Academics & Research
Carnegie Mellon Qatar provides students with the resources to succeed and thrive in their undergraduate studies.
About the library
The CMU-Q Library supports the academic and research programs at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Students, faculty and staff have access to a large collection of databases, ejournals and ebooks, both on-site and remotely.Visit the CMU-Q Library website
Study rooms and spaces
- The library has two small-group study rooms that students may reserve. Both rooms are equipped with a large screen and laptop hookups, ideal for working on presentations.
- The quiet room at the back of the library is a silent space for study.
- In good weather, students enjoy the outdoor poetry garden, with shade, comfortable seating, lighting for when the sun goes down, and plenty of Wi-Fi.
- The rest of the library is dotted with nooks and workspaces for independent quiet study. Find your favorite spot on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The CMU-Q Library houses a physical collection of more than 10,000 print volumes in the major disciplines of biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems, as well as general education topics including math, physical sciences, economics and history. CAMEO is the library’s online platform for locating resources, and is integrated with the holdings in Pittsburgh.
Materials can also be borrowed from other institutions in Education City.
All library staff are able to answer quick questions about how to access and search our catalog, how to find books on the shelves, how to use library technology and equipment, and other general service questions.
Individual and small-group consultation is available for students engaged in course research projects:
- Guidance using the library’s search systems and databases
- Recommendations for databases and resources suited to the topic
- Help with search techniques and strategies, including keyword development
- Assistance with citation software such as Zotero
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) assists students in developing the skills, strategies and behaviors they need to be confident, independent and active learners.
ARC services are designed to help both students who are having academic difficulties and those who want to improve their performance.
The ARC can assist all students with coursework across the curriculum through services that include:
- Individual writing, math, science, statistics and programming tutoring
- Individually-tailored English language support
- Staff tutoring to help students in math, programming, writing, science and statistics
- Course assistants (CAs) who are undergraduate students who have already successfully taken the class they support, and are trained in how to tutor others
- Supplemental instruction for calculus
A series of study skills workshops address the issues that are crucial for academic success. For the fall 2016 semester, lunchtime workshops included:
- Get organized this semester with Google Calendar
- Academic etiquette
- Listen actively and take great notes
- Strategies for winning at math
- Your memory: How to improve it?
Excel 101: Basics
Academic coaching is a support program that helps students acquire effective and efficient study skills so that they can be successful at CMU-Q. ARC staff work together with students in individual sessions on a variety of topics, including time management, test-taking strategies and note-taking.
The Academic Resource Center facilitates all undergraduate student employment on campus. This includes both academic and non-academic positions.
About academic services
Throughout their undergraduate years, students receive guidance on their course selections and graduation requirements from both their advisors and Academic Services.
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Freshman students are automatically registered for their first semester. For subsequent semesters, students consult with their advisors and Academic Services as they choose the best courses to complete their studies.
Course and curricular planning
Together with their advisors, students can consult with Academic Services on class schedules, course registration, recommended curriculum, typical course sequence and requirements for minors.
Academic Services helps with advising incoming freshmen, interdepartmental transfers, and students who are approaching graduation.
Education City students are welcome to cross-register in courses at CMU-Q. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Career Development Office
Jobs, internships and sponsorships
When jobs, internships and sponsorships become available, the CDO posts the information and encourages qualified students to apply. The CDO collects resumes for employers and helps arrange interviews for short-listed candidates.
CDO arranges for job shadowing to give students the experience of walking through the work day of different professionals.
Throughout the academic year, the CDO arranges events to introduce students to prospective employers. These events include information sessions, day-long workshops, networking sessions and career trips. CMU-Q also participates in the Education City Career Fair.
Preparing young professionals
The CDO helps students develop the professional skills to move seamlessly into the workplace.
- Counseling students to ensure their aspirations are in line with their interests and aptitudes
- Providing workshops on professional skills like resume writing. Each year the CDO compiles and publishes the resumes of the graduating class, an invaluable resource to employers.
- Developing interviewing and networking skills. Before networking events and career fairs, the CDO helps students develop skills like interviewing, dressing appropriately for the workplace and communicating effectively.
Audiovisual and classroom technology
The audiovisual infrastructure consists of state-of-the-art technologies in all classrooms and lecture halls. Instructional technology supports faculty in improving the teaching and learning environment.
Blackboard is an application used at CMU-Q for its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), an online learning system providing students with web access from anywhere in the world to course materials and other resources made available by lecturers.
- Communicate electronically with tutors and fellow students
- Take part in online group discussions
- Access select course materials, such as module study guides
- Read announcements related to their courses
- Submit assignments and take online tests
- Check grades and feedback online
Clusters are CMU-Q computer labs that are equipped with Windows and software requested by faculty for teaching their respective courses. Clusters are used for classes, as well as outside of class time for students to complete homework assignments.
Virtual.Qatar offers access to “virtual desktop” computers configured identically to the Clusters over the internet. Faculty and students can connect to Virtual.Qatar and use the virtual desktop from anywhere.
The library, student lounge, and a few other campus locations have computers for student and general use. These systems are configured identically to the Cluster systems, with the same configuration and software.
Every CMU-Q student has an Andrew ID, which is the gateway to the computing environment at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and Qatar. The Andrew ID gives students access to email, printers, public computer labs (clusters), network, software, and other computing resources. Learn more about the available IT services.