CUNY-Carnegie Mellon
Summer Research Program

May 26 – July 31, 2009

Application Deadline: February 1, 2009

About the Program

CUNY and Carnegie Mellon have partnered, with funding from the USDA, to develop an exciting summer research program for highly motivated CUNY students to do research in the Biological Sciences or Chemistry Department at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

Overview of Activities

Students will spend 10 weeks during the summer participating in research activities as full participants in the lab activities, attending and presenting material at lab meetings and journal clubs, and attending the seminars of relevant invited speakers. At the end of the research period, the students will join with all of the other undergraduate summer researchers in Chemistry and Biology to present the results of their research to the two departments.

Variety of Faculty Mentors

Students in the CUNY-Carnegie Mellon Summer Research Program (CCSRP) will have the ability to choose from a variety of potential mentors. A vital part of the CCSRP is student mentoring by the faculty at Carnegie Mellon. The areas of research will provide students with the basic skills and hands-on experience needed for further work in the agricultural sciences, including biochemistry, molecular biology, green chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, cell and developmental biology, computational biology and bioinformatics, and neuroscience.

Key Features of this Summer Program

  • Extensive training and mentoring directly from their faculty advisors, all of whom are experienced in training independent scientists. Faculty mentors will oversee each undergraduate, discussing progress, answering questions, and helping to troubleshoot experiments.
  • Strong traditions of cooperation and cross-disciplinary approaches to research. Laboratories hosting the summer undergraduates help convey their ideas through interaction and the exchange of scientific techniques and ideas. Students have a chance to learn a wide range of skills and areas.
  • $3,500 stipend, housing, and transportation expenses to and from the campus. To foster both social and professional interactions, all CUNY and REU students will be housed together in the Veronica Apartments, a 5-minute walk from the laboratories. For MARC students, we can ensure that you can continue to receive your MARC summer salary from CUNY and we will supplement that from non-federal funds in order to reach the $3500 stipend for the CCSRP.