Research is part of the fabric of a Carnegie Mellon education: undergraduates are encouraged to explore new ideas, test hypotheses and share results with the community. Research is work that matters.
Students undertake senior thesis projects, pursue independent studies guided by faculty mentors, initiate their own projects, and partake in summer research programs within Carnegie Mellon University and Education City.
Meeting of the Minds
Meeting of the Minds is an annual symposium at CMU where students present their research and project work to a wide audience. A judging panel of industry experts and faculty members from other universities review the presentations, with awards given for the best projects and posters.
Summer Research Institute
Biological Sciences students can apply to the Summer Research Institute, a program for researching molecular biology and biochemistry at the Carnegie Mellon main campus in Pittsburgh. Research projects involve recombinant DNA techniques and biochemical methods directed toward the functional analysis of proteins and enzymes.
CMU-Q biological sciences students can apply to the QBRI summer research program. This eight-week course provides students the opportunity to choose from a wide range of problems in diabetes, cancer or stem cell research.
The Qatar Student Initiated Undergraduate Research Program awards funding to undergraduates at CMU-Q for summer research in any field of study. It is modeled on a similar program on the main campus.
First-year students can apply for Phage Genomics, a year-long course that involves purifying a virus from a soil sample, characterizing it by electron microscopy and analyzing its genetic material.