At Carnegie Mellon, our mission is to investigate questions that will have a real impact on the world. As our undergraduates engage in research, we encourage them to think about the question, “why does this research matter?” This is a hallmark of Carnegie Mellon’s approach.
Students are encouraged to participate in research during their undergraduate years. We have built a support framework for student researchers, introducing them to faculty-guided projects in their early years and exploring independent studies and senior thesis projects as they gain knowledge and experience.
Meeting of the Minds
Meeting of the Minds began at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1995 as a unique type of research symposium. We wanted to open up the world of research to the public, so the wider community can see the questions our students are asking. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar has continued this tradition. Each year, students present their work to an audience of faculty, students, family, and members of the community, as well as a judging panel of industry experts and faculty members.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship course is an opportunity for students to earn course credit while working on a faculty-led research project. SURA is for students in any major with little or no research experience, and is an excellent introduction to the research process.
Frontiers, Analysis, and Discovery in Biological Sciences
First-year biological sciences students can take an exciting course in the spring of their first year. In this course they investigate a current biology problem by reading literature articles, designing hypotheses, planning and carrying out experiments, analyzing data, and designing future questions.
The Qatar Student Initiated Undergraduate Research Program awards funding to undergraduates at CMU-Q for summer research in any field of study. It is designed to help qualified students develop research skills by working on projects that are driven by their interests. QSIURP projects are often the first step in pursuing a senior honors thesis.
The requirements for College Honors vary by program, but all College Honors recipients must successfully complete a senior honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty advisor. For many of our College Honors recipients, the senior honors thesis is the first step to pursuing careers in research.