secured a faculty mentor.  Students may contact any faculty member from this list: 2017 SRC-URO Faculty List or any other posted list of research projects through their department or thorough conversation with a faculty member.  All projects must be applicable to the interests of the SRC-URO.

Research projects of current and past SRC-URO students include:

  • Accelerating biofilm modeling with heterogeneous computer architecture
  • Exploring the relationship between functional and structural connectivity in the brain
  • Feature modeling during interplanetary flyover and landing
  • Verify Wall-E and Eve
  • Character of metal alloys for use in AlGaN/GaN-based gas sensors
  • Thermomechanical Modeling of solder/magnetic nanocomposites
  • Transistor degradation and mitigation
  • Oxide composite films
  • Magnetite nanoparticle synthesis
  • A parallel wire robot for epicardial interventions